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2018 Tryouts for Travel Baseball

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FULLTIME TRAVEL BASEBALL TRYOUTS

REQUIRED ATTIRE & EQUIPMENT:

Baseball pants & hat, athletic cup, spikes, and other safety gear.

Glove, bat, helmet, etc.

Don’t forget a cold drink.

 

14U FT Travel Gold Team – Team Manager – Bob Ruchala

DATE/TIME: Done, contact Manager if interested in the team.

Questions? Contact Team Manager Bob Ruchala 708.987.6436 bobruchala@sbcglobal.net

 

14U FT Travel Black Team – Team Manager – Jeff Floerke

DATE/TIME: Done, contact Manager if interested in the team.

Questions? Contact Team Manager Jeff Floerke 312.217.4484 jfloerke@chisox.com

 

13U FT Travel Black Team – Team Manager – Jason Roney

DATE/TIME: Mon, July 24th @ 6:00pm

LOCATION: Bettenhausen Park (16440 S 76th Ave, Tinley Park, IL) Field 1

**PLEASE REGISTER** Phone or Text

Jason Roney 708.548.8919  – Please include Name, DOB, & Current Organization/Team

 

12U FT Travel Gold Team – Team Manager – Dan LoConte

DATE/TIME: Done, contact Manager if interested in the team.

**PLEASE REGISTER**

Dan LoConte 708.560.6439 danloco@comcast.net

 

11U FT Travel Gold Team – Team Manager – Dave Morrey

We have 1 remaining roster spot open

Contact Dave or Brian below to request a private tryout

Dave Morrey 224.938.8093 morrey7721@comcast.net

Brian Burke 773.505.0636 brian.burke@iriworldwide.com

 

 

11U FT Travel Black Team – Team Manager – Brian Devereux

DATE/TIME: Done, contact Manager if interested in the team.

Questions? Contact Team Manager Brian Devereux 708.692.5530 briandevereux34@gmail.com

 

11U FT Travel White Team – Team Manager – Jeff Watzke

DATE/TIME: Fri, July 28th @ 6:00p-7:30p OR Sat, July 29th @ 10:00am-11:30am

LOCATION: Bettenhausen Park (16440 S 76th Ave, Tinley Park, IL) Field 1

Questions? Contact

Team Manager Jeff Watzke 708.262.4819 jwatzke1@gmail.com

Assistant Manager Randy Goss 708.774.5698 coach.randy@outlook.com

 

10U FT Travel Gold Team – Team Manager – Bill Insley

DATE/TIME: Done, contact Manager if interested in the team.

Questions? Contact Team Manager Bill Insley 312.560.1393 binsley3423@yahoo.com

 

9U FT Travel Gold Team – Team Manager – Mike Dinnon

DATE/TIME: Wed, July 26th @ 5:30p-7:00p

LOCATION: Bettenhausen Park (16440 S 76th Ave, Tinley Park, IL) Field 3

Questions? Contact Team Manager Mike Dinnon 708.602.0652 dinnonm@yahoo.com

Board Meeting June 13, 2017

Tinley Park Bobcats

Board Meeting Minutes

June 13th, 2017

 

Attendees

 

  • Steve Bosco, President
  • Randall Goss, Treasurer
  • Bill Insley, Secretary
  • Dan LoConte, 2nd Vice-President
  • Marcia Kissane, Assistant Softball Comissioner
  • Brenda Nelson, Cheer Commissioner
  • Kurt Herrmann, Travel Softball
  • Michelle Cerullo, Softball Commissioner
  • Ken Leonard, Field Maintenance
  • Jaime Mihalovich
  • Tim Zasada
  • Deanna Tuman, Concessions Coordinator

 

Discussion Items

 

  • Steve Bosco:
    • No discussion items for the meeting.

 

  • Dan LoConte
    • No discussion items for the meeting.

 

  • Bill Insley
    • No discussion items for the meeting.

 

  • Randy Goss
    • Presents the financials for the period ended 5/31/2017
    • Year-over-year net income increase of $38k
    • Increase in expenses – due to increase in registrations (i.e., more uniforms, more field rentals, etc.)
    • Asset balances up year-over-year.
      • Partially due to Fall/Winter invoices from 2016 getting turned in late.

 

  • Brandi Parke
    • No discussion items for the meeting.

 

  • Baseball Update:
    • Tony Silvia and Jim Cronk were not present.

 

  • Soccer Update:
    • Phil Villasenor was not present.

 

  • Concession Stand Update – Deanna:
    • Travel baseball games have improved coverage throughout the season.
    • Minor issues with travel softball – a couple of no-shows for a double-header.
    • E-mail to be sent out to those parents who have not fulfilled their concession volunteer duty. Such e-mail will potentially state that their son/daughter cannot play in any playoff games until such duty is fulfilled.
    • On-going discussions:
      • High School Volunteers – can we gain access to more volunteers from Andrew and Tinley Park HS?
      • 4 Hour v. 2 Hour Increments – would a shorter shift increase volunteer sign-ups?
    • Issue to address:
      • Bottles of beer found in bathroom garbage cans.

 

  • Softball Update – Marcia Kissane:
    • Fall Softball – should be open for registration
      • Is there an issue with field availability?
      • Board response – No, work will be on Field #3 in the Fall, not Field #2.
    • Request for an 8U All-Star Tournament Team
      • Try-outs to be scheduled; tournaments to be selected.
      • Board approves the 8U All-Star Tournament Team
    • Michelle Cerullo:
      • The following week – Playoffs begin.
      • Bettenhausen Park to host 12U All-Star Game on Saturday, June 17th.
      • Player trophies to be distributed after team submits the team evaluation form.
      • Travel try-outs to take place in August.
      • High School Rec (18U) started their season.
      • 12U Full-Time Travel Team has been approved by the Board.
      • Any update on Farmer’s Market? Steve Bosco to provide an update at the end.

 

  • Cheer Update – Brenda Nelson:
    • Took team to Cheer Camp at Wheaton College.
    • A few late registrations trickled in – (Total of 93 registered) – down 10 registrations year-over-year.
    • Uniform fittings to be scheduled soon.

 

  • Flag Football Update – Randy Goss:
    • Low registration numbers currently (only 50 registered thus far) – not unusual at this time.
    • Flyer sent to Roma to promote Indoor Flag Football for the Bobcats.
    • Brian Burke has asked about bringing on an Assistant Commissioner to help with Indoor Flag Football – will e-mail the Board in the near future.

 

  • Ken Leonard:
    • No discussion items for the meeting.

 

  • Marketing Update – Danielle:
    • Family Fun Days – Saturday, June 3rd.
      • Many baseball/softball families came out to the event; it was light on soccer families though.
      • Coaches Game (Softball v. Baseball) was a lot of fun.
      • Received a suggestion to rent a “Water Jumpie”, but it’s not realistic given the space.
    • Flyers were handed out on “Cruise Night” regarding fall sport registrations.
    • Farmer’s Market – has been scheduled for July as the month of June was booked.
    • National Night Out – Tuesday, August 1st.
    • In the process of ordering Bobcat promotional items from Mike Culver.
    • Used Facebook advertisement to promote soccer try-outs.
    • Always looking for more help with marketing – Manaal getting pulled away to help with concessions.
    • Looking into resale of baseball/softball equipment
      • Will require Park District approval to use Bettenhausen
      • Looking at Fall timeframe

 

  • Tim Zasada:
    • Has submitted 11U Full-Time Travel Application for 2018
    • Has wanted to coach his son, Parker, for a long time and now has the opportunity to do so.
    • Believes he can bring back many Tinley Park families that have left the Bobcats organization over the years.

Board Meeting May 9th, 2017

Attendees

 

  • Stan Parke, 1st Vice-President
  • Randall Goss, Treasurer
  • Bill Insley, Secretary
  • Dan LoConte, 2nd Vice-President
  • Brian Burke, Flag Football Commissioner
  • Marcia Kissane, Assistant Softball Comissioner
  • Brenda Nelson, Cheer Commissioner
  • Kurt Herrmann, Travel Softball
  • Michelle Cerullo, Softball Commissioner
  • Danielle Gorajski, Marketing
  • Ken Leonard, Field Maintenance
  • Tony Silvia, Baseball Commissioner
  • Jeff Gannon, Baseball
  • Ron Varek, Baseball
  • Mike Dinnon, Baseball

 

Discussion Items

 

  • Stan Parke:
    • Update from Brandi: No discussion items for the meeting.
    • Soccer: No discussion items for the meeting.
    • No new insurance requests since the last board meeting.

 

  • Softball Update – Michelle Cerullo:
    • When are due dates for Full-Time Travel Applications?
      • Board response – approx. mid-June
    • Softball season is under way – dealing with scheduling several make-up games as there have been a significant number of rain-outs.
    • Barrette’s (8U) level has been scheduled for games at Bettenhausen – Field #2.
    • High School Rec (18U) starts their season at the end of May.

 

  • Cheer Update – Brenda Nelson:
    • Registration has closed.
      • Down about 15 girls from prior year
      • 3 full teams to be formed.

 

  • Flag Football Update – Brian Burke:
    • Indoor Flag Football season at Roma has been approved.
      • Issue to Address: Referees
        • Looking for alternative assignors; potentially Southwest Conference Assignor.
        • Question from Randy – Anyone reach out to HS volunteers in need of service hours? Brian to look into it.
        • Another option – have dads potentially ref the games for the younger divisions.
          • Two (2) referees per game.
      • Registration for fall season is trickling in; helmets are mandatory -> $50/helmet.

 

  • Marketing Update – Danielle:
    • Family Fun Days – Saturday, June 3rd.
      • Time change request (move to 11:00AM – 1:00PM from 12:00PM – 2:00PM).
      • Need volunteers for dunk tank.

 

  • Baseball Update – Tony Silvia:
    • In-house uniforms – received “ok” reviews, some grumpiness with the hats. But there was a favorable response overall considering the issues with the manufacturer losing the MLB license.
    • Tournament in April hosted by 11U and 10U FT Travel teams was a success.
    • Joe Bressanelli working on scheduling make-up games for the rain-outs.

 

  • Bill Insley:
    • Reached out to Tinley Junction regarding an article and photo Brenda Nelson submitted regarding the Cheer team’s donation to Hines Fisher House. Did not yet receive a response.

 

  • Randy Goss:
    • Meeting with Accountant coming up for 2016 financials.
    • Annual audit to commence.

 

  • Question from Michelle on Concession Stand Requirements for Travel Teams:
    • Is there a penalty for not volunteering:
      • Board Response:
        • No, there is no penalty and no buy-out available.
        • No individual requirement for travel.
        • Each travel team must make sure there is coverage in the stand at their home games; otherwise, the stand will close.

 

  • Baseball (3) Instances to be Addressed at Meeting:
    • #1 – Game on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
      • Issue between Ken Leonard and Mike Dinnon
      • Stan received an e-mail stating that that Ken said that it was “bullsh*t to play this game in this weather” in front of his team.
      • Mike never heard Ken curse, but the issue was indeed over the weather. According to Mike:
        • He was greeted with hostility from Ken, when he went to introduce himself, in front of the parents/players.
      • According to Ken, Mike was loud and disrespectful towards him, and so he ignored him.
      • Jeff Gannon, an assistant coach, offered the following as he was present at the game:
        • Ken thought it was too cold for the kids to play; Ken is passionate about the kids and wants what’s best for them.
        • He did not believe Mike raised his voice at all, but he didn’t think that Mike needed to take the conflict to another level (i.e., questioning Ken – “do you need to do this in front of the kids”).
      • Danielle presents an e-mail to the Board from a parent who was at the game.
      • Ken abruptly leaves the Board Meeting.
    • #2 – Game on Friday, May 5th, 2017
      • Umpire sent a note to the umpire assignor (Joe Hawker), who then forwarded onto Tony Silvia, and then to Stan.
      • After a questionable call from the umpire, who is 12 years old, he heard the comment from the dugout: “F*ckin’ Blue”. In the e-mail, the umpire believes it came from the assistant coach, Jeff Gannon.
      • Stan asks Jeff Gannon directly – “Was it said, and how was it said?”
      • Jeff denies saying it at all.
      • Stan instructs Tony Silvia to push the e-mail through Ethics and explains the process to Jeff.
    • #3 – Game on Friday, May 5th, 2017
      • Issue between Danielle Gorajski and Ron Varek
        • Ron:
          • In the 2nd/3rd inning, one of his players runs home from 3rd base. The coaches from Danielle’s team insist on the player going back to 3rd.
          • Ron asks the umpire to have a coach’s meeting at home plate, but Danielle refuses to come out of the dugout.
        • Danielle:
          • Felt disrespected by Ron as she felt she felt she was being “called out like a dog”. She hears Ron saying that the “coach needs to know the rules”.
        • Ron:
          • Feels that this issue was less about this specific instance and more about the contentiousness over the past two seasons.
        • Arguments ensue over approaches to coaching.

RockSolid Helmet Family

Facebook ImageHello Bobcat Families – I wanted to let you know that our fall, outdoor flag football registration is now open.

 

If you are interested in the program, I wanted to make you aware that the Bobcats and RockSolid have teamed up to better protect and support our players going forward. RockSolid’s signature product, the RS2 soft shell football helmet, was made by former NFL players (Caleb Hanie is one) specifically for football.

NFL organizations like the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and the Florida Gators use RockSolid gear during their non-contact drills, giving their players a better experience and more confidence on the field.

Player safety is first and foremost, and the RS2 helmet has been proven to reduce the impact of hits by 52%.  Beginning with the Fall 2017 program we will be making soft shell football helmets mandatory for practice / games.  If you previously purchased a soft shell football helmet in the past through the bobcats, these will be ok to continue to use.

For everyone else, you will be able to purchase the helmet at a discounted league rate when you register for the program online.

See the attachments and go to liverocksolid.com/features to learn more about the technology that makes the helmet work.

Thanks and looking forward to a great season!
Rocksolid-RS2-Soft-Shell-Protective-Helmet

Board Meeting Minutes – April 2017

April 11, 2017

Attendees

 

  • Stan Parke, 1st Vice-President
  • Randall Goss, Treasurer
  • Bill Insley, Secretary
  • Dan LoConte, 2nd Vice-President
  • Brian Burke, Flag Football Commissioner
  • Marcia Kissane, Assistant Softball Comissioner
  • Brenda Nelson, Cheer Commissioner
  • Rich Granata, Challenger Baseball
  • Ken Leonard, Field Maintenance
  • Deanna Tuman, Concession Stand Coordinator

 

Discussion Items

 

  • Stan Parke:
    • Team Mom Update from Brandi:
      • Candy will be delivered tomorrow.
      • Raffle tickets have been distributed to the recreational teams; raffle tickets will be distributed to the travel teams this week.
      • Picture Day is April 30th.
        • Brandi will need travel team info if they want team pictures worked in with the recreational teams.
      • Flag Football registration to go live by Friday (April 14th).

 

  • Dan LoConte:
    • No discussion items for the meeting.

 

  • Bill Insley:
    • No discussion items for the meeting.

 

  • Randy Goss:
    • No discussion items for the meeting.

 

  • Flag Football Update – Brian Burke:
    • Registration opens Friday (April 14th).
    • Indoor Flag @ Roma Sports facility in Frankfort:
      • Some concerns weighing registration numbers v. the total fees to charge.
      • Considering how much fundraising to be utilized to reduce registration fee; Raffle tickets will provide greater assistance than candy.
      • Roma to charge approx. $400/hour; incremental costs would include the referee fees.
      • Season would run from October 30th through December 18th.
      • Most likely a “7 on 7” league -> believe we will pull kids from Fall Soccer and/or kids that play tackle football but did not play much in games.

 

  • Cheer Update – Brenda Nelson:
    • Quiet period for Cheer.
    • Registration is on-going.

 

  • Challenger Update – Rich Granata:
    • Requests e-mail to be sent by Tony Silvia (Baseball) and Michelle Cerullo (Softball) to remind parents that there is to be no hard balls allowed on Challenger Field as they can damage the playing surface.
    • Rich recommends that indoor flag football reach out to high schools for Flag Football referees (kids looking for service hours).

 

  • Field Maintenance Update – Ken Leonard:
    • Park District to allow lights beginning Monday, April 17th.
    • Park District to pick up the dirt that was dropped off in the parking lot (drainage project) and put into storage until the fall.
    • Ken asked if Park District plans to cut the grass before the games begin the week of the 17th – grass in the outfield is high.
      • Stan Parke sent subsequent e-mail to Steve Bosco/Joe Bressanelli to confirm.
    • Batting Cage renovation project is about ½ finished.

 

  • Softball Update – Marcia Kissane:
    • Including input from Bill Insley:
    • Softball practices started this week – waiting for completed game schedules. 10U, 12U and 15U schedules are completed by Frankfort.  6U and 8U schedules are completed by Michelle.

 

  • Concessions Update – Deanna Tuman:
    • Sign-up Sheets to go out next week for Travel teams.
    • Concession stand is to open next week (week of April 17th).
    • Waiting on volunteers to step up and take the manager roles.
    • Randy Goss procured the Certificate of Insurance for Fat Ricky’s.

 

  • Soccer Update – Stan Parke:
    • Soccer Field located at Glory to God Church – may not be available to the Bobcats this spring.