Announcing the opening of registration for the 2017 Season
Please be on the lookout for the email announcing that registration is open for our 2017 season. You should expect to see it in the next week or so.
The Board of Upper Providence felt that it was important to send out this communication in advance of registration opening because we are very excited about some enhancements that we are making to this process.
Over the course of the year, we do our best to interact with our membership and we solicit feedback from many of you all of the time. As a result, we feel that we are improving our registration process this year so that we cut down on some of the ongoing requests for additional financial contributions that are burdensome to you.
The cost of this year’s registration for Baseball and Softball will be $150.00 per player. The cost of this year’s registration for our T-Ball Players will be $105.00. We will continue to offer the multi-player discounts that we have offered in the past, which provides a $10.00 discount for each registered player after the first.
Please understand that the 2017 amount will include the $10.00 per player contribution to snack bar coverage. As you know, each family is required to work the snack bar throughout the season and most of the time you elect to have a volunteer to work your shift for you. The cost of this decision is $10.00 and, typically, this is paid through the Team Parent and ultimately to the teen volunteer that works the shift. That will not be happening this year as we are including your $10.00 contribution to the snack bar with your registration. Of course, if you prefer to work your shift in the snack bar during the season, feel free to let your Team Parent know that and your $10.00 will be returned to you when you show up for your shift.
In addition, with your registration, we are including a $10.00 per player contribution to assist with our volunteer needs throughout the course of the season. Volunteers run UPLL and the success of the league is dependent on people willing to donate their time and effort. If you will recall, last year we asked each member to elect one “volunteer opportunity” over the course of the season. The options were: Upper Providence Day, General Facility Needs, Upper Providence Easter Egg Hunt, the Conor Mckenna tournament. Unfortunately, too many people in recent years have been signing up for a volunteer opportunity without fulfilling their obligation. There are over 800 registered players at UPLL, but the commitment to volunteer tends to come from the same families each year. This practice is unsustainable and, going forward, the use of junior volunteers will provide UPLL with confirmation that league and local events can be properly supported ahead of time. So, in an effort to assist with this process this year, we are adding this fee as part of registration and we will use this fee to pay our junior volunteers to work during these very important events throughout the year. Of course, just like in the snack bar, if you are interested in working one of these days, please notify your Team Parent and arrangements will be made to get you scheduled for the event of your choice. We will gladly return your $10.00 to you when you arrive for your scheduled day.
Fund Raising Update
We hope that you have had a chance to make it down to the complex to see the tremendous work that is going on this off season. The family pavilion is finished and we are excited about what this area will bring to our membership. Feel free to click on this link to be taken directly to the page on our website that has the pavilion updates –
In addition, a water drainage project is underway which will include massive changes to the entire grading of the complex (mainly in the center) to ensure that water runs off of our complex properly. This project may not have the most visible results to you but rest assured, it was critical to be taken care of so that we could be able to make other improvements and to ensure that our water drainage system was safe for our players and their family members.
We have also started with an extensive parking re-design for the upper portion of the complex (behind Home Trim Work Field continuing down to Vist Field). This will include modifications to the road that curves around Home Trim Work field and the addition of an entire row of parking.
On final thing that is happening now is some much needed improvements to Penn Liberty Field. We have contracted with a specialists to repair some of the irrigation issues that we were having that were causing the field to flood in several areas and we have improved the playing surface throughout the infield and outfield to ensure that our field that is used for many of our age groups in both baseball and softball gets back to looking like the best field in our District.
I hope you will agree that all of your hard work over the past 2 years with our league raffle is paying off. The funds that we have raised from these two programs are being 100% returned to the league through the above mentioned complex improvements.
The Board has elected to have a raffle sale again with our 2017 season. The structure will be the exact same as last year. Each player will be asked to sell five (5) tickets for $10 per ticket. We will have the same multi player cap that we had last year (no more than 2 players per family). And, back by popular demand, we will once again be offering the optional “opt out” for $35.00 at the time of registration. So, if you prefer not to be involved with the actual selling of our raffle tickets, we offer you the 100% voluntary option of “opting out” of this by paying $35.00 at the time of registration. Many people told us that they really appreciated having this option last year so we have decided to carry it into this year as well.
We have continued to partner with our local baseball resources and are excited that we will once again have clinics with: Diamond Dreams Baseball Academy; Ursinus College; and Pennsylvania Baseball Academy.
Registration is open for these clinics and you are encouraged to register as soon as possible! (As noted below, limited slots are available!)
The Ursinus clinic is run by the Ursinus head baseball coach, and is a great opportunity for all kids to sharpen their skills, as well as interact with players and coaches from the Ursinus baseball team. This year, sessions will be offered on multiple dates focused separately on hitting, pitching and catching, as well as defense. Players in the midget A and AA divisions who attend both the hitting and pitching sessions need not attend the formal UPLL evaluations as they will be evaluated as part of the clinics. In addition, Pennsylvania Baseball Academy is offering hitting clinics for kids looking to increase their hitting success!
Please use the links below to register for the Ursinus clinics and the Pennsylvania Baseball academy clinics: