We are excited to announce that the EYA baseball program will be holding a series of baseball workshop/workouts again this winter. These workouts will be very structured and will focus on baseball “basics” as well as some more specific areas of instruction including Hitting, Fielding, Pitching & Catching and others.
It is the goal of these sessions to be highly instructional as well as to keep the kids playing baseball. Our goal to make the most of the time everyone is investing in these workouts and have many members of the baseball organization including Travel and Intramural coaches involved in planning, scheduling and executing the workouts. In addition we are hoping to bring in some experts from outside of the organization to help coach the kids.
We are planning on having players of all skill levels attend and we will make sure that each player gets the most instruction and fun out of the session by working with other players of a similar skill set. It is our goal to make sure that everyone from the beginner player to the advanced player will find these sessions beneficial.
It is expected that all players looking to play travel baseball in the spring attend several of these workouts. We are big supporters of playing other sports, so if there are conflicts with a sport that is in season, let us know.
All Sessions will be held on Sunday Evenings at Elite Sports Academy located at 4651 Colebrook Ave, Emmaus, PA 18049 (Located in the former Emmaus Bowling Center near Pickles). We will have access to climate controlled turf fields as well as hitting tunnels for pitching and batting.
These workouts will be for players age 9-15. Each week, we will divide players up by age and skill level to make sure kids are working on the appropriate skills with their group.
Sessions will be held from 7:00 PM - 8:30PM.
12/3- Behr (Travel Knee High Coach) - We will have 3 or 4 different groups rotating through several stations.
12/10 - Betz (Travel Biddy Coach) - We will have 3 or 4 different groups rotating through several stations.
12/17 - Simmons (Travel Midget Coach) - We will have groups of players rotating through stations.
We will not hold workouts obviously on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. We will continue to hold sessions Sundays through January and February. A schedule for these dates is forthcoming and will include some "Clinics" held by coaches from outside our organization and will be specific in nature, possibly hitting, pitching, catching, etc.. Please feel tree too offer suggestions.
To cover cost for the facility, attendance at regular workouts will be $15 per player per workout. It is important that these workouts are well attended for the players sake as well as the ability of the EYA to continue to provide this important instruction. These sessions were well attended the past two years and we are hoping to build on that.
This cost is well below other similar opportunities, however if for some reason players need financial assistance we want to help provide that. We can offer partial scholarships and discounts for multiple workouts and or multiple players if it is absolutely necessary. The bottom line is we do not want anyone to not attend due to cost.
If you want to reserve a spot, please email Tom Ashelman at email@example.com. If you do not reserve a spot, you are still welcome to attend. If we get enough players to fill a session, we will send out an email
I wanted to introduce myself, my name is John Zgura and I am the President of the Emmaus Youth Association. I have been the Vice President for years and before that held a board position. I take over the position left vacant by our former President Kathy Mintzner who after many years has decided to step down and take the position of Chairman of the Board. Kathy has dedicated years of her life to the children of Emmaus and has been a huge part of the success of the Emmaus Halloween parade. I have been part of the Emmaus Youth Association for many years and have coached baseball at all levels in Intramural and Travel.
I have a lot of new ideas for the organization and will strive to maintain the integrity and values of the Emmaus Youth Association, that Kathy and the board have built over the years. I wanted to personally thank Kathy for all of her time and dedication to the Emmaus Youth Association and look forward to serving on the board with Kathy for many years to come.
The Emmaus Youth Association will have walk-in registration for Baseball and Softball on Wednesday January 11th at ST. John’s Church @ 5th and Chestnut, Emmaus PA from 6-P.M til 9PM. If you have a minute or an hour, stop in and say hello and meet some of the board members who make the decisions that keep the Emmaus Youth Association one of the top organizations in the area. If you wish to join our board, coach a team or fill any of our other volunteer positions, contact myself or any of our other board members and we will help you in any way we can. I have always felt that volunteers are like heroes, dedicating their time and expecting nothing in return.
I look forward to working with the board, children and parents of the Emmaus Youth Association now and into the future.
“A Hero is someone who steps up when everyone else backs down”
John D. Zgura
Emmaus Youth Association
President / Director of Baseball Operations
The Procedure for forming all recreation (not travel) teams will follow these guidelines:
For example: A-Ball ages 9-10
Team # 1Team # 2Team # 3
Jake age 9 John age 9 Joe age 9
Jeff 9 Jerry 9 Jeff 9
Bill 10 Bob 10 Brian 10
Matt 10 Mike 9 Will 10
Eric 9 Al 9 Fred 10
Team #2 would have first pick in the draft due to the fact that they only have one 10 year old. They will then pick another 10 year out of the pool to create a team with an equal amount of 10 year olds if there are no 10 year olds to choose from they still have first pick of a 9 year old. This pattern would continue until all names are pulled from the pool and placed on teams in an even fashion.
The roster from the previous season will be the base of the team.
Players will stay on the roster of the team they played on in the previous season and will stay on that teams roster for the duration of their playing years or until the team would dissolve because of lack of players.
All players who enter the A program will be placed into the "pool" and placed on a team with equal age appropriate players ( as close as possible)
All new registrants for the program or players that teams were dissolved will be broken down into age appropriate categories referred to as the "pool". These names will be chosen as a closed ballot and separated according to age.
A count of players by age will be categorized.
Players the were on the "fall" ball roster are not automatically guaranteed to play on that team in spring unless they were on that roster the previous spring then they would continue to move up with the team.
Starting with the team with the lowest count of players; the coordinator and or coach will draw a name from the pool to even out the teams as close as possible.
EYA will honor children of coaches to be placed on the same team.
EYA will honor siblings to be placed on the same team.
EYA will nothonor transportation issues to be placed on the same team.(Previous participants have taken advantage of this situation
EYA will not guarantee request for specific teams or coaches. Each request will be handled on a case by case basis
EYA will notguarantee that all requests will be honored.