Welcome to Russiaville Youth Baseball 2018!

Dec 13, 2017 7:26 PM
Scott Sipes

A Message from the Board; Park Upgrades and Enhanced Play for 2018

Welcome to Russiaville Youth Baseball League 2018!

On behalf of the board, I would like to welcome you and thank you for allowing your child to play baseball at RYBL.  We are excited for recent and planned upgrades to the facilities at the park.  Last season, the major league pressbox and storage building was demolished and replaced with a new, structurally sound, water tight building with enhanced storage space, lighting, and security.  Also, the bleachers were cleaned, stained, and painted and old boards replaced.  For 2018, we are excited to announce several enhancements which include adding bleacher seating to the minor league leftfield area, removal of the north park boundary fence, and adding a landscape mound near centerfield of the major league field with trees and plants to enhance the appearance of the facilities.  The removal of the boundary fence will allow free flow of RYBL patrons to use the facilities of the town park.  Two other major developments are currently in the works.  The town council, RYBL, RGSL, and the Lion’s Club have entered into an agreement to allow a new paved multi-use path to be constructed in two loops.  One loop will encircle the T-ball field and new softball field, while the other loop will encircle the town park.  Construction of the multi-use path is planned for spring/summer of 2018.  The cost of this project is being funded entirely by a federal grant and funds from the Town of Russiaville and Howard County.  In 2018, our 12u league will be playing games on the major field converted for play at 70 feet bases and 50 feet pitcher’s mound to home plate (50/70).  This will allow for leadoffs and steals and is a transitional distance between 46/60 and the next step of 60/90.  There is a move nationwide to 50/70 for Cal Ripken leagues and RYBL is the front-runner in offering this enhanced competition in Howard County.  The field will be convertible between 46/60 and 50/70 to allow for maximum field scheduling flexibility.

The Russiaville Youth Baseball League (RYBL) has a long, proud history beginning in 1966.  Entering our 52nd season, there are numerous accomplishments for which to be proud.  Last season, Mike’s Italian Grill won the Minor City Tournament Championship in an all Russiaville final against league powerhouse Fast Lane Foods.  In the Major City Tournament, Hollingsworth Lumber represented Russiaville with class in the final game, falling just short of becoming the back to back champions.  Russiaville teams have been the Major City Tournament champion 7 times, 2016 (Hollingsworth Lumber), 2015 (Lion’s Club), 2009 (Mike’s Pizza), 2004 (Martin Brothers), 2002 (Mike’s Pizza), 2000 (Hollingsworth Lumber), and 1991 (Woody’s).  Russiaville has consistently fielded teams in the final four in the city tournaments from our 12U, 10U, and 8U leagues, including several champions in recent years

This league has thrived for over 50 years because of the involvement of numerous volunteers every season.  These volunteers and the kids and parents are what make the league successful. 

On Saturday, April 7, 2018 and on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 8 am to 4 pm, there will be two “Field Days” organized, where numerous volunteers are asked to get the fields and grounds ready for the season.  This year, we will be completing the conversion of the major league field to allow for play at 50/70, painting dugouts, and preparing batting cages, fields, and restrooms for the season of play.  There are numerous other preparations to be done on field days.  The more people who volunteer to work on field days will result in a better facility for the kids.  Helping for two hours or an entire day - whatever you can offer - would be greatly appreciated.  Mark these dates on your calendar!

Without your involvement, the quality of the league would suffer.  So, on behalf of the rest of the board, I ask each of you to thoughtfully consider what you can offer as a volunteer to make a positive difference in the quality of the league.  THIS IS YOUR LEAGUE! 

There are many opportunities to serve as a volunteer.  There are 8 board members, with all positions currently filled.  There are 4 league director positions (T ball, 8U, 10U, 12U).  There are approximately 25 manager positions for teams throughout each age division.  There are two or three assistant coaching positions for each team.  There is a team mom designated for each team.  This totals 125 volunteer positions just to coach and coordinate the teams!

Additionally, the league utilizes volunteers to mow the fields and property, maintain the fields and buildings, and dispose of trash.  During the season, each team is responsible for preparing the fields for play prior to games and putting everything away, disposing of trash into dumpsters, raking, and tarping the fields after the last game each night.  Coaches and the board appreciate parents help with these responsibilities before and after games.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and volunteer assistance for the 2018 RYBL season.  With your help, we can achieve continued success in maintaining RYBL as the premier league in Howard County.

Kind Regards,

Scott Sipes
RYBL Board President

Board Members

Andy Vandenbosch – 1st Vice President        Dawn Hyman – Equipment Manager

Tom Mashino – 2nd Vice President                 Bryan Altmaier – Player Agent

Teddy Conn – Secretary                                 Scott Gaskins – Umpire in Chief

Jasen Hobson – Treasurer


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