Plate Stance Specifics –The Davis Stance

Scott Ehret on Umpiring

About nine or 10 years ago, while headed home after a Gerry Davis Umpire Clinic, Gerry and I were talking about plate work. He’d just spent the weekend “in the cages” helping umpires develop or improve their plate stance, and quite a few needed a lot of help. The most common problem was movement during a pitch – the old “moving camera takes a blurred picture” cliché confirmed and repeated in three living dimensions.

“I started putting guys in their base stance,” he said. “Hands on knees, get set and lock in before the pitcher commits, and stay put until the ball reaches catcher. It worked so well I think I might try that stance in Spring Training.

Now, if you’ve ever spent any time with Gerry you probably know two things about him: He’s very serious about umpiring and he loves a good practical joke. I knew from our conversation this “hands-on-knees” stance had been a great teaching tool during that weekend’s clinic, but I could not believe Gerry would completely alter his own stance in front of Major League players and managers. I didn’t KNOW I was being set up, but let’s just say I’ve been in too many places with too many umpires to show anyone my plate stance in a bar.

Fast forward a couple of months. Late March. Gerry was back in Wisconsin after his Spring Training work and everyone in Appleton was wondering how many more times that winter the snowplows would wake them up at four AM. On his first day back in the office Gerry was raving about his new stance.

“You’ve got to try this,” he said again and again. “You won’t believe how comfortable it is, let alone how well you see pitches!”Sure, I thought: “One more round, then I gotta’ go!” But just in case he was serious I had to ask a few questions. Here’s the easiest plate stance lesson you’ll ever read.

  • Put one foot directly behind the middle of the catcher. With a right handed batter it’s your right foot.
  • Step into the slot by spreading your feet a bit more than shoulder width apart.
  • Lean forward slightly and place your hands on your knees. It’s the same stance you’re probably using on the bases with a runner on.
  • Watch the pitcher. As he commits to the batter drop your rear end a couple of inches so your line of sight is horizontal. This takes stress off the muscles in the back of your neck. You’re now locked in.
  • See the ball at the pitcher’s release point and stay locked in until after the ball reaches the catcher. Move only your eyes and try to keep the ball near the center of your field of vision.

Frankly, I still was not quite convinced. Seeing is believing and I had not seen a thing. Loud laughter and predictable wisecracks lingered at the edge of my imagination. Then Gerry left for opening day and friends started calling, asking me about Gerry’s new plate stance. After 10 or 12 calls I had a chance to watch one of his plate games on television. There he was, hands on knees …

A few days later I had a non-conference double header with two teams I knew pretty well and a partner I’d never met. I figured the partner wouldn’t know if I was doing something different and I knew the teams would never notice. Perfect chance to try this new stance. At least for an inning.

It took about four batters for me to realize how easy it was. Each pitch looked big as a beach ball coming toward the plate. Outside corner? No problem. Low zone? Easy. My biggest difficulty was patience – I saw the ball so well that after a couple of innings my timing started getting quick. Slow down! See the pitch all the way to the glove! Okay, that’s fixed.

We’ve spent months talking about the five fundamentals of a great plate stance. They’ve never been easier to establish or master.

  • Head height. It’s automatic when you put your hands on your knees. Keep your elbows straight and, unless your arms grow during the game, your head height will be consistent for nine innings or 19.
  • Location. One foot centered on the catcher, feet spread a bit more than shoulder width. You’re in the slot! If the catcher and batter squeeze you, just adjust up a bit – but only if you have to. With this head height it’s rarely necessary.
  • Balance. Already there.
  • Comfort. Even better than balance. In fact, there’s almost NO FATIGUE! Face it. How often are you tired after working the bases? Now you’re in the same stance, just standing behind the plate!
  • Lock-in mechanism. Put your hands on your knees and drop your rear a couple of inches. You’re set; you’re stable; there’s no place to go.

If there is a drawback it lies in the fact that your forearms feel exposed. They are. You will get hit. I do, but no worse and no more often than when I used other stances. The good news is that when I have a bruise I still get the pitches right.

Almost a decade after that Gerry Davis clinic, whether you call it the “Davis Stance” or the “Lock Box” or the “Hands on Knees Stance,” umpires across the country and around the world are using it at every level of baseball – and softball! If you haven’t at least tried it you’re falling behind the curve. Give the Davis Stance one game and if you don’t like it go back to what you’ve been doing.

Just don’t go there when you’re in a bar – you may wind up buying a very expensive round of drinks.

4/18/09 Board Minutes

Meeting called to order by President Richter at 10:00 AM.

Roll call showed all directors present.

Motion Brennan, seconded Kreger, carried, to accept the minutes from the previous meeting as mailed.

First order of business was acting on player Jake Casareto who lives in International Falls, they have no team and are outside the (30) mile radius of any MBA team. He is requesting to play for Hibbing. The question was asked Mr. Tulla if Hibbing is the closest MBA team and he thought it was. Motion Roufs, seconded Forsman, carried, to approve Casareto to play for Hibbing.

A letter was received from Sam Baumgartner manager of the Wilmont Cardinals. His concern was the eligibility of one of his players (Justin Saufley) who after last year's season left to play for the Duluth Huskies of the Northwood's league but did not give proper notification to the MBA board. Motion Hartmann, seconded Barry, carried, that (Justin Saufley) will be suspended for the first three league games of 2009 season. Saufley must be at the games, in full uniform, and in the dugout.

Motion Forsman, seconded Kreger, carried to approve the Pro Player Questionnaire of Brian Beuning to play for Sauk Centre Titans.

Motion Barry, seconded Rademacher, carried to approve the Pro Player Questionnaire for Kent Harrop to play for the St. Joseph Saints. He has received his release from the Granite City Grays.

Motion Forsman, seconded Kreger, carried, to approve the North Star League to use a 15 mile player radius form city limits to city limits. Also to use Intra league games East, West, Central, for play-off eligibility.

Motion Forsman, seconded Roufs, carried to approve the following MBA teams to play non MBA teams:

(New Ulm Kaiserhoff) Brookings, S.D
(Vergas Loons) Fargo Mets
(Hastings) Eau Claire, Prescott, Bay City, River Falls
(Isanti) St. Croix Falls, Superior, St. Croix. They also request that all MBA teams in their tournament be eligible to play these teams.
(Milroy Yankees) Briton, S.D.
(Moorhead Brewers) Brookings, Aberdeen, Kearney, Pierre, Chadron, Dell Rapids, Brandon Valley, Rapid City, Fargo. They also request that all MBA teams be eligible to play non MBA teams in their tournament. (Jamestown, Mayville).
(Green Isle) Brookings, S.D.
(Cannon Falls Bears) Prescott, Hager City, River Falls Fish, MPLA, Cubs
(East Bethel Bandits) Superior, St. Croix, Osceola, New Richmond
(Northfield) Hager City
(Hadley) Brandon Valley
(Clarissa) Clarissa Alumni
(Stewartville/Racine) Chaseburg/Coon Valley, La Crosse
(Hinckley) Proctor
(Lake City) Ellsworth, Hager City, Eau Claire
(Dumont) Fairmont, Fargo Mets

Motion Kregar, seconded Rademacher, carried to approve the following Tournament Sanctions:(Bemidji 6/12-14/09)(Brownton 6/18-20/09)(Isanti 6/19-21/09)(Hibbing 6/19-21/09)(Green Isle-Hamburg 6/26-28/09)(Moorhead Brewers 6/26-28/09)(Cannon Falls 6/10-14/09) (Howard Lake 6/26-27/09)(St Cloud Ortho 6/5-7/09)(Sartell and St. Stephens 6/5-7/09) (Hinckley 6/26-28/09)

Mike Nagel chairman of the Bird Island Tournament committee brought the board up to date on the work being done at the Bird Island Park. All buildings and dugout will be completed by the end of April. The berm and groundwork should be completed by the end of August. He also talked about ticket promotions they are working on.

Bill Schulte and Mike Walsh also informed the board that everything in Gaylord and Arlington were coming into place.

After receiving some complaints on the new rule which requires first year rural player to need a release, a motion was made by Kreger, seconded Roufs, carried to amend both the (City) and (Rural) first year player rule. The new rule as of April 18, 2009 will read; No first year player will need a release (City) or (Rural).

Motion Hartmann, seconded Rademacher, carried, to appoint Dale Pryzmus as the Region #9 Commissioner and Ryan O' Hara as the Region #10 Commissioner.

The board next met with Sectional and Regional Commissioners. A proposed alignment was presented to the Commissioners for their approval. After reviewing the Class "B" section, motion by Mike Kieke, seconded, Dan Plein, carried to approve the Class "B" format.

After reviewing the Class "C" alignment, motion Monte Hintzman, seconded Gerald Roepke, carried to approve the Class "C" format.

Motion Hartmann, seconded Roufs, carried to amend the new three team league rule to read; For the 2009 season, allow three team leagues to have either (1) or (2) teams to progress for Regional play. This decision will need to be made prior to the start of their season.

The State tournament this year will be using Diamnond D-1 Pro baseball.

Brett Gwaltney was approved to play for the North Central Florida Starts. Return to Lake City for post-season play only if he meets his 4 game eligibility.

The board would like to thank the 19 Commissioners that attended this meeting. Missing this meeting was Section 2,3,8, Region 2,6. Wish you all a great season.

There is a change to our June 13th meeting; we will meet at (10:00 AM) the old tine was 1:00 PM. Please mark this on your calendar.

Next meeting of the State Board will be May 9, at the Holiday Inn, St. Cloud, 1:00 PM

There being no further business motion Roufs, seconded Rademacher, carried, to adjourn Adjournment coming at 2:30 PM

March 14-15 Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Board Meeting
Holiday Inn, St. Cloud
March 14-15, 2009

Saturday March 14, 2009

Meeting called to order by President Richter at 1:00 PM.

Roll call showed – Barry and Hartmann absent.

Motion Brennan, seconded Kreger, carried, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting as mailed.

First order of business was a request by Sam Steidl to be reinstated. Motion by Forsman, seconded Rademacher, carried, to reinstate Steidl for the 2009 season, also to approve his pro release from the Dodgers.

Motion Forsman, seconded Kreger, carried, to approve Paul Schumacher and Tim Dingmann from Albertville to play in the Roy Hobbs Tournament in Las Vegas in March, and also the Roy Hobbs World Series in Florida this coming October.

Andy Johnson representing Stewartville/Racine of the Twin Rivers League came before the board asking if it was possible to change their playoff format after the season ended by placing teams in different divisions based on their strength. His reasoning was that there are many changes form one year to another which might eliminate a strong team form one division while a weaker team advances. This said they would not be sending their best possible representatives to the region. His example was to allow leagues to have one big playoff of all their teams, sending their top four to the region. Motion Forsman, seconded Brennan, carried to table this proposal for further study.

The board next reviewed contracts for the operation of the MBA web site. They were from Bill Nelson, Mike Wolbrink (M-Design), and Dan Birkholz (Herald Journal). After hearing their proposals there was a motion by Roufs, seconded Forsman, carried, to retain their services for the 2009 season. (Nelson) will be covering the web site with stories and team information, he will be writing 12 months instead of the 5 ½ months he wrote in 2008, his salary will be $8,000. (Herald Journal) will conduct the overall maintenance of the site at a cost of $1,500 per year. (M-Design) will work as a consultant working with both Nelson and Herald Journal setting up new programs or making adjustments to the web site as needed. They will be reimbursed at an hourly rate. The MBA will also cover one hour of training for Nelson with M-Design. All other training Nelson must provide himself.

A letter was received from Mason Duckett inquiring about eligibility. After reviewing his letter, motion by Forsman, seconded Kreger, carried, to deny his eligibility to play for Cannon Falls. He is still eligible to play for Kasson.

Motion Forsman, seconded Rademacher, carried, to approve the request of the Land O’ Ducks Teal and Wood Leagues for a 5 mile player radius extension giving them 35 miles.

Motion Forsman, seconded Kreger, carried, to approve the Cannon Valley Classic League to put together an All Star Team to play the Saint Paul Saints on May 3, 2009.

Motion Roufs, seconded Forsman, carried, to approve the following team to play non MBA teams.

(Rosemount) Menomonie
(Milroy) Brookings
(Blue Earth) Brookings
(Granite Falls) Britten, Brookings
(Young America) Hager City, Y.A. Alumni
(Pine Island) River Falls, Ellsworth, Hager City, Lacrosse, LaCrescent, Pine Island Legion
(Austin Greyhounds) Lacrosse, Chaseburg/Coon Valley, Peekskill N.Y. Tides, Eagle Valley, IL., Chicago, IL., Vee Pak Hawks, Jamestown, SD., Brookings, SD., Prescott, Omaha, NE (They also request that all MBA teams in their tournament be allowed to play non MBA teams.)
(Dundas) Chicago Wildcats
(Northfield) Riverfalls, Prescott
(Arlington) Hager City
(Plainview) Hager City, Lacrescent
(First Night Gopher) Southwest Barnstormers over 35
(Red Wing) Peekskill Tides, Plum City, Eau Claire, Hager City, Menomonie, Prescott, Riverfalls

Motion Rademacher, seconded Brennan, carried, to approve tournament sanctions for (Sobieski 6/13-14/09) (Belle Plaine 6/5-7/09) (Arlington 5/30/09) (Austin Greyhounds 6/25-28/09) (Luverne 6/18-21/09) (Red Wing 6/18-21/09) (Stockman’s 6/25-28/09) (Cologne 6/27-28/09)

A request by Jamie Heipel to move Blaine out of section #7. A motion by Roufs, seconded Brennean, carried, to move Blaine to section #6 for the 2009 season.

Motion Rademacher, seconded Brennan, carried, to approve the following:
(Tyler Steen) return to Raymond for the 2009 season
(Joe Loftes, Savage) play for Harwich Cape Cod League, return to Savage for post season play only if he secures his (4) game eligibility.
(Dave Deminski, Sartell) play for the River Bats return to Sartell for post season play only if he secures his (4) game eligibility.

Motion Rademacher, seconded Forsman, carried to classify Fairbault as a “C” team for the 2009 season. They will play in the Southern Minny.

Jon Rambow and Mary Sawatzky chairpersons of the Willmar Tournament Committee came before the board. They were very up beat about hosting the tournament and said everything is going great in Willmar. However, they were concerned about their co-host site, but hoped everything could be worked out.

There was no further order of business motion Forsman, seconded Kreger to adjourn. Adjournament coming at 3:28 pm.

Sunday March 15, 2009

Meeting called to order by President Richter at 1:00 pm

Roll call showed Barry and Hartmann absent.

President Richter greeted the assembly and league supplies were handed out by roll call. There were (51) people in attendance. They represented (55) leagues.

Director Forsman reviewed the 2009 handbook and pointed out changes that were made. (1.) Player radius will be 30 miles, not 25. This will be calculated by a (GPS visualizer). When using a GPS you start with the player’s home address to the ballpark address using the latitude and longitude. The measurements you use must be recorded with your league secretary. Remember (30 miles) not 30.0001. (2.) Class B teams can use their league schedule and their section seeding games to count toward their (4) game eligibility. (3) A rural player who is a first year player is also required to get a release. He must obtain his release fro the community that is nearest his residence. (4.) All event that bring at least four teams together to play require a tournament sanction form to be filed with the State Board before the event is held. There will be no fee, however, by not filing there will be a $50.00 fine, failure to pay the fine wil result in team not being eligible for post season play. This event must be sanctioned by the 4th Sunday of July. (5.) In a (3) team league, the league will send only (1) team to the region play-off. (6.) Base coaches must wear helmets. (7.) Team forms must be typed and completed in full for Region, Section, and State Tournament. Any team not complying will be fined one tournament game share.

The floor was open for discussion. These were some of the items. GPS Visualizer, Three team leagues, base coaches must wear helmets.

Bill Nelson addressed the floor explaining what he will be doing for the web site. He will write one article a week, he would like teams or players to send pictures, or any information such as league standings and scores of games. Bill will be responsible to put all league, region, section, state pairings on the web site.

Director Roufs went over the (3) team league situation making sure everyone understood the new rule.
Tony Beneke and Bill Schulte tournament chairmen form Arlington and Gaylord addressed the floor. They passed out information on the two communities and will be selling advance tickets with a $5.00 off on a meal at one of the restaurants on the back of the ticket. This ticket will also get you into one game.

After a lengthy discussion with the Cannon Valley Classic National League on the status of Bay City, a motion was made by Forsman, seconded Kreger, carried, that Bay City would be a qualified team to make the Cannon Valley Classic National a four team league for the 2009 season. In 2010 Bay City could play in the league but will no longer make them eligible to make the Cannon Valley Classic National a four team league.

Motion Forsman, seconded Kreger, carried, to approve the Stearns County Leagues to use a 6 mile player radius, and no 10 run rule.

Myron Seidl President of the Tomahawk Leagues asked the board if they could have their two leagues put in different regions. Or if they would make (3) leagues if that would help their move. The board could not commit to any more at this time until more information could be heard from all the league members.

Mike Nagel tournament chairman for Bird Island appeared before the board. He told the board that things were going good. All the building and stands should be completed by July. One problem they have is the National Guard will not be able to complete their work until August. The board gave Bird Island approval to have their park completed by August 21, 2009.

League registration and dues will come due April 1st. Make sure you complete all the information on the registration card and have all teams sign their acknowledgement of the constitution and by-laws.

Next meeting of the MBA will be April 18th, 2009 at the Holiday Inn, St. Cloud (10:00am). We will break for lunch at 11:00am. All commissioners are invited. We will continue our meeting after lunch to setup sections and regions. Material will be handed out for your section or region. We urge all commissioners to attend. If you can not make the meeting please send someone in your place. Commissioners please return your meeting card by April 11th.

The board would like to remind everyone that our web site can only be as good as the information provided. We encourage everyone if you have anything of special interest to Minnesota baseball call a Board Member or Bill Nelson.

With no further business to come before the board a motion by Brennan, seconded Forsman, carried, to adjourn. Adjournment came at 3:50pm.

Bob Zellmann

April 2009 Board Meeting Notes

The Board of Directors of the MBA met last Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The purpose of the meetings were to determine the Class "B" sections and Class "C" regions. There wasn't much discussion on the "B" sections although they did note that there is a number discrepancy between some sections. The general consensus was that if teams request to move to a section with less than five teams the Board would give them serious consideration

The Class "C" regional alignment took a long discussion to shake it all out. Three general themes came to the table in the discussion. The first was number of teams in a region. Second was travel and third was whether or not to accommodate some leagues requests to be put into different regions.

The regions were agreed upon and the average number of teams in a region is 14.25 teams. The region with the least teams is Region 12 with 9 teams (however, they have the most travel) and the region with the most teams is region 8 with 20 teams (all of the Victory leagues). Region 8 paid out $322.30 per game last year, second most of any region or section.

Here are the Section and Regions assignments:

Class B Sections 2009
Section 1: Meisville, Dundas, Red Wing, Hastings, Northfield
Section 2: Austin Greyhounds, Austin Blue Sox, Rochester Royals
Section 3: Shakopee Indians, Jordan, Prior Lake Jays, Chaska, Victoria, Green Isle
Section 4: Mankato Twins, Marshall A's, Waseca, New Ulm Kaiserhoff
Section 5: Burnsville, Lakeville, Savage, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Eagan, Inver Grove
Heights, Elko
Section 6: Bemidji, Duluth, Hibbing, Grand Rapids, Nashwauk, Blaine
Section 7: Cold Spring, Brainerd Bees, Sauk Rapids, East Bethel, Soderville, Hamel,
Coon Rapids Redbirds
Section 8: Maple Lake, Delano, Hutchinson, Dassel-Cokato, St. Michael, Plato

45 Teams, 8 Sections

Class C Regions 2009
Region 1: Eastern Minny North Hinckley, Quamba, Mora, Aitkin
Eastern Minny West Isanti, Milaca, Princeton, Chisago Lakes
Metro Minny Red Andover, St. Francis, Champlin, Anoka
Metro Minny Blue Big Lake, Forest Lake, Ham Lake, Rum River

Region 2: Tomahawk American Essig, Searles, Gibbon, Lamberton
Tomahawk East Patriot Leavenworth, Springfield, Stark, St. James
Tomahawk National Sleepy Eye, New Ulm Brewers, Redwood Falls, Hanska

Regon 3: DRS White St. Patrick, St. Benedict, New Prague, Shakopee
DRS Blue New Market, Veseli, Union Hill, PriorLake Mudcats
Classic Cannon Valley Cannon Falls, Hampton, Randolph

Region 4: 13-60 Black Blue Earth, Wells, Cleveland, New Richland, Lake Crystal
13-60 Blue Waterville, Cleveland, Minnesota Lake, Morristown, Mankato Cubs
DRS Red Montgomery, Lonsdale, Webster

Region 5: Twin Rivers Root Lake City, Wanamingo, Pine Island, Stewartville, Plainview
Twin Rivers Zumbro Kasson, St. Charles, Winona, Rochester Roadruners, Caledonia
Southern Minny Faribault, Rochester Blues, Albert Lea, Owatonna, Mankato Mets

Region 6: River Valley West Wintrop, Arlington, Gaylord, St. Peter, Fairfax
River Valley Central LeSueur, Belle Plaine, Waconia, Henderson
Northstar East Albertville, Rogers, Elk River, Loretto, Maple Plain, Mound

Region 7: Crow River North Watertown, St. Bonifacious, Mayer, New Germany, Winsted,
Crow River South Hamburg Norwood, Young America, Cologne, Brownton, Carver

Region 8: Victory East Pierz Bulldogs, Pierz Brewers, Lastrup, Buckman, Foley
Victory North Brainerd Braves, Fort Ripley, Harding, Cuyuna, St. Mathias
Victory South Holdingford, St. Stephen, Avon, Opole, St. Wendel
Victory West Sobieski, Flensburg, Upsala, Randall, Royalton

Region 9: Land O'Ducks Teal Canby, Appleton, Rosen, Ortonville, Benson, Madison
Land O'Ducks Wood Dumont, Morris Clinton, Wheaton, Chokio
Corn Belt South Raymond, Bird Island, Willmar, Sacred Heart, Granite Falls, Milroy

Region 10: Lakewood National Sartell, Becker, Clear Lake, St. Cloud Snappers, Litchfield,
St. Joseph
Lakewood American St. Cloud Ortho, Granite City Grays, Sauk Centre, Freeport, Sauk Rapids Jimmy's

Region 11: Central Valley North Pearl Lake, St. Augusta, Kimball, St. Nicholas
Central Valley South Luxemburg, Eden Valley, Watkins, Cold Spring Rockies
North Star West Howard Lake, Kingston, Buffalo, Monticello, Rockford

Region 12: Norman Polk Ada, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Roseau, Warroad
West Central Morhead Miners, Moorhead Brewers, Moorhead Expos,
Moorhead Saints

Region 13: First Nite Jackson, Windom, Fairmont, Mountain Lake, Fox Lake,
Heron Lake
Gopher Wilmont, Hadley, Luverne, Pipestone, Adrian, Tracy, Milroy
Irish, Minneota

Region 14: HI-10 New York Mills, Bluffton, Perham, Wadena/Deer Creek,
Bertha, Detroit Lakes, Dent Bulldogs
Lake & Pine South Staples, Nimrod, Nisswa, Sebeka, Verndale
Resorters East Carlos, Urbank-Parkers Prairie, Clarissa, Miltona, Long

Region 15: Stearns County North Meire Grove, Greenwald, New Munich, Elrosa, Spring Hill
Stearns County South St. Martin, Richmond, Farming, Roscoe, Lake Henry
Corn Belt North Regal, Norway Lake, New London-Spicer, Paynesville,
Starbuck, Atwater

Region 16: Lake & Pine North Midway, Wolf Lake, Huntersville, Red Eye, Bagley
Resorters West Barrett, Kensington, Ashby, Brandon-Evansville, Alexandria
Senators, Osakis
Countryside Pelican Rapids, Vergas, Dent Wildcats, Fergus Falls, Frazee,

228 Teams in 16 Regions

New 2009 Region Commissioners Appointed:
Region 9 is Dale Przymus from Chokio Phone number 320-563-8181

Region 10 is Ryan O'Hara from St. Cloud 320-249-8105

Board Makes Two Changes to Rules
In the Saturday meeting the Board made two changes to their rules. Players that have never signed a contract no longer need to get a release from the closest team before they play with the team of their choice. In the November meeting the board ruled that players living in the country needed to get a release, just like the city players, before they signed their first contract. After it was addressed and discussed at least three times during the meeting the Board voted 9-0 that: No first time player is required to get a release before they sign their first contract with the team of their choice (within the radius).


The Board addressed the issue of three team leagues again. The Board decided that any league that was a three team league this year could have the option to send either one or two teams to the region this year only. They must decide this before they begin their league play this year. In the March meeting the board had allowed the Classic Cannon Valley League to send two teams to the region for this year only. To be fair, they decided that all three team leagues would have the same option this year.

1/3/09 Board Minutes

Meeting was called to order by President Richter at 11:00 AM

Roll call showed Rademacher and Roufs absent.

Motion Kreger, seconded Brennan, carried, to approve the minutes from the previous meeting as mailed.

In attendance was Charlie Peik, Bill Schulte, Tony Beneke, Dan Birkholz, Bruce Woitas, Mike Nagel, Paul Sand, Kurt Meyer.

Bruce Woitas came before the board asking that the Sleepy Eye baseball team be reinstated for the 2009 season. The Sleepy Eye baseball team was suspended by the Tomahawk league from post season play in 2008 for using a player that was released in 2007, and did not re-sign a new contract when he returned to play in 2008. A motion by Forsman, seconded Barry, carried to reinstate Sleepy Eye for the 2009 season.

Mike Nagel from Bird Island came before the board giving a rundown on the work that is and will be done this spring and summer at the Bird Island ball park. He was hoping all work would be completed when the board inspects their park in July, but has been informed by the National Guard who was going to help with some landscaping at the park may not be able to complete their work in time for the boards inspection. This will have nothing to do with the playing field; it is just something that will be an added attraction.

Dan Birkholz representing the Herald Journal who has been maintaining the year round updates for the MBA website came before the board with their 2009 maintenance proposal and responsibilities. He told the board they would very much like to continue their relationship with the board and hope their contract which runs out in March can be renewed. There were numerous questions from the board concerning the maintenance the Herald Journal provided in the past. The board decided to wait till March to make any decision, as they may have some changes to the proposals to make of their own.

The board received correspondence from Sam Steidl who would like to play for Miltona. This business was tabled until the March meeting. Steidl must be reinstated and also secure a pro release from the Dodgers.

The board reviewed the new player radius rule. It was decided that if a team uses a online GPS system for player eligibility the team must declare the Latitude & Longitude of the teams ballpark. This must be recorded with your league secretary.

Tony Beneke, Billy Schulte, and Charlie Peik who are State Tournament chairman from Arlington and Gaylord informed the board most of their programs are right on schedule. The Diamond Baseball will be used at the 2009 state tournament. Also the Arlington Gaylord website for the tournament will be (

Motion Forsman, seconded Kreger, carried, to have a booth at Twin Fest 2009. Dates are 23 24 25"' of January.

Next meeting of the MBA will be March 14th, and 15th. They will be held at the Holiday Inn, St. Cloud. Saturday the 14th is the regular board meeting starting at 1:00 PM. The Sunday the 15th is for all (league officers) or anyone interested. League material will be handed out, and the new rule book will be gone over. This is a meeting everyone should attend. Both meetings start at 1:00 PM

(League Secretaries) All state forms are now posted on the website ( So make yourself aware of this. If you have any questions call 952 467 2741.

Being no further business a motion by Barry, seconded Brennan, carried, to adjourn. Adjournment coming at 3:25 PM.

Bob Zellmann


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