IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MICKEY MANTLE, CONNIE MACK AND 15U TRAVEL PROGRAMUpdated Tuesday March 20, 2018 by Russ Deyoe.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MICKEY MANTLE, CONNIE MACK AND 15U TRAVEL PROGRAM
Bethlehem Babe Ruth is pleased to announce some exciting news for our Mickey Mantle (16u) and Connie Mack (18u) teams. These changes will also impact the 15u travel program. In an effort to closely mirror the schools JV and Varsity teams we will no longer be holding tryouts in the fall for the 15u travel, Mickey Mantle or Connie Mack teams.
The following Criteria will be used to form these teams:
1-Players that played Bethlehem varsity as a junior (in the previous season) will automatically be invited to play on the team.
2- Any players that makes the Bethlehem varsity team in the spring will be invited to play on the team.
3- An open tryout will be held in the spring to fill remaining positions. Any player that does not meet the criteria for 1 or 2 may participate in the tryout.
1- Any player that makes the JV team in the spring will be invited to play on the Mickey Mantle team. (Must be age 16 or less)
2- An open tryout will be held in the spring to fill remaining positions. Tryout will be open to any league age 15 or 16yo
As a result of these changes many league age 15’s will be playing on the Mickey Mantle team. With enough available players, tryouts will be held in the spring for a 15U travel team.
For players that do not make the Mack or Mantle teams, a 17U travel team will also be formed thru a tryout held in the spring. This team will also have paid coaching.
Winter workouts will now be open to any league age 15-18 that would like to attend. The fee will be $75 for approximately 10 Sunday's during Jan., Feb and March. These workouts will be led by the Connie Mack and Mickey Mantle Managers, coaches and other instructors. Exact dates, times and online registration available soon. This is a great opportunity to prepare for school tryouts.
Showcase tournaments will be available to players on both teams. More info on this will be coming soon.
We are also very excited to announce Len Kies as the Connie Mack manager for next season, . Len is the current athletic director for the Bethlehem School district. He is very exctied about this new direction and the opportunity to manage the Connie Mack team.
Len Kies – Baseball Bio
For over 20 years Len has been involved with high school and collegiate baseball as a player, coach and athletic director. As a collegiate player Len played at St. Johns University and Oneonta State University as well as for the Nassau Collegians of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.
As a high school coach Len began his coaching career as the JV baseball coach at perennial Nassau County baseball power Clarke High School and later at Rocky Point High School where he coached and served as the Athletic Director for future major leaguer Dan Burawa. In addition, Len served as the assistant coach at SUNY, Old Westbury, Manhattan College and Briarcliffe College where he served as the outfield coach as well as hitting instructor. Len also assisted Stony Brook as a baseball recruiting advisor and member of the Athletic Director’s Advisory Council. His summer collegiate posts have included stops as an assistant coach for the Sag Harbor Whalers of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League as well as the Long Island Shamrocks of the ECBL.
As a member of the New York State Baseball Committee he co-authored the recently amended NYSPHSAA Baseball Championship Tournament proposal for all New York state high schools.
We will be announcing the Mickey Mantle team manager soon.
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