Monday, October 5, 2009

New Web Site Address and Direction

To: The VBCA Membership, Athletic Directors and VT Press

From: Adam Provost

RE: New VBCA Website Address and Academic Project

Hi Folks,

We've just shifted the Vermont Baseball Coaches Association over to a new domain (web) name:

The website should be viewable at all locations throughout the world over the next 24 hours.

We are introducing one new item to the site today.

This new site will feature stories about baseball in Vermont.

Here are some examples (in no particular order):

All our State teams, personal milestones, articles of interest: Little league, Middle School, High School Basebal, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Senior Babe Ruth, American Legion, Collegiate, NECBL, Minor and Major League Baseball.

- Individual player and team features: Outstanding game events, winning streaks, personal performances: Good baseball press!

- Vermont baseball alumni: 'Where are they now' type stories

- Legends, legendary games and legendary moments: Those remarkable stories.

- Collegiate baseball updates and announcements

- Field renovation / community projects

- Tryouts and baseball camp information for your area

- Coaching milestones

- Tributes: Remembering those who have passed on

- The history of Vermont Baseball

- Important events / milestones in Summer collegiate leagues, Minor, Major League Baseball

Please note: This new site is not meant to be a communications center for individual teams regarding practice schedules or game cancelations etc.

Here's where you come in! We are looking for authors across Vermont to contribute stories to our site. We are taking ideas for written and short video features. If you are a player or student as part of an academic or extra-curricular project, a Vermont Baseball Alumni, Active or Retired Coach, Athletic Director or member of the Press and would like to submit articles, please forward stories on to the following address:

The articles can be short, long, include pictures or just factual information on the topics above. Your perspective, your stories.

Submission guidelines:

1. Submissions should be sent in via email, cut and paste style with pictures as attachments. No documents please.

2. Submissions should contain no profanity.

3. No slanderous articles will be considered.

4. The VBCA reserves all rights regarding postings, content and related posting decisions.

Hearing many voices, speaking to our current events and our dynamic history... now that's good baseball.

Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks for tuning in, Adam

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

2009 Championship Weekend Schedule

DIII: Friday 6/12, 6pm Northfield vs Leland and Gray

DI: Saturday 6/13 2pm Mt Anthony vs Hartford

DIV: Sunday 6/14 3pm Blue Mountain vs Black River

DII: Monday 6/15, 6pm Lyndon vs Mt Abraham

Further schedule updates can be found at

Monday, June 8, 2009

North South Senior All-Star Game Tryouts and Game Day Information

VBCA Coaches and Fans, Here is the North South All-Star game information.

North / South Senior All-Star Tryouts:

North try-out schedule: The tryout is at South Burlington High School
on June 18th at 5:00. The coaches are Eric Degree, North Country,
Mitch Casey, Harwood, Tom Perry, Colchester, Vince Buttice, Lake

South Schedule: Players are invited by invitation only. Practice at
4pm June 14th at Woodstock High School. Contact Head Coach Bob
Lockerby with questions at 802-463-3944 x274.

Game Day: Saturday June 27th at Woodstock High School. Doubleheader
starting at 12pm.

Reminder to all VBCA coaches that we need your support for this
weekend. Please try to pencil in the day to help out and see our
Seniors play.

Thanks, Adam

Friday, June 5, 2009

Championship Weekend - Help Needed

Championship Weekend:

Championship weekend at Centennial Field begins next week on June 11,
June 12, and June 13. Similar to last year, a three day set of games
at the ball park will stretch our capacity as an association. We need
your help. The VBCA is the lone organization working to create a
championship atmosphere for the players, coaches and fans. We provide
the amenities one would hope to see at a championship venue. Public
address announcer, music, 50/50 raffle, t-shirt sales, and of course,
the concession stand. None of these things would be possible without
the contribution of time by our membership manning these posts at the
ball park.

Please make every effort to attend the games and to work a variety of
shifts during championship weekend. The concession stand is critical
because it is the primary fund raiser that covers a variety of VBCA
expenses including the North-South Senior All-Star classic. The North-
South All-Star game will be played later this month on June 27 at
Woodstock High School.

Thank you to all of the familiar faces that we expect to see at the
ball park working the games. We hope to see new faces this year as
well. The more coaches in attendance available to work the better.
The three day event is a grind and we need all the help we can get.

Contact me soon if we can assist you as an organization by reserving
you a hotel room in the Burlington area. Let me know if there is
anything else we can do to support your willingness to work the games.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to seeing you at Centennial
Field next week. Good luck and good skill to the teams that will play
for the championship of their respective divisions.

Mike Brown
VBCA President

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Vermont Baseball Overview: High School, Semi-Pro, Collegiate and American Legion

Here is an overview of High School, Semi-Pro, Collegiate and American Legion Baseball in Vermont.

Vermont High School Baseball:

Four divisions: I, II, III, IV

Captial, Marble Valley, Metro, Mountain

Tournament Governing Organization: Vermont Principals Association:

The VPA Baseball Page includes:
  • Baseball Guide
  • Calendar
  • Committee Meeting Minutes
  • Pairings
  • Updated Rankings
  • Past Champions
    The VPA is also the governing body for middle level school baseball. Bylaws and policies are also listed there.


    Vermont Lake Monsters: Based in Burlington, VT. Major League Baseball Short A affiliate of the Washington Nationals)

    Vermont Mountaineers: Based in Montpelier, VT and play in the NECBL)

    College Baseball

    Lyndon State
    St. Michael's College
    Southern Vermont College

    American Legion Baseball (Ages 15-19)

    Many American Legion teams exist in Vermont and serve a large geographical region to offer players ages 15-19 opportunities.

    Saturday, March 21, 2009

    UVM Baseball Reinstatement Petition

    Dear VBCA Members, Jeff Stetson contacted me and asked me to send on this message:

    Adam- Could you get out an urgent email to all coaches asking them to
    send their signed petitions to Ian Boyce asap. There is a chance some
    new discussions are going to take place soon. Timing is everything
    now. Stets

    Here is a link to the petition so you can print it and have your team sign it.

    Please mail the signed petition asap to:

    Ian Boyce
    12507 Chapelwood Place
    Fort Wayne IN 46845

    I have also included the syntax for the letter below if you'd like to
    print your own copy on your own letterhead, have trouble reaching the
    link above or printing from the page.

    It's very encouraging that we could be making progress in restoring
    these sports at UVM. We ask for your diligence and support on this
    matter. Thanks for your time. Adam


    We; by signing this petition are requesting the University of Vermont
    to reconsider the decision to cut Varsity Baseball and Softball. We
    are discouraged, disappointed, and frustrated that the only Division
    one School in the State of Vermont has chosen to take away our ability
    to pursue College Baseball and Softball at its highest level. We
    realize these are economic hard times but feel the process was flawed.
    Vermonters are known for finding away to support their own. We were
    given no chance to find a way to be fiscally responsible and save the
    game we love. Please give us that chance.


    High School:

    Tuesday, March 3, 2009

    2009 Spring Coaches Clinic

    This 2009 VBCA coaches clinic and state association meeting is
    scheduled for Saturday, March 7 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at Essex High
    School.  The registration fee, including VBCA membership, is $40.
    Make checks payable to VBCA.

    The St. Mike's baseball coaching staff will be the clinicians this

    Here's the agenda:
    8:30-9:00am Registration
    9:00-9:40am St. Michael’s Staff on Preparing Your Pitching Staff for
    the Season
    9:40-9:45am Announcements/Raffle Drawing
    9:45-10:25am Infield Drills and Skills for the Indoor Space
    10:25-10:30am Raffle Drawing
    10:30-11:10am Hitting drills and Mechanics
    11:10-11:30am Umpires and Rules
    11:30-12:00pm State Meeting
    12:00pm Anything for the good of the group?

    See you Saturday.
    Mike Brown

    2009 Spring Coaches Clinic