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The NYAA Board of Directors would like to provide an update related to the new Age classifications at the Junior Level (13-15's). First, your child's playing age for 2018 (and until further notice) is easy to determine. It is the age they will turn in that calendar year, regarless of whether or not their birthday is on January 1st or December 31st of that year. So, if your child turns 14 in 2018, they are considered a 14 year old player, and so forth. Unfortunately, what this means is that some players have lost a year of eligibility at the Junior Level. For example, if they played on our 13 prep legion team last summer, turn 14 this December and 15 in December of 2018, they are considered a 15 year old player next summer and, subsequently, never played their 14 year old season.
In regards to changes in team structures, here's what we now have:
1. The 13 year old prep legion team is now a 13 and 14 (or 14U) prep legion team
2. Junior Legion may now keep up to 12 sixteen year old players on their roster.
As far as our organization is concerned, we are considering all options for our teams next summer. There is talk that there may be a 15U Prep league but we wont know that until the spring. If there is, we will enter in to it as we are bound to have an abundance of skilled 15 year old players. We will obviously keep our 13-14 Prep Legion teams and our Jr. Legion Teams. We will then need to evaluate all of our players at the Junior level and determine what the most competitive option is for them. The Babe Ruth team(s) will still be an option for us as well.
One thing is certain, we will be in need of qualified coaches at the lower levels. We appear to have a great deal of talent there and want to make sure that they are developing and being challenged on the diamond. If you have interest in joining our organization as a coach, please reach out to email@example.com as soon as possible. Thank you.
NYAA would like to congratulate former Norchester player, Sr. Legion Manager and current President, Corbin Stoltzfus for his induction into the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame. He will be inducted during the State Tournament banquet in Boyertown in July 2018.
Corbin played Junior and Senior Legion baseball for Norchester and also for Owen J. Roberts. He went on to play at Kutztown University and remained for one season as the pitching coach after he graduated in 1992. He began his tenure as manager of Norchester's Sr. Legion team in 1995 and stepped down after the 2009 season. From then until now, Stoltzfus has served as the President of the Norchester Youth Athletic Association.
Under Coach Stoltz, the Bulldogs posted an overall record of 347 wins and 159 losses. Their league record during those same years was 214 - 96. The most successful seasons came between 2006 and 2009. Over those four seasons, the Bulldogs won three Chester County League Titles, four straight Region 3 titles, appeared in four consecutive State Tournaments, and earned two National Regional appearances (Indiana in 2006 and Michigan in 2007). In his final season (2009), Stoltzfus guided the Bulldogs to their highest win percentage ever with a record of 36 wins and 4 losses. The four losses were by a combined 5 runs. The 36 wins included a 29 game win streak entering in to the State Tournament.
Current manager Rick Harrison states, “I would like to personally congratulate Corbin on this well-deserved honor and the countless hours that he has dedicated to the program. Coach Stoltz has set the precedent of dedication and winning that we have tried to maintain the past 8 seasons. The program will be forever grateful for his time and dedication.”