Frequently Asked Questions -2017

What do we need to do to try out to play baseball at West High School? 

There are four things that need to be taken care of before you/your son can try out.

  1. Physical on file

Freshmen/Juniors need a physical on file with the athletic department.  If you/your son played a fall or winter sport you should be all set.

Sophomores/Seniors need an alternative year physical on file with the athletic department. If you/your son played a fall or winter sport you should be all set.

  1. Athletic Permission

Athletic Permission needs to be completed by both PLAYER AND PARENT.  This needs to be complete for every sport, regardless if you/your son played a fall or winter sport.

  1. Baseball Player Fee $115

Checks can be made out to MMSD for $115.

  1. Game day apparel/practice gear (DUE MARCH 7TH)

Apparel

**If for some reason  you/your son doesn’t make a team, the RBI Club will reimburse your order**

Again, please take care of this prior to Monday, March 20th.

Thanks!

Coach Ben Greiber

How do parents keep in touch with Madison West Regent Baseball?

Through our website, team parent representatives, group email announcements, events, sharing in the stands, Facebook, Twitter, and hopefully, directly from your son.

Who are the Regent Baseball Coaches at West?

Varsity Coaches
Ben Greiber (Head Coach), Andy Reed, Derek Murphy, Kyle Nelson and Kent Adler

JV Coaches
Sean Blythe and Chris Blythe
Freshmen Coaches
Will Marcus, Dan Corral, and Josh Rozek.

What is RBI Club (Regent Baseball Insider)?

In 2010, Regent Baseball Insider was formed by parents and fans to better equip the West baseball program, and continue building fan base and program support.

Please join by participating in events, planning, and cheering on the three Regent baseball teams!

For more info about RBI, go here.

What is Madison West Athletic Booster Association, or MWABA?

This is the parent volunteer support organization for all of West athletics. mwaba.org

When are tryouts and when does the baseball season start?

Try-outs for JV & Varsity will begin on March 20, 2017 from 8-10 PM and go through Wednesday March 22, 2017; there are no try-outs for the freshman team as there are no cuts.

The selections for the three teams will be announced no later than Thursday, March 23rd.

First Games:
Varsity & JV:  April 1 for first game (home) vs Stoughton, first scrimmage is Saturday March 25 at Whitewater.

First Freshman game is April 4 @ West High field vs Beloit Memorial.

What is Open Gym?

This is a player-led, off-season, indoor, optional practice opportunity held a couple times each week in a gym or field at West, or at another facility. The schedule will be listed on our website.

How much does it cost to play baseball?

1. Madison Metropolitan School District athletic fee is $115 per sport. This pays for coaching, fields, umpires and administrative costs. Contact West’s Athletic Office for registration card and health card; check is payable to West High School

2. Another supplemental clothing/uniform fee is usually around $80 for Freshman; $40 returning players; check is payable to West Regent Baseball (details are listed in “uniform” section below)

3. RBI requests $25 per player to help pay for away-game meals (usually subs from Milio’s); check is payable to West Regent Baseball

4. Donations to RBI and MWABA are always welcome.

Note: Financial assistance is available for any of those if needed. Please contact Coach Greiber (bgreiber@edgewood.edu) to learn about the scholarship program.

Where is in-season practice?

Freshman: West’s diamond near tennis courts
JV & V: Mansfield (corner of Mineral Point & Gammon on grounds of Memorial High).

Practices: Freshmen tend to practice right after school from 3:45-5:45pm. The freshmen team practices on the West Baseball Field, across from West High School.

JV/Varsity-5:45pm-8 @ Mansfield across from Memorial High School

-Player Expectations

A. Be at all practices at least 10 minutes before practice begins.

B. Come prepared to practice outside-dress for the weather. Always have long sleeves and sweatpants in your baseball bag.

C. Dress like a baseball player-hat on straight, baseball cleats, etc.

D.If you can’t make a practice or game, it’s up to the player, not the parents, to contact their coach!

E Maintain a positive attitude about yourself and your team.

F. Represent your school and your team in a positive manner.

G.HAVE FUN!

Where and when are home games played?

Freshman: West’s diamond near tennis courts
JV: Bowman (on Fish Hatchery & Wingra, Drive, near Madison Newspapers, Inc.)
Varsity: Mansfield (corner of Mineral Point & Gammon on grounds of Memorial High)

Most weekday games start at 5 pm and Saturday doubleheaders at 10 am.

Team schedules are found on our website.

How do players get to games?

Freshman: for Madison-school away games, a bus to the game is provided; round trip bus for out of town games.  See the top menu on the home page for the bus schedule.

V & JV: players get themselves to and from all Madison-school games; a combined JV & V round trip bus is provided for out of town games. Buses board and return to West on Ash Street.

How do players get away-game meals?

Through an arrangement with Milio’s Subs, RBI packs a convenient brown bag for each player & coach for most long-distance away games. A few days before the game, players and coaches check-mark their choices of sandwich, fruit, and cookie. On game day, the meals are delivered to the bus in a (very big) cooler, ready to go.

The cost per meal is approximately $7. RBI fundraisers supplement more than half the cost; families contribute $25 total per player at the start of the season.

Click here for the form and more info.

What does a player need to complete his uniform?

Players are responsible for the wash and wear of their school-issued jersey and pants. An order form is provided (on website and in First Pitch family folder) for these additional required uniform items (due early March):

Freshman Package ($80) hat, socks, blue long sleeve shirt, gold t-shirt, black sweat pants
Returning Players Package ($40) hat, socks, gold t-shirt
Optional Logowear is also available for purchase (priced individually): thermabase fleece, blue long sleeve shirt, hoody in blue or black, black sweat pants, jacket, bat bag, batting gloves (embroidery is available on jacket and bat bag)

Can parents and fans purchase spirit wear?

Yes! Please use the optional order form (due in March ).

RBI Leadership

We urge you to get involved! Just ask a current member and

Current RBI membership: Mary O’Flahrity, Kris Cotharn, Michelle Frehner, Becky Sewell, Tom Grosse, Dan Hill, Tom Steidl, Bridget Christenson, Bridgette Baldwin, Kim Mohoney, Michael Hanson, Ben Greiber, Pam Andros, and Steve Hill.

What is “First Pitch”and what might I learn there?

“First Pitch” is our “Season Opener” – An opportunity for the West Baseball Family (Freshman through Senior players, parents, and coaches) to:

  • enjoy a great meal
  • meet the players, parents, and coaches
  • get questions answered
  • learn about the organizations that sponsor our student athletes
  • learn about and commit to volunteer opportunities to support our players
  • take care of athletic department paperwork and fees (bring your checkbook)

Please bring the following to serve 8-10 people:

Freshmen – Main Course
Sophomores – Sides and Salads
Juniors – Sides and Salads
Seniors – Desserts

Beverages, plates and utensils will be provided.

Please RSVP once per household when you get the invitiation.

You’ll learn the following, which of course will be modified a bit each year:

-2017 Tryouts-Monday March 20th-Wednesday March 22nd, from 8-10 PM

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors will practice together. There will be no cuts at the Freshmen level. Freshmen will practice at a different time slot. Time and location will depend on the weather and field conditions.

Physical Card-Green Cards-freshmen/juniors

Yellow Card-Sophomores/Seniors

Blue Cards-Everyone

Baseball Fee-$115

All this has to be taken care of before the March 20th (1st day of baseball practice). Cards can be picked up in the AD’s office.

Basics of the teams and levels of play at West:
Freshmen Team: At the Freshmen level, our focus is to teach players the skills and fundamentals necessary to be competitive. At this level, players will be introduced to the Madison West Baseball philosophies of hitting, pitching, throwing, fielding, base running, and other Madison West Baseball principles. Improvement, both as a team and individually, is an extremely important goal. Players will be prepared to compete at the next level at the completion of their season. Playing time will not be distributed equally, and is not guaranteed.
Junior Varsity Team: At the JV level, the players will build on skills and fundamentals that were developed at the Freshmen level. Players will learn how to play at a more competitive level. Players will be preparing to compete at the Varsity level, and will be introduced to higher end skills and drills. Playing time will not be distributed equally, and is not guaranteed. The JV team may consist of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.
Varsity Team: At the Varsity level, players will be able to excel at the skills and fundamentals that they have learned at the previous two levels. They will also be introduced to more complicated skills and higher end concepts of baseball. Players will be expected to perform their roles to the best of their ability in order to help their team win. Playing time will not be distributed equally, and is not guaranteed. The varsity team may consist of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

-Season Schedule-

Freshmen often have a 17 game schedule

JV/Varsity have a 26 game schedule.

All schedules are on the team website here.

Varsity will have a scrimmage on March 25th at UW-Whitewater

You’ll also learn about:

-How to get involved in the yearly fundraisers, which includes  Raking leaves-Fall

-Required Clothing Apparel-Order Deadline is March 7th, sorry no late orders. Please turn into Coach Greiber at open gyms before the deadline.

$80/ freshmen

-Game Hat

-Game Long Sleeve

-Game Short Sleeve

-Game Socks

-Practice Sweatpants

$40/ returners

-Game Hat

-Game Short Sleeve

-Game Socks

Order forms are on Regent Baseball Website here.

COMMITMENT TO THE PROGRAM……

–Spring Break is late this year, April 10th-14th- JV/Varsity has at least 3 games over spring break. The freshmen team has 2 games. Please plan accordingly.

A. Legion-Summer Ball

B. Jr. Legion-Summer Ball

C. Fall Ball

D. Captain’s Practice/Open Gyms

The coaching staff is looking forward to another exciting year of Regent Baseball!

-PLAY BALL!!!!!

 

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