WESTTOWN EXPRESS BASEBALL

 

 

Westtown Express Starting Modified Season

[updated: July 15th]

Westtown Express is playing a modified season against other Chester County Legion teams from July through mid-October. Coaches have been in touch with confirmed registered players and will continue to communicate games as they get scheduled. Because the season will not be under the Legion banner, play will be a bit more relaxed than Legion regular season games, but will remain quite competitive. We have fielded two teams, a Youth Legion team for ages 13-15 and a Senior Legion team for ages 16-19. Younger players may have the opportunity to play up, especially as we move into fall when some of our college players head back to school.The first Senior game is on July 18th at Paoli (10:00; Church Farm School Field) and the first Youth game will be on the schedule shortly.

Field availability across the county will dictate the schedule, but as in typical summer Legion leagues, we do not anticipate playing anywhere further south than Oxford or further north than Spring City. At the moment WCASD fields are closed to organized group activities through August 31st, so the majority of games this summer will be away games as we continue to search for alternate fields to play on. Several home games will be scheduled at the Glen Mills Schools' baseball fields for later in August. There may not be the opportunity to conduct team practices, so players should start working out on their own to get ready for the season and pitchers should begin to throw bullpen sessions. The plan is for the league to be wood bat, but players should bring their aluminum bats as well, in case their wood bat breaks or if there is agreement between coaches to also allow aluminum bats.

The final registration fees will be communicated once we have definitive plans on the anticipated number of games and will be commiserate with covering our costs, but are expected to be significantly lower than traditional Spring Legion season fees. Registration fee checks will be collected at the first game (make checks out to "Westtown Legion Baseball" and place players name in memo line). There will likely be a modest discount for players who, because of school plans, will only be available for the summer portion of the season. We are still accepting online registrations at the second tab above.

 

Safety guidelines from the CDC and PA Department of Health will be followed:

CDC Guidelines for Youth Sports: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html

PA Department of Health Guidelines for Sports: https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/sports-guidance/

OUR MISSION

The Westtown Express will provide young men the opportunity to play competitive baseball, while embracing fairness, hard work and a respect for all teammates and competitors.

Westtown Express

BASEBALL MADE PERFECTLY CLEAR

This is a game played by two teams, one out the other in. The one that’s in sends players out one at a time to see if they can get in before they get out. If they get out before they get in, they come in; but, it doesn’t count.  If they get in before they get out, it does count.

When the ones out get three outs from the ones in before they get in without getting out, the team that’s out comes in and the team that’s in goes out to get those going in out before they get in without being out.

When both teams have been in and out nine times the game is over. The team with the most in without being out before coming in wins unless the ones in are equal, in which case, the last ones go out to get the ones in out before they get in without being out.

The game ends when each team has the same number of ins out; but, one team has more in without being out before coming in.

Just a simple game, isn’t it? 

By Harry K.

THE BALL PLAYER'S 10 COMMANDMENTS

  1. Nobody ever became a ball player by walking after the ball
  2. You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder
  3. If what you did yesterday still looks big to you; you haven't done much today
  4. Keep your head up and you not have to keep it down
  5. When you start to slide, slide! He who changes his mind may have to change a good leg for a bad one
  6. Do not alibi on bad hops. Anyone can field a good one
  7. Always run them out. You can never tell
  8. Never Quit
  9. Do not find too much fault with the umpires. You cannot expect them to be as perfect as you are
  10. A pitcher who hasn't got control hasn't got anything

Written by Chief Bender, Phila Athletics: 1903-1914

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