Dear Madison Baseball Families –
It’s hard to believe that is was only 6 years ago that Madison Baseball was founded with several large goals in mind. Initially, we set out to build Tiger Travel teams across the 9U – 13U age groups, and we dedicated our efforts to training these players so they could compete successfully against any teams statewide. Certainly, our results have been impressive. To date, our Tigers have won 17 League or Tournament Championships playing against competition across our state and all across New England. Next, we began a dialog with our town to request that they upgrade the Town Campus baseball field as it was in a sad state of disrepair. After several years of meetings and disagreements we prevailed, and today we have a fantastic ballpark for our Tiger Travel, American Legion and DHHS Junior Varsity and Freshman teams. Finally, we set out to build a baseball community in Madison that supported both our Tiger teams and the DHHS Baseball program. Our efforts have paid off, as our Tiger teams are known statewide for our sportsmanship and competitive nature, and we have growing interest in High School baseball in Madison. In fact, last year our DHHS Varsity team achieved a # 1 statewide ranking for the first time in its history.
Looking ahead to the 2019 season we are very optimistic for another successful year on the diamond. Our 10U, 11U & 12U Teams have been entered to compete at the “Elite” level in the East Shore Travel League. The competition will certainly be tough, yet we are confident that our Tigers will be ready to compete. Our high-energy 9U Tigers have really come together during their indoor team practices at the CT Sportsplex and look to improve their skills all season long. There is so much to be proud of, and optimistic about, when you look at our younger teams.
Looking ahead to the big diamond season we have much to be excited about. Last year our 13U Tigers won the Fall Championship and we expect them to continue playing at a very high level. Additionally, our 15U Tigers also won the Fall Championship and this year they are really stepping up to the challenge and will compete at the 17U age group playing American Legion baseball. Last but not least, we are expecting big things from our 19U American Legion Team who certainly has their eyes set on winning a Legion Championship.
In 2019 all our Teams will compete in two regional Tournaments. Our Tiger Teams will start off at the CT Sportsplex in early April and take a second trip to Baseball Heaven in Long Island. In the past these overnight trips have proven to be a great time for players and families, and on occasion we have taken home the hardware late on a Sunday night playing under the lights. Our American Legion teams will also play in a Connecticut based regional tournament prior to ending their seasons playing in Rhode Island at the Providence Slugfest Tournament. Good luck to all our teams.
At the Program level we began other initiatives over the last several years. We have raised funds through hosting our annual Baseball Bash and reinvested those proceeds back in to our teams and facilities. Those funds have paid for the custom dugouts, hitting turtle, and storage shed now in use at Town Campus. In addition we have purchased training devices including mounds, screens, hitting tees and batting cage accessories for use at all our age groups. We have also used our funds to support the baseball community by hosting our Summer Slam event where we provide food, drinks and a comedy softball game for your viewing pleasure. However, we have never lost sight of giving back to others so we have donated a portion of our fundraising to local charities including Smilow Cancer Center, Madison Food Bank and Diabetes Research to name just a few.
Continuing on that theme, soon we will hold our 2019 Baseball Bash at Stony Creek Brewery. The night will be a great way to launch our season while helping to support MTB and the DHHS team as we raise money for the new batting cage at Town Campus Field. If we have a good showing we expect to install the cage in May or June of this year. The Baseball Bash will feature a few surprises in addition to the silent auction and a mountain of great Tiger apparel that you can win by purchasing a few raffle tickets. The first beer is on us, so be sure to get your tickets and help support our non-profit baseball program.
In closing, there is so much to be proud of and so many incredible accomplishments that we, as a baseball community, should be extremely proud of what we have built. The memories I have of incredible games, families cheering on the sidelines, and overnight trips to Baseball Heaven will stick with me forever. One day these opportunities to be with family and friends will no longer exist. Enjoy it while you can, and soak it all in.
Thank you to EVERYONE who has been a part of our program for one season, or for many years. And a special thank you to all the volunteer coaches and parents who have given so much to make this small town program so successful.
Play with Pride. Play with Passion. Go Tigers!
President – Madison Baseball
Dear Madison Baseball Community -
I am very pleased to have the opportunity to serve as the President of Madison Travel Baseball and to represent the players, coaches and families that have supported us and made our Program so successful over the last few years. As I reflect on all the incredible things that have occurred in the short time our organization has been in existence, from the record number of players who now wear our uniform, to the excitement that abounds at our baseball games…from the Championship trophies we have won, to the return of our alumni to help support our Program, it is obvious that our organization is thriving. It is truly an exciting time to be a part of our Baseball Community!
When I think back to my own experiences playing youth sports it provides me with many great memories...but my true passion was really for the game of baseball. As I have always recognized the important role a Coach, and sports, can play in a young person’s life, it was a natural fit for me to get more involved in Madison Travel Baseball. The lessons I learned about effort, teamwork and sportsmanship while playing this great game have stayed with me since those early years. And now to be able to serve as a Coach, and President, of an organization that helps foster those ideals in our community is truly something special. Together, we can leave a legacy for future ballplayers for many years to come.
As we look ahead to 2015, we are on track to make great strides as an organization. For the first time we will be taking many of our Travel Teams out of state to compete in regional baseball tournaments. Our 9U – 14U Teams will be competing at Baseball Heaven in Long Island, NY against teams from all over the Northeast. Our 16U & 18U Teams will be competing in the Providence Slugfest in Rhode Island. In addition, we will have a Team playing Babe Ruth Baseball in the Shoreline League and we will also continue to field two Legion Teams for our older players. We have plans for an alumni game, charitable fundraisers, and will offer multiple baseball clinics open to the entire town’s youth throughout the year.
Operationally for this calendar year we have much on the horizon. We have launched our very own Madison Travel Baseball website with scheduling, registration and Program information in one convenient location. We will also continue to support our players by raising money for training equipment through our Diamond Club efforts, and will continue to work with the Town of Madison to promote and support the addition of a premier full-size baseball field, eventually with lights, for all to enjoy.
I would like to thank our outgoing President, Rob Card, for his vision, energy and dedication to our players and our Baseball Community. Rob’s leadership over the last few years has been outstanding. In addition, I wish to thank Rob Corraro for his endless work, baseball knowledge, and his overall dedication to our Program...his importance to our organization cannot be overstated. Lastly, I must recognize and thank Erik Kuja for all he does for Madison Travel...as a Manager, Coach, Commissioner, and technology guru he adds so much in so many ways. If you have a player in our Program then Erik has made a positive impact on his baseball experience. And finally to all our volunteers...from our Coaches to Team Parents to Fundraising Chairs to Field Crews...thank you for making this Program...OUR Program...so successful.
In closing, I’m confident that the best days still lie ahead for Madison Travel Baseball as we work to make a positive impact on the lives of our Players and the Community we live in. Thank you again for your continued support and enthusiasm.
Play with Passion,
President – Madison Travel Baseball