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Refund Policy - Baseball, Tee-Ball, Pee Wee
Please note that registration fees are refundable, minus a $10.00 service fee, until February 15th ONLY. After February 15th, all registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE, unless a child is judged ineligible.
 
 

 

 
 

Taney Baseball

It's our 25th season!

2018 marks 25 seasons of Taney Baseball! We have been offering "fun, instruction, good sportsmanship and teamwork" to Philadelphia youth since 1994. In 2017, TYBA offered baseball, softball and tee-ball to almost 1,000 boys and girls from 3 years old to 15 years old, and basketball to over 450 boys and girls from 5 to 12 years old. In 2014, the Taney Dragons were the Little League Mid-Atlantic Champions, advancing to the semi-final round of the Little League World Series!

Registration for the Spring  2018 Baseball and Tee-Ball season is NOW OPEN!

To register your child, please go to our Registration page

 
 
Opinion Piece by Taney Parent

Taney parent (and sometimes coach) Mitchell Orenstein on the Taney name - check it out!

In Philly, ‘Taney’ means racial togetherness. Don’t let dubious history change that street name

by Mitchell A. Orenstein, For the Inquirer, Posted: August 7, 2018

In Philly, ‘Taney’ means racial togetherness.

A student at Temple University has proposed to rename Taney Street in Philadelphia.  He alleges that it is named after Roger B. Taney, the infamous Supreme Court justice who authored the Dred Scott decision in 1857, which held that blacks were not U.S. citizens and helped spark the Civil War. This proposal echoes recent efforts to remove monuments to Confederate leaders who fought to preserve the institution of slavery.

Despite that noble purpose, I would caution against rushing to change the name of Taney Street, because in Philadelphia, the name Taney stands for the power of diversity, not racism. Moreover, researchers have found no evidence that the street was named for the ignominious Supreme Court justice.

In 2014, the Taney Youth Baseball Association, named after Taney Street, a small street running north-south between 26th and 27th streets, where its home field is located, famously sent a team to the Little League World Series.  In contrast to most Little League teams, which tend to be racially and ethnically homogeneous, reflecting housing patterns in the United States, Taney's Philadelphia team was multi-racial and multi-ethnic – and multi-gender.  Its star pitcher, Mo'ne Davis, became the youngest athlete to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.

As one commentator wrote in his blog on SB Nation at the time, "The team is a great microcosm of what city baseball should be.  Scratch that, a microcosm of what all baseball should be.  The team is made up of a multi-racial group of kids from different parts of the city and different walks of city life.  Add in that they have a girl who is their pitcher, the only team in the state's top 8 teams to have a girl.  This is what baseball should be everywhere."

Mayor Nutter organized a parade for the team down Broad Street when it came in third in the Little League World Series, stating, "The Taney Dragons have really taken the city by fire."

The diversity of this Taney team reflected not only the city of Philadelphia, but the values that the Taney Youth Baseball Association lives by every day.  Taney cultivates a love of baseball among nearly 1,000 young people each year in our beautiful, rich, diverse community.  Many parents list Taney baseball as one of the things they love best about living in Philadelphia.

To rid the city of the Taney name, which symbolizes racial togetherness, because of a desire to eliminate symbols of racism, would be deeply ironic.

It would be doubly ironic because research conducted by journalists and members of the Taney Youth Baseball Association has found not one shred of contemporary documentary evidence to suggest that Taney Street was in fact named for the ignominious judge.

In 1858, more than 1,000 streets in Philadelphia were renamed to eliminate duplicate street names after the city was consolidated from independent municipalities.  As part of that larger project, one small block, called "Minor St.," was renamed "Taney St.," but there is no mention as to why.  No historical plaque.  No newspaper article from the time.  No city record.  Nothing.

All we have are rumors and associations, some of which have been reported in the news media, all of which originated more than 100 years after the name change.  The first reference was a 1976 Evening Bulletin side box titled "Why It's Called," which seeks to answer a reader's question about the origin of Taney Street.  However, the unnamed author provides the wrong year when the street was named, and no source citation. Other journalists have relied on this article to repeat the claim.  But this article has never been supported by even one piece of contemporary documentary evidence about the name's meaning.

The strongest evidence typically cited by those who see a connection is circumstantial – its timing.  The street was renamed in 1858, one year after the Dred Scott decision.  Even so, there are many reasons to doubt whether this street was named after Roger B. Taney.  He was alive in 1858, and Philadelphia typically does not name streets after living people, but rather in memoriam.  Taney had no connection to Philadelphia.  He was from Baltimore.  Another justice who voted with him on the decision, Robert Cooper Grier, did have connections to Philadelphia.  However, no Grier Street exists and no monument to him is found anywhere in the city.

Ridding our nation of symbols of racism and hate is a noble cause.  But it would be a shame to change the name and meaning of Taney Street and mar a vibrant and living part of Philadelphia's history based on nothing but speculation.

Mitchell A. Orenstein is a professor at University of Pennsylvania and a veteran of many seasons coaching for Taney Youth Baseball Association. 

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CLOSING DAY 2018 - Saturday, June 16 at FDR Fields

Come join us on Closing Day!

9:00 am      AAA All-Star Game

11:00 am     AAA team participation medals, championship trophies, and runner-up trophies will be distributed at the end of the AAA All-Star Game, at approximately 11:00 am

9:30 am     Major League team participation medals, and champion and runner-up trophy distribution 

10:00 am   Major League All-Star Game

10:45 am    Minor League team participation medals, and champion and runner-up trophy distribution

11:00 am     Minor League All-Star game

 
 
TYBA Rules of Conduct
We urge all coaches, parents and players of appropriate age to review the TYBA Rules of Conduct. Please see our Philosophy page (under Our League) to do so, or click here. Thanks to all coaches and parents for doing your part to make sure our children have an enjoyable experience this Spring.
 
 
FREE Training Clinics - open to ALL parents and coaches!

Monday, March 5 - Baseball and Coaching Fundamentals 7:00 - 9:30 pm, The Philadelphia School

Thursday, March 15 - Tee-Ball and Coaching Fundamentals 7:00 - 9:30 pm, The Philadelphia School

Saturday, March 17 - "How to Run a Baseball Practice" 9:30 am to 12:00 noon, The Philadelphia School

Monday, April 2 - Tee-Ball and Coaching Fundamentals (second time offered) 7:00 - 9:30 pm, The Philadelphia School

Wednesday, April 4 (NEW DATE) - How to Run a Pee Wee Practice 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Taney Field

 
 
Eligibility for Playoffs and Tournament Teams

Taney Baseball is now a proud member of Little League!  We are also now subject to Little League eligibility rules. Effective immediately are the following two new eligibility rules, for baseball (ages 7-12) and softball (ages 9-13) players:

1. To be eligible for TYBA intramural playoffs, a player must have played in at least the minimum number of intramural regular season games indicated below (depending on the total number of regular season games the player's team plays):

    10 game season -- at least 6 games

    11 game season -- at least 7 games

    12 game season -- at least 7 games

    13 game season -- at least 8 games

    14 game season -- at least 8 games.

The Commissioner of a league may grant a waiver from this rule in cases where a player missed games because of injury or medical condition. In considering a waiver request, a Commissioner may require information from the player's coach, parent or guardian of the injury or condition.

2. A player who is not eligible for TYBA intramural playoffs because of not having played at least the minimum number of games required by Rule 1 above, also is not eligible to play for a TYBA tournament team.

Please note the following clarifications:

In order for a game to count toward a players eligibility playoff or tournament ball), they must be present for the duration of a game.  Leaving early of arriving late does not count as a full game.

If a team bats through the lineup once, a late-arriving player u can no longer be inserted into the lineup.  

If you would like your baseball or softball player to be eligible for playoffs (all teams) and/or a summer tournament team (by tryouts only), please be mindful of the minimum number of games required. Thank you.

 
 
LITTLE LEAGUE AGE DETERMINATION DATES

Little League is phasing in new Age Determination guidelines for baseball and tee-ball players, starting last season. 

Little League offers a simple online age calculator to determine your child’s league age:
http://www.littleleague.org/leagueofficers/determine_league_age/league_age_calculator.htm

 
 
Lost and Found

FOUND

Taney 25th anniversary backpack with a Taney baseball cap -- found at Taney Field on Picture Day (Sunday, 5/6/18).

Baseball glove found Thursday, 4/26/18 - Orcas coach has it:  

Baseball glove 4/22/18 

LOST

Lost adult glove – black Rawlings glove lost at AAA All Star game on Saturday June 16 at FDR field.  Please contact Jeanne O’Karma 215-868-8953 if found.  Thank you!

Silver Under Armour batting helmet at FDR1 on 6/10/18

Wilson baseball glove at FDR1 on 6/10/18

Inhaler device at FDR1 on 6/9/18

Lost glove (a brown Mizuno 11" left handed glove for right handed throw with Sara Brennan name sticker on tag) and blue Contigo water bottle at Taney after Thursday 5/24 5:30 pm game. 

Brown leather key fob with a Volvo logo on Saturday, May 12th at FDR Park, by Field 1, during or after 11:00 game

Gray C9/Champion jacket, left on one of the dugout poles at Palumbo, Sunday, May 6 after the 11 am game

iPad in a black case (unsure which field)

Black baseball glove at FDR field #3 on Saturday 4/14.  It belongs to Amelia Soccio on the Jaguars. It's a left hand glove for a right-handed player.  I don't think it has a name on it, but it may say "Gianlucca" or "Giorgio"

4/18/18: Gold earrings at FDR3 (gold, about 3# in diameter, and flat)

26" Easton beast X Tee-Ball bat - lost tt the first t-ball game at Columbus Square. Contact David and Erin by cell or text: 215-516-9858

Baseball glove (bright blue, right-handed) lost at FDR3, on Saturday morning, 4/21/18 (after the 9:00 am game). Might be Mizuno 10.75?

Meyer Day lost a black baseball glove at Columbus field on 4/2/18 or 4/9/18. His name was on it.

Baseball glove with Chris Bryant signature

Blue and gray sweatshirt jacket

Red watch lost at Trolley Works 4/26/18

Contact us: TaneyBaseball@gmail.com to claim a found item or report a lost one.

 
 
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General Information - Baseball and Tee-Ball

Below are links to important information.

For the 2018 League Calendar, please click here

For the 2018 Fair Share letter, please click here (it costs about $190.00 to provide the TYBA experience).

For the 2018 Sponsor form, please click here. For the 2018 Sponsor letter, please click here.

For our League Philosophy, please click here.

 
 

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TYBA Scholarship Fund (Bob Hyland Memorial Fund)

TYBA and its past presidents have started a Scholarship Fund, in order to provide opportunities for all children to play. Part of our mission -- and the legacy of our 2014 Mid-Atlantic Champions -- is to reach out to inner city youth. Please consider a donation to our Scholarship Fund. There is even an option to Sponsor a Player, where you can pay an extra registration fee, providing a full scholarship for a child to play this season. Questions? Please email us: TaneyBaseball@gmail.com

The Scholarship Fund is in honor of Bob Hyland, who passed away on October 6, 2011. Bob was the heart and the soul of TYBA for many years, right up until his death, and he is missed by all of us. In his name, we have established the Fund to continue his legacy of service to Taney youth. We ask for your support in honoring Bob and helping to create a lasting legacy in his name. Click here for more information on the Fund and how to donate to the Fund. Click here to donate to the Fund. Thank you so very much for your support.

 
 

Picture of Taney “T” Hat w/Velcro Strap

Taney hats are for sale HERE

You can also donate using the link above

 

 

Taney Youth Baseball Association   -   744 South Street Box 133, Philadelphia, PA 19147   -   taneybaseball@gmail.com   -   (267) 713-8838