It is with great sadness that we share with the greater Acton Boxborough Youth Baseball community that our dear friend, leader, and steadfast supporter of youth baseball has unexpectedly passed away. Sanjay Khosla tirelessly served the league for 11 years, starting as a coach and Fields Coordinator before rising to a long tenure as President. During his devoted stewardship, ABYB was able to greatly expand its offerings and improve its facilities, providing the youth of Acton, Boxboro and many neighboring towns one of the best educational recreational programs available statewide, regardless of a child’s playing caliber or a family’s ability to enroll.
Sanjay’s legacy of program and facility improvements is immense. One of his earliest leadership contributions, working alongside Mike Coppolino & Steve Mielke, was the enormous fundraising effort to light the high school field, a venture which included participation from community sponsors, organizations and the town itself. The lit field has served not only ABYB, but also the high school and adult baseball leagues. During his tenure many other significant field improvements occurred, including dugouts at MacPherson Field (in conjunction with the Massachusetts Melanoma Foundation), and enhancements of the dugouts at Veteran’s Field to provide rain and sun protection. He was also an avid proponent of the league supporting and working with other baseball-related charities with strong local ties.
While those contributions are significant, it is his work on behalf of furthering the mission of youth baseball, and improving the teaching and coaching aspects of the league, that are most noteworthy. Amongst his many efforts were the constant recruitment of new coaches, along with programs to orient, assist and inform their instructional methods, and safety education days with the Acton/Boxborough Fire & Police Departments. For the players, Sanjay forged an extremely close working relationship with the AtBats indoor training facility in Boxborough, where all coaches were able to hold pre-season workouts and practices free of charge. He also was instrumental in the offering of league-wide clinics, including skills nights regularly featuring many AB high school players. Yet another facet of Sanjay’s commitment was ABYB’s increased involvement with statewide and national competitive and recreational programs, most notably summer leagues like Bay State, Lou Tompkins, Massachusetts Independent Baseball, and Minuteman. The reward for this participation included several highly successful Little League World Series runs, most notably the 2012 team which competed in the State Championship Finals.
On the promotional front, to constantly increase and solidify the interest of children and families in the sport, the league staged baseball movie nights, a Winter Baseball Carnival, a baseball book event, and even brought the first (and then all three) Red Sox World Series Trophies to town.
It is also important to recognize Sanjay’s wife Trudy, who was integral to helping stage many of these efforts, as well as Sanjay’s children Remy and Lauren.
While others will undoubtedly step in to keep the league running and providing the fine programs it has always strived to offer, Sanjay’s legacy of care, enthusiasm, unbridled dedication, and acumen will be impossible to replace. His leadership leaves the league on incredible footing. He will be dearly missed by his many friends and fans on the ABYB Board, in the town departments he forged close ties with, and in the community at large. We offer our sincerest condolences and support to the Khosla family during this time.
The family respectfully requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Acton-Boxborough Youth Baseball, c/o Bill Wiggins, Treasurer, 1 Maddy Ln., Acton, MA 01720. Please add “In memory of Sanjay Khosla” on the check memo line, and make checks payable to “Acton-Boxborough Youth Baseball.”
ABYB is offering baseball programs for players 5 through 16 years of age, with an emphasis on fundamentals, learning, teamwork and sportsmanship. Practices may begin the last week of August, and league play begins in early September and ends in late October. Family enrollment discounts are available.
Fees remain the same as in the Spring season:
$80 for T-Ball and Minor C if registered by August 7th, rising to $90 on August 8th, and $105 on August 23rd.
$100 for all other divisions if registered by August 7th, rising to $110 on August 8th, and $125 on August 23rd.
Please register by August 22nd to guarantee your spot and avoid wait-listing. Wait-listed players will be placed on a space available basis. Registration will close on September 14th.
If any areas are soggy, please stay away from those areas. In the event of rain, please refrain from using the fields. As always, be sure to replace tarps if you remove them when using the fields. Infield, mound and home plate areas should be raked after use. Remember to always rake basepaths in the direction of the runners, not towards the grass edges of the field. Home plate and the mound should be raked either in a circular fashion or from the edges towards the center of the circle, not towards the edges.
If you have any questions about field maintenance or our field use policy in inclement weather, please see the Field Maintenance page of our web site.
ABYB and other local sports organizations received this quoted information from Acton-Boxborough Community Education. Please read and follow the guidelines included.
"The Acton Police Department will be stepping up its monitoring of all school areas and will be ticketing any cars found to be parked illegally.
Cars may not be parked:
1. anywhere there is a NO PARKING sign (not just during school hours but this is anytime of the day)
2. anywhere the curb is painted yellow, as this denotes a no parking zone.
3. on any sidewalk
Only cars with handicapped accessible placards may park in handicapped parking spaces. Nor can you park BETWEEN two handicapped spots.
If you have any questions, I recommend you contact the Acton Police Department."
At some fields, parking areas are obvious, however please note:
McCarthy-Towne field is a specific point of concern. We have been informed that the entry road to the Parker Damon building can be considered a fire lane (I had been warned personally by the APD when I coached Minor C), and parking along the curb on this road can therefore be considered a violation. Additionally, parking half on the sidewalk is illegal. Please park in lined spaces in the parking lot.
Douglas School field is on Elm Street, and posted signs indicate no parking is allowed on Elm Street. APD enforces this in routine patrols for both the t-ball field and the basketball courts. Park in lined spaces in the Douglas school lot or park at the Elm Street tennis courts.
Holiday Inn parking is in the Holiday Inn lot in lined spaces. Even if you can find the entrance to the dirt access road used by the mowing crew, no parking on the field is allowed during ABYB events.
Hart Field and MacPherson Field visitors should park in the lined spaces in the Conant school lot. The dirt roads leading to the fields are for emergency vehicles.
Veterans Field visitors may find the parking lot crowded when two games are on simultaneously. Overflow parking along Route 27 is questionable: at times cars have been ticketed and we do not have clear resolution from APD. It is safer to park across the intersection in the CVS plaza and use the crosswalks to return to the field.
High School 1 & 2 visitors must park in legal spaces. After school hours, marked faculty spaces are available to all parkers, but illegal spaces, yellow curb parking, and handicap parking are still enforced.
Hopefully the information above is clear. Feel free to email me with any questions and I will try to seek clarification from the Acton or Boxborough Police Departments if necessary.
ABYB Babe Ruth teams participate in the Minuteman Baseball League. The following bat rules (taken from the www.mmbrl.com web site) are adhered to:
5.4 The MIAA rules on the use of non-wood bats shall apply to all Minuteman Baseball League players (Patriot, Minuteman, Summer, etc.). All bats not made of a single piece of wood shall meet the Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) performance standard (reference NFHS Rules 1-3-2 through 1-3-5), and such bats shall be labeled with a silkscreen or other permanent certification mark. Each manager will be responsible for enforcement of this rule among his/her players. The penalty for illegal bat use will be as follows:
5.4.1 If the illegal bat is identified and replaced before an at-bat has concluded, there is no penalty.
5.4.2 If the illegal bat is identified after an at-bat has concluded but before a pitch has been thrown to the following batter, the batter using the illegal bat shall be declared out, and all baserunners shall be returned to the bases they occupied prior to the final pitch.
5.4.3 If the illegal bat is identified after the at-bat has concluded and after a pitch has been thrown to the following batter, the result of the at-bat stands.
ABYB Note: As of Fall 2014, in ABYB's internal fall Babe Ruth league, 13-yr-old players are allowed to use bats with at most a -7 length to weight difference (“Drop 7”). In the spring and summer, Minuteman rules allow only a Drop 3 bat, regardless of age.
At the November 2010 ABYB Board meeting the Board voted unanimously to approve the proposed ABYB Vision and Mission developed by a subgroup of the Board. The following vision and mission statements were approved:
Vision Statement To be recognized and respected as the leading youth sports organization in Acton and Boxborough.
ABYB is a parent and volunteer organization committed to building an appreciation for the game of baseball through quality coaching and parental support & involvement.
ABYB will strive to offer high quality baseball throughout the entire ABYB program.
It is the objective of the ABYB program to create an environment that is safe, provides an opportunity for all players from T-Ball through the Majors and Babe Ruth divisions to develop skills and game knowledge, allows all players to experience the success they are capable of achieving, and teaches the life-long lessons of sportsmanship, teamwork, fair play, and respect for others.
ABYB’s spring T-Ball through Babe Ruth programs provides an opportunity for players to develop skills in a competitive environment whereas the fall programs focus on development in a less competitive environment.
ABYB offers summer all-star programs. These programs provide an opportunity to experience the best coaching available and maximize player potential, in a competitive, inter-town environment.
ABYB offers summer intermediate programs for players who wish to play baseball in a less competitive inter-town environment.
It is the responsibility of all ABYB League officials, including the Board of Directors, coaches, umpires and parent volunteers, to understand and fulfill these objectives.
“These are truly exciting times for ABYB. These guiding principles will help make ABYB the leading youth sports organization in Acton and Boxborough”, said Sanjay Khosla, President of ABYB. “Over the next several months the Board will be taking initial steps towards further developing existing programs and establishing new ones to achieve our vision. We look forward to the support and involvement of ABYB players, parents and coaches,” said Khosla.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the new Vision and/or Mission statement please don’t hesitate to inquire. Further, if you are interested in serving on the ABYB Board please let us know. Several positions are available.
Dave Schubert, ABYB VP On behalf of the ABYB Board