The ABSAF (Acton-Boxborough Student Activities Fund) Season Pass is now available for purchase. The pass will enable you and your immediate family free entrance into most home Acton-Boxborough extracurricular activities during the 2014-2015 school year. In addition, you may also reserve two free tickets to each of the plays and musicals at the Junior High and High School. The value of the pass can often exceed the cost of the donation. The cost of the donation is $175. Your choices to order passes and support extracurricular activities at our regional schools include:
- Online at http://www.absaf.net/donations.html - In person on Friday, September 12th at the home varsity football game at Leary Field
- In person at Back-to-School Nights
- By mail to ABSAF, P.O. Box 662, Acton, MA. 01720
This is a great way to support our High School and Junior High School. At the same time it will make it easy for you and your family to attend all your favorite regular season varsity games without having to think about paying the mandatory entrance fees! For more information or to buy your family’s ‘Season Pass’ go to www.absaf.org.
The following fields are open: High School 1 & 2, Veterans 1 & 2, MacPherson, McCarthy-Towne, Douglas, Flerra, Liberty
The following fields are NOT open: Jones, Holiday Inn 1 & 2
Note that many of these fields are NOT PREPPED. We are working on that before opening day games for T-Ball to Majors, and if you have time to volunteer, contact
and we'll gladly put you to work!
The following fields are available to ABYB this spring:
High School 1 (Community Ed): 90-foot lighted diamond (T/W/T/F 6:00-10:00, Sa 11:00-10:00, Su 12:00-10:00)
High School 2 (Community Ed): 90-foot diamond (M-F 6:00-dusk, Sa/Su dawn-dusk)
Jones (Acton Rec): 90-foot diamond (M, W, T, F 4:00-dusk, Sun dawn-dusk)
Veterans 1 (Acton Rec): 60-foot lighted diamond (M-F 4:00-10:00, Sa/Su dawn-10:00)
Veterans 2 (Acton Rec): 60-foot lighted diamond (M-F 4:00-10:00, Sa/Su dawn-10:00)
MacPherson (Acton Rec): 60-foot diamond (M-F 4:00-dusk, Sa/Su dawn-dusk)
Flerra (Boxborough DPW): 60-foot diamond (M-F 4:00-dusk, Sa/Su dawn-dusk)
Liberty (Boxborough DPW): 60-foot diamond (M-F 4:00-dusk, Sa/Su dawn-dusk)
McCarthy-Towne (Community Ed): 55-foot stone-dust field (M-F 4:00-dusk, Sa/Su dawn-dusk)
Douglas (Community Ed): 50-foot stone-dust field (M-F 4:00-dusk, Sa/Su dawn-dusk)
Holiday Inn 1 (ABYB): 50-foot all-grass field (M-F 4:00-dusk, Sa/Su dawn-dusk, with some closures)
Holiday Inn 2 (ABYB): 55-foot all-grass field (M-F 4:00-dusk, Sa/Su dawn-dusk, with some closures)
Field Prep for Spring 2014
Prior to play in Spring 2014, ABYB needs to prepare the fields:
Veterans, HS1, MacPherson, Flerra, Jones, and Liberty need field prep done and bases installed.
Batting cages at Veterans and Flerra need to be re-installed.
Douglas, McCarthy-Towne and Holiday Inn need to be cleaned up.
HS2 needs serious work.
If you have some free time and want a task or two to help out on the fields your child/team will be using, contact Matt at 617-877-3961 or
and we'll give you some tasks! There are always small things to do that make a noticeable difference.
During the season, if there are no updates posted for the current day, assume fields are open.
Teams who want to reserve field space outside of regularly scheduled practices are welcomed to do so - contact
with: field, date, start time, and end time.
Typical fields by division:
Babe Ruth: High School 1, Jones, High School 2
Majors: Veterans 1, Veterans 2
Minor A: MacPherson, Flerra
Minor B: Liberty, with some time at MacPherson and Flerra as needed
Minor C: McCarthy-Towne, Holiday Inn 2 (farthest from parking lot)
T-Ball: Douglas, Holiday Inn 1 (nearest to parking lot)
On days when fields are not explicitly closed by Acton Recreation, Boxborough DPW, and A-B Community Education, ABYB must follow the Field Use policy (brief summary: do not play on water-saturated fields. If you clean mud off of infields, do it by removing water/mud from clay surface: do not push water/mud into the grass to try to get rid of it as this pushes clay into the edges and forms dangerous and difficult/expensive-to-fix lips).
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.
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