March 08, 2013 at 09:08 AM EST
Berkshire Baseball Announces Commonwealth Orthopaedic as Official Sports Medicine Provider
Reading, Pa (MMD Newswire) March 8, 2013 -- Berkshire Baseball is excited to announce Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates as the official sports medicine provider for the club.

Berkshire Baseball will be entering their 24th year in 2013 and will sponsor a total of 16 youth wood bat baseball teams age 10 through 18. The organization teaches leadership skills and life lessons through the game of baseball promoting its beliefs of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, dignity, humility, class, and respect for authority while giving back to the community.

Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates is a multi-physician, multi-disciplinary practice, serving residents of Berks County and surrounding areas. COA is already the Official Sports Medicine provider of the Reading Fightin Phils Baseball Team, Reading Royals Hockey Team, FC Revolution Soccer Club, as well as many local High Schools and Colleges/Universities in the area. COA has a knowledgeable sports medicine team that includes a fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon, fellowship-trained sports medicine/orthopedic primary care physicians, sports physical therapists, and licensed athletic trainers.

The agreement will allow the membership athletes of Berkshire Baseball to receive access to Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates Sports Medicine Hotline, along with priority appointment scheduling with one of their four Board Certified Sports Medicine Physicians. Berkshire athletes will also have access to the ImPACT Concussion Management Program at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates and will be provided with baseline tests to those athletes that are ages 12 and older if requested, free of charge.

Commonwealth will also provide emergency action plans for use at Berkshire's Berks County Youth Recreation Facility location as well as providing their staff athletic trainers to consult with Berkshire coaches on stocking first aid kits.

Commonwealth Athletic Training staff will be on site for a select number of tournament events throughout the year.

"This is a really exciting partnership for us." Said Dan Clouser, President and General Manager of Berkshire Baseball, "To have an organization such as Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates to jump on board and partner with us as we enter into a very large renovation project at our facility is a huge shot in the arm for our organization"

Clouser is referring to the 20-year lease and $1-1.5 million renovation project that Berkshire Baseball just recently entered into with the County of Berks for the Berks County Youth Recreation Facility in Bern Township. The organization hosts 20 youth wood bat baseball tournaments at the facility and other surrounding fields, drawing over 50,000 to the Reading and Berks County area from all across the Mid-Atlantic Region while generating over $5 million a year for our local economy.

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to provide the highest quality sports medicine care in the area to the Berkshire Baseball family", says Dr. Randy Yocum, Director of Rehabilitation Services for Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates.

Commonwealth will be a very visible partner at the facility displaying the Welcome Sign at the parking lot as well as signage in some bullpen areas and on the utility vehicle that is used at the facility.

About Berkshire Baseball:

The Berkshire Baseball Club is a non-profit youth baseball organization that was founded in 1989.

The objective of the Berkshire Baseball Club is to promote amateur baseball at every level. Our organization shall strongly encourage our beliefs of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, dignity, humility, class and respect for authority.

We will strive to teach and develop the necessary skills for our players and participants to reach the "next level", all the while fully realizing that for many of the players that go through this organization, the "next level" for them may very well be LIFE. Therefore, let it be known that it is the responsibility of our members and coaches to not only teach and train the young individuals that participate in our program to be better ballplayers, but more importantly, to be better human beings.

To achieve this objective, the Berkshire Baseball Club will provide supervised baseball programs for youth participants in conjunction with the rules and regulations of the local leagues and tournaments in which they participate as well as the official baseball rules.

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For more information on this release, please contact:
Dan Clouser, President & General Manager
Berkshire Baseball Club
P.O. Box 170
Womelsdorf, PA 19567-0170
Phone: 610-927-4306
FAX: 610-927-4307

or

Diana M. Grogesky, ATC, LAT
Director of Sports Medicine Outreach Program
Commonwealth Orthopaedic Associates
24-Hour Sports Medicine Hotline 610-478-7800
Office:  610-779-4896
Fax:  610-370-5201
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