Saturday, November 7, 2015
University of Michigan-Flint
Tuscola Room in the William S. White Building
Vintage Base Ball
The Annual Vintage Base Ball Roundtable brings together representatives from the Vintage Base Ball community for a facilitated session
to discuss issues facing players, historic site managers, sponsors and umpires engaged
in presenting the historic game.
The Vintage Base Ball Roundtable is held annually at the
University of Michigan-Flint each year, and seeks to become a valuable annual
discussion for stakeholders and a quality opportunity for everyone involved in
vintage base ball to dialogue on issues addressing the activity.
What can I expect
at the roundtable?
We will begin the day with an informal welcome and then
attendees will be treated to a presentation from a keynote speaker. Our
speakers are picked for their interest in the vintage game as well as knowledge
of the history of baseball. Following a catered lunch, guests will choose a
moderated discussion group to talk over an issue facing the presentation and
play of vintage base ball. After the meeting, we will collect all the
discussion group notes and publish a report based on each group’s findings.
Topics can include: scheduling challenges, liability issues, mission
statements, historical accuracy.
This year's suggested topics:
- Historical accuracy – rules
- Historical accuracy – equipment/field/presentation
- Club management issues (player
- Bound rule vs fly rule
- Umpires – training/educating audience/pre-1867 vs post
- Marketing and sponsorships
We urge anyone affiliated with the play, management, or
presentation of vintage base ball to attend. If you are a club, we ask that you
limit the number of guests to two members from your club. We especially
encourage sponsors, and staff from historic sites who are associated with
vintage clubs to attend as well.
How can I contribute?
At the bottom of the registration page, there is a box where you can suggest a topic for discussion. If you have a recurring issue you feel would make a good discussion topic. Write a brief description of your topic in the box marked "Topic suggestions".
9:30 am – 10:00 am Check in and Coffee
10:00 am – 10:15 am Welcome
10:15 - 11:30 am Keynote Speaker, Tom Heitz, Librarian Emeritus, National Baseball Library & Archive at the Nation Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Copperstown, NY
11:30 am – 12:00 am Break
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Roundtable discussions
2:30pm- 3:00pm Roundtable Results/Wrap Up