Next 2 weeks
With only two weeks to go in the season and two games each week, we will not be having anymore practices other than just before the games. After tonight's game, our next game is scheduled for Saturday. I will be away on vacation, but Coach Vince and Chris will handle everything.
Our last game is scheduled for a week from Sunday. The other coach and I are attempting to reschedule this game for another date as we both have conflicts. I will let you know the final outcome.
See you all tonight!
This Week's Baseball
Just a reminder, we have practice today at 5pm at Miwok and a game Wednesday at 5:30pm. Our Saturday game was moved to Sunday. This was done at the request of some that wanted to attend the Butter and Eggs Day Parade. As a result, the boys get to play on Murphy on Sunday.
Opening Day is only a few days away. It starts at 9am this Saturday on Murphy Field. However, please arrive by 8:45am so I can hand out the uniform shirts to all the kids. The boys should be in full uniform for the Opening Day ceremony. I will also have hats for those that missed Cap Night. Our first game is also Saturday on the Minor League field at 1:30pm, which means that your ball player needs to be at the field by 1:00pm to warm up. See you tomorrow at batting practice.
You will see that I added the practices for the next two months in Game Changer. Many of these dates and times will be subject to change. For example, once (or if) the minor league field dries out, we can practice on it a few times a week. For now, we will stay on the blacktop and out of the swamp. The kids did great at the batting cages. As you can see, its a short fun practice that they really like. The cost per family is $35 for the season. Please pay me as soon as possible, as I have already paid the bill for the year.
See you tomorrow at Miwok!
Batting Practice (Correction, make a right not a left on Waters if heading westbound on Washington)
Here are the times for batting practice at Athletic Edge. For those that have not been there before, it is on Waters Street north of Washington St. Take the right immediately after crossing the Petaluma River. Parking can be an issue, but there should be room near the end on the dirt near the railroad tracks. Once inside, our team has the last pitching machine located at the very end. I am scheduled to work that day, but coach Chris and Vince will be there to help the kids. They will hit for 6 minutes on the batting T to warm up and then 6 minutes in the cage. Afterward, they are free to leave. Our next practice is this Saturday from 12pm to 1:30pm at Miwok.
Batting Practice Times:
Sorry for the long email, but there is a lot that has to be covered for the year and I did not get to talk to all the parents yesterday.
I am in the process of putting this months schedule together so that you all have an idea of when your ballplayer needs to be at practice. I understand that some of you work and that getting to practice at 4pm can be a problem. If I can assist by providing a ride to or from practice, let me know. I have done it in the past and do not mind. It is important for the kids to attend as much practice as possible, as it helps the team develop. One of the life-long lessons that baseball and all youth sports teach your kids is how it is easier to accomplish more when you work well together. That comes with practicing together first and then transitions to game day. Even if your ballplayer only makes the second half of the practice, it is still beneficial for your son and the team. I will move the practices to 5pm as soon as daylight savings arrives. Most fielding practices will be 1:15 to 1:30. It is ok to drop off and come back. I will not leave your child alone on the field if we end early or you are late.
We have practice this Saturday at 12:30pm at Miwok. We will be on the blacktop again. We also have our first batting cage practice this coming Wednesday at 6pm at Athletic Edge. As I mentioned to some of you, the batting practice is extremely important because one of the biggest issues at your son’s young age is getting use to the pitching machine. The batting cages allows for this transition as we may only get to practice at McDowell with a pitching machine maybe once or twice, if at all. This is because of the limited field time for the minors and the wet weather we are having. If there are any of you that are certain you will not be attending the batting practice, you need to let me know ASAP because it may affect the cost that others pay. As I mentioned before, I don’t mind giving the occasional ride to and from practice.
For our uniforms, the league will provide a shirt and hat prior to Opening Day (March 4th). You will need to purchase a navy blue belt, navy blue socks, gray pants and any color shoes you want. There is plenty of time to buy from Amazon before March 4th.
This year’s coaching staff consists of Vince Delgadillo (Ron’s dad), Chris King (Brendan’s dad), Sean Sinnott and myself. We all have coached before and our dedication to your child’s baseball success is paramount. The Minis is about building the foundation for baseball. By the end of the year your child will know how to play every position, how to catch and throw in the proper manner and how to hit the ball. This will allow them to tryout and progress to the minors and majors, where level of play and competition drastically increases. While we don’t technically keep score in the Minis, I can assure you that the kids will keep score even if we tell them not to.
There are a few rules that we have when game time arrives (which is less than a month away). On game days, your child will need to arrive ½ before game time. We use this time to warm up their arms as we do batting fielding practice for a ½ hour. It makes all the difference in the world in the outcome of the game. Once on the field, your ballplayer needs to stay on the field or in the dugout. This is a safety concern for the league, as we need to make sure they are not in an area that could be hazardous. It can also be very disruptive for the game if a player disappears. The exception to this is, potty breaks (which should be taken care before the game) and if your son gets hurt. There is no food or drink (other than water) allowed in the dugout. That includes bubblegum!!! Sorry, but it gets messy and very distracting.
On the safety topic, your son will get hurt at some point during the season, either from a ball, slide into a base or collision with another player (hopefully no bat injuries). These are usually always minor injuries and the coaches can usually address the first-aid immediately and solve the problem without parent intervention. Most of the time it’s a trip to the dugout with an ice pack that solves the problem. At least three of your four coaches are either first responders that know how to render first-aid, have specific training in medical care and/or are CPR certified. In the unlikely event of a serious incident on the field (or more likely in the stands from an elderly person) where someone goes into cardiac arrest, there is an AED at the snack shack that anyone can run and retrieve.
If you did not know, Petaluma Valley Little League (PVLL) is like all other little leagues in that it is a nonprofit that runs on an annual budget of $20K to $40K. Most of the time these funds get depleted rapidly with addressing the needs of the league and its players. This includes uniforms for all teams, field maintenance and upgrades to increase enrollment. Over 30 years ago, I played on these same fields and can tell you that there are noticeable improvements from when I played. That being said, the league has a few events to increase revenue that need your support. The first is Hat Night, February 26th at the Elks Lodge. I’ll send out more details later, but its great for the kids and parents to get together, eat, drink and introduce the teams. The second is Family Fun Day, April 30th at McDowell. This is also picture day and there are competitions between the teams and events for all kids and adults. Our team will be required to staff an event at Family Fun Day. Our team mom will be looking for volunteers. We will also be responsible for one week of snack shack duty. Each family can either opt to work the snack shack during the week or pay a fee to have a high school student staff the snack shack for you. The snack shack is another way the league brings in money. The final way that you can support the league is by purchasing attire for you or your son to wear. This is the link to the PVLL clothing store.
I would like to thank Maren Dever who graciously volunteered to be the team mom. She gets the responsibility of making sure all of our team requirements are fulfilled. Thank you Maren!!!
I need to make sure that all of you were able to login to GameChanger and access the schedule and receive updates either by text or email. If you need assistance please ask. This will be my primary method of communication. You can also was reach me via email or by text.
We are looking forward to a great year. At our first practice, I could see that there is a lot of older talent on the team that is going to make this season exciting and entertaining. You will see doubles, triples and the occasional homerun! As I mentioned to some of the parents and I tell the kids as well, the league has a scout that monitors all the kids developments. Don’t be surprised if league board members and other minor and major coaches are watching the minis games. They are always looking for the kids that not only have talent, but also desire and discipline to play the game. As the season progresses, it is not uncommon for a minor league team to draft a player from the minis because of a vacancy or injury. This happened last year and I expect it will happen again because of the numbers. Usually this only applies to the older kids on our team.
Thanks for reading this email. I know it was long winded, but it is important that we all know and understand the expectations for the year. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.