Maryland State Umpire’s Association Clinic

Once again the Maryland State Little League Umpire Association will hold their the annual Baseball / Softball Umpire MECHANICS clinic. The host this year is Maryland District 8—Salisbury, Maryland.

  • Date/Time: Saturday, February 20, 2016
  • PARKS AND REC DEPT. 239 OCEAN PARKWAY OCEAN PINES MD, 21811
  • Doors open at 8am for registrations
  • You can renew your membership and register for this clinic online at http://www.msuaonline.org
  • Continental breakfast will be served before the clinic, with Lunch being served around noon
  • Clinic beginning at 9am and will run through about 5pm
  • This clinic will be inside, please wear comfortable shoes suitable for a gymnasium floor, bring a mask and glove
  • A complete Umpire uniform is not required.
  • Stripes and Strikes will be at this clinic for your Umpire merchandise needs. You can pre-order by visiting http://www.stripesandstrikes.com and calling the number on the website.

The clinic will be led by Umpires from the Maryland State Umpire Association, who have significant Little League experience, including the select to and participation in countless Little League Regional and World Series tournaments. At MSUA, we are dedicated to making sure all Little League Umpires (new and experienced) are prepared for the 2016 season.

Cost for the 2016 clinic is $30 for active MSUA Members, $40 non-Members, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch and all materials.

Contacts: Joe Smith, 302-598-2877 djsmith384@gmail.com
Tony Russo, 443-285-1036 trusso@patriotllc.net
Ralph Gough, 301-904-0582 regoughsr.151@gmail.com

2016 Little League Registration Dates

Are you ready for Spring Baseball and Softball?

Registration dates for the 2016 Baseball and Softball season have been set! Mark your calendars!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 20, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 27, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The registration cost will be $60.00 per player with a discount price of $50.00 for each sibling. If space allows, players that register after February 27th will incur an additional $10.00 late fee.

Registration will be held at the Willards ball fields. In addition to cash and check, we will also accept all major credit cards.

To register your player, you will need to provide:

  • copy of birth certificate
  • 3 proofs of residency (proofs of residency can include a driver’s license, voter’s registration card, school records, homeowner records, utility bills, vehicle records, etc)
  • player shirt and pant size
  • last year’s uniform (if you failed to return in 2013)
  • signature on multiple forms

Questions? Send them our way! info@willardslittleleague.com

Softball Meeting

Willards Little League will attempt to hold another parent meeting geared towards the Major and Junior League Softball divisions to discuss the 2016 softball season on Monday, January 25th at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held at the board room next to our concession stand. The goal of this meeting will be to identify and learn of past softball issues (from all points of view) as well as formulate a plan and solutions to help with it’s survival.

If you have a child in our softball program (or one that will be next year), please come out and participate in this meeting! We need your ideas, support and participation. Without the commitment from parents in this age group the future of these divisions may be in jeopardy. Please show your support!

Thank you!

Softball Meeting

Willards Little League will hold a parent meeting to discuss the 2016 softball season on Monday, November 23rd at 6:30pm.  The meeting will be held at the board room next to our concession stand.  The goal of this meeting will be to identify and learn of past softball issues (from all points of view) as well as formulate a plan and solutions to help with it’s survival.

If you have a child in our softball program (or one that will be next year), please come out and participate in this meeting!  We need your ideas, support and participation.

Thank you!

2015 Jolly Roger Wristbands

Our FINAL 2 nights for selling our August 2nd Willards Family Fun Day wristbands at Jolly Roger Waterpark will be on Monday 7/20 and Wednesday 7/22 from 6pm – 7pm. Wristbands are $15 each. Don’t miss out! Last year was a blast!!!!

2015 – Jolly Roger End of the Season Party!

Jolly RogerThe news you all have been patiently waiting for….

Willards Little League will once again hold our “End Of The Season PARTY” at Jolly Roger Water Park!

The date will be Sunday, August 2nd and the cost will be $15/person. You can purchase your wristband from Bill Ritz or Shannon Tatum from 6-7pm next Monday (7/13), Tuesday (7/14) or Thursday (7/16) at the ball fields. *Parents with children are under 42″ can purchase the child’s wristband at the door to save $2.

2015 Willards Pitching Machine Tournament

This past weekend, Willards Little League held it’s annual 7/8 Pitching Machine tournament. Games began on Friday evening but were suspended on Saturday due to the rain. Volunteers came out Saturday morning to cover the fields with tarps in hopes of keeping the fields dry for Sunday.

Wet Fields

Sunday morning, more volunteers began arriving at 6am to clean up the rain that had accumulated and made it’s way under the tarps. Water pumps, leaf blowers and even shop-vacs were all used to remove enormous puddles and standing water from the fields. Fortunately, by 9am, fields were playable and the tournament resumed.

The weather turned out to be perfect for baseball, and despite it being a very long day for players, parents, coaches, umpires and volunteers, Willards was able to pull off a double-elimination tournament… saving the Championship game for Monday evening.

Monday evening’s game began at 6pm between Berlin and Lower Sussex. Both teams played hard with several players having to tough it out and play through injuries. At the end of 4 innings, Lower Sussex had defeated Berlin.

But…..

That was Berlin’s first loss. So, a rematch was needed since both teams had now suffered a single loss. The final game was relocated to Field 4 in anticipation of the need for lights.

The game began with lots of excitement as Lower Sussex immediately struck first, scoring 4 runs in the top of the first. Berlin took to the plate as the home team, but walked away completely denied, putting the score after 1 inning at 4-0. The second inning was more of the same as Lower Sussex dominated from the dish and tacked on another 4 runs. They then returned to the field demonstrating some incredible defense and great judgement as they again held Berlin from touching home plate.

The third inning was filled with defense as crowded bleachers and onlookers were blown away by the talent being displayed by both teams. We witnessed diving plays, incredible 3rd to 1st put-outs, accurate throws from the outfield and incredible “situational awareness” by both teams.

In the final inning, Berlin appeared to be completely out of the game, faced with a score of 8-1 and 1 out recorded. Bats started heating up and gaps were found, and before we knew it, a comeback was being formed. Lower Sussex continued to play phenomenal defense – and consistently kept the ball in front of the player. Berlin wasn’t given any extra bases, and over-throws simply didn’t happen.

With the go-ahead runner on third, Berlin was able to produce a base hit, upsetting a very talented and well coached Lower Sussex team.

My hat goes off to ALL teams and coaching staffs for their performances in our tournament. We witnessed some great baseball this weekend and I’m proud of every player that participated.

Congratulations to:
Berlin1st Place – Berlin

LowerSussex2nd Place – Lower Sussex

Delmar_Blue1st Place Consolation Bracket – Delmar Blue

East_Wicomico2nd Place Consolation Bracket – East Wicomico

USSSA Father’s Day Softball Tournament

A HUGE thank you to Jakob Brooks, Trevor Owens and Tyler Owens for their help picking up trash, raking and lining the fields and being great representatives of Willards Little League during the Father’s day tournament. They worked without pay and gave up their weekend to help make the tournament a huge success. Thanks guys!

Tyler and Trevor   Jakob Brooks

Congratulations to our 7/8 All Stars

CONGRATULATIONS to our Willards 7/8 All Stars on their CHAMPIONSHIP win in the Diamond Bracket of the Fruitland Pitching Machine Tournament! Way to go boys (and coaches)!!! What an unbelievable way to start the Pitching Machine tournament circuit!

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2015 – East Wicomico LL Hitting Derby

East Wicomico Little League will be hosting their annual hitting derby this Sunday, June 21st (Father’s Day) from 12pm – 4pm at the Shorebirds Stadium. All proceeds will benefit the East Wicomico Little League. Players and parents from age 4 – 99 are welcome to come out and participate! The donation will be $10 for 8 swings for players and $20 for 8 swings for adults.

*Only tennis shoes will be allowed on the field – no cleats!
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