2017 Shorebirds Night

Delmarva-Shorebirds-LogoREMINDER: Our Little League night at Shorebirds Stadium is THIS Saturday, June 3rd. Players that are attending should arrive no later than 5:30pm wearing their team shirt and hat (no cleats please). We will be lined up for the parade at 6:10pm.

Game time will be at 7:05pm with fireworks at the conclusion of the game.

Tickets are going fast!!!  They are available at the concession stand for the reduced price of $7.

2017 Hitting Derby Fundraiser (Updated)

It’s time to gear up for the 10th Annual Willards Little League Hitting Derby scheduled for Friday May 19th and Saturday, May 20th.

Willards Little League players are strongly encouraged to participate in the Hitting Derby – our main Fund Raiser! All Hitting Derby proceeds will be used for the WLL operating budget including but not limited to new baseball/softball equipment, uniforms, field maintenance and upkeep, Little League Charter Fees, insurance, league activities, and All Star tournament fees.  WLL relies on dedicated parents, managers, coaches and the community and businesses to help our organization thrive. We hope that you will do everything possible to support your local Little League! Without these fundraisers, Willards Little League would not exist!

2017 Willards Little League Fundraiser Procedures and Prizes
Each player’s goal is to raise $50 in pre-paid donations. Prepaid donations may be obtained from neighbors, friends, family members, co-workers and/or local businesses. (Examples: 10 people give $5 each, 5 people give $10 each, 2 people give $25 each). THE DONATION MUST BE COLLECTED AT THE TIME OF COMMITMENT BY THE SPONSOR. Checks can be made payable to the Willards Little League.

Pre-paid donations should be attached to each player’s sponsor form and returned to your Team Mom by/on Friday, May 19, 2017. Each Team Mom is expected to turn all packets in to Ashley Jones by Saturday, May 20th.

Each team will have an assigned time to bat. Teams should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time to check in. Players are required to wear a helmet and we encourage them to wear their uniform shirt. A pitching machine will be used to ensure fairness among all participating players (except for the Tee-ball League). Coaches are expected to feed the pitching machine for their team. Players are expected to help pick up baseballs as needed, after their team’s batting round. While a player is batting for points, the only person allowed on the field are the batter, coaches and WLL Board Members. Players may make one or more trips to the batting cage to prepare for our Hitting Derby.

Each player will receive 1 at bat for every $10 received in pre-paid donations (up to $50), that’s five swings if you reach the $50 goal! IF YOU RAISE $100 or MORE IN PRE-PAID DONATIONS YOU WILL EARN 3 EXTRA SWINGS (that’s 8 balls for $100)!! Each player will receive 2 warm up swings before batting for points. It is a HITTING DERBY so we will try our best to have everyone HIT the ball!!!

Points will be awarded as follows:
Foul Ball – 10 points
Pop Up – 25 points
Grounder – 50 points
Fly Ball to Outfield – 75 points
Line Drive – 100 points
Bounce over the Outfield Fence – 150 points
Over the Fence – 200 points

In the event of a tie, there will be a head to head hit-off between players involved. Sean Luffman, President of Willards Little League, is the official that will determine the winners. Winners will be determined at the end of each division’s round.

Trophies will be awarded to the top individual players with the most batting points from each division (TBall, Instructional League Baseball, Instructional League Softball, Minors Baseball, Minors Softball and 2017HittingDerbyScheduleMajors/Intermediate Baseball). Trophies will be given at the end of each division’s round.

The one TEAM that brings in the most pre-paid donations will not only win a PIZZA PARTY, but also get to take the field with the Shorebirds on our Little League Night!

Friday May 19th, 2017
Tee Ball
Location: Tee Ball Field
5:30pm Baysox
5:40pm Mudcats
5:50pm Grasshoppers
6:00pm Seagulls
6:10pm Blue Rocks
6:20pm Shorebirds
6:30pm Tides
6:40pm Ironbirds
7:00pm FINALS

Saturday May 20th, 2017
Instructional Baseball
Location: Tee Ball Field
1:00pm Cardinals
1:20pm Pirates
1:40pm Twins
2:00pm Dodgers
2:30pm FINALS

Saturday May 20th, 2017
Coach Pitch Softball
Location: Field 3
1:00pm Hornets

Saturday May 20th, 2017
Minor Softball
Location: Field 3
1:30pm Panthers
Saturday May 20th, 2017
Minor Baseball
Location: Field 1
9:30am Brewers
9:45am Athletics
10:00am Blue Jays
10:15am Braves
10:30am FINALS

Saturday May 20th, 2017
Major/Intermediate Baseball
Location: Field 1
8:30am Red Sox
8:45am Rockies
9:00am Mets
9:15am FINALS

For a downloadable schedule, click here.

Need an extra form? Click Here!

2017 Opening Day

Opening Day photos have been added to our photo gallery!







To view some pictures of the event, click here!  If you have pictures you’d like added, simply email them to photos@willardslittleleague.com

Little League Pledge
I trust in God
I love my country
And will respect its laws
I will play fair
And strive to win
But win or lose
I will always do my best
Parent/Volunteer Pledge
I will teach all children to play fair and do their best.
I will positively support all managers, coaches and players.
I will respect the decisions of the umpires.
I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game.

WLL Umpire School

Where: Willards Little League Field 1

When: Sunday, April 9th, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

Who: Anyone interested in helping!  If you have sat on the bleachers year after year, make this season the one where you get involved.  Umpiring can be very rewarding and often sets a positive example to those around you.

There’s absolutely no obligation implied by your attendance.  So, there’s no excuse for you not to come on out, ask questions, laugh at stories and learn from others that have umpired in the past.

 Refreshments will be provided.

Contact: Chris Gabbard

Field 1 Warning Track and Banners

Despite very wet conditions on Saturday morning, volunteers were out in full force getting the park ready for opening day.  We began hanging banners from our league sponsors on several fields.  In addition, the temporary fence and foul poles were installed on field 4.  Finally, 7 tons of stone were shoveled, hauled and spread on the warning track of field 1.  Thank you to all that helped (and to all of the players that are also showing pride in their park)!

If you have free time this week, please lend a hand!  There’s a lot to still be done and we’re less than 1 week away.  Simply show up at the park and locate any board member for direction as to how you can help.


New Tee Ball Dugout Roofs

A HUGE Thank You to the Tull Brothers for supplying and donating the materials and Jay Brittingham for building our new Tee Ball dugout roofs. In the past, we tried to keep our players protected from the sun by installing mesh covers secured by zip ties. As you can imagine, this solution wasn’t the greatest and involved making repairs every time the wind blew hard. These new dugout covers should provide plenty of shade and protection for our little players for years to come. Thanks again!

Dicks Coupons

Need new cleats this season?  Ready to make an upgrade to a nicer glove?  Here’s a few coupons that should help at the register.

*If you are considering the purchase of a new bat, we strongly encourage you to read up on Little Leagues’ bat changes that will be going into effect on January 1st, 2018.  Many bats in use today will not be allowed next year.  http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm

These coupons expire soon, so take advantage!

Field Work Has Begun

Your field maintenance crew was hard at work today!  Even though the temperatures were in the low 20’s, several dads and players began the work needed to get our fields in great shape for the 2017 Little League season!  Interested in joining us?  We could really use the help!  Send us an email at info@willardslittleleague.com.