2015 Hitting Derby Fund Raiser

It’s time to gear up for the 8th Annual Willards Little League Hitting Derby scheduled for Friday, May 8th for Tee Ball Teams and Saturday, May 9th for all of the older divisions.

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. Willards Little League is constantly growing – we have a total of 29 teams this year with over 300 kids participating. We would love to also build a new field that would be primarily used by Coach Pitch Softball and Instructional Baseball (ages 7 and 8). 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!

2015 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 Thursday, May 7, 2015. Each Team Mom is expected to turn all packets in to Shannon Tatum by FRIDAY, MAY 8th.

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. Bill Ritz, 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, Majors Baseball, Majors/Juniors Softball, Intermediate Baseball, and Jr./Senior 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 8th, 2015
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 9th, 2015
Instructional Baseball
Location: Tee Ball Field
9:00am Cardinals
9:15am Pirates
9:35am Twins
9:45am Tigers
10:00am Dodgers
10:15am FINALS


Saturday May 9th, 2015
Coach Pitch Softball
Location: Tee Ball Field
11:00am Panthers
11:15am Hornets
11:30am FINALS


Saturday May 9th, 2015
Intermediate Baseball
Location: Field 1
11:15am Cubs (FINALS)
Saturday May 9th, 2015
Minor Softball
Location: Field 3
9:00am Blaze (FINALS)


Saturday May 9th, 2015
Major/Junior Softball
Location: Field 3
9:30am Lightning
9:45am Gators
10:00am Diamonds
10:15am FINALS


Saturday May 9th, 2015
Minor Baseball
Location: Field 1
12:00pm Brewers
12:20pm Athletics
12:40pm Blue Jays
1:00pm Braves
1:20pm FINALS


Saturday May 9th, 2015
Majors Baseball
Location: Field 1
2:30pm Red Sox
2:50pm Rockies
3:10pm Mets
3:30pm FINALS


Saturday May 9th, 2015
Majors Baseball
Location: Field 1
1:45pm Nationals
2:00pm Seniors
2:15pm FINALS

For a downloadable schedule, click here.

Need an extra form? Click Here!

Fundraiser for Rhyne Taylor and Family

Rhyne TaylorRhyne Taylor, an 11 year old softball player at Willards Little League, was diagnosed with a brain tumor on April 16th.  The inoperable tumor is located near her pituitary gland and is sitting on her optical nerves. So far, Rhyne has undergone multiple surgeries at John Hopkins, to help relieve the pressure the tumor is currently causing. Despite having severe headaches, nausea and now vision problems, Rhyne is in better spirits and is starting to become more mobile.

In a few weeks, Rhyne and her family will make trips back to Hopkins to begin chemotherapy treatments with hopes of reducing the size and effects of the tumor.

Willards Little League is asking for your help by participating in a Fund Raiser for Rhyne and her family. We are in need of items that can be auctioned off during our Hitting Derby event on May 8th and 9th. Items can be anything; gift certificates, memorabilia, tickets, clothing, baskets, etc. In addition, we need you to participate in the auction!

Willards Little League is more than baseball and softball. We are a community and a family. I know we can come together to (at a minimum) help offset the loss of work and travel expenses the family is having to face.

If you can help out, please contact Bill Ritz – billritz@willardslittleleague.com

Click Here for a printable flyer. If you have an item to donate, please drop it by the concession stand any night this week.

Thank you for your support!

Featured Player – Brodi

2015 Orioles Game – UPDATED

Update 8:45pm:
After working with the Orioles ticketing office, we have been given an alternate game date of Sunday May 17th. In order to go to this game, we need your tickets back in our possession by this Saturday! If we don’t receive your tickets back – or if you would prefer to go on a different date, you will be on your own to exchange the tickets for face value to a different game.

Shannon Tatum and/or Bill Ritz will be at the fields each night this week to collect tickets. If you already know that you won’t be able to attend on the 17th and are going to exchange them yourself, PLEASE let us know so that we don’t need to chase you down!

Logistically, this is a nightmare for us, so any help you can provide by not waiting to the last minute would be appreciated.


UPDATE 3:10pm:  The Orioles just announced that this weekend’s game will not be played in Baltimore, but will be relocated to Tropicana Field. Before exchanging any tickets, please let us get in touch with the Orioles organization to see if we can reschedule for a future Sunday.
Our annual Little League Day at Oriole Park is scheduled for this Sunday, May 3rd.  Many of you have questions about the game with respect to the current turmoil and unrest being experienced in Baltimore City.  As you’ve seen on TV and read in the news, in addition to many peaceful protesters, there have also been many demonstrations that have involved property damage, individual harm and outright violence.

As a League, we want our players and their families to be safe.  Attending Sunday’s game will be a decision that you and your family will need to make on your own.  We have reached out to the Oriole ticket team and they reported that this past Sunday’s Little League day was a huge success with no incidents to report.  In addition, they said that at this time, the game and all pre-game events were still on as scheduled for our game.  Obviously, since our conversation yesterday morning a lot has happened.  The representatives said that they would reach out to us directly should a change be warranted.

If you decide to make the trip, common sense and “street smarts” should obviously be used.
– Keep your children within eyesight at all times.
– Park close to the stadium
– If possible, avoid public forms of transportation around the city
– Consider enjoying dinner on your way home outside of the city
– Please refer to the paper you received with your tickets that specifies where we will meet and parade rules and guidelines we must follow

As the week progresses, we should have a clearer picture as to the state of the city and status of the game.  It is our hope that the violence and anarchy will be quickly brought to an end, and we’ll have a safe and enjoyable time during the game.

Look for more updates here towards the end of the week.

Have more questions?  Send them to info@willardslittleleague.com



2015 Picture Days

It’s that time of the season for team and individual pictures!  Please see the schedule below and look for picture forms from your team manager or team mom.  Pictures will be taken in the open field behind the Tee Ball field.  In the event of bad weather, pictures will STILL BE TAKEN!  We will simply move to inside the office by the Concession Stand.

*Please arrive earlier than your scheduled time so that your team doesn’t hold up the schedule.

Saturday April 25, 2015
9:00am Shorebirds
9:20am Tides
9:40am Dodgers
10:00am Twins
10:20am Seagulls
10:40am Grasshoppers
11:00am Mudcats
11:20am Bluerocks
11:40am Pirates
12:00pm Tigers
12:20pm Ironbirds
12:40pm Baysox


Monday April 27, 2015
5:15pm Athletics
5:30pm Blaze
5:45pm Red Sox


Tuesday April 28, 2015
5:15pm Rockies
5:30pm Gators
5:45pm Mets
Wednesday April 29, 2015
5:15pm Brewers
5:30pm Braves
5:45pm Pink Panthers
6:00pm Cubs


Thursday April 30, 2015
5:15pm Cardinals
5:30pm Nationals
5:45pm Senior Baseball
6:00pm Diamonds


Friday May 1, 2015
5:15pm Blue Jays
5:30pm Green Hornets

Games Cancelled – 4/14/2015

All games scheduled in Willards for 4/14/2015 have been cancelled.

2015 Opening Day

Willards Little League kicked off the 2015 Baseball and Softball season on Saturday, April 11th.  Willards Little League has over 300 children participating on 29 teams this year ranging in age from 3 yrs old (league age 4) in Tee Ball to 16 yrs old in our Senior Baseball League.

Our day began with floats, boats and firetrucks as our teams participated in our Opening Day parade.  We saw some very creative floats and displays as our teams paraded past throwing out candy and singing cheers. The parade began on Main Street and made it’s way down Market Street and Park Drive before ending at our main complex.

Thank you to all of our Opening Day Participants!  McKenna Linzey did a fantastic job with her solo performance of our National Anthem.  Thanks to Evan Ritz and Gia Boyer for helping with our Little League Player and Parent Pledges. Thanks to Cub Scout Pack 834 scouts Jacob Ritz, Cameron Witcher and Evan Sollars for their Flag Ceremony presentation and leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Finally a huge thank you to Pastor Ray Rogers of Ayers United Methodist Church for providing our invocation prayer.  And last but not least, thank you to Caleb Moore from the Mudcats for yelling “Play Ball” to get our season started.

Congratulations to our “first pitch” recipient, Ms Sarah Burton!  Ms. Burton was named Pittsville Elementary’s Teacher of the Year.

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.

2015 Opening Day Schedules

Who’s ready to play some ball? Opening Day is just around the corner, and we hope you’re as excited as we are to get the 2015 season underway. Our day will start with our traditional parade, followed by our opening day ceremonies. Games will begin at 10:30 and continue throughout the day. Our concession stand will open at 9:30am and begin by serving breakfast related items.

Tee Ball
Time Visitor Home Field
10:30am Shorebirds Ironbirds Tee Ball
11:30am Blue Rocks Grasshoppers Tee Ball
12:30pm Baysox Mudcats Tee Ball
1:30pm Seagulls Tides Tee Ball
Instructional Baseball
Time Visitor Home Field
10:30am Dodgers Cardinals Field 4
12:30pm Pirates Twins Field 3
2:30pm Pirates Tigers Field 3
Minor League Baseball
Time Visitor Home Field
12:30pm Brewers Athletics Field 1
11:30am Blue Jays Braves Field 1
Major League Baseball
Time Visitor Home Field
10:30am Rockies Red Sox Field 1
Coach Pitch Softball
Time Visitor Home Field
2:30pm Panthers Hornets CP Field
Major League Softball
Time Visitor Home Field
10:30am Gators Lightning Field 3

Away Games

Minor League Softball
Time Visitor Home Field
4:30pm Blaze Berlin Tigers Berlin LL
Major League Baseball
Time Visitor Home Field
3:00pm Mets SH Navy Snow Hill 3

2015 Opening Day Parade Info

Saturday morning we will continue our tradition by having our teams parade from the Willards Fire Department back to our fields.

Below are some of the frequently asked questions about the parade.

All floats are to report to the staging areas assigned to them.
Tee Ball – Lion’s Club Parking Lot
Instructional Boys – Old School Lot – Dennis Street
Coach Pitch Girls – Old School Lot – Dennis Street
Major/ Minor/ Int/Jr/Sr Boys – Old School Field

Players should be dropped off at the assigned staging area. Main steet will close at approximately 8:40am. Please have your player at the staging area prior to that.

Please check with the Team Manager or Team Mom. All players should be with their team by 8:40a.

Players should wear their team uniforms (uniform pants, shirts, hats).

Players are allowed to toss or drop candy. No “overhand” throwing of candy will be permitted.

The parade will begin promptly at 9:00am by the sounding of the Willards Fire Department siren.

Tee Ball players will get off of the Fire Trucks at end of E.Adkins Ave. and walk up to the field.
All teams with floats will disembark behind the Tee Ball field. Please encourage players to be very careful when making their way to Field 1.

Tee Ball and Instructional- 1st base bullpen Field 1
Minor/Major/ JR Boys – area between outfield of Field 1 and Field 2
Softball – 3rd base bullpen on Field 1

10:00am (or when last team arrives to Field 1)

Click here for a full schedule of Opening Day Games.

There is a plan in place and we will make that decision on Friday around 5pm so that Managers and Team Moms can notify all teams.

No. Please help spread the word about this matter! We want to keep our field areas clean of discarded butts and smoke! No tobacco products allowed once you are on Willards Little League Grounds!!!

The concession stand will be open at 9:30am and begin by serving breakfast items. They will be open throughout the day, so please support us! Our concession stand helps us offset our operating costs! Please be patient on Opening Day as we anticipate longer than usual lines.

2015 Baseball and Softball Umpire Clinic

Umpire ClinicOur annual Baseball and Softball umpire clinic will be held this Saturday, March 28th from 3:00pm – 4:30pm.  This clinic will go over many of the basics including: positioning fundamentals, mechanics, common mistakes, rules and player safety.

As you are probably aware, our league struggles with getting volunteers to umpire both baseball and softball games.  If you are on the fence (or standing anywhere near it) with regards to whether or not you can/should/will umpire, please at least come to the clinic.  What can it hurt?

For those of you who have never volunteered at WLL, here’s your chance.  Get involved!  Help make the game better for our kids!