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!

2015 – Orioles Little League Day

OriolesWillards Little League will be participating in our Second Annual trip to Oriole Park on May 3rd to see the O’s play the Rays on Little League Day. Tickets are being offered at a discounted rate of $10 per person. Players that arrive early will get to participate in a parade around the field and be shown on the “jumbotron” if they are wearing their hat and uniform jersey. More information on the parade time and where to meet will be given out when we pass out tickets.

There is no maximum number of tickets you can order BUT ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY SUNDAY APRIL 12TH to Shannon Tatum at 410-251-8577 – no exceptions! This doesn’t leave much time to get the word out and get your order placed. In addition, we will have a table setup on opening day to take orders.

Softball Players Needed!

By now, your player should have been contacted by the team Manager (with the exception of 13/14 Jr Softball and 14-16 Sr Baseball). In addition, practices are (finally) starting this week! This wind is really helping to dry out our fields! If you still haven’t heard from your manager, please send an email to info@willardslittleleague.com

Our 11/12 year old Softball ladies could use a few more girls to help fill out the roster! In addition, although the Jr Softball 13/14 year old’s season starts a bit later, we are still short several players to make a team. If your daughter has a classmate that’s interested in playing in either of these age groups and hasn’t signed up, please have them email info@willardslittleleague.com asap!

Minor League Baseball Assessments

Minor League Baseball will have have assessments tomorrow from 1:00p – 2:30p. Please report to Field 4’s parking lot. Do not wear cleats as we will most likely be on the basketball or tennis courts. Give yourself some extra time getting there as the roads to the park are slushy!

2015 Assessment Updates

Once again, we have been forced to make modifications to our assessments due to the weather.

We will be cancelling our 7/8 Coach Pitch Softball and Instructional Baseball play day. Players in these leagues will hear from their team manager by the middle of next week.

Minor and Major League Softball will not be having assessments because we only have one team in each division. Players should hear from their team manager soon.

Due to the Little League age change and number of kids playing Minor League baseball, we are still hoping to complete a brief player assessment. If possible, we will get creative and hold them on Saturday, March 7th from 1p-2p. We will make a decision on this by 5pm tomorrow and post it here on Facebook and on www.willardslittleleague.com. We want to make sure that the conditions are safe. Please check back tomorrow for a final decision.

Major League Baseball will not have assessments. Most of the players are returning and the managers feel they can form teams without having to get the kids out in this weather. Players will be contacted by their managers by the middle of next week.

13/14 Baseball players are being contacted over the next few days.

13/14 Softball players will hear from their coach late next week.

Assessments Postponed

Due to the snow, we will need to postpone our assessments previously scheduled for this weekend. We will simply shift everything back one weekend (March 7/8).

Minor and Major Assessments

If there is any way possible, we will be holding assessments for the Minor and Major League Baseball/Softball divisions will be held this weekend – Feb 28/Mar 1. You do not need to attend both – only one! Of course, this will depend on the weather and field conditions.

Minor League Baseball 11am – 1pm Field 3
Minor League Softball 11am – 1pm Field 4
Major League Baseball 1pm – 3pm Field 3
Major League Softball 1pm – 3pm Field 4

Last scheduled Registration – Tonight!

Tonight (Wednesday, Feb 25 from 6p-8p) is our last night of scheduled registrations! MANY of you have waited until the last minute, so please arrive early as we are expecting long lines.

Here’s how you can help to keep the line moving:

1. If your child played last year, we will have most of the forms filled out for you! Please review them thoroughly before signing!
2. If you are new this year, please click here to download and fill out the necessary forms prior to arriving.
3. If you are paying by check, please make them payable to Willards Little League ($50/$45 for siblings).
4. Please know your child’s pant size if possible.
5. Have copies of your child’s birth certificate and proofs of residency we can keep (our copier is slow).
6. Make sure you sign everything! No signature = No play.

Cub Scout Clean Up Project

A huge “Thank You” goes out to Heather Parsons and the Cub Scout Pack 834 Wolves for spending their Sunday at the Willards Little League park. The scouts were completing a community service project by picking up trash all around our complex. Great job guys!

Registration Dates for the 2015 Season

Are you ready for Spring Baseball and Softball?

Registration dates for the 2015 Baseball and Softball season have been set! Mark your calendars!

February 11, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
February 14, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
February 18, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
February 21, 2015 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
February 25, 2015 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration prices will remain the same as last year; $50.00 per player with a discount price of $45.00 for each sibling. If space allows, players that register after February 25th 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

There are some MAJOR changes that Little League has made this year which affect many children!!!
Little League announced that starting this year, changes to player age “cut-offs” will go in effect. They are making these changes for a few reasons and will ultimately affect all players in 2018. Briefly put, in 2018, a baseball player’s age will be determined by the age they turn during the playing year. So, for example, if your son/daughter turns 9 in November of 2018, they will be considered a 9 year old. In the past, Little League used a cut-off date of April 30th to determine a player’s age. In the above example, the old way of determining a player’s age would put our November 2018 player at age 8, since their age on April 30th is 8.

My example above shows that a player who was 7 last year COULD be considered 9 this year. For the player, this means one less year of Instructional baseball as they will be considered a Minor League player (the same could apply to a T-ball player). To ease the transition into the new rule, Little League is starting the change this year with any player born on or after January 1, 2006. This means that players who participated in the Minor and Major League baseball divisions last year will not be affected by the change. I created a calculator on this page to help you identify where your child falls this year. These changes only affect T-Ball and Baseball, not Softball!

We fully understand that many players may feel intimidated or not ready for the next step. Please assure them that many players fall into this category and will be going through the same transition (not just our league). I have heard from several parents that are hesitant to put their player in the next division, but I would encourage them to at least attend our assessments and play days. If after those sessions you still have concerns, please come talk to me (Bill Ritz) or Doug Lewis.

Read more on the age change here: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/newsletters/CBNewsletter/2014/cbnov14/newplayerage.htm

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