THIS SATURDAY APRIL 21ST
9:45 am – Photo Station 1 – SWT Lions (Ken Smith)
10:00 am – Photo Station 1 – A Bruins (Jill Motschenbacher)
10:00 am – Photo Station 2 – A Green Monsters (Andy Laplante)
10:15 am – Photo Station 1 – A Wolfpack (Rusty Taylor)
10:15 am – Photo Station 2 – A Lions (Wayne Davenport)
10:30 am – Photo Station 1 – Majors Wolfpack (David Rollins)
10:30 am – Photo Station 2 – Majors Mustangs (Scott Gilbert)
10:45 am – Photo Station 1 – AA Tar Heels (Wayne Autry)
10:45 am – Photo Station 2 – AA Yankees (Philip Arevalo)
12:00 pm – Photo Station 1 – ANG Angels (Keith Hadding)
12:15 pm – Photo Station 1 – DRL Darlings (John Ellis)
1:00 pm – Photo Station 1 – PNY Tulips (Stephanie Tripp)
Photo Stations 1 & 2 will be located to the right of the tennis courts, near the batting cage at Chamber Field. Order forms are supposed to be on the way. I will include those with your uniforms when we distribute those on Thursday. The photographers have asked that you arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled picture time.
Lastly, we’ve tried to get around to everyone, but if any of your players need to order shorts (T-Ball), elastic waist pants (AA Baseball, Angels Softball), or belt-loop pants (AAA Baseball, Majors Baseball), let us know by 10 a.m. tomorrow! We are sending the order out tomorrow so they will be ready for this weekend.
I wanted to take this opportunity to share my goals for your child and the team this season. Youth t-ball can be an exciting and fun opportunity for your child to learn new skills, make new friends and have fun.
With this age group, I have 5 primary coaching objectives which I believe are equally important.
1.Help your child develop the skills necessary to be successful at this level and to prepare your child for next season.
2.To have fun and have the kids develop a love for the game.
3.Learn about the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.
4.Give positive reinforcement based on effort rather than results.
5.Provide a safe and healthy environment for all the kids on the team.
For this age group there is a drastic difference in skill level among the kids. I want to give the kids an opportunity to play a number of different positions and I’ll make sure each player gets a chance each game to play in the infield for a couple of innings.
1.Please try to get your child to practice and games on time. I know this can be difficult at times and impossible at other times, but it’s really hard to conduct practice or get ready for a game when players continually show up late. If you know your child will be late or won’t be able to make it to a practice or game, please let me know in advance if possible.
2.Help out with team volunteer opportunities. We have a number of items that require parent help.
3.Get involved in playing t-ball with your child. This may be helping out with at practice or playing catch in the yard on days we don’t practice. Kids love it when their parents get involved. Repetition is also crucial for skill improvement. There simply isn’t enough organized practice time for the kids. They need to work on the skills they learn at practice at home also.
4.Please encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game and practice. Please cheer for your child during games, but try to keep from yelling instructions to them. Remember this is their opportunity to enjoy playing in the game.
I’m looking forward to a fun and rewarding season. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me.
The game is the entry sport to baseball and softball for young players, generally four to eight years old. Members of two teams take turns hitting a ball off a batting tee set on home plate. Batters try to get on base and advance to home; fielders try to prevent that from happening. The elimination of pitching allows children to participate without the fear of being hit by a pitched ball. Tee ball develops the primary baseball skills of hitting, running, fielding and throwing. The players gain an understanding of the fundamental rules, which allows minimally competitive league play at all age levels.
Tee ball is played in every state and territory and internationally. Participation is estimated at 2.2 million players, 65% boys and 35% girls. The sport’s constituency includes organizers, directors, administrators and staff, coaches, officials, volunteers and the friends, parents and players from 18+ million American families with youngsters of tee ball age.
As the game is one of the first team sports for most children, there is a high level of adult support and enthusiasm. Tee ball has proven to be a natural transition into standard baseball and softball. As such, it provides a steady supply of young players already equipped with the basic skills and an enthusiasm for these sports.
The 2012 Lions Club Team is coached by our club president Ken Smith.