News and Announcements
Managers, Coaches and Parents,
For the past 40 years, volunteers like many of you have worked tirelessly to raise funds to keep Green Run Little League alive. Within those efforts your league has been able to save over a Million Dollars. Matched with a small contribution from the Cal Ripken Foundation, The Princess Anne Youth Athletic Complex was started and as you can see a second field has been added. Both the GRLL and PA Fields need constant maintenance which again brings me to these volunteers who sacrifice time away from their families maintaining the fields.Ladies and Gentlemen, over the past week over 30 kids, coaches and spectators were polled about the rules at the PA Complex. 100% of those polled knew the rules, NO PETS, NO METAL CLEATS, NO GUM OR SUNFLOWER SEEDS on the field or in the dugout!
Apparently there are a few culprits out there who feel they are above the rest and chose to abuse the policy and spit their seed carcass both on the field and in the dugout . At yesterday’s Major game there was an absolute carpet of seed carcasses in the dugout which required instant maintenance and removal of the thousands of carcasses.
Ladies and Gentlemen, these fields need to survive another 40 years! This kind of abuse if not stopped will likely cause certain long term maintenance dollars in repairs.
Clint Eastwood says, “Respect your effort. Respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power”.
Please remind your Players Managers and Coaches and even of the rules. You are empowered to speak up!
If you have questions, please email email@example.com
I have spoken to several members who have stepped up and volunteered in the last few weeks and am shocked by the fact they say other parents are shrugging off volunteering. We have about 10 board members working VERY hard to run a league of 500 kids. Half of us do not even have kids in the league. I would like to challenge our parents to teach our kids what a community relationship is. When I had kids playing, the parents interacted with each other during the games, volunteered together, even had get togethers just for fun!. Now they barely talk to each other..they email or text for communication. This is what our kids are seeing. In 5 years, our players are going to diminish and be sitting in front of the TV playing Ball! I am asking for you to teach your kids to stop and take time to get involved with their community by simply just seeing their parents get involved…not just sit on the sidelines and watch others do it. Below is an article written by the president of another little league organization that inspired me to write this letter.
It Takes Volunteers to Support an Organization as Important as Little League®
This article was written by Rich Eckert, North Central Little League President, Milwaukee, Wis.
I have been an active volunteer with North Central Little League in Milwaukee, Wis., since my two boys were old enough to play tee ball in 2005. I was their coach for the next 11 years. I thought it would be the most rewarding thing I could do for my baseball-loving boys. I truly enjoyed it, but it was a challenge. I knew I wanted to get more involved from the onset, and I realized I had to do more. Growing up, my dad was the President of Old Bridge Little League in New Jersey. I came from a Little League® Family and that is what I envisioned for my kids.
As my boys are now graduating from high school, I realize I have served NCLL in many capacities since 2006. Over the last 37 years, there has only been four League Presidents, and I am honored to be one of them. Nearly 40 years since our founding, the league is stronger than it’s have ever been. We have a very solid foundation that has allowed us to continue to build upon our success. It obviously starts from the top. The previous Presidents are still very involved in Little League and NCLL. It has made for a very stable presence as the Board changes from year to year.
Little League is all about community. From the opening day parade to the final game, parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, fans, turn out to watch a group of kids having fun. These players get to know each other even though they may attend different schools, or live more than a few doors apart from each other. They learn to work together as a team, while building individual character.
It is also about family. NCLL is an extended family. Once you are part of NCLL you will always be part of the family. No matter where you go, or what you do you will always be part of NCLL. It is what makes our League so special, and I’m guessing many other leagues around the world. There is no greater joy than seeing one of our NCLL kids excelling at something in high school and college. It is satisfying to know NCLL has helped build that foundation to make them a great citizen and leader. Make no mistake, we are teaching them to be competitive on the field, but it is much more important to show them how to be a good teammate and a leader.
And It all starts with the volunteers. We are all volunteers and it humbles me every day what we accomplish to ensure our kids have a great Little League experience. It is not easy, but there is nothing more rewarding than getting a hug from a 5-year-old tee ball player after they receive their end-of-the-season medal. I am lucky to have 25 Board members who each have a responsibility throughout the year. Little League is a 1-month-a-year journey. The easy part is when the games start! When I first became President, we had seven Board Members. This put a strain on all of us. It is important to have a board as big as the tasks that need to be accomplished. It is also important to have a working board. Everyone must do their share, and you will be amazed at what will happen. You become a family.
It takes volunteers to support an organization as important as Little League. Do your child, and your neighbors’ children, a favor by joining in whatever capacity you can. Teach your child that volunteering is a good thing that supports an organization in which you believe. Your kids are going to be leading Little League into the future. Be a great example and volunteer. Thanks to my father, Little League was a part of my life. It taught me citizenship and leadership. Do your part and pass that on to your kids.
Treasurer and Dedicated Volunteer of
Princess Anne/Green Run Little League
As the season continues into the warmer weather, it is critical that everyone understand NO PETS are allowed on either of the premises. Service pets are allowed with proper documentation. Proper documentation would include legitimate documentation other than a pet vest. Pets are unpredictable especially when anxiety at a game can reach excitable tolerances. Pets will react in various ways up to and including biting. For this reason a NO PET Policy was enacted. Anyone bringing their pet will be asked to leave the grounds! We are sorry for any inconvenience, however this is for the safety of everyone!
If you should have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who’s Ready For Some Baseball & Softball?
First let me say, we may or may not have captured everyone’s email yet, however we soon will have everyone input.. Please forward this email to your friends, neighbors and family to insure everyone is notified. I know everyone is excited as the start of the Spring 2016 season begins. PLEASE READ THIS EMAIL IN IT’S ENTIRETY
1. By Tuesday March 22nd all teams will be selected. Be patient as It may take a few days for your team Manager or Coach to contact you.
2. Many of you have asked about Opening day. The season starts April 2nd. Due to many conflicts we will not have opening Day ceremonies. we will however have closing day ceremonies and activities planned. Stay tuned.
3. GRLL/PALL is a true Little League, meaning we follow all little league rules. Your Managers & Coaches have all been issued handbooks. If you should have any questions, please check with your Manager/Coach first about any rules.
4. Team websites will be set-up no later than Wednesday the 23rd. At some point, could a designated team mom email greenruninfoofficer@gmail with her/his name phone and email. The web administrator will assign you admin rights so you may update and schedule any necessary information for your team.
5. Games will be played at both the Original fields on Dahlia Dr and the new field off Dam Neck Rd aka: The Princess Anne Youth Athletic Complex.. Your Coach will advise.
6. SAFETY AND SPEEDING! PARENTS, FROM TIME TO TIME THE VBPD WILL BE PATROLLING DAHLIA DR. THEY WILL ISSUE TICKETS FOR SPEEDING. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU LOOK BOTH WAYS WHEN CROSSING THE STREET. TRAFFIC CAN BECOME VERY CONGESTED.
7. THE PRINCESS ANNE YOUTH ATLETIC COMPLEX, LET ME STATE THE OBVIOUS. THE SPEED LIMIT IS 5 MPH. PLEASE OBEY THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT.
8. Parents night is scheduled for Thursday March 24th 6:30 pm at White Oaks Elementary School. You are welcome to bring your player. Please arrive on time. All questions including Bingo and Concession sign ups will be answered and discussed.
9. The Screaming Eagles Baseball Club will be hosting a Spring Break Baseball Clinic for players ages 6-9 March 28-29 9am-11am. At the new fields Green Run Little League layers are free others are $5 per day. If interested contact David Blevins email@example.com or 757.286.2941
10. reminder you only have 10 days to go until the contest deadline ends.
The 2016 season is upon us. At Wednesday’s General Membership meeting, our annual elections will be held. Many of you have expressed an interest in helping or becoming a Board Member or Committee Chair person. All positions are open for election. We encourage everyone that has an interest in propelling our 600 plus member Little League forward to come out Wednesday September 23rd 8pm at the Dahlia field clubhouse and vote. If you should have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Ballots will be provided Wednesday.