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Feb, 2020

Email Blast - Feb 25, 2020

Hi All:

This is a very busy time of the year as we are filling out divisional rosters, drafting teams, scheduling practices and games, recruiting managers\coaches, etc. etc.  Please read through all the info below as there is a lot to communicate.


Registration

For those that already registered online or in person, thank you!

  • Baseball\Softball - The deadline for registration has passed (excluding BB Juniors & Seniors) but there may be a few roster positions open in each division; please contact Angie Schiller if interested in registering for Baseball or Softball.
  • Tball - Online registration closes Mar 22.
  • Juniors BB - We are still taking registrations for Juniors (7th & 8th Grade).  If interested please register in the next 3 days as we need to order uniforms by this weekend.
  • Seniors BB – Registration for Seniors will be open into April or until we fill two teams.

 

Pitching & Catching Clinics

We still have room available in all sessions, registration is done online.  Even though the pitching clinic has already started, there are still three more weeks if you want to sign up.  The Baseball Pitching Clinic will be led by three GHS Varsity pitchers: Jacob Aleknavicius, Tommy Lamb, Hunter Schmitt.  The Catching Clinics will be led by Rece Obrien and Evan Wagner who also are GHS Varsity players. 

Pitching:

·         Baseball Minors – Fridays, Feb 21, 28, Mar 6, 13 – 6-6:50pm – JLMS big gym

·         Baseball Majors – Fridays, Feb 21, 28, Mar 6, 13 – 7-7:50pm – JLMS big gym

·         Softball – Fridays, Feb 21, 28, Mar 6, 13 – 6-6:50pm – JLMS small gym

Catching: 

·         Baseball Minors – Fridays, Mar 20, Apr 3 – 6-6:50pm – JLMS big gym

·         Baseball Majors – Fridays, Mar 20, Apr 3 – 7-7:50pm – JLMS big gym

 

Candy Bar Pickup

For those that registered online and chose the candy bar fundraiser and didn’t make it to the in-person registration to pick them up, please stop by Ty Olson’s Edward Jones office to pick them up: 1505 Wisconsin AveSuite 180Grafton8a-12p & 1p-5p.
 

BaseballMania Sweepstakes Cards Pickup

For those Baseball & Softball players who chose the BaseballMania fundraiser, and all Tball players, the BaseballMania Sweepstakes cards will be handed out at the Family Meetings (Apr 14).  You must fill in the bottom of each card and turn it in in order to have the card activated.  For parents that can’t make the Family Meeting, your child’s team Manager will have the cards for you.
 

Dicks Sporting Goods Discount Day

We are excited to be partners again with DICK’s Sporting Goods through their community outreach programs.  As part of their support, DICK’s Sporting Goods will be hosting a 20% off shop event for all Grafton Little League participants, followers, and supporters at the Grafton store on Sat, Mar 14 – Sun, Mar 15.  The discount is valid on purchases STOREWIDE!  If you can't find an item in the store, ask a sales associate to help you order it, and still receive 20% off.

Present the attached coupon at the register to redeem this special offer!  You can also show the coupon on your smartphone for the discount.

GLL staff will be on hand (Sat only, 11am-4pm) to answer questions and to certify and sticker new baseball bats for the 2020 season.  Bats that were previously certified for the 2018 & 2019 seasons do not need to be recertified for 2020; Softball and Tball bats do not require the GLL certification sticker.

What are the bat requirements for each division?

  • Tball bats need to state for use in Tball on the barrel.
  • Baseball Rookie, Minor and Major bats need to have the USABaseball logo or be wood.
  • BB Junior bats need to have the USABaseball or BBCOR logo or be wood.
  • BB Senior bats need to have the BBCOR logo or be wood.

Family Meetings

The 2020 pre-season Family Meetings are TuesApr 14 in the John Long Middle School big gym (T-Ball 6pm, Baseball & Softball 7pm).

After a short presentation, players will meet their Team Manager and receive their team hat and BaseballMania Sweepstakes game cards.  This is the best time to pick up your BaseballMania sweepstakes cards, sign them and turn them in so that they can be activated.
 

Teams
By Sun, Feb 23, all teams (excluding Tball, BB Juniors and BB Seniors) will have been drafted.  The Manager for your child’s team will be contacting you by Friday, Feb 28 to introduce themselves and provide additional information.
 

Opening Day – Mid Season Celebration
GLL has made the difficult decision to not hold our traditional Opening Day Ceremony this year; we have had a bad run of rain\snow\cold weather over the last few years which has resulted in cancellations or poor attendance.  As an alternative, we are planning to hold a Mid-Season Celebration Sat, Jun 13, events will include team parade, Minnow Races, Ball Throw Contest Fundraiser, picnic food and a few other events we are still working on.  More details to come.
 

Coach’s Clinic
Date & Time TBD.  At least one Manager or Assistant coach from each team should attend.
 

Umpire Clinic
Date & Time TBD.  New and returning players interested in umpiring this year need to attend this clinic.  New players who would like to umpire and have not yet contacted Tom Bichanich should do so soon to get added to the list.

 

Mike Wagner
Information Officer
Grafton Little League

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www.graftonlittleleague.com


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