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.
The Little League
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.
Weston Little League Baseball for the 2018 Fall Season!
The Weston Fall “House”baseball is organized by grade, and we are running baseball programs for:
- Grades PreK and K (T-Ball)
- Grade 1 (A) combined
- Grade 2 (AA)
- Grades 3&4 (Minors);
- Grade 5 (AAA); and
- Grades 5, 6 & 7 (Majors).
Note: T-Ball will be eligible for children enrolling in PreK who turn 4 years old on or prior to September 1st, 2018;
As in prior years, Majors will draft a select number of 5th graders into Majors to complete teams. 7th graders may play if they did not turn 13 years old prior to September 1, 2019 (i.e., they are still Little League age 12). Final numbers of teams and exact grade configuration for the House league will be determined after we’ve received all registrations and know total numbers of kids by age.
No evaluations or tryouts are required for Fall House baseball. For the Fall House league for Majors, AAA and Minors, we plan on one game per week on Saturdays and one practice per week during the season (Sundays or an evening during the week based on coach/field availability). AA and A Ball involves Saturday afternoon game and Sunday afternoon practice. T-Ball is Saturday morning practice/game. The season is expected to begin early September and end mid October. Fall House is less intense on competitive games, with a balance shifted toward more intense player development and practice, while also maintaining a game per week. In addition to the scheduled practices and games, we will also include skills clinics with Pro coaches— however, these will be subject to parent volunteer participation to allow for an effective coach to player ratio.
Note: For AA, Minors, AAA and Majors, we have updated the Saturday game times as we will be combining these divisions with Westport Little League's eqivalent division.
- Early bird special ends on Sunday, August 19th;
- Fall Ball 2018 registration ends on Sunday, September 2nd;
- Coaches Meeting and Draft/Team Selection during week of September 3rd;
- Teams announced by Thursday, September 6th;
- Season plan start date is Saturday, September 8th with scrimmages/games
**Note: plan is for a 6 week season with a tentative end date on Sunday, October 27th ****
When registering, please note all potential conflicts in your child’s Fall schedule so that those responsible for putting teams and practice schedules together can try to avoid schedule conflicts.
The planned game time schedule for each grade for the Fall House season on Saturdays is as follows.
Note: Number of divisions are subject to participation, specifically for AAA and Majors.
T-Ball (PK and up/K) & A (1stGrade)
1:00pm to 3:00 pm
AA (2nd Grade)
2:00pm to 3:30 pm
Minors (3rd& 4th Grade)
11:00pm to 1:00 pm
1:15pm to 3:15pm
Majors (5th-7th Grade)
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Please note we have tried to schedule our baseball games around the traditional in-season sports of flag football and soccer. Game times and final teams will be subject to change based on registration levels and other conflicts which may necessitate a change in our schedule.
For those who register by August 19th, the registration fee for Fall Baseball is:
- $300.00 for Grades 3 through 7 (Minors/Majors): $250 with early bird discount,
- $235.00 for Grades 1-through 2 (A - AA); $205 with early bird discount
- $125 for PreK and Kindergarteners (T-Ball): $95 with early bird discount
The Early Bird Discount expires on August 19th, 2018 (no exceptions). The registration fee increases +$50 for Grades 3 through 6/7 (Majors/Minors) and +$30 for Grades PK/K through 2 (T-ball - AA). Registration closes on August 26th to draft and prepare teams.
Please note that your registration is not considered complete until payment of the registration fee is made. Any registration that is not completed and paid in full within 2 hours will be deleted and your child will not be placed on a team. If you are applying for financial aid, please be sure you have completed the online registration and selected the financial aid option. Your registration will not be deleted for non-payment.
------------------------------ Fall 2018 Intermediate 50/70 Division
We are excited to, once again, the Intermediate 50/70 division within ourWeston LL program for the Fall season.The Intermediate 50/70 division is a fully sanctioned Little League program which offers our players a transitional size field of play. In addition, this division will introduce enhanced features of the game to include both leading and pick offs.The division is tailored to our players entering grades 7 and 8 for this Fall season. It will be designed to engage oor 12s and 13u players with a bridge for continued development in their game.Our pilot season goals will be to field a couple Weston teams as well as scheduled games against other local communities.
Eligibility: Those entering 7th and 8th grader during the 2018-2019 school year that will be considered Little League Age 13 or older in 2019, i.e. children born on or before 8/31/2006, thereby “aging out of little league”.
Registration Fee: $300 up until 8/26/2018. Fee increases by $50 after 8/27.
Note, you can also go to our website, westonll.com and register online using by going to “Fall 2018 Baseball”.
INTERMEDIATE DIVISION BENEFITS
*Will offer our aging out players a transitional size diamond.
*Will keep our kids playing the game rather then leave the sport due to frustration.
*Will Offer a clear bridge for a long baseball career
For those taking a first look at the Intermediate division, we have listed some additional highlights and rules for your review.
*The Intermediate division began LL play for the 2013 season.
*It represents the first new division for LL since 1999.
*Currently over 1500 leagues are chartered for play in the US.
*Offers post season tournament opportunities.
*Core ages 12/13.
*Leading and pickoffs
*7 inning games
*Consecutive batting order is at league discretion.
Now that the summer season has wrapped up, I hope that everyone is having a relaxing and fun rest of the summer. Weston Little League had an unprecedented level of success this year, which further shows that our small town has the capability to compete with the larger towns in the area. Let's do a quick recap of the summer.
For the first time in the history of Weston Little League, our 12U team won the District 1 Championship! The team was fueled by dominant pitching and clutch hitting during their championship run. The district championship game was a particularly special night as many current and former coaches and players came out to support the team. There were also 5 former league presidents who came out to watch the game, which really was a great thing for me to see.
Weston LL D1 Champs: Dylan Delaney, Tim Amato, Michael Amato, Zach Selden, Ben Landesman, Stephen Polizzi, Kieran McGuire, Aidan Forrest, Emmet Arees, Colby Lintell, Jake Weissman.
Coaches: Stephen Polizzi, Ian Forrest, Michael Lintell
Raising the Banner!
We are planning to unveil our first District Championship banner at Bisceglie during the Fall opening weekend (September 8). Please plan on coming out as we honor and recognize the coaches and players. We'll send out more information as we finalize plans and get closer to the date.
The Weston 11s became the first team in league history to make it to back-to-back district championship games. Unfortunately, as with last year, the 11s were eliminated this year by Stamford American.
Following the Little League tournament, the 11s won the LaMotta Invitational Tournament. This annual tournament consists of teams from District 1 and District 2, and traditionally include teams that represent Connecticut in Little League Regionals and World Series (such as Stamford, Fairfield, Trumbull, and Westport).
The 11s look to come back next year and win districts to have Weston represent District 1 for two consecutive years.
The Weston 10s had a difficult district tournament and were eliminated in the pool play round. However, they ended the district season strong as they ended up winning the consolation round, beating Wilton - a team that 10-run ruled them during the pool play.
Following the district tournament, the 10s competed in the Tom Doran Naugatuck Tournament and made it to the championship game. Since they were coming out of the losers bracket, they had to beat Trumbull twice to win the championship. They beat Trumbull in the first championship game, but ended up losing in the next game.
This will give the 10s something to build on as they look to compete in districts next year.
The Weston 9U Tournament team played in three tournaments: Monroe, Fairfield, and District 1/2 and advanced to the playoff round in all three tourneys! In their best performance, they finished as the runner up in District 1/2 tournament and was the only non-Fairfield team out of the top four finalists.
The Weston 9U team will make their district debut next year as 10s.
Yankee Stadium Trip
Once again, we will be having a Weston Little League Day at Yankees Stadium. This year’s day will take place on Saturday, August 11 versus the Texas Rangers. The kids should wear their Weston jersey so they can walk onto the field. Parents will be able to go to the first row in order to take pictures. We have a limited number of tickets, so please register early if you would like to go. The tickets are in section 131 and are typically $110, but we are able to sell them for $70. Other details below.
Please register here for the game (or under Summer 2018 from the registration drop down):
But wait, there's more baseball! For the rest of the summer, we'll be hosting "Sandlot Baseball", where any kid is welcomed to come to Bisceglie and play a pickup game of baseball (just like when we were kids, but on a much nicer field!) We will be needing volunteers to help out with the Summer Sandlot games. These are intended to be “kid run” where the kids pick the teams, run the games, keep score, etc… Old school baseball where you show up to the field and play. The parents are there to simply keep the kids safe; no coaching!
The Sandlot games are held on Saturday mornings at 9 AM on Biscegle 2 and 3. Minors/Majors/AAA on one field and Tball/A/AA on the other. We’re hoping to hold our first sandlot games on August 4th and then run weekly until our Fall season starts.
Please Sign-up as a parent volunteer. In the event we don’t have at least 2 parents each week, we will have to cancel.
On behalf of the Weston LL Board of Directors, I'd like to thank everyone for a successful spring and summer. We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and look forward to seeing you in the fall either at the field or in school.
Notifications from the WLL website (League Athletics)
Please take a moment to read the following note from League Athletics, our website host:
Recently, major carriers like Verizon have begun throttling text message reminders to their customers, delaying or deleting texts sent from LeagueAthletics.com. Verizon in particular has asked us to drastically reduce the number of texts we send going forward. In addition, we've received complaints from parents, coaches and administrators about the volume of text messages being sent to them for events in their websites.
To increase sending efficiency for urgent and serious messaging, we will discontinue sending text reminders for Practices only, and change notifications for Practices sent via text message will only be sent if the change is made within 48 hours of the event’s start time. Below is a table that outlines the changes.
No longer sent
48 hrs prior to event
Sent immediately if within 48 hrs of event
Game Communications (No changes)
2.5 hrs prior to event
48 hrs prior to event
*Reminders are messages that are automatically triggered by the system and sent without any user actions. Notifications are messages sent when an event is added or changed.
With pre-season practice underway and the season officially opening this weekend, we'd like to remind you of the parking and drop-off procedures at Bisceglie.
There is no drop-off, pick-up or parking of cars anywhere along the upper roadway of Bisceglie Park at any time (games or practices).
The entrance in and out of the park needs to remain clear of stopped or parked cars at all times. It’s a safety issue for the players crossing the road and we need to keep cars moving in the upper roadway.
Player drop-off and pick-up should take place in the lower parking area; please do not stop along the roadway, by the handicap spaces or the portables to let players in/out of your car.
All cars must be parked in the parking lot. There are several handicap parking spaces available for those cars with a valid/current handicap parking permit - no exceptions!
We appreciate your support in adhering to these rules for the safety of all our players, pedestrians and motorists.
Weston Little League Board of Directors
I'd like to alert you to potential products that may aid in the safety of our children. These products are not mandated by Little League National of Williamsport, so Weston Little League is not mandating them, but our board thinks that you should at least know about them so you can make your own informed decision whether or not to purchase them for your children.
First, there are batting helmets that come with a facemask. When worn properly, these facemasks prevent the batter from taking a hit to the eyes, nose or mouth from a batted or thrown baseball.
The second is a simple mouth guard. Again not mandated by Williamsport, but some leagues are suggesting them.
The last is a "heart guard". These are often T shirts that have a protective plastic shield which prevents a child from taking a direct hit to the heart from a batted or thrown ball.
All of these items may be purchased online or at local stores. Please consider this email in the spirit that it was sent. All sports have the potential for injury of one type or other. The safety of your children is our number one priority, the play is secondary. Your little league board has developed many practices over the years that try to ensure safety. You may elect for your child to use one or more of the items listed above to prevent an injury. That said, it's going to be a wonderful season.
For those of you that need some help navigating our website, here is a step-by-step guide to accessing your team information and receiving email and/or text event reminders:
HOW CAN I GET EMAIL AND TEXT EVENT REMINDERS?
From the main page of our website, www.westonll.com, scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on the left-hand menu item Edit My Account,
Log in using your email address and password,
When you log in, your family profile will appear. You will see all family members and the programs each member has been registered in.
Click on a Family Member name,
Scroll down until you see Remind,
Check the box for GamesandPractices,
If you want text messages make sure your cell phone number is listed and you select the carrier,
Make sure the check box No Email box is NOT checked. (If this box is checked your email address will not be included in ANY email sent from this site which includes reminders, game change notifications and other important messages),
Be sure to click the Submit button when you are done,
You will now get an email and/or text messages to remind you of games and practices for your team.
HOW DO I ACCESS MY TEAM ROSTER AND SCHEDULE ONLINE?:
To view your team page:
· At the top of the homepage of the WLL website, www.westonll.com, click on the menu Teams,
· Select the Season (Fall 2014),
· Select your League (T-Ball, A, AA, AAA, American or National),
· Select then select your Team,
You are now on your TEAM page!
To view your team roster:
· Select the tab ROSTER to see coach and players To view your team schedule:
· Select SCHEDULE to see your team schedule.
It’s not about you, it’s about them. Do not live your own sports dreams through your kids. It’s their turn now. Let them make their own choices, both good and bad.
Never talk to a coach about your child’s play time after a game. Actually you never should. You should have your kid do that. That said, if you just can’t help yourself, send an email the next day and ask for some phone time.
NEVER yell at referees. They are trying. How would you like it if someone came to your job and screamed at you? Not. So. Much. If you have a real issue file a grievance the next day.
Do NOT coach your kid from the sideline. Your job is to be a cheerleader, not a coach. If you wanted to coach, you should have volunteered.
It is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY you are raising a professional athlete. I promise you. Relax, let them have a good time and learn the lessons they are supposed to be learning in sports.
Kids should play the sport that is in season until they are in middle school. Then they can decide which one or two sports they want to play and become more focused. Cross training prevents injuries and burnout.
If you have nothing nice to say, sit down and be quiet. Don’t be “that” parent.
If you are losing your mind on the sideline of game, it’s time to look in the mirror and figure out why. It’s not normal to care that much about sports. Put that energy into something more productive.
Let them fail. Forgotten equipment, not working out, not practicing at home? Let them suffer the consequences of that. It will make them better.
Your kids are watching you. Make them proud not embarrassed.