End of Season Tournament
Reminder to Out of Town teams!!!!!
Tournament Fees are due by June 1st if your teams plan to play in the League Tournament in July.
We will be putting the tournament schedule together right after the first of the month so anyone who does not get their information in will not be included on the schedule!!!!
Parents, remind your coaches or league officials so that they don't drop the ball.
Managers, Coaches, Parents,
Please email the scores of your games to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please tell me the date of the game, the 2 team names and the final score. We will be using these scores in order to seed the teams for the end of the year tournament. I would rather get several emails with the score of a game then not receive the score at all.
Message from City Parks Dept
Park employees are working on the
diamonds to prepare for the upcoming season. Unfortunately with the
previous weather this was not completed prior to practice beginning.
Please advise your coaches if the diamonds are being worked on and have not been completed, to please stay off the diamonds and practice in the outfield areas.
Salute to Baseball Event
The league plans to return to the old "Salute to Baseball” event that was held for many years. For those that are not familiar with the past event, All Star teams are selected and will play games against each other.
Basic information is as follows.
The league will sponsor an All Star game on July 7th 2013 at Lakeview park. The divisions involved will be: Bantam 1, Bantam 2, Midget, Juvenile, Petite 1, Petite 2, Chic, and Debutantes. (Junior Division will decided later, and would play at VFW)
Game times are to be determined.We will need 2 managers for each division. Interested managers are requested to contact Mike Stapp or your Division Chief to express your interest prior to Memorial Day. The board will then select from the people interested.
All managers on the boys divisions are to select 2 players and 2 alternates and provide them to the league prior to June 15th. Girls managers are to provide 2 players and 3 alternates by June 15th. This will include teams from the out of town leagues that participate in our organization.
All teams at the start of the season are assigned a team number. Players will be assigned to either the "Even” number side or the "Odd” number side.
The League hopes to make this an annual event. We plan to have BBQ, concessions of course, and hope to offer other games and events such as possibly a home run derby, fast pitch contest etc.
We hope that the managers and parents will get involved and help us make this a memorable experience for our kids.
Sign up Now for 2013 Baseball/Softball
Registration for the 2013 Baseball and Softball seasons is going on now. The Sign Up Form can be located under the "Downloads" section on the left side of this site.
Board Members will be on hand at Schnucks on January 26th and February 2nd from 10am to 1pm to accept sign up forms. This is the best location to sign up if you need to try on Shirt sizes etc.
Anyone with questions may call League President Mike Stapp at 636-239-7908
We have signed up for the Schnucks "Escrip" program. This is a fund raising program where Schnucks will donate money to the league every time you shop at their store. You simply swipe your "Escrip" card when you check out and Schnucks will donate to the league. Simply contact us at 636-239-7908 or by email at email@example.com and we will get a card to you. This will be a great opportunity for the league to raise funds without raising fees and at NO COST TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
History of the League Part 3
1957 Glenn Wood took over as President in 1957. And if 1956 was the season for records, then 1957 was the year for a strange event. In July, the manager of the Blue Goose team suddenly left town, taking with him all the team equipment etc. Donations from the community were received to help the team finish the season. In light of those donations, the team name was changed to "The Citizens Team".
On Monday, July 24th, Dick Stratmann threw a No HItter for the Knights of Columbus team defeating Asel's 603. He struck out 8 batters in 7 innings. Stramann would later become a teacher at Washington High school where he retired and in 2002 was elected as the Mayor of Washington.
The Missourian recognized Floyd Vandegriffe, commonly known as "Van", for his 30 years of umpiring. He umpired locally in Khoury League, American Legion, and local softball leagues.
Future lawyers were seen playing in the league on the 1957 Dairy Queen team, which included future Circuit Judge Gael Wood, and the Gross Market team which included future Asst. Prosecutor Jack Meyer.
I read this about 4 months ago and filed it a way for another day. I got it out today and thougth about all the teams beginning winter practices and as the 2011 season rolls around, Doug and I wanted to ask that you please stress character and sportsmanship to your team. Below is a true story and really felt it was relevant in our sport. Thank you for allowing Doug to serve as MO State Director and myself as the KS State Director. We have had a blast doing this and it is so many of the great people we get to meet and be around.
"I'm an Ump!"
Donald Jensen was struck on the head by a thrown bat while umpiring a little league game in Terre Haute , Ind. He shook off the blow, and finished working the game, but that night he went to a hospital with head pains. While being kept overnight for observation, the umpire wrote the following letter to parents of Little Leaguers everywhere.
"I'm an umpire. I don't do it for a living, but only on weekends for fun. I've played baseball, coached it and watched it, but somehow nothing takes the place of umpiring. Maybe I feel deep down that I am providing a fair chance for all kids to play the game without disagreements and arguments.
But, there is one thing that bothers me about my job. Some of your folks don't understand why I'm there. Some of you feel I'm there to exert authority over your son. For that reason, you often yell at me or encourage your son to yell when I make a mistake. How many of you really understand that I try to be perfect? I try not to make a mistake. I don't want your son to feel he got a bad deal from an umpire.
Yet, no matter how hard I try, I can't be perfect. I counted the number of calls I made in a six-inning game today. The total number of decisions on balls and strikes or safes and outs was 146. I tried my best to get them all right, but I'm sure I missed some. I could have missed eight calls today and still got 95 percent right. In most occupations that percentage would be considered excellent.
Let me tell you more about my game today. There was one close call that ended the game. A runner for the home team was trying to steal the plate on a passed ball. The catcher chased the ball down and threw to the pitcher covering the plate. The pitcher made the tag and I called the runner out.
As I was getting my equipment to leave, I overheard one of the parents comment, 'Its too bad the kids have to lose games because of rotten umpires. That was one of the lousiest calls I've ever seen.'
Later, at the concession stand, a couple of kids were telling their friends, 'Boy, the umpires were lousy today. They lost the game for us.'
Well, I heard that and felt terrible. Those kids had made a lot of mistakes, which had cost them runs. A parent or adult leader who lets a child blame his failures on an umpire is doing the worst kind of injustice to that youngster. That irresponsibility is bound to carry over to future years.
As I sit here writing this letter, I am no longer upset, as I was this afternoon. At one point, I wanted to quit umpiring behind that plate for a pitcher who pantomimed his displeasure at any close call. One could sense that he wanted the crowd to realize that he was a talented player who was doing his best to get along, and that I was a black-hearted villain who was working against him.
This kid continued for two innings at the same time yelling at his own player's mistakes. For two innings the manager watched this. When the kid returned to the dugout to bat in the top of the third, the manager called him aside.
In a voice that I was able to overhear, he said, 'Listen son, it is time you made a decision. You can't be an umpire, an actor or a pitcher, but you can be only one at a time when you are playing for me. Right now it is your job to pitch and basically you are doing a lousy job. Leave the acting to the actor, the umpiring to the umpire, or you won't do any pitching here.
Needless to say, the kid chose the pitching route, and went the game. When the game was over, the kid followed me to my car. Fighting back tears, he apologized for his actions and thanked me for umpiring the game. He said that he had learned a lesson that he would not forget. I can't help but wonder how many more young men are missing their chance to develop into outstanding ball players because the parents encourage them to spend time umpiring, rather than working harder to play the game.
The following morning, Donald Jensen, part-time umpire, died of a brain concussion resulting from the blow by the thrown bat. Please pass this on to any and all who might get something out of this. It is a good letter that really shows the reality of today's youth sports. Being around sports as much as I am, I see stuff like this all the time. Not only in baseball, as this story depicts but in all sports. We all could learn a lesson from the story.
Remember this: Youth sports builds good character, only if the adults show good character.
Doug Morrison (USSSA MO State Director)
Jeremy McDowell (USSSA KS State Director)
Info from City Parks Department
As new parents take on existing projects sometimes
information does not get passed on so we would like to explain the agreement on
the use of the concession stands at the athletic fields.
Currently the City lets the organizations use the concession
stands at no charge. However to be able to do this, the organizations
that use the concession stands are responsible for picking up trash in the area
they are selling to. This would include around the concession stand, in
the bleachers, under the bleachers, dugouts, etc. – any place your
participants and spectators are at during your event. The concession
stands must also be kept clean. The City currently pays for electric,
water and building maintenance. The organizations are responsible for any
The Parks Department is cleaning up the areas today at Ronsick Field since we were not sure if the information had been passed down in the last few years. Please from this point on the areas must be cleaned in order for the City not have to spend additional funds in manpower to clean the areas up.
Thank you for your understanding and your prompt attention.
Cindy Frankenberg, SecretaryDepartment
Pitching Machine Settings
We have been asked to post the pitching machine settings in case someone changes the machines without permission so you can know what the settings should be. We have also placed tape measures in the boxes for use with the machines.
The settings are:
BB. Micro-4. Release block -3. Power level 7
SB machines Micro-2. Release block -4. Power level 5
visitors since 07/08/2008