By now you should have received an initial phone call from your team manager. Please plan to attend the Meet & Greet either way and volunteers will guide you to your team.
• Team Meet & Greet
Reminder – the Team Meet & Greet to meet coaches, teammates, and pick up calendars is scheduled for:
Date – Thursday April 16th
Time – 6:00 PM – Tee-Ball players
6:30 PM – Coach Pitch players
7:00 PM – Minors players
Location – Opechee Park at the Laconia Room (near the concession stand)
*This is NOT a practice – street shoes only, please leave gloves, bats, and cleats at home.
While ALL fields are still closed until they finish drying (areas are still very wet and playing on them will cause significant damage) we will begin practicing in some parking lots as soon as this Friday. Little League families are reminded that you are prohibited from using the city fields until the City of Laconia has officially opened them. Your managers and coaches will be in touch in regards to your particular team’s practice schedule.
*If your team is going to practice in a parking lot do not bring a bat – bats are prohibited when practicing on pavement.
Calendar fundraisers will be handed out tomorrow at the Meet & Greet. These are NOT optional – participation to sell $50 worth of fundraisers is mandatory to help cover league costs and to keep registration costs low.
While we understand you are receiving the calendars late this year it should be plenty of time to sell 10 calendars per family. For every calendar sold your child will be entered into a drawing to win great prizes including tickets to several sporting events, amusement parks, a brand new bike from Piche’s Ski & Sports, and much more!
Please pass in sold calendars at the earliest opportunity to your coach. Calendars will be accepted by any coach or board member until Friday, April 24th.
• Opening Day Parade, Ceremony, and Games
Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th.
• Parade Start time – Arrive by 8:15 AM (parade will commence at 8:30 AM)
• Parade Route – Beginning at Belknap County Courthouse and ending at Colby Field going through downtown Laconia.
• Ceremony – Beginning of season ceremony including raffle drawings, first pitch, guests, pledge, and more!
• Games will be starting at 10:00 AM with 20 teams playing on Opening Day this season
• Online Rosters and Schedule
Rosters and Schedules will soon be available online. An email update will be sent to alert families that they are available.
Each player should have their own glove, cleats (coach pitch and higher, no metal cleats), and water at every event. Boys wishing to play catcher at every level MUST wear a protective cup, all positions are encouraged are encouraged to wear a cup. Optional equipment includes batting gloves, your own helmet and bat, cooling towels, etc.
Need some equipment?
• See the attached flyer for Piche’s Ski & Sport for a tremendous deal which includes a free helmet when you spend $30. There are tons of gloves, bats, baseball pants, and other supplies that your player may need. The offer is good at both the Belmont and Gilford locations.
It is time to get those volunteer applications turned in! We have included one (see attachment) to this email and you can send it, with a copy of your license to the league email - LaconiaNHLL@gmail.com to have your annual (yes, even if you volunteered last year you are required to fill out a volunteer form this year. SSN is required as we use First Advantage for our background checks.
We especially need volunteers in our younger divisions - bench help and coaches at the Minors, Coach Pitch, and Tee-Ball levels.
• Remember - volunteers in ALL divisions are prohibited from helping in any way until a background check has been completed (this includes coaching a base, helping with the dugout, doing the books, etc).
• Managers Meeting
All managers in the Minor, Coach Pitch, and Tee-Ball Divisions are asked to come to Colby Field on Tuesday April 14th to get their equipment and binders including rosters and league rules. Managers will meet in the Laconia Room by Colby Field at 6:00 PM.
• Team Meet & Greet
This season LLL is doing something a little different. Since the fields won't be ready for several days we want you to get to meet your teams, ask questions, and get your fundraising calendars. However this is NOT a practice - please wear your street shoes and do NOT bring a glove, bat, or other equipment on this day.
Location - TBD - we will send an update
Date - Thursday, April 16th
○ Minor Division - 5:30 PM
○ Tee-Ball Division - 6:00 PM
○ Coach Pitch Division - 6:30 PM
• Field Clean Up Day
Location - Colby Field at Opechee Park
Date - Saturday, April 18th
Time - 9:00 AM - completion (the more help the faster it goes, typically about an hour)
We understand that everyone is excited to get on the field as soon as possible. Unfortunately we need a stretch of several days of warm weather without rain for the fields to properly dry and we can begin practicing. While the preseason practices may be shortened, we are looking to stick with our original Opening Day of April 25th and will be playing ball through the second week of June. Look for updates both through email and on our Facebook page as information is made available.
Did you know we have a feature on our website that may be of interest to all Laconia Little League members. You can use the dropdown beside the Cell-phone area of your personal account, Registration / Edit My Account member areas to specify your cell phone carrier. After you make this selection, all broadcast email messages, including schedule change notices and GAME CANCELLATIONS sent from the website will also be sent to your cell phone as text messages. So now if they cancel the game while you're on the road, you'll know about it right away, instead of waiting until you get near a computer or wait for a call from your Coach or Manager.
In order to make this happen, your will have to choose your cell phone carrier through either online registration or the Edit My Account feature. ALL GAME CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES, any position-specific e-mails (Board Member, Coach, etc) and any League-wide E-mails will be sent as a text message to your Cell Phone. Choosing a carrier turns text messaging on for the corresponding cell phone number and you need to do nothing else!
*If you pay per text message, please be aware your service provider could charge for each Text Message you receive. You can cancel the service at anytime simply by removing your cell phone carrier from beside your cell phone.
Laconia Little League is now on Twitter! You can get a free account at www.twitter.com . Once you have an account, search for "LaconiaLL" or go to www.twitter.com/LaconiaLL . Web updates will be made as they are available. If you would like something posted, please e-mail and the Webmaster will post it on Twitter for you. If you would like your name mentioned in the the Tweet, please let me know.
Logging into your Laconia Little League Personal Account
If you were a player, parent, umpire, league official or other member of the 2013 Laconia Little League, you can update your information such as your address, phone numbers and e-mail addresses as they change.
There have been a few questions about how to log into your personal account on our site. If you click the "Edit My Account" button on the lower left menu and then enter your email address only, it will send you a password for your account.
You can then go in and edit the options available, such as text messaging, e-mailing notification regarding games, public/private/roster viewing of your info (please use Roster if not a coach), etc. This screen also links to all members of your family as well.
While at this screen, you are also able to update your contact information so Laconia Little League always has the most up-to-date info. If you want multiple emails on your account, please put a semicolon ";" after the first email and then enter the second email.
LLL Anounces the Rich Velasquez Foundation (RVYSEF)!
Laconia Little League is pleased to announce the NEW Rich Velasquez Youth Sports Equipment Foundation (RVYSEF). RVYSEF now has a link, http://rvysef.laconiall.org located on the Laconia Little League website. This foundation was developed to help area youth that need equipment for any sport and may not have the means to pay for it. Please see more information at the RVYSEF website or on Laconia Little League's website under the RVYSEF tab. You will find lots of information on this foundation, along with an online form to request equipment for your child or a child you know needs assistance. All requests will remain anonymous. Thank you Jack Batchelder and Cyndi Velasquez for developing this foundation that will bring lots of help and plenty of smiles to children that need it!
Thank you to Bill Salta for sharing this video on "How Baseballs are Made". Extremely interesting video you can view by clicking on Videos on the left hand side of the home page or clicking on the following link...