PARENTS INFORMATION

UpdatedTuesday March 2, 2021 byThe OALL administrator.

Hello Parents,

 

This time of year we are usually hosting our Parents Meeting, as a chance for you to meet (hear from) the board, your player to meet their coach and for you to learn all about our season and how things will go. Unfortunately, due to certain COVID restrictions, we were unable to secure a place for our meetings, so we are doing this in a memo format. This email may be long, but please take the time to read it over, as it will have useful information for you and your player(s) and information regarding things you may need to complete.

 

Below are messages from our different board members...

 

Message from the President – Phil Capotrio

2021 has already been an interesting year.  COVID is still impacting things this season, as our number of players is down and we are having to find ways to adapt and create the best environment for our players. This season we had a total of 172 players register. This is down from the last two seasons, but it was enough players for us to have our Coach Pitch, Minors, Majors and 50/70 divisions, with plans to have a Juniors and Seniors division as well. We are still working out the details of our Juniors and Seniors division, but we hope to have more information in the next few weeks.

Before we dive into the details of the season, here is a list of all of our board members and their contact information;

President

Phil Capotrio

admin@octoraralittleleague.org

Player Agent

JR Scott

playeragent@octoraralittleleague.org

Treasurer

Joe Corvaia

treasurer@octoraralittleleague.org

Safety

Ron Deeter

safety@octoraralittleleague.org

Sponsorships

Nicole Naggy

sponsorship@octoraralittleleague.org

Field Manager

Jon Palmos

fields@octoraralittleleague.org

Events

Jackie Stine or Kelly O'Donnell

events@octoraralittleleague.org

Equipment Manager/Umpires

Denim Kurtzhals

umpires@octoraralittleleague.org

Concessions Manager                       April Pidgeon                                  concessions@octoraralittleleague.org


Our board is made up of all volunteers and they put a lot of time and effort into making the league run so we thank them for their time and effort! This is an annual reminder that if you are interested in running for a board position, you can reach out at any time. There is likely to be a few board spots opening up in 2022.

If you are new to our league, all of the games and practices will be held at one of two locations. Those locations are as follows:

  • Christiana Ball Fields (Diversified Roofing Field, Middle Field & Delaware Orthopedics Field) - 325 N Bridge St, Christiana, Pa
  • Highland Township Field – Five Points Rd, Coatesville, Pa

All games will be held at the Christiana Ball Fields, unless we need to use Highland for overflow or rain makeups.

Some key dates to put on your calendar:

  • 3/13 & 3/14 - Assessments – Players ages 7-12, 11am to 3pm
  • 3/13 & 3/14 - At our assessments on 3/13 & 3/14 we will have a table set up with multiple used gloves, cleats and other baseball items. Feel free to come by and take a look at what we have. All of our ball players are required to at least have a glove, baseball pants and baseball (cleats) spikes. Metal spikes may only be worn by players in the 50/70 division and up. Also any bats being used must be stamped with the USA Baseball logo.
  • Week of 3/23 – Practices begin
  • 4/3 – Field Clean Up
  • Week of 4/12 – Uniforms distributed.
  • 4/17 – Games Start
  • 4/24 – Opening Day Festivities
  • 5/15 – OALL Lottery Tickets Due

This season we have a lot of fun and exciting things plan, 2021 may still be a little different, but we will do all we can to have these events.

Prior to sharing our board members messages below, there is one other item I would like to address and that is our annual Lottery Fundraiser.  Our Lottery Fundraiser has become our largest fundraiser and helps the league make improvements to things such as field improvements, equipment and concessions. Without this fundraiser we would not be able to do a lot of things we need to keep going. The fundraiser is being handled by Nicole Naggy. The Lottery Tickets each have a three-digit number on them between 001-999. The tickets are $10 each. Whoever buys a ticket will have a chance to win a prize, every night of the week in June. Each day in June, winners will be determined by matching their corresponding ticket to the PA Lottery’s Evening Pick 3 drawing. Prizes will be $75 for weekdays (Mon. thru Fri.), $150 for weekends (Sat. and Sun.) and $400 on Father’s Day. We will be asking that each player’s family sells a minimum of 5 lottery tickets. In a separate email we will be sending more information on this fundraiser and how to get your tickets.

Message from our Player Agent – JR Scott

The Player Agent for the league is responsible for handling all parent, player issues, concerns or problems. Whether it be an issue with the player/coach, player/player, parent/coach or league problems, the player agent will be the one to contact for any concerns you may have. The player agent can be reached at any time at playeragent@octoraralittleleague.org or 484-645-2735.

Goal number one of Little League is to have fun. This is most important to us. Competition comes second, but it is still a game and one that most levels are competing to win. That being said, regardless of the competition in most cases, players will see equal amounts of playing time and sit not more than one inning in a row.

Our coaches are all volunteers and some new to coaching this year. We ask that you show them a level of respect and if there are any issues that you are having, that you discuss this privately with the coach or come to the Player Agent directly. Attempting to handle or resolve an issue while a game is being played will not be tolerated and you will be asked to leave the fields. Additionally, we will not tolerate any yelling or derogatory comments towards our umpires. This too will result in you being asked to leave the fields.

The last thing to address is our Assessments. Our assessments will be for all players ages 7-12 and will take place on March 13th and 14th from 11am to 3pm. Your player will be assigned an hour time slot in the coming week and will be expected to be there. The assessments will assist in us determining how players will be divided evenly amongst our teams. We expect to have all of our teams put together by Friday, March 19th and coaches will begin reaching out the weekend of March 20th.

Message from our Field Manager – Jon Palmos

Our field manager takes care of all our Fields needs and makes decisions on whether games will be played or not due to inclement weather. Additionally, the field manager handles the rescheduling of games.

As mentioned above, Field Day this year will be on April 3rd and will start around 7am and likely go all day. At Field Day we look to try and get the fields in tip top shape ready for our Opening Day Festivities. This requires a lot of work and we ask that all parents make an attempt to volunteer. We purposely do not have practices on this day and hope that in place of going to practice, you can put some time in at the fields. If you can help, please reach out to Jon Palmos at fields@octoraralittleleague.org.

Lastly, when you are attending a game, please be sure to take care of your space. Do not leave trash lying around. Be sure to put all trash in the receptacles around the field and be mindful of your surroundings. The Christiana fields is a community park and is surrounded by homes, some that do not have fences. Please do not wander on to or cut through someone’s property.

Message from our Events Coordinators – Jackie Stine and Kelly O’Donnell

Our events coordinators are in charge of putting together all of our events and managing them on the day of the event. COVID has limited a lot of the fun events we can do, but we are hoping to see a change to that in 2021! This year we know for sure that we will be having the following events;

  • 4/24 – Opening Day Ceremonies – As in years past, our players will be called out on to the fields for the singing of the national anthem, first pitch and presentations from our President and other board members and special guests.
  • Date TBD (likely mid-May) – Scotts Pitch Hit and Run Competition – this event will be held at our Christiana Fields and is open to players ages 8-13. More info to follow.
  • Date TBD (likely mid-May) – Phillies Home Run Derby – this event will be held on the Diversified Roofing Field. More info to follow.
  • Pictures – the league will be doing pictures this year, but the dates are TBD

All of our events need A LOT of volunteers. If you are interested in helping out our events team, please reach to events@octoraralittleleague.org

Message from our Concessions Manager – April Pidgeon

The Concession Manager is charge of running the concession stand (arguably the kids favorite part of Little League). Managing the concession stand requires a lot of work. This requires a lot of volunteer help. In years past this has been done by a small handful of people.

This year the league will be requiring one parent from each team of a game or practice that is occurring on the Diversified Roofing Field to be in the concession stand for that night. It works better if we can get people to volunteer, however if we can not our coaches will be assigning a parent to work the concession stand during their games on the Diversified Roofing Field. Our concession stand has a window that faces the field, so you won’t miss any of your player’s game.

If you are interested in helping, please reach out to April Pidgeon at concessions@octoraralittleleague.org

Message from our Safety Director – Ron Deeter

Our safety director is in charge of managing all safety related items, issues or concerns. Last and this year we also added COVID management to the list of responsibilities!

The safety manager is also in charge of managing all Coaches and Assistant coaches’ background checks and documents. If you are interested in assistant coaching, all coaches are required to complete the appropriate background checks and provide all documentation. The steps for becoming an assistant coach can be found here on our website: http://oall.sportssignup.com/site/ClientSite/article/213270. In order to step out onto the field these steps must be completed. If you volunteered last season and completed all the documentation, you will not need to take any action other than communicating to the Safety Manager that you are returning as a coach. The safety manager can be reached at safety@octoraralittleleague.org

As noted above, COVID is a new responsibility of the Safety Manager. The league will ensure that we are taking the appropriate steps (within reason) to do our part for managing the spread of COVID and player safety. Please be sure to abide by all of our COVID guidelines. These guidelines will be posted on our website and at the fields where appropriate.

We are all looking forward to a great season, if you have any questions to what has been presented in this memo or have any other questions or issues, you can reach the league at admin@octoraralittleleague.org