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La Grange Little League
April 2017
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LGLL 2017 Calender

April 12: Season Opened!!!

April 23:  Challenger Clinic (2:00-3:00 PM LTHS South Field House)

April 30: Picture Day (LTHS South Field House)

June 12: Playoffs Start

June 17: Closing Ceremonies (Sedgwick Park)

See the latest updates and full calendar on our website HERE.



The Little League Baseball and
Softball Season is Upon Us!


I want to extend a warm welcome on behalf of the entire Board of Directors to our returning baseball & softball families, as well as to all new families to our League and our community!

At a time when children have many sports and activities to choose from, we are thrilled that such a large group of boys and girls have chosen to play baseball and softball in La Grange Little League. LGLL has served the community of La Grange for decades, providing a positive environment for the development of sportsmanship, character, and athletic skill among our baseball and softball youth. Our program puts an emphasis on fundamentals, participation, development, teamwork, safety, family involvement, and fun, all with an appreciation and love for the games of baseball & softball.

As a LGLL parent myself, I know what a thrill it is to see your child play for the first time and watch them grow and improve through the years. These are memories that we will all cherish and I am pleased that you too will enjoy watching your children learn baseball and softball growing-up as part of the La Grange Little League family.

We completed extensive renovations to Sedgwick field during the off season and I look forward to seeing everyone out there.  We are continuing to update the other fields so please look out for improvements over the next few months.


Tim O’Brien
La Grange Little League President



Player Development Tips of the Month:
No Chasing Missed Throws & Have Fun!

Age Groups: T-Ball, Coach Pitch, Minors, Peanuts

Challenge: "No Chasing Missed Throws!"  
Kids at this age need work to throw/catch consistently, so a simple game of warm-up catch can turn into 80% chasing the ball.

  • Solution #1: Position coaches or parents behind kids throwing to do the chasing for them. Have a few back-up balls to hand to them to KEEP THROWING and NOT CHASING.”
  • Solution #2: If you don't have enough adults to help, place a pile of 3-4 "extra" balls behind each player. When they miss a throw, they can immediately pick up another ball and keep the skill building process going.

Age Groups: A, B, C, Majors and Juniors

Challenge: "Keeping It Fun!"  
This may sound like master of the obvious, but an important part of “playing” the game. As we all know, the skill levels and interest levels can be all over the‚Äč place. We, as Coaches, work hard to teach proper mechanics and situational understanding for games. Sometimes we lose sight of the fact this is a GAME...and this is NOT the district team, All-Star team, or a travel team.

Reserve a portion of your practice for fun drills to keep it light.

Suggestions Include: 

Running Bases > Teaches the importance of tagging the runner out, and that the runner owns the base.

Game of Whiffle Ball > Kids will still be learning situational baseball and help with hand-eye coordination using a whiffle ball.

Game of 500 > Teaches the kids coordination for fly balls and effective feet positioning to make the catch.

Home Run Derby Using with Tennis balls, the color of the tennis balls will help with their hand/eye coordination, and they'll have fun with how far the tennis balls fly.

Target Practice > Place a garbage can at any of the bases, hand toss an easy to catch fly ball and have the players make the throw to the target...old-school Fred McGriff style!


Peanuts & Minor Training Recap

Up Next: Challenger, A, B, Majors & Juniors!

We've continued our commitment to player development for our boys and girls through our partnership with the Chicago White Sox. Most recently, we held a softball specific training session at LTHS for the Peanuts and Minors levels - check out the pictures!)  






Next up will be a Challenger clinic with Dan Pasqua from the White Sox Acadamy.  The clinic will be on  April 23 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM LTHS Field House.

As mother nature starts to cooperate, we'll be rolling out custom practices for our older players in A, B, Majors and Juniors. Our League VP’s and your managers will be sharing dates/times for these sessions, pending weather and field conditions.

We can't thank the White Sox enough for rolling up their sleeves and helping our players get off to a great start this year! As with all of our local sponsors and partners, please keep the White Sox Academy in mind as you continue your player's development.

Coach Schlichter and Tom Ratcliffe 
LGLL Board Members - Player Development


Sponsor Spotlight:
Amy Rudolf, Smothers Realty Group

Sponsors play a big role in keeping La Grange Little League running, and this month we would like to recognize Amy Rudolph as our featured Sponsor for April. A big "thank you" to Amy at Smothers Realty Group for all of her support. Amy grew up in the area and has lived in La Grange with her family for the past 20 years.  During that time, she has completely gutted and rehabbed two of her homes and was the general contractor on one of them. Amy joined Smother’s Realty Group in 2013.    

Amy’s decision to become a real estate Broker is a natural next step as it blends many of her best strengths, one of those being able to see the hidden potential in a home and the ability to visualize floor and room layout.  Amy’s formal education includes a degree in communications from Loyola University.  She started her career at a downtown advertising firm working in account management.

Please be sure to contact her if you're in the market to buy or sell a home!



Amy Rudolph

Broker at Smothers Realty Group
919 West Hillgrove Avenue, LaGrange, IL 60525
O: 708-482-2993    M: 708-352-0076    F: 708-482-2989







With the 2017 season now underway, the Volunteer opportunities for April have been posted. These will be 2 hour shifts working in the concession stand during games. This is an opportunity to earn back you $100 volunteer deposit.


Keep an eye on the LGLL website and watch for email alerts as more volunteer opportunities are posted for May. Remember, the positions are filled on a first come, first serve basis and new opportunities will be added throughout the season.

For families new to Little League or for those moving up to levels of play within LGLL, we encourage you to take advantage of the resource available at our website and through the Little League Organization. 

Also, please follow-us and Like Us on Facebook!

by posted 04/13/2017
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Use this LINK to leave comments about your child's manager/coaches.  The Board will leave this link available all year so that we can give our members a forum in addition to the once a year survey sent at the end of the league year.

LOST: Men's Gold Wedding Ring possibly on the first base sideline of the B Field.  Please email lgllwebmaster@gmail.com
LOST: 32 inch, 22oz, black and dark gray bat...it says "combat" in orange letters.  Please email lgllwebmaster@gmail.com
FOUND:  Left handed fielders glove.  Picked up after Closing Ceremonies.  Please email lgllwebmaster@gmail.com


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Waiola Park Safety Issues/Plan
    Please remember the following important safety points when attending a game at Waiola Park this season:
1.  Only park on the side of the street that is next to Waiola Park.  (West side of Waiola and east side of Stone Avenue) - DO NOT PARK in front of the residents' homes on their side of the street and remind others in LGLL if they forget;

2.  If all the parking along Waiola Park is taken, park along 48th Street or on the 600 South blocks of Stone and Waiola or any other block you wish; we encourage you not to park north of 47th Street - park south and enjoy the walk!

3.  Drive carefully, slowly and with your full attention on the road when driving by Waiola Park;

4.  DO NOT use the driveways of residents on Waiola and Stone near Waiola Park  to turn around in -  be courteous to them and drive a little farther instead of using their driveways;

5.  Use common sense for the safety of your children at Waiola Park - a particular concern is the safety of children crossing the street to the ice cream truck.

Be a good Neighbor to those who live near Waiola Park.

Thank you!

LGLL Board of Directors

p.s.  Please make sure to use available garbage cans and keep the Park clean of any litter.