Player Development Program - Big Al's & Challenger Division Skills Day
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LGLL NEWS & INFORMATION
LGLL 2017 Calender
June 10: Challengers Division Pictures & Make-up Day
June 12: Playoffs Start
June 17: Closing Ceremonies & Championship Games
See the latest updates and full calendar on our website HERE.
2017 LGLL Challenger Division Spotlight
This month we want to highlight one of the wonderful programs provided through La Grange Little League, one that we are so proud to offer and support: The Challenger Division.
Recently, LGLL Challenger celebrated its 10th anniversary. Challenger is baseball for children and adults with physical and mental challenges. Since starting the Challenger Division at LGLL, hundreds of players and volunteers have experienced the joys of the game of baseball on Saturday mornings at Sedgwick Park.
This year, approximately 50 Challenger players will represent the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox in either T-Ball, Coach Pitch or the recently added Senior Division. Players are matched up with volunteers (their “buddies”) who assist the players at bat, on the bases, and in the field. Many of the players and buddies develop a bond that will last for the rest of their lives.
It is a tradition that the older players in both LGLL baseball and softball volunteer as a team to serve as buddies for one Challenger game. Over 10 teams have committed for a game this season and the goal is to have 100 percent participation. Challenger can always use more buddies.
The season begins Saturday May 6 with the Senior game at 9:30 am followed by T-Ball and Coach Pitch at 11:00 am. Games will be played most Saturdays throughout the season until June 24. We invite you to join us some Saturday morning and witness what LGLL Challenger Division is all about. In addition, check out at the skills day provided by LGLL and the White Sox Academy for our Challenger players below!
Follow the link below provide you more information about the Challenger Division – we encourage your participation and thank you for your support!
Tim O'Brien John Walsh LGLL President Challenger Division
LGLL PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Player Development Tips of the Month: Practice, Practice, Pracitice!
Age Groups: All
Practice, practice, practice!
This is the time of year to work with your coaches / managers and individually between your games on fundamentals that you've learned. Arrive at your games early, attend practices and play catch at home or with fiends!
Big Al's Baseball Reminder
MANAGERS Please use your resources at WWW.BIGALBASEBALL.COM. If need your login credential...please reach out to your League VP ASAP. LaGrange Little League has invested in this program to help you throughout the season, and it is a great tool for drills, practice plans, in-game guidance, and much more. You have the important task of helping your players get better during the season, and this resource can help you do that. Please use it!!
Challenger Divions Skills Training Recap
Up Next: 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 Challenger Division.
Sunday April 23rd was a special day for LaGrange Little League. We scheduled an indoor training session for our Challenger Division with Dan Pasqua, a former White Sox player and member of the White Sox Academy. This was the first time such an event was conducted, so we hoped to get 15 to 20 players.
What an amazing surprise when 50 players ranging from ages 5 to 20+ years old attended that Sunday, each with several family members in support. An incredible thank you to each player and family member, to the White Sox and John Walsh from LGLL who coordinates our Challenger Division!
To handle the extra players, several Board members including John Walsh and Patrick Muldoon jumped in to help run drills, Brian Dugan ran over to the LGLL “shed” to get additional equipment, while Dan Pasqua ran a t-ball hitting station and took extra time to pose for pictures with the players. The event was capped off with Walsh leading the entire crowd in a rowdy rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
"This truly was, by far, my favorite day as a board member - thank you to everyone that participated," Tom Ratcliffe, Player Development.
Coach Schlichter and Tom Ratcliffe LGLL Board Members - Player Development
Sponsor Spotlight: The Legacy Guild
Sponsors play a big role in keeping La Grange Little League running, and this month we would like to recognize The Legacy Guild. The mission of The Legacy Guild, a nonprofit men’s group based locally, is to provide college scholarships for students who live in Lyons Township District 204 and have lost a parent.
The Legacy Guild formed in 2012 after a cluster of sudden and unexpected deaths of some great friends and neighbors of the Guild’s founding board members. Since inception, thanks to widespread support from area families and businesses, The Legacy Guild has provided nearly $300,000 in scholarships to 65 local students, numbers that will increase significantly when new scholarships are announced this spring.
Legacy Guild Scholars represent nine communities served by LT District 204 including La Grange Park, La Grange, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Indian Head Park, Hodgkins, and parts of Brookfield and Willow Springs. Each Legacy Guild Scholar receives up to $10,000 over four years, a significant and meaningful commitment from our community to these young men and women who have endured the loss of a parent.
Unfortunately, the need is growing and college is getting costlier. Tax-deductible donations fuel the scholarship program. More than 98% of every dollar raised goes directly to fund scholarships.
To get involved, or for more information, please visit:
Keep an eye on the LGLL website and watch for email alerts as more volunteer opportunities are posted for May and June. Remember, the positions are filled on a first come, first serve basis and new opportunities will be added throughout the season.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LITTLE LEAGUE
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.
THIS FREEFORM AREA WILL ALLOW US TO COMMUNICATE ABOUT ISSUES IMPORTANT TO LGLL AND ITS MEMBERS
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 & FOUND
LOST: Men's Gold Wedding Ring possibly on the first base sideline of the B Field. Please email email@example.com
LOST: 32 inch, 22oz, black and dark gray bat...it says "combat" in orange letters. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOUND: Left handed fielders glove. Picked up after Closing Ceremonies. Please email email@example.com
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.
LGLL Board of Directors
p.s. Please make sure to use available garbage cans and keep the Park clean of any litter.