Season Starts ...You're Up!

It's time to play ball! Scripps Ranch Little League's (SRLL) 32nd season has finally begun, and I'd like to thank all of our volunteers for their time in conducting our assessments and drafts. We have 850 kids on 73 teams in nine different divisions!

We had a great Opening Day celebration in February. We unveiled two new championship banners for winning District 32 Tournament of Champions last year, two more for winning District 32 All Star Tournaments, and another banner for winning a sectional tournament. This was an impressive performance!

As our season begins I'd like to remind everyone about our league's focus on sportsmanship and ask for your help to set a great example for our kids. Cheer for your team! Cheer for great plays by either team. Please avoid trying to influence the umpires or complain about bad calls. Limit your discussions with coaches and managers to before or after the game. Encourage your kids to be gracious when they win...during the after-game handshakes, in the snack bar line, and in school the next day.

Many of you have had questions about how players in Little League end up on a specific team in a specific division. All kids are guaranteed a spot in their age division. Our T-ball and Rookies teams are selected by league officials, and we try to honor all requests to play with friends, car pool buddies, and so forth.

In the other divisions we hold a draft, and the managers have the opportunity to select their team. For example, Single A is the division for 9-year-olds. We allow a specific number of younger kids to be drafted into that division to fill out the teams. In the interest of keeping the teams balanced we give each team a quota on how many players of each age they can draft on their team.

When parents in these divisions request that their child be in a certain division, on the same team as a friend, or practice on a certain day, we make this information available to the managers. However, it is ultimately up to the managers to select their team. As a league, we can grant a request to ensure that a child is placed on a team younger than their age-specific division, but we cannot guarantee a spot in a division above their age-specific division...unless you volunteer to coach a team!

We had outstanding clinics this year. We had events sponsored by the Scripps Ranch High School baseball team, the University of San Diego baseball team, Jared Eichelberger, and The Batter's Box. Thanks to Gary Ritchie and Larry Rupe for coordinating these events.

If you have concerns during the season, you should speak first to your team manager. If you are not satisfied with the response, contact your division representative, who is listed on our website at [], or our player agent. If you still are not satisfied, please contact our vice president of baseball operations. If the issue is not resolved to your satisfaction, you are welcome to contact me as well at [[email protected]]. Have a great season!

Rob Babbush, SRLL President

Scripps Ranch Girls Softball

Scripps Ranch! Scripps Ranch! What's it going to be....S-O-F-T-B-A-L-L! The season has been in full swing for about a month, and we see lots of girls having fun on the fields. Games are during the week and on weekends, so come out and cheer the girls on. If you have not yet volunteered for the snack bar, please check our website at [] on how you can get your hours in.

Field Day was a great success. New dirt was placed on the infields, benches were painted, and the fields were primed. Thank you to all who came out to help get the fields ready for the season. Movie night is always a great time to spend with family and friends at Cypress Canyon Park. This will happen again in April, so check the website for more information.

The Scripps Ranch Softball Association (SRSA) is very appreciative of the sponsor support it has received but could always use more. If you are considering sponsoring the SRSA league, it's not too late. Please contact CJ Pinkard at [[email protected]]. Sponsorships help with field improvements, equipment purchases, and league-sponsored clinics. See you on the fields!

Scripps Ranch Pop Warmer Football and Cheer

It's time to register for the fall season of Scripps Ranch Pop Warner (SRPW) Football and Cheer! Signups for returning players and cheerleaders are on Saturday, Mar. 1, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. Teams are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. If we have too many players in a division, we will form two teams. Players will be assigned to a Red or Blue team based on when they sign up.

Two copies of the current report card, a current 2x3 photo, and proof of residence are required for registration. To determine which level you will sign up for, please visit our website at [] for all weight and age information. Weight levels increased this year. See the table on our website. We strongly recommend all players sign up in the lowest weight and age division possible. A child's age on July 31 is his age for the season.

New players and cheer: registration is on Saturday, Mar. 8, from 10 am to 2 pm. If you are unable to sign up on that date, there will be an opportunity in April. New players and cheer need to bring an original birth certificate and one copy, two copies of the current report card, a 2x3 photo, and proof of residence.

There is a two-week mandatory conditioning that runs from Monday, Jul. 28, until Thursday, Aug. 7. It is Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7:30 pm for the first two weeks. Please schedule family vacations around this time period. It is difficult on coaches and players to do make-up conditioning when they are ready to move on to practice.

We only have two weeks of practice before teams start scrimmaging, and then the first preseason game is on Saturday, Aug. 30. Home games are at the Scripps Ranch High School football stadium, and away games are at various high schools throughout San Diego County. All players and cheer should prepare for conditioning prior to the season starting.

We look forward to seeing all of our returning players and many new faces at our signups this year. For more information on Scripps Ranch Pop Warner, please visit our website at []. Go, Falcons!

Lisa Gorski, SRPW President

Scripps Ranch Soccer Club

The Scripps Ranch Soccer Club (SRSC) is planning for the 2008 soccer season. We recently completed our competitive soccer tryouts for players 14 years of age and younger, and we are in the process of assembling our competitive teams. Competitive tryouts for players 15 and older take place on Sunday, Apr. 27, at the Scripps Ranch High School stadium. For more information, please visit our website noted below.

The SRSC Board of Directors for the 2008-2009 year consists of: Joe Barr, president; Ken Marra, vice president; Kevin Heil, secretary; Ailene McManus, treasurer; and Jeff Anielski, Gregory Jones, Wes Karch, Mary Rosi, Bob Scharf, Peter Staab, and Marilynn Weinberg. Cha Cha Namdar remains director of coaching, and Rick Harmonson remains registrar. We thank them all for their time and effort to make soccer in Scripps Ranch a great success!

We continue to update and upgrade our website with new and exciting information concerning our club. For further information regarding the SRSC, please visit [] or call our hotline at 974-5393.

Joe Barr, SRSC President


Scripps Ranch Girls U8 are Tournament Champions!

The Girls U8 Scripps Ranch Red All Star soccer team placed very well in the two All Star tournaments they played in during the fall. They took home a second place medal in the Scripps Tournament, after losing a nail-biter to the Scripps Ranch White team in penalty kicks!

A week later in the Mesa All Star Tournament, they tied the Mesa All Stars and the La Jolla Blue All Stars 0-0, but then came on strong to beat 4S Ranch 6-0 and then Poway Green 4-0. They got a wildcard bid to go on to the semifinals, where they beat Valley Center 3-0 and a strong Escondido team 1-0 in the championship game. This Scripps Red team scored 14 goals through the tournament and had none scored against them.

Stingy defense by the "Blonde Wall" of Samantha Talashek and Alyssa "Scoop" Freter didn't allow many shots on goal. Excellent goalkeeping by Payton Straub and Caroline Lawler kept all competitors only wishing they could score. Only one goal was allowed by this team over nine games.

Our core of tough halfbacks, led by Danika Wixted and Alison Williams, helped the defense and moved the ball to the front. Other halfbacks who helped on offense and defense are: Maris Amsberry, Lily Knudsen, Theresa Stevens, Caroline Lawler, and Payton Straub.

Forwards Emily Hempton, Alexa Podraza, and Emma Volle rotated the duties of shooting and scoring. Goals were scored by five players in various games. Theresa Stevens, Emily Hempton, Emma Volle, Caroline Lawler, and Alexa Podraza all scored multiple goals.

In all, this team outscored their opponents 23-1 over two tournaments. Congratulations, SR U8 Girls All Stars!

National Junior Basketball (NJB) will soon conclude its 11th year in Scripps Ranch! Close to 400 boys and girls in grades 3 through 8 participated in the league this year.

Our regular season ends Sunday, Mar. 2, with our Division 1 championship game and our Closing Ceremonies. Our annual Closing Ceremonies are a lot of fun, as we have trophies for all the kids, and pizza and sodas for everyone.

Our chapter is sending eight teams to compete in NJB's end of season All Star tournaments in March and April. We wish all the teams the best of success! We will host NJB's 7th grade tournament the weekend of Apr. 5 and 6. Please check our website at [] for details.

We would like to thank Scripps Ranch High School coaches Anthony Tucker and Nancy Moyer for all the help they have been to NJB over the past year! They were always there to open the doors for us and make sure the gym was ready for our first games!

We also can't thank all our donors, players, coaches, and parents enough for their efforts over the last six months! They truly make the league a success and make it possible for almost 400 Scripps Ranch children to be able to play basketball. Our entire board thanks everyone who contributed, and we look forward to seeing you next fall!

Dennis Brewster, NJB Chapter Director