Equipment for Tijuana

Our youngest Scripps Ranch ball players had the opportunity to learn the game of baseball and help the less fortunate learn baseball too! In January, the Falcons baseball organization (14 year olds) held a baseball skills development clinic for 5 and 7 year olds. The price of admission was the donation of used or new baseball gear for our adopted baseball league in Tijuana.

For the third year the Falcons baseball organization is holding a used equipment drive to help the disadvantaged Tijuana community of Lomas de Porvenir keep a baseball program alive for their young ballplayers. In collaboration with Scripps Ranch Little League (SRLL), the Falcons kicked-off this year’s drive with a baseball clinic and gathered lots of gear and cash for purchasing even more gear.

If you missed this opportunity, how can you make a donation to this great cause? Please bring your unwanted baseball gear (cleats, glove, bats, balls, pants, etc.) to donation sites near the snack bar at Jerabek Field on Opening Day, Saturday, Mar. 2, or during the first three weeks after SRLL games begin.

Would you be willing to make a small donation of baseball gear and help keep a baseball program alive for young ballplayers? Please contact Greg Haddow at 578-5258.

SR Soccer Kicks It Up

Many of our competitive Scripps Ranch soccer teams competed in tournaments during the month of December. Congratulations to our Boys U-10 team coached by Kevin Stenzel for winning first place in the Coronado Holiday Cup, Silver Division. The team, pictured above, played four mini-games during the day and advanced to the final regulation game against East County Alliance.

In the final minutes of play, our boys brought an end to an exciting 0-0 tie with a corner kick and header for the game winning goal. Congratulations to all these boys for an outstanding performance!

Also bringing home first place medals from the Lightning Holiday Classic, was the Girls U-12 team coached by Tom Crane. The girls, pictured below, played five mini-games and earned first place based on a point system, winning 2 games 2-0 and tieing 3 games 0-0. What a fantastic defensive show for the girls, not giving up a single goal in five games! Way to go!

Little League — Play Ball!

It’s early February, player assessments went well, managers and coaches have selected teams, and hopefully your baseball player is as excited as mine to get started? You should have heard from a manager by now and practices may be under way.

I want to take a brief moment to thank all those who helped at player assessments, formerly “try-outs”. It definitely takes a village of thoughtful people to give our kids what they need and keep a day, or two, like that on track and on time. Our biggest kudos to the man who made it all happen, Dan Luka. He not only assured fairness to all kids, but also provided all managers with the information they need and accommodated all those with special requests. Thanks Dan!

Opening Day is Saturday, Mar. 2, at Jerabek Park. No games are played that day as it is a day for the entire league to get together, have pictures taken, and celebrate a new season–baseball, that is; and well okay, spring. We are going to try something new this year. We would like all teams to spend a little more time at Jerabek, enjoying the BBQ, watching our Majors (11-12 year olds) play exhibition games, and maybe win a team door prize.

Some of our local sports venues will have tables there; the fast pitch from San Diego School of Baseball will test your speed; and who knows what else will show up. So bring the team and families, take this time to get to know each other, have your parent meeting, and enjoy the sunshine. If your player(s) is/are interested in singing the national anthem for us, please call 566-0661.

Join us Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 pm at the Rec Center for a short course in Little League 101. All parents are invited to hear a little bit about the philosophy of Little League, learn some of the rules, squash some of the urban legends, and ask questions of our Board members. Parents of T-ball and CAP players (5, 6, and 7 year olds) are strongly encouraged to attend as you will be asked to umpire this year.

LL Hometown Hero Day

This year, Little League International is recommending Hometown Hero Day be celebrated by all leagues on Saturday, May 4. Plans are under way for this exciting event, one of which is a T-shirt design contest. SRLL plans to invite some special Hometown Heroes (police, fire, and military) to this event, hoping to include a hero’s baseball game. These players need team shirts, and who better to design them than our own players. How about you?

So show us your creative talents and send in your ideas to Hometown Hero T-shirt Contest, c/o SRLL, 10755-F Scripps Poway Parkway #453, San Diego, CA 92131. The winner will be announced and awarded a special prize in April.