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Policing your Equipment / Hat Found
by posted 04/07/2021

Families,
 
Quick note to ask that everyone to take a few minutes to police their areas and check to see that your player(s) have all their equipment with them before leaving the fields.  I typically do a final look around before I leave and pickup any equipment I find so that anything left behind doesn't get lost forever.  I know in the rush of things we may move out quickly and somethings can fall behind.  Also, I know getting out the door on game day and practice can be a challenge, so I write this to help minimize any stress of having to look for equipment that might have gotten left behind from the prior session.
 
So with that ...  I picked up a hat last Saturday when I was leaving the field.  Let me know if anyone is missing a hat.  It was out near the woodline to the left of the Tee-ball field and the parking area.
 
-Coach B.

 
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Cardinals Practice #2 - UPDATE
by posted 04/07/2021

Who:    2021 MR-LL Cardinal Rookies & Parents/Guardians
What:   2nd Practice Session
When:   Thursday, 08 April, 2021 @ 5:30PM - 6:40 (Batting / catch. throwing, situational plays)
Where:  MR-LL Little League Park - Field TBD (Field based on availability)  Batting Cage Area

UPDATE
Team and families, we will assemble in the grass area near the batting cages.  Reminder that we area looking for a few parents to help with practice today.  For those who participate, masks are requried.  Please make sure the kids have all their equipment and water to drink.  Cleats are strongly encourage.
END UPDATE

Cardinal Families,

Apologies for the duplicate practice session notifications that were sent out earlier.  We are looking to have (one) practice this week - tomorrow Thursday 08APR2021 @ 5:30PM.  Working to see what field to use and I will send out an update if I am able to secure a field for our practice tomorrow.  Regardless of the field availability, we will have practice.

Tom and myself are looking to hold batting practice sessions tomorrow and we will look to have simultaneous on-the-field practice and batting practice in the batting cages.  We will look to rotate the kids at predetermined intervals to keep the kids engaged and not have them sit idle.   Keep in mind, this is the plan, subject to change.

Parent Assistance for 2nd Practice

We'll need at least 3-4 parents to volunteer to help out for the day.  Ideally, we can have a set of parents helping both coaches out in the field and in the batting cages. 

  • Field practice assistance:  1 coach, 2 parents to help with drills
  • Batting cages:  1 coach, 2 parent assistants to assist with the corralling and maintaining order 

Please note:  For those willing to help outomorrow, you will need to wear a mask when you are near or assisting the players.


 
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2021 Cardinals Meet & Greet | 1st Practice
by posted 04/01/2021

Who:    2021 MR-LL Cardinal Rookies & Parents/Guardians
What:   Meet & Greet, Uniform Handout, 1st Practice Session
When:   Saturday, 03 April, 2021 @ 2:30PM - 3:40 (15 min admin overview/+55 min of practice)
Where:  MR-LL Little League Park - Softball Field Area

Cardinals and Cardinal family members,
Coach Tom and myself would like to get everyone together this Saturday to kick off the season with our first practice session.  We'll look to meet with everyone, go over some administrative details, hand out uniforms and get a practice session in with the kids.  Requesting all the players dress ready to play to include cleats and their own individual peronal baseball equipment.  We will provide the practice balls and non-personnal practice equipment.

 

Regarding the world climate as it relates to COVID-19 and our 2021 season, the league is adhereing and following state guidelines applicable to group gathering and outdoor sporting activities.  With the understanding that we will be conducting the season with given pre-set conditions and constraints, I ask that we all be respectful of those around us and the level of protection individual families choose to implement within thier housholds for their own peronal levels of comfort and protection.  In a follow up announcement, I will post the MR-LL Program Preparation Plan that covers the expectations of coaches, players, and spectators as it realtes to processes, best practices and the use of personal protection equipment (PPE).


Adminstratively, I will be looking to enter this planned practice session into our Cardinals events calendar, so you should also see an update for this event come across again.  In the event that we have to cancel any planned practices or games due to weather or any other reason, I will look to use both the event calendar and the team announcement page to get the word out to everyone.

 

I personnaly am looking forward to seeing everyone and cathching with kids and families.  Saturday is looking to be a nice day to be out on the field.  It will be good to see everyone and enjoy some well desrved time outdoors and have fun. 

 

Good times, more to follow ...

Coach B and Coach Tom


 
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Save $20 on $100 or more: Dick's Text Alert Program
by posted 03/28/2021

Parents and Guardians,

Copied from the Dick's website below.  By signing up to Dick's Text Alerts Program you can receive a one-time $20 off a purchase of $100 or more.  After texting KICKOFF to 24001, enter your zipcode and you will receive an uniquely generated $20 coupon image.  

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2021 MR-LL website, Team Announcements, and Uniforms
by posted 03/28/2021

Cardinal Parents and Guardians,

Below you will find a bulleted summary to help answer some questions you might have about the MR-LL website, League Atletics App (I know, another App!), how we share information, who and how to contact us, and a detailed list of uniform/equipment requirements/recommendations.  

 

Messaging and Announcements 

  • MR-LL Website:  Please check the MR-LL website for any news or updates for the season (http://mr-ll.org).  I use the website to post messages and updates.  It’s a very good resource to keep everyone informed while providing a historical and record of upto date announcements and changes.
  • League Athletics APP:  Provides direct access to MR-LL website using an Android or iPhone smartphone - http://www.mr-ll.org/mobile_promo.asp?org=mr-ll.org
  • Game days:  During the course of the season, we understand that everyone may not be able to make every practice or game.  If you foresee that you will not be able to make practice or a game, please let me and Tom Rafael know as soon as you can to make any necessary adjustments.
    • Please use the email practice/game notification emails or the APP to provide us with an understanding of who will or will not be attending to plan accordingly. Using the RSVP email links or the APP provides us with real-time participation updates.
        
  • Contact information:  Both Tom and I can be contacted via email, cell or text 
    • Coach B:  mail:   | Cell phone (609) 738-0090
    • Coach Tom: 
       

Uniforms and Equipment

  • The league will be providing hats, shirts, and socks to all the players. Pants and belts will not be provided.  We will be using light grey pants and black belts for the 2021 season.
    • Stores to consider:  
      • Dicks Sporting Goods| Walmart | Target | 5 & Below (has limited baseball equipment at very reasonable prices)
    • Cleats – Must be non-metallic cleats.  Cleats provide good traction when batting, running and fielding.  Soccer cleats should be fine to use at this level of play.
    • Helmets - Required that everyone buys their own helmet.  Make sure it fits snug and not loose.  It shouldn’t impeded on the players ability to focus while at bat or as a runner on base.
    • Chest Protector – recommended and sold as an integrated undershirt.
    • Athletic cup – required.
    • Bats - New Little League regulations were imposed on bats a few years ago.  For more information, feel free to visit the Little League website: (https://www.littleleague.org/playing-rules/bat-rules/) . 
      • Bats must bear the USABat logo signifying that the bat meets the USABat standards.
      • Bat buying tips:  How to buy a baseball bat (length & weight:  This link gives a good overview https://youtu.be/I04_QuaBQqY .  Note, another metric is to gauge the length of the bat to be just under or near the bellybutton.  At this age its hard to find a good go to answer since all the kids bodies are all over the place.  The bat weight is important to keep an eye on.  You don’t want it too heavy.    Bottom line, the bat needs to be comfortable with the player. Sports stores like Dicks have a batting cage to let the kids swing and hit the ball off the tee with a simulator.
         
    • Baseball Gloves: Take your time to get a baseball glove that fits your child’s hand and that they have the strength to work (open and close) the glove.  Ensure that the baseball glove is a comfortable fit.  
    • Battings Gloves:  Optional, but do come in handy as your child gets comfortable batting.
    • Baseball Game bag - Not necessary, but helps keep your equipment at the ready when you need it and in order.

If you have any questions please reach out to myself or Coach Tom at any time.

Respectfully,

Coach B.


 
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Welcome 2021 MR-LL Rookie Cardinals!
by posted 03/28/2021

Greetings Cardinals, Families, and Friends,

My name is Glenn Briceno and together with Tom Rafael, we will be managing and coaching the 2021 MR-LL Cardinals Rookies season.  This will be our second season teaming up as coaches and we look forward to the practices, games and little league outings that we will experience together over the weeks and months to come.  I am most excited for the memories and bonds we will make both on the field and in the spectator stands. All our players come from awesome families and I look forward to meeting up with everyone weekly throughout the season.  Our players collectively have varying levels of experience and we will look to use everyone’s strengths to build us up as a team.  Tom and I strive to be fair in how we distribute and field offensive positions, batting orders, and how we highlight and recognize player performance and participation.  Recognition goes both ways and we’re fair to highlight them equally. 

Please join us in welcoming the 2021 MR-LL Rookie Cardinals!

Anthony B.

Bryce B.

Colton B.

Jordan B.

Christian M.

Noah M.

Nico R.

Anthony S.

Sebastian T.

Brandon U.

I will be sending out a follow up announcement about announcements, uniforms, equipment, schedule dates for spring training (pre-season) and game schedules when it becomes available.

More to follow ...

Respectfully,

Coach B and Coach Tom


 
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