I trust in God,
I love my country,
And will respect its laws,
I will play fair,
And strive to win,
But win or lose,
I will always do my best.
The Little League
I will teach all children to play fair and do their best.
I will positively support all managers, coaches and players.
I will respect the decisions of the umpires.
I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game.
Communication from Weston Westport Health District
Dear Weston Little League Community,
As a follow up to our email communication on Wednesday night, the Weston Westport Health District has advised that provided a person does not come into direct contact with a person known to have tested positive no further action is necessary. All practices and games will continue as scheduled, weather permitting.
All coaches, umpires and other volunteers who interact with the players on the field during practices and games shall wear face coverings when not able to easily maintain a 6 foot distance from other coaches, players and umpires. Gloves shall be worn if handling shared player equipment, players equipment or cleaning apparatus/materials.
All players shall possess their own Bat.
All players shall possess their own Glove.
All players shall possess their own Helmet (NO TEAM HELMETS WILL BE PROVIDED)
NO shared equipment (helmets, gloves, bats etc...) All players must bring their own and not share.
All shared catchers gear equipment shall be disinfected in between each individual players use.
Players will not huddle at any time during practices or games.
No Spitting, no sunflower seed eating and No Gum Chewing.
No team snacks or meals.
All players must supply their own water for practices and games, no “team” water coolers will be allowed.
No handshakes, high fives or physical body contact allowed
Players and coaches are advised to bring their own hand sanitizer
Players are not required to utilize a face covering during play, but can be utilized at parent/player preference. Players shall wear a face covering when not on the field of play or engaged in practice.
All players, coaches, volunteers and umpires shall complete a daily health self-screening to check for symptoms. If any symptoms are present the individual shall refrain from being present for league activities and follow local health guidelines.
All balls (game balls and practice balls) shall be disinfected before and after each practice or game.
Each team shall have a new volunteer role assigned to a parent to monitor compliance with these guidelines during practices and games.
There should be no more than 2 teams per field at any one time
No spectators are allowed in the bleachers. Spectators must bring their own chairs and take them with them when they leave.
As of now there are NO portable toilets (Weston Park and Recreation is working on getting this resolved with the health district)
Only Weston Residents are allowed on fields.
Please note that fields can be closed at any time by Weston Park and Recreation if guidelines are not being followed
Families should not arrive earlier than the specified time and should vacate the premises as soon as the game/practice end.
Coaches should be able to easily organize drills to include social distancing. This can be achieved by splitting the players up into small groups (2-4) placed at locations spread out around the diamond. Avoid queuing/stacking of players, but if this is necessary training aids such as cones spread 6’ or more apart shall be utilized to remind players about “social distancing”
Practice spectators shall wear a face covering and maintain social distancing unless doing so would be contrary to his or her health.
Practices shall be schedule with at least a 30-minute buffer to prevent overlap of players and allow for time to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces and equipment.
Queuing/stacking of players shall be avoided at all times. Provide time slots to players within the allotted batting cage time so there is no more than 2-3 players there at any one time.
Batting Practice spectators shall wear a face covering and maintain social distancing unless doing so would be contrary to his or her health.
Games will be scheduled with at least a 30-minute buffer to prevent overlap of participants and allow time to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces and equipment (i.e. Benches, dugouts, catchers gloves and etc.)
Dugouts are to be allowed for coaches and for batters who are “in the hole” or “on-deck” only. Players who are otherwise waiting will be in a player supplied chair. It is important for coaches to place chair at 6’ distances apart.
Umpires shall be positioned appropriately distanced behind the mound, 1 Umpire per game only.
As listed above and reinforced here. Balls shall be disinfected before and after each game or practice. Shared equipment (i.e. catchers gear) shall be disinfected before and after each player’s use as well as in between each game and practice.
Bats handled by coaches after an at bat shall be disinfected prior to being put back in the bat caddy in between innings.
No sharing of bats, non-catchers gloves, and helmets is allowed.
No Post game handshakes, both teams shall line up along their base line appropriately distanced and tip the cap as a sign of respect for the other team’s performance.
No catchers will be utilized for T-Ball Division. A coach will be positioned against the backstop to retrieve any baseballs or move bats to safe area after an at bat.
No catchers will be utilized for the Coach Pitch Division. A coach will be positioned against the backstop to retrieve any baseballs or move bats to a safe area after an at bat.
Game Spectators are required to bring and wear face coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth unless doing so would be contrary to his or her safety due to health condition. Spectators shall maintain 6’ social distancing at all times.
Games, practices and batting practices will be scheduled with a 30-minute buffer between the end and start of each event for each field.
All commonly used surfaces such as, but not limited to; dugout areas, benches, bleachers, door handles to concession areas, field houses and concession area counter tops will be disinfected/sanitized before and after events by coaches/volunteers.
If the Press box on Bisceglie is used, there will only be one (1) adult allowed at any one time. All equipment in the Press Box needs to be disinfected after use.
Zero Tolerance Policy:
If any rules above are not followed, you will be asked to leave the premises.
We are in the process of confirming dates when fields will open for league use. If all goes to plan, on June 17th, the next phase of openings will allow leagues and teams to play on town fields with social distancing guidelines and restrictions. We are currently working on documenting our guidelines for Return to Play with input from Little League International, the State of CT, and Town of Weston Parks and Recs and will distribute those shortly.
In the meantime, we will be opening up registration on our website so that we can gauge interest in play for this season and we can start to form age divisions and teams. As we mentioned previously, this season is going to be very different than what you're used to. We are still working out many of the details of the season, but what we can share at this point is the following:
The spring/summer season will be no additional cost
We will not utilize many of the services that we would in a normal season including:
o Third party field preparation, such as base lines and batters boxes (Parks and Rec will still perform their regular maintenance such as grass cutting and dragging the fields)
o Professional Development
o Umpires (we'll evaluate limited patched umpires as well as volunteer umps and kid umps)
We will determine the best format for each age group (sandlot vs. clinics vs. practice/games) based on participation.
If we have a travel/district season, those teams will be charged accordingly based on their budgeted expenses (uniforms, professional dev, etc.)
We don't have a specific date yet, but a realistic opening date would be Monday, June 22. Little League International suggest two weeks of practices before any games to get the kids back into playing shape.
And while we're excited to get back out on the fields with the kids, we want to make sure we do so in a safe and practical method. We also want to make sure that we offer a fun program for the kids who will be participating, so we expect the house leagues to be more open and not as competitive. This would be a great time to invite your friends who haven't played before to try out baseball or softball (especially since there's no cost) and see if they like it! So feel free to share the registration link with your friends.
We hope to have more information in the coming days and we'll share that with you as appropriate. In the meantime, please be sure to register if you intend to play so we can plan accordingly.
Notifications from the WLL website (League Athletics)
Please take a moment to read the following note from League Athletics, our website host:
Recently, major carriers like Verizon have begun throttling text message reminders to their customers, delaying or deleting texts sent from LeagueAthletics.com. Verizon in particular has asked us to drastically reduce the number of texts we send going forward. In addition, we've received complaints from parents, coaches and administrators about the volume of text messages being sent to them for events in their websites.
To increase sending efficiency for urgent and serious messaging, we will discontinue sending text reminders for Practices only, and change notifications for Practices sent via text message will only be sent if the change is made within 48 hours of the event’s start time. Below is a table that outlines the changes.
No longer sent
48 hrs prior to event
Sent immediately if within 48 hrs of event
Game Communications (No changes)
2.5 hrs prior to event
48 hrs prior to event
*Reminders are messages that are automatically triggered by the system and sent without any user actions. Notifications are messages sent when an event is added or changed.
With pre-season practice underway and the season officially opening this weekend, we'd like to remind you of the parking and drop-off procedures at Bisceglie.
There is no drop-off, pick-up or parking of cars anywhere along the upper roadway of Bisceglie Park at any time (games or practices).
The entrance in and out of the park needs to remain clear of stopped or parked cars at all times. It’s a safety issue for the players crossing the road and we need to keep cars moving in the upper roadway.
Player drop-off and pick-up should take place in the lower parking area; please do not stop along the roadway, by the handicap spaces or the portables to let players in/out of your car.
All cars must be parked in the parking lot. There are several handicap parking spaces available for those cars with a valid/current handicap parking permit - no exceptions!
We appreciate your support in adhering to these rules for the safety of all our players, pedestrians and motorists.
Weston Little League Board of Directors
I'd like to alert you to potential products that may aid in the safety of our children. These products are not mandated by Little League National of Williamsport, so Weston Little League is not mandating them, but our board thinks that you should at least know about them so you can make your own informed decision whether or not to purchase them for your children.
First, there are batting helmets that come with a facemask. When worn properly, these facemasks prevent the batter from taking a hit to the eyes, nose or mouth from a batted or thrown baseball.
The second is a simple mouth guard. Again not mandated by Williamsport, but some leagues are suggesting them.
The last is a "heart guard". These are often T shirts that have a protective plastic shield which prevents a child from taking a direct hit to the heart from a batted or thrown ball.
All of these items may be purchased online or at local stores. Please consider this email in the spirit that it was sent. All sports have the potential for injury of one type or other. The safety of your children is our number one priority, the play is secondary. Your little league board has developed many practices over the years that try to ensure safety. You may elect for your child to use one or more of the items listed above to prevent an injury. That said, it's going to be a wonderful season.
For those of you that need some help navigating our website, here is a step-by-step guide to accessing your team information and receiving email and/or text event reminders:
HOW CAN I GET EMAIL AND TEXT EVENT REMINDERS?
From the main page of our website, www.westonll.com, scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on the left-hand menu item Edit My Account,
Log in using your email address and password,
When you log in, your family profile will appear. You will see all family members and the programs each member has been registered in.
Click on a Family Member name,
Scroll down until you see Remind,
Check the box for GamesandPractices,
If you want text messages make sure your cell phone number is listed and you select the carrier,
Make sure the check box No Email box is NOT checked. (If this box is checked your email address will not be included in ANY email sent from this site which includes reminders, game change notifications and other important messages),
Be sure to click the Submit button when you are done,
You will now get an email and/or text messages to remind you of games and practices for your team.
HOW DO I ACCESS MY TEAM ROSTER AND SCHEDULE ONLINE?:
To view your team page:
· At the top of the homepage of the WLL website, www.westonll.com, click on the menu Teams,
· Select the Season (Fall 2014),
· Select your League (T-Ball, A, AA, AAA, American or National),
· Select then select your Team,
You are now on your TEAM page!
To view your team roster:
· Select the tab ROSTER to see coach and players To view your team schedule:
· Select SCHEDULE to see your team schedule.
It’s not about you, it’s about them. Do not live your own sports dreams through your kids. It’s their turn now. Let them make their own choices, both good and bad.
Never talk to a coach about your child’s play time after a game. Actually you never should. You should have your kid do that. That said, if you just can’t help yourself, send an email the next day and ask for some phone time.
NEVER yell at referees. They are trying. How would you like it if someone came to your job and screamed at you? Not. So. Much. If you have a real issue file a grievance the next day.
Do NOT coach your kid from the sideline. Your job is to be a cheerleader, not a coach. If you wanted to coach, you should have volunteered.
It is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY you are raising a professional athlete. I promise you. Relax, let them have a good time and learn the lessons they are supposed to be learning in sports.
Kids should play the sport that is in season until they are in middle school. Then they can decide which one or two sports they want to play and become more focused. Cross training prevents injuries and burnout.
If you have nothing nice to say, sit down and be quiet. Don’t be “that” parent.
If you are losing your mind on the sideline of game, it’s time to look in the mirror and figure out why. It’s not normal to care that much about sports. Put that energy into something more productive.
Let them fail. Forgotten equipment, not working out, not practicing at home? Let them suffer the consequences of that. It will make them better.
Your kids are watching you. Make them proud not embarrassed.