Hello Parents and Players!
My name is Garrett Hillstrom and I will be your manager for the upcoming GFBLL AAA baseball season with the Red Sox. I’m excited to start playing!
I will be focused on the following three items throughout the season:
1. Safety - for obvious reasons. There are right and wrong ways to conduct oneself on a ball field, and each player will be taught so. If your player has any health or medical issues I should be aware of, please let me know.
2. Fun - I have loved the game of baseball since before I could remember, and one of the main reasons for volunteering to manage this team is my desire to instill that same love of the game for others. My philosophy at this age is that a player will want to continue to play, and thus improve their skills, if they are enjoying it.
3. Fundamentals/skills – This is a team sport, and we will practice and play as a team. We will have very structured practices that incorporate the mental and physical aspects of the game. No matter what skill level your child is currently, I expect each player will make excellent progress in their development. At this age, winning takes a distant back seat to development. Every player will get to play every position (unless they don’t want to or there’s a safety concern) and will get an opportunity to bat leadoff.
Communication: My cell is 540-497-0358 should you need to chat or text. Please pass me a cell number or post it on your profile in case there are last minute changes to games or practices that you'll need to get notified about. And I REALLY need to know as early as possible about times when your child won't make the game. Having to redo the lineup can cause big delays on game day. We only have 10 players on our roster, so I’m hoping we will have everyone available for most/all of our games. Speaking of which, as soon as our game schedule is posted, please let me know early if there are any games your player will miss.
Practices: Practices will be every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30pm at C.M. Bradley Elementary School (674 Hastings Ln, Warrenton, VA 20186 – we’re the upper field, near Bradley School Rd.). I will also be holding an optional practice on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 at Taylor Middle School (350 E. Shirley Ave Warrenton, VA). If your player cannot make this practice, that’s perfectly fine. I just want to give everyone as much opportunity as possible to practice.
Gear: The league will provide hats and jerseys. Please ensure your player has white pants and red socks for our games. Our first game will be Saturday, 28 March.
I encourage you to have your own helmet but the league has provided some. For all practices and games, your player should have a hat and a protective cup. If you're purchasing a bat, please be sure it has the USA logo on it, otherwise the league will not allow it. As for bat size, for this age your child should not be using anything longer than a 28-inch bat. Anything larger than this is likely to induce poor swing mechanics. Please make sure your child's glove is broken in so they have a better chance at catching the ball. Dick's and Rankins True Value are two good spots to shop locally.
Required forms: On the GFBLL website under the Documents section there are a host of forms, two of which are required that every player/parent complete: Code of Conduct and Medical Release. Please get these filled out and back to me prior to the first game (I'll have blank ones available at the first practice). Your child will not get issued a uniform unless the league has these in hand before the first game.
Fan/Parent behavior at games – Please keep in mind that this is little league baseball. Our players will learn more from what we model for them than anything else.
Also, I would strongly encourage you not to “coach” your player during a practice or game. During these times, please just keep to cheering and encouraging them.
Sorry for the length. I'm excited! We're going to have a great season! Please don't hesitate to shoot me an email, text, or call if you have any questions or concerns. See you all Tuesday!
Go Red Sox!