Hello Parents and Players!
My name is Garrett Hillstrom, and I'll be your manager for the upcoming GFBLL Spring Majors baseball season with the Brewers. I'm excited to start playing! Please reply to me via email or text to confirm your receipt of this message.
We will be focused on having fun and working on the basic throughout the season:
1. Fun - I love the game of baseball. I started when I was 5 years old, played through college, and have been coaching little league for the last 4 years. I want 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. We're going to relax and have a good time!
2. Fundamentals/skills – This is a team sport, and we will practice and play as a team. We will have practices that incorporate the mental and physical aspects of the game. No matter what skill level your player is currently, we expect each player will make excellent progress in their development. At this age, winning takes a back seat to development. I will challenge each player according to his skill level.
Communication: Primarily you'll hear from me via this email address. My cell is 540-497-0358 should you need to chat or text. I encourage you to go to the www.gfbll.com page as well for other info (e.g. schedule, rosters, etc.). 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 please let me know if your player will be missing a game so I can plan accordingly.
Practices: Practices will be every Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday's practice will be from 5:30-7:30pm at Bradley Elementary School (Lower Field #1). The field is located at 674 Hastings Lane, Warrenton. First practice is Wednesday, March 17th! Friday's practice will be from 5:30-7:30pm at Taylor Middle School, located at 350 East Shirley Avenue, Warrenton).
Gear: The league will provide jerseys and hats. Please have white pants and navy blue socks for games. 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, I would encourage a lighter weight, 28-29 inch, 17-18 oz. Anything larger than a 30 inch bat is likely to induce poor swing mechanics. Please make sure your child's glove is broken in. Dick's and Rankins True Value are two good spots to shop locally.
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 reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. See you all Wednesday!