The season is almost here. This Saturday is the last registration at the JCC at Sam Michaels Park. We will be there from 10am-12pm. We will also be at the Locker Room next Wednesday from 6pm - 8pm for sign-ups, as well.
We will have two try-out sessions at the Ranson Civic Center. The first will take place on Saturday, March 1 from 9am to 12pm. The following Saturday, March 8, we will be there from 4pm-7pm. We will be taking last minute registrations at both of those try-outs.
In addition, our head Umpire Gary Howell is looking for volunteers. Gary will be at both try-out sessions and is happy to talk with you about calling games and give you tips and pointers. He is also going to hold a clinic for those who do volunteer to go over the ins and outs to get you prepared to call your first game. If you are interested, please send an email to email@example.com.
The divisions have been posted to the site. To check it out, hover your mouse over the League menu and click Divisions from the submenu. This new page will help you see how the league will be broken down for the Spring 2014 season. The playing divisions are broken down primarily by age, but we will be holding try-outs March 1 and 8 at the Ranson Civic Center, so your child will have the opportunity to move up if the talent warrants it and there is space at the next level.
In addition, many folks have asked how much registration will cost this year. This year, registration is $60 for the first child, and $50 for each additional child. In addition, this year we are asking parents to pay for their raffle tickets up-front. The cost of these tickets is $50. You can then sell the tickets to recoup your costs, or enter them into the drawing to be held at Opening Day April 5th. Our prizes this year is $500 cash, a television, and Kindle Fire HDX and an XBox 360. Look for more details in the coming weeks.
I also wanted to take a moment to remind you of our upcoming Spirit Night at Sweet Frog in Charles Town. The fundraiser is being held on February 10th. Just mention Charles Town Ranson Little League, and Sweet Frog will donate a portion of the proceeds to the league. Running a Little League takes a lot of money, so you can help us continue to improve the league for your kids and enjoy a sweet treat!
Frozen Yogurt is cold, but not as cold as the weather has been lately. As a result, its difficult to get out in the yard and throw the ball. My son is always anxious to get out and throw, so we had to figure out a way to work inside. If you are in the same boat, here's something you can do; grab a ball. If you don't want to toss a baseball in the house, you can use a tennis ball or a whiffle ball. Sit approximately 5-feet apart and hold your throwing are straight out in front of you. Bend your throwing arm at the elbow and hold your elbow with your non-throwing hand. With your throwing forearm perpendicular to the ground, flick the ball using only your wrist. Practice this way for 10 minutes. If you have enough space, move back another two feet every 5 minutes. This drill will build your wrist strength. Here's a video that demonstrates this drill.
Arm Strength is really a misnomer. The velocity of the ball is generated by the momentum generated from your hips opening, pulling your waist, which pulls your shoulders, your elbow and finally your hand towards your target. At the point of release, you flick the ball with your wrist to put all of that momentum into the ball. A strong and consistent wrist flick is an important part of building velocity and control.