Welcome to the 2021 Fall Ball season! My name is Mark Fyffe and I will be the manager this season, I am excited to work with your player and to get to know you! Our team’s name is the Braves. For those that don’t know me, I have been around ATLL and the Aces program for several years as an assistant coach and as an Executive Board Member. My son Grant is now a 6th grader at Summit Elementary.
Our team will have weekly practices on Monday evenings at Julifs #2 from 6:00-7:30 PM. That said, Julifs #2 is not available for our first two practices (Monday August 23 and Monday August 30). I will reach out as soon as we have a field assignment for those first two practices. Our last practice will be October 18.
We will play one game per week, on Saturdays. There are no weekday games in the Fall. The game schedule will be published soon, however our first game will be the Saturday August 28.
When watching games, please try your best to spread out around the field/foul lines for games. Also, at all park district fields, please keep any walking paths/tracks clear when setting up your spot to spectate.
Team jerseys and hats will be distributed before our first game. Your son will need baseball pants, belt, socks, cleats and an athletic cup. Our shirts will be Navy, so white or gray pants would look nice. Additionally, each player is expected to have their own glove, bat and helmet. If your child DOES NOT have their own helmet, please let me know and I will provide one that they can borrow for the season.
NOTABLE DIVISION 1 RULES:
- Advanced Player Pitch
- Ages 11-13
- Larger Field Dimensions - Pitching Distance - 50 feet and 70-foot bases paths
- Lead offs and straight stealing allowed
Having only 10 players means very little sitting for the boys (that’s the good news) …… but with only 10 players, it is important that players make practice/games if at all possible. PLEASE let me know at your earliest convenience if your son will be late or not be able to attend a game or practice
If your player does not feel well, PLEASE do not bring him to practices or games.
At this point, I have no assistant coaches. If any of you are willing to help with coaching, it would be greatly appreciated. PLEASE LET ME IF YOU CAN HELP COACH ASAP.
TEAM SNAP will be used for communication (along with email) as well as practice and game schedules. I will send those invitations out shortly.
We will be using the new version of game changer this season (TEAM MANAGER app). I will send the invitation shortly. We will need a couple parents to help run Game Changer! Please let me know if you have interest in being a Game Changer administrator (experience is helpful but not necessary). PLEASE LET ME IF YOU CAN HELP WITH GAME CHANGER ASAP!
I'm looking forward to getting started! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email, text or phone.