Dixie Terra Linda Little League: Welcome

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Dear DTLLL Parents,

The new season is not that far away and we are experiencing a real shortage in our local League and District, of Adult Umpires (men and women at least 18 yrs old) Please read this full message and contact me by reply email if you can consider volunteering as an Adult Umpire this year. Here is the background and the WHY of this appeal:

There are many of you who obviously have a strong feeling for the playing rules and who understand the importance of good officiating in your player's games so we are literally asking you to Step Up to the Plate, and get involved as a Little League Umpire!!

Those adult umpires that you see on TV during the Little League World Series were, or are, Little League parents just like you are. Many of them started out as volunteer umpires while they were parents of a Little Leaguer in local leagues doing local games, taking more training each year, and getting more experience each season and making a real difference in the quality of the local program. Many of these folks came to love what they were doing and it became an important part of each year being involved in this fun kind of service. They came back again and again and the cream of the crop of those folks you saw on TV was they eventually got the honor of becoming LL WS umpires. That is only a very few but special people but they are at heart, the same as the parent/umpires who serve your local leagues and Districts.

It all starts at the local level and FYI the more of you adults we get to do this, the more is the flexibility that will fit into your schedules -- this means the time commitment for training and doing games improves and becomes very accommodating with work and parenting schedules. Even if you are coaching you can still do a few games each month and get your feet wet. We can make it work to fit into your availability. But we need you to get in, get trained and be here when you can.

Even if your players are young, in Tee Ball or Jr Minors etc you can get started and you will be there when they graduate to Minors, Majors, Juniors, etc.

If you ask any of the local adult umpires about their experiences and the rewards they reap, you will find a response of real excitement and pride in each and every one of them for this role and service to the kids. In addition to being our game umpires, one big goal of having more Adult Umpires is to provide positive reinforcement for our youth umpires as partners and mentors. The youth umpires really do the bulk of the local games and that is quite appropriate. They are GREAT, these kids! But, parents and players and youth umps alike have more confidence in the program when there are adults present. When those umpires are parents of players in the League there is a validation for the right reasons -- to benefit the program for all involved. Those adults should be some of you! Even if you only now have some curiosity about it you should give it a try.

We are trying to identify people who have an interest in trying this role this year and hopefully beyond! Please tell us that YOU ARE INTERESTED! We will want to connect you with good training and get you the tools to do it right.

Here is more good news on this front: Our District 3 (leagues from Marin and San Francisco) is comprised of 13 leagues. One of the opportunities this year is that our District is trying to put together a chance to host a local outreach LL Regional Umpire Training weekend in the winter of 2014 or preseason of 2015 where new and returning Adult Umpires can get the best training in rules and field mechanics. In order to even apply for such a clinic to be held here, the District needs to provide a minimum of 30 Adults to commit to attending such a clinic. [This would truly beat the current situation where Umpires seeking LL training half to travel to San Bernadino for a resident weekend clinic. This has been done many times by our umpires but it is of course much less convenient and more expensive to send Umpires down south].

It would be so much more convenient to have the LL Umpire training session here in our District, and we believe would be a win-win for our Umpires and the Leagues all around. But we need to get enough people to attend and we are asking all of you to seriously consider stepping up.

Finally and ultimately the additional benefit of gaining more District Adult umpires is to help our District during the All Stars season (summer postseason during late June to late July) For the past half dozen years our District All Stars teams have benefited by getting to play in a guaranteed first round tournament consisting of 6 games in a Pool Play format. The old system was a "two-and-out" Double Elimination tournament. The Pool Play format has been very exciting and successful and we hope it can continue.

However, due to the reduced number of Adult Umpires during the past 2014 All Star season – an all time low in our District, there was a huge burden on only about a dozen Adult umpires to cover more than 150 games in the District tournament! We know that this cannot continue with current low number of Adult umpires and it could result in having to return to the Double Elimination format. This would be a real dilution of the All Stars experience for our kids and we do not want to see that happen.

So PLEASE if you can please contact us about signing up to be an Adult Umpire this year. We look so much forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance!

Nancy Miller DTLLL Pres 2015  bizmill@aol.com


Final  2014 Playoff Brackets (click on the division):  Minors  Majors Juniors

Congratulations to the Juniors Giants, Majors Yankees, and Minors Braves, 2014 League Champions!


MILL VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE 11/12s won District 3 and Section 1 Tournaments. They Advanced to the Division 2 Tournament, but after a strong showing, they were eliminated in the semifinal game. We still want to say CONGRATULATIONS to these kids and tell them we are proud of their accomplishment! THIS IS THE FARTHEST ANY DISTRICT 3 LL DIVISION TEAM HAS GONE SINCE 1964!

Other District 3 Winning All Stars teams were: SFLL (Juniors) MVLL 10/11s and RVLL 9/10s.

 LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES  Use this link to see articles and recaps!
 UMPIRES: If you are interested in becoming an umpire next season please email UIC Dale Carrigan at DCarr5424@aol.com  We NEED more Adult Umpires as well.

Each League will be responsible in 2015 to provide at LEAST 2 more adult umpires who will also be privileged to serve as District Umpires in the Tournament of Champions and the All Stars tournament.  Consider extended service to the program now and contact us as soon as possible. TRAINING WILL BE PROVIDED to make you an excellent umpire!

 Are you interested in being a Coach?  Click here.

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Check out DTLLL News and Info for  updates and new announcements.

Fall Ball (Instructional program for Training and Development) will be offered from mid-September through October. Registration for players and coaches starts 8/15/14. For players iu levels from Entering Minors through Junior League.






Wednesday, March 26

Are the fields open today? The field hotline (721-4784) is updated by 3:30 pm on a day when it has rained to address field conditions. League members are notified directly by email when fields are closed or games cancelled 3:30 pm Weekdays, 8:00 Saturdays or Sundays. If no notification report to your game site ready to play and the 2 Managers will assess the field for fitness (safety) at that time.

Rained out games are subject to the Automatic Reschedule system. Click here for more information.

Everyone needs to help restore fields after practices and games, including filling in the divots and holes in batters box, mound, and base paths. Please drag the field after every use! If mound covers and plate tarps are provided please cover after the raking and anchor, especially if more rain is predicted in next 24 hours.

When you smooth out the fields then water cannot puddle. If puddles occur BAIL OUT the water with a small bucket, butter tub, or similar to remove and throw water off the field. Do not rake muddy areas as they only worsen.  Thanks!

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