Heights National LL: Welcome

Thursday, January 28
Welcome to the Heights National Little League website!

 

Please click on the 2016 Registration tab, click on register and it will take you into our registration program.

 

Document drop-off dates are February 6, February 20, and March 5 from 10:00-3:00 at the Oasis, 543 Aronson.

Also, don't forget our coaches clinics listed below.  We'd love to have a great turnout 

 

Softball Coaches Pitching Clinic:  Saturday, January 30th at the SwingLab at Peter Yegen from 12-2

Coaches clinic: Saturday, February 13 at the SwingLab at Peter Yegen from 12-2

                         Saturday, February 27 at the SwingLab at Peter Yegen from 4-6

The Coaches clinic will be identical so pick a weekend or attend both.  They will go over teaching fundamentals and showing you drills for your teams.  If you are managing/coaching either softball or baseball, this would be a great opportunity to take advantage of.

 

Here is to a great 2016!!

 

Joni West

President, HNLL 

 

Other teams, dates, and announcements shall be forthcoming. 

 

Heights National Little League - PO Box 50535 - Billings, Montana 59105

 

Most game schedules have been posted in the Documents tab.

 



Wednesday, May 27
Where are all the umpires?



Where are all of the Umpires? That's an excellent question with only one answer: sitting in the stands wondering where all the umpires are.

This is the perennial problem that plagues leagues everywhere, there are never enough umpires to cover games.

How many games will we have umpires for?

• That’s a darn good question.

• On average, in the 2014 season of baseball and softball, we had 26 home games each week. This was only in the majors division and up.

• On average, we had 6 working umpires, each week. We don't have that many this year. Many umpires also serve in a number of other capacities. They can only work one game at a time and sometimes, they have other responsibilities which prevent them from working your game.

• We have fielded multiple calls each week from Managers looking for umpires. In some cases, we are able to get someone to cover a game if they weren't already working one. In most cases, we simply have not been able to find anyone who is available. Many of the league's umpires started because they wanted to make sure that their kids' games had umpires. It's a great reason to get started.

• The league trains volunteer umpires and will provide the necessary equipment (except for a cup, guys, you’re on your own for that) for you to umpire behind the plate.  Even though it is in the middle of the season, we can still get you some materials and work with you to help get you "game ready." Contact us with your interest in becoming an umpire at hnlluic@gmail.com.

Finally, one request: when you are at the field, watching a game and you haven't been willing to help out by umpiring, please don't sit behind the fence, or along the fences and yell at the umpires. These VOLUNTEERS who have taken time away from their family, work or the yardwork that they desperately need to do at their own home are out there so your kids will have a game and so their manager can actually manage their team.

If you truly believe that they don't know what they are doing and that you can do a better job, come out and share your knowledge and experience, your kids will appreciate the work that you do and you will have a new appreciation for how hard your kids and their managers have worked all season.



Saturday, February 7
Frequently Asked Questions




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