Essex County Little League: My Site News

Thursday, February 16
Little League Pledge
I trust in God.
I love my country and will respect its laws.
I will play fair and strive to win.
But win or lose, I will always do my best.

Thursday, February 16
Parent's Pledge
I will teach all children to play fair and do their best.
I will positively support all managers, coaches and players.
I will respect the decisions of the umpire.
I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game.

Thursday, February 16
Registration Now in Progress!
If you haven't registered, please attend the final registration on Sunday, February 10, 2008, starting at 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. There will be a $5.00 late fee imposed after February 10, 2008. If you are a new player, please bring your birth certificate with you. Thanks.

Thursday, February 16
Opening Night
This is a great time to get all the players and coaches together to celebrate the beginning of a new season. Ask your grandparents, family, and friends to attend this fun night. This year it will be held Friday, April 11th at 7:00 at the Little League Ball Park on Marsh Street in Tappahannock. In case of bad weather, it will be held in the Essex High School gym at the same time.

Wednesday, February 15
President's Message - 2006
From January, 2006 Newsletter..................

This space is usually used every year to recap the successes of the previous season. While we had another banner year in 2005, culminating with our Big League Softball team winning the state championship, I thought it was more pressing to bring our League parents, players, and supporters up to date on the future of our Little League facility. As you know, H. Warshow and Sons, Inc. announced in June 2005 that they would be closing their plant in Tappahannock. This was especially troubling news because the company is the long time owner of the land where our ballpark is located. Since almost all of these developments happened after our regular season was finished, I thought it would be best to give a brief chronological summary of what has transpired in the last 6 months.
June 2005 - At the time of the announcement of the plant closing, management at H. Warshow and Sons telephoned me to personally relay the news. While nothing had been decided at that point, I emphasized our desire for the Essex Little League to be part of any negotiation on the future of the property.

July-August 2005 - In mid July, the town manager and county administrator sent a joint letter on behalf of their governing bodies to H. Warshow management expressing their concern and support for the Little League. A joint meeting to discuss the future of the ballpark was requested. The Warshow response two weeks later acknowledged these concerns and stated three options: “…(1) donate to Little League, (2) sell to Little League, (3) maintain acreage together for complete sale.” However, no decision was to be expected immediately as the plant was involved in its final production shipments. During August, I privately spoke with county officials to solicit their financial support if it became necessary for the League to purchase the property (at a reasonable price).   

September 2005 - At a special called meeting of the Little League Board of Directors, the Board formally endorsed a draft of a letter to be sent directly to Mr. Henry Warshow in New York. In that letter, the Little League offered to buy the ballpark property (and adjoining property) if a donation of the land was not possible or feasible.

October 2005 - I stayed in contact with local Warshow management but no official response to our letter was forthcoming. I met with town officials and the local Warshow manager (at his request) late in the month. Various options were discussed but donating the property to the Little League was ruled out.   

November 2005 - One day after our annual meeting, the local Warshow manager called to discuss some decisions that had just been made by senior management. Basically, the property was not for sale to the Little League; instead the company wished to sell the property as a whole (90+ acres). H. Warshow and Sons, Inc. would allow the Little League to continue to use the property for as long the company owned it. But realistically, considering that disposition of the property was to be a priority in 2006, the Little League should make plans to exit the park after the 2006 season. Of course, a new owner allowing the Little League to remain on the site was also a possibility.   

As of this writing, I don’t have any additional news from Warshow or the status of their plans to sell the property. Obviously, the League has some tough decisions to make in the very near future. Your Board will continue to work diligently along with local officials in reviewing all options available. We will also keep you informed on any progress that develops. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any board member if you have any questions or opinions.

In the meantime, we look forward to 2006 with a certain amount of trepidation. But I am certain the end result will be a stronger and even more successful Little League for the future. I hope to see you at registration and on the field during the season. Thank you for your support..................Ronnie G. Gill, President

Thursday, February 16
New Age Determination for Little League in 2006
Little League Baseball has instituted a new age determination policy that starts with the 2006 season. League age will be determined as follows:

    Baseball - "league age" date is based on player's age as of April 30, 2006
    Softball - "league age' date is based on player's age as of Dember 31, 2005

Exceptions for the 2006 season ONLY are as follows:

1. Any player who turns age 5 between January and July of 2006 will be allowed to play in the Tee Ball division.

2. Baseball players who wll be age 13 between May 1, 2006 and July 31, 2006 will be allowed to play in one of either the Major Division OR the Junior Division. Players will only be allowed to play in one of the two divisions.

You may find the the official Little League Baseball "Age Determination Chart" for both baseball and softball in the Handout Section of this Website.

Age limits for each division are the following:

T-Ball 5-6 years old
Coach's Pitch 6-8 years old
Minor Softball and Baseball 9-10 years old
Major Softball and Baseball 11-12 years old
Junior SoftBall and Baseball 13-14 years old
Senior Softball and Baseball 15-16 years old

Wednesday, February 15
Be a Good Steward
MAKE YOUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE! We ask that everyone help suport your coaches and board memebers by cleaning up trash that is yours or left behind by someone else! Pick up all food and candy wrappers, bottles, cups, and other trash left in the dug out and in the stands upon your departure. Help everyone out by pitching trash in its appropriate place. Thank you for your assistance.

Wednesday, February 15
Wanted - Umpires!
Essex County Little League is searching for male and/or female umpires for the 2008 baseball and softball season. Please contact Ronnie G. Gill at or 804-443-6952.  

Thursday, February 16
Sign Our Guestbook, Boys and Girls!
We want to hear from you! Be sure to sign our "Guestbook" and let us know you visited our site.