Paradise Hills Little League ~ Albuquerque, New Mexico USA: PHLL News

Tuesday, April 5
2016 Team and Umpire Schedule
Click on the link to view updated Team and Umpire Schedules.

Monday, March 21
Field Cleanup Day Thank You!

Paradise Hills Little League Families

First and foremost, the PHLL board and I would like to thank everyone who participated in field clean up day. It was a great success. Without all of your efforts we could not have accomplished all of the work that we did.

These are just a few things that were accomplished in only one day by our Paradise Hills Community:

 

  • Every batting cage and dugout was cleaned.  Most of the press boxes were painted. Weeds and trash were removed from the entire property.
  • T-ball field received nearly two yards of new infield mix and a load of pebbles was removed from the field.The field was leveled and the low spots were filled in.
  • Softball received about three hours of bobcat dirt work, new removal pitching rubbers, and the scoreboard is now working.Tons of dirt was moved away from the 1st base dugout.1.5 tons of infield conditioner was added to the soil.The warning track was weeded and cleaned.A pitcher’s warm-up mat was put in next to the batting cage.We haven’t got it yet but A couple of softball managers and I are working towards the perfect soil composition for this field.
  • Junior field got a mound recondition and a new movable home plate.About two hours of dirt work as well as, about two tons of infield conditioner.
  • Minor field got a mound recondition and batters box clay repairs. All of the old soil was removed from the pitcher’s mound and home plate area and new infield mix and conditioner was added. Yards of sand was removed from behind the backstop. New Hollywood bases have been installed.
  • Rookie field spectator area was swept and rinsed off. The first base mount was replaced. The infield was raked, leveled and prepped for the season.
  • The major field received a mound reconditioning and the batters box clay was repaired. All of the old soil was removed from the home plate and pitchers mound and new infield mix and conditioner were added.

 

Many families came to the fields and took initiative on their own and accomplished countless other jobs without any direction from PHLL Board members. Our little league is becoming one of the most prestigious leagues in Albuquerque because of volunteers like all of you. We can’t say it enough but thank you again for a very successful field clean up day. The board is totaling each teams total volunteer hours and the prize will be awarded on opening day. Now let’s play ball.

Dominic Velasquez Field Maintenance Officer/Coordinator



Monday, January 25
2016 Paradise Hills Little League Newsletter
Handout: 2016 PHLL Newsletter

Tuesday, November 10
Become a Volunteer

Why Should I Become a Volunteer?

Little League Baseball and Softball is an organization designed to build good citizens. It is a program of leadership, preparing today's youth to be tomorrow's leaders. At the local level, Little League relies on a devoted legion of adult volunteers to help ensure that the organization remains structured and runs smoothly. Your local Little League program is always looking for responsible and enthusiastic individuals to support and coordinate Little League events and activities. As a volunteer, you should have a keen interest in the safety, well-being, and overall development of children. By reading further, you will discover that the benefits of volunteering are endless. You will also gain a better understanding of why you should become involved, who volunteers are, what you can do, and how you can sign up.

Who Can Volunteer?

Anyone can apply to become a volunteer. Whatever talents or skills you have, we can use them! Across the country, volunteers are grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, retirees, community leaders, former Little Leaguers, friends, neighbors, and more. Any community member who wishes to become a volunteer may apply.

All parents of children involved in Little League Baseball and Softball are strongly encouraged to volunteer. As a parent, volunteer, you have the opportunity to spend quality time with your child in a safe, fun-filled environment. Oftentimes, parent and child social lives parallel each other. Volunteering allows your life and your child's life to intersect on common ground, with shared interests and goals.

On rare occasions, Little League, through District Administrators and your local Board of Directors, may deny individuals the privilege of volunteering for reasons, past or present, that may be detrimental to the positive development of young people, other volunteers, and/or Little League International. When you apply to become a volunteer, you give the local Little League organization the right to conduct necessary background checks.

How Do I Become A Volunteer?

Parents, take a minute to fill out the volunteer form while registering your child. If you are not a parent and would like to volunteer, take a minute to fill out the form while visiting your local registration location. The volunteer application form is available on the Forms & Publications Page. What Can I Volunteer To Do? No experience is required to become a volunteer. Most of the volunteer opportunities require little or no training. Your local league will provide you with any necessary training (as well as support and encouragement), as they deem necessary. The best volunteers are those who are able to bring added enjoyment to the game simply be being themselves. What you see during Little League games is a mere fraction of what you can do as a volunteer. You can volunteer to help in virtually any aspect of Little League Baseball or Softball.


Handout: 2016 Volunteer Form

Tuesday, November 10
Returning Volunteer
Are you a returning volunteer?  Please use the Returning Volunteer Application for 2016
Handout: Returning Volunteer Application 2016

Wednesday, November 4
Volunteer Badges

Badges

Who Needs a PHLL Volunteer Badge? 

All Little League volunteers need a PHLL badge!  It is a Little Leaue Rule and is for the safety and well being of the kids.  You will not be allowed into any dugout or on the field without one!

If you are interested in volunteering:

  •  Please downloaad a volunteer form (or contact a board member)
  • Fill out a volunteer form (do not forget to provide your SSN on the form, we cannot run a background check without it)
  • Provide a copy of your drivers license (we can make a photocopy of your ID in the office)
Once the background check is complete: 
  • Please come by the office for your Little League Volunteer badge
  • Specify your volunteer role at PHLL (coach/umpire/etc.)
  • A board member will take your picture and print out a badge in just a few minutes



Friday, November 6
Parking At PHLL

Parents and Coaches

We have three (3) parking areas at Paradise Hills: two main lots and one overflow (between the PH-fields and the City Tennis Courts-just to the North of the fields). 

Please utilize the parking spaces in our 2 main parking lots and the overflow parking lot.

Please DO NOT park along the sides of the access road that leads from the overflow parking lot to the main parking lot. We have had trouble with that access road being blocked. This access road is to be used by emergency vehicles in the event of a serious medical event. If cars are blocking this access point it would keep medical personnel from getting help to players.

Please pay close attention to any exit/entry gates and the main parking lot along the new major field fence with the curbs painted red. These areas are for emergency/police/sheriff parking only.

In addition, parking along the access road has blocked cars trying to exit the overflow parking area. Also, please refrain from parking up against the gate that leads to the overflow parking lot. Just one car parked there can make it tough on fans, players, umpires and coaches from getting to their game on time, plus we do not want fans going across the street to the Trinity Family Church lot where we do not have permission to park. 

PHLL staff on duty have been authorized to tow vehicles parked in these two areas

Thank you in advance for not parking along this access road and emergency parking row.

Respectfully,

Paradise Hills Little League



Monday, November 9
Little League Reminders

A Few Reminders to All Parents and Fans.

The main reason we're putting this on the website is we've had to remind league patrons several times of certain rules they need to observe when attending games.

The Board of Directors wants everyone to be reminded of these basic little league park rules (The Nine Commandments):

1. Rookie coaches/team parents please remember to have your home plate umpire don full umpire gear. It is supplied by the league and available in the Umpire's room in the league office. See note in managers/coaches section from safety officer Dan Hibben. If ump doesn't want to put on all home plate gear he/she is welcome to call/count pitches from behind the pitching machine. Thanks!

2. There is No Smoking on LL grounds. Also, if you chew tobacco, please leave your chew and your spit bottle in your vehicle. It is against our league rules and parents have complained to board members on duty that on-field coaches were chewing and spitting as they coach games (see message below from Bernalillo County).

3.There are no unauthorized persons of any age allowed in dugouts during games including a 3 adult maximum for Rookies and above. Only coaches with background checks completed and badges issued are permitted.

4. Parents and coaches please remember to abide by the parents code of conduct you signed in your child's registration packet. Please advise your guests of these basic rules of decorum if they are exhibiting negative behavior.

5. Coaches please make every effort to be present for your mandatory umpiring assignment. If you can't make it you need to find a replacement Ump.

6. Please remember that bubble and/or chewing gum is NOT ALLOWED on or around the turf fields as this is some of the hardest foreign material to remove from artificial turf!

7. Parents please help us keep our Little League looking as great as it did after field cleanup day. We need your help by keeping your little ones from "redecorating" the open area near field #3 and the concession stand by insisting they leave the 4 inch boulder rocks where they lay (in the PH pattern our field day volunteers shaped them in).

8. Fans of all ages, Please remember to cut the volunteer umpires some slack by allowing them do their job without interference from the stands. Several LL umps are 1st year officials and are out there because there is a mandatory rule for all coaches to take their turn umping games. If you would like to help out umpiring please contact James Joyce at umpire@paradisehillsLL.com and he can talk to you about volunteering in this capacity.

9. Last, and most importantly, since we installed our 2 new fields we have become a NO Shelled Seed/Nut Facility (includes sunflower, pinon, pumpkin, peanut, pistachio). Shells from the junior, softball or teeball fields will blow onto these fields and shorten the life of the turf dramatically. According to another local little league, it costs around $12,500 to properly clean their full sized Major and Softball fields...each. So to translate that to our league, our three half-turfed fields would cost about $6000 each to properly remove shells and restore to original condition and we just don't have that kind of money in the bank.




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