Things to Expect in April

Posted by CHAD CORCORAN on Apr 01 2024 at 05:24PM PDT

Greetings Jamesville DeWitt Little League players and families!

Registration is officially closed so I wanted to pass along a bit of information to parents, particularly those with players in the younger divisions (AA, A, Coach Pitch softball, 5/6 Tee, 4Tee) who might be new to the league.

  • Coordinators for each division have begun assembling teams around volunteer head coaches/assistant coaches, friend requests (as best they can), etc. Once that has been completed, we turn our attention to making schedules which cannot be constructed until registration is closed and the number of teams we can form in each division determined. Games will most likely begin the first full week in way (starting Monday, May 6th) and continue through mid-June typically playing 2 games each week. It is typical for most divisions to play on a rotating Mon-Thur schedule. For 4Tee, our coordinator will be determining what works best there given we only have 2 relatively small teams. Coaches should being reaching out in the next couple weeks, hopefully by mid-April, to inform parents of what team their child is on.
  • Parents of new players, the necessities will include a pair of baseball pants and a glove. The league provides a hat and jersey, both of which will be distributed towards the end of the month once they have been received and given to coaches. All the fields will be equipped with bats and helmets although many players get their own nowadays. Up until AA baseball and minors softball, players are probably fine with sneakers rather than cleats. It is mandatory that baseball players starting at the AA level wear a protective cup since they will start catching once that reach that stage. As you hopefully saw yesterday, we will have our second 20% off coupon for Dick’s Sporting Goods for the weekend of April 12-14 so you’ll have another great opportunity to save on gear.
  • Finally, Saturday, May 4th is Picture Day! Pictures will take place throughout the morning and afternoon (for all baseball and softball divisions) at Jamesville Elementary. They are indoors and therefore will take place rain or shine. There are no make-up picture days so please mark your calendar. May 4th is also our Opening Day! At noon, the first pitch will be thrown out by special guests at St. Mary’s Field. It will be followed by AAA and Majors baseball games so come for a little while, get some food, participate in the festivities, and enjoy the start of our season!

Its exciting to see nearly 75 new baseball and softball players this year come try the sports for the first time. I look forward to a fantastic spring and hopefully a dry one!

Chad Corcoran, JDLL President