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What Day is it??? GAME DAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!
Today is Thursday, April 16, 2015. Two weeks from today is officially …..opening day!!
We’ve waited through the snowiest winter on record for this day to get here. Lots of hard work and planning has happened behind the scenes and hopefully it will be well noticed in the upcoming weeks. The schedules will be officially released this weekend… look for an e-mail blast on that… everyone is anxious to upload them to their calendars or to see them on the LEAGUE ATHLETICS APP on their smartphones I am sure. (Shameless plug… but if you aren’t wired in yet… you’re missing out)
Re-Sign, Recruit & Retain is our motto…
We started a “player retention” plan back in August when we asked each other how do we keep kids involved in baseball and how do we get them back next season?? Well, we are proud to announce between 4 Tournament teams (and the farm post season teams) we compiled and the 3 FALL BALL teams we entered into play, the winter clinic we had and our efforts getting out the notices to the schools we have exceeded our expectations. We have seen 5% growth from last seasonin player numbers and we still have opening in T-Ball. As other leagues are seeing a decline in player numbers, MELL is not and this can be attributed to many factors of which include above all else the FAMILY atmosphere we offer up each season. From April 1st through November 1st we are live with activities at our complex. We have seen 93% returning players signing back up. We are experiencing new players to the league in ALL 4 of our divisions in every age group from Majors to T-Ball.
Spirit Shop Spoiler Alert
We see EAST ORANGE often… we will be introducing new shirts this season to be rolled out soon… One thing is for sure… MELL FANS --- BLEED ORANGE!!! Stay Tuned.
We successfully won our BID to host the NH Little League District 1 Tournament in July. We don’t need “luck”, we need help and support from our parents in our efforts to bring the District’s elite teams to our complex and welcome everyone to our home. As we ask for help, we ask you to always wear your orange to these games as well as games we attend at the other facilities. Nothing more awesome to see than a SEA OF ORANGE when we are on the road.
We are also hosting the City Tournament (Sam Harris Tournament) this is for bragging rights to the City. The dates are TBD. But we will be in need of help then as well. Please note that no offer of help is too small. 10 Minutes to empty garbage cans, selling 50/50’s, working in the East Eatery to helping groom the fields. We take all help.
FUN, Fundamentals and Class!!!
We have had the best round of team meeting yet here at MELL. All of the coaches talking about playing with class, learning the fundamentals and the ‘ole stand by “HAVING FUN!!” We all need to stress the HAVING FUN part is the goal, hoping to win a few games, learning the right way to hit, throw and catch… all doing so with a huge amount of class. This is what MANCHESTER EAST LITTLE LEAGUE is all about. Cheer those kids on Parents, thank your coaches and umpires and if you see anyone with a BOARD OF DIRECTORS shirt on… communicate with them. Say hi, offer thanks, give them constructive opinions… They are here to make this league better than it is.