Verona Orange 8U Wins First Tournament Of The 2017 Season

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The Verona Orange 8U won their first tournament in Windsor on June 3rd and 4th. They went 4-1 over two days, with wins over Windsor/Deforest Gold and Purple, Columbus and Portage. Pictured from left to right, starting with the front row, are: Michael Bogue, Ryder Blodgett, Josh Hebert, Joseph Christensen, Cason Genin, Emmitt Vukobrat, Nolan Julseth, Asher Grady, Kaleb Oeth and Cooper Blodgett. From left to right, they are coached by: Steve Bogue, Kevin Julseth, Geoff Hebert and Al Genin.

Dicks Sporting Goods 20 Percent Discount Shop Event

As we prepare for the upcoming season, we’d like to announce a great opportunity to save on all of your baseball gear – and more! Our partner, DICK’s Sporting Goods, will be hosting a 20% discount shop event for all Verona Little League families at their West Madison store on March 18th and 19th.  The discount is valid on purchases STOREWIDE – including baseball gear and apparel, running shoes, camping gear, bicycles – you name it!  Certain exclusions apply, but are mostly limited to guns, ammo, and some golf brands.  If they do not have a product in store that you need, you will be able to order it that day with the 20% discount and receive your product at home in 3-6 days. If your team would like to place an order, they can do so in the store over this weekend and receive the discount. Present the attached coupon or mention Verona Little League at the register to redeem! 

 20% off discount shop day coupon

Verona 10U Tournament Team Wins Championship

Verona Little League 10U baseball team following their championship win this weekend June 18 and 19. They won the Middleton Cardinal Dugout Club Tournament on Sunday afternoon. Winning all 4 games over the two day tournament with wins over Sauk Prairie (34-0), Lodi (13-2), Baraboo (11-1), and Middleton (9-8) in the championship game. Pictured L to R are: Jackson Vilker, Jack DeTienne, Braden Rozga, Aison Jorgenson, Kjeran Hanson, Elliott Lapin, Micah Genin, Dylan Hesch, Sam Marckesano, Josh Mello, and Landen Enlo

Verona 10u Tournament Team

2016 VLL U.S. Cellular Community Coaches Award

VLL parents, please consider nominating a coach that you believe best exemplifies the spirit of giving back to their communities. The deadline for nomination is Sunday, June 21st.

U.S. Cellular will give the U.S. Cellular Community Coaches Award to Wisconsin youth baseball coaches. Each participating league will choose one coach to receive the award with each winning coach receiving two suite tickets to a Brewers game where they will be recognized in-game for their exemplary commitment to coaching youth baseball players in their community.

Baseball Clinic with Former Brewers Jim Gantner, Steve Woodard, & Brad Woodall

Silver Sluggers is hosting a baseball camp at the VLL complex on June 29th and 30th. Below you will find details regarding the camp:

 

About the Camp

 
Dates:  June 29-30
Time:  9am-1pm both days
Location:  Verona Little League Baseball Complex
Ages:  6-14
Cost:  $125 per player
Register Here
We expect this camp to fill up fast.  Register now to reserve a spot in this great clinic!!
Players will:
  • Learn advanced skills of hitting, throwing, pitching, fielding
  • Participate in Drills and Reps used by today’s major leaguers
  • Learn Mental Preparation Techniques
  • All in a fun, creative, environment
  • All campers receive a special Camp T-Shirt
  • Autographs from all coaches available at the clinic
For more info and questions:  Contact Woodall Baseball Academy and Silver Sluggers Baseball.

Food Drive

Issac Thomas is organizing a food drive at the VLL complex for a community service project. He will be at the complex near the concessions stand over the next two weeks. Please consider making a food donation.

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Summer Baseball Camps

VLL is offering 4 week baseball training sessions (June through July) that will allow interested players the opportunity to get additional supervised instruction. Instruction would focus on hitting, fielding, pitching and base running. Emphasis being on mechanics and repetition.

Verona Summer Baseball Training will be run by Jay Brazeau and current Verona Area High School baseball players. Jay has 20 years of experience coaching youth baseball including 15 years at the high school level.

Milwaukee Brewers Night – 2016

Join your friends for fun and excitement on Tuesday, June 28 7:10 PM when your National League Milwaukee Brewers take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at the 33rd Annual Little League Fund Raiser! BE SURE TO WEAR YOUR UNIFORMS and march around the infield warning track before the game. Bring your parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors! ! All VLL tickets are Loge Outfield seats and cost $30/each. There is also motor coach transportation available to and from the game. The motor coach will leave VLL Fields parking lot at 3 PM so Little Leaguers can walk around the Miller Park infield at 5 PM. Cost for motor coach is $15 per person. See additional details in the registration form.

Verona High School Baseball

Tuesday, May 17th – Senior & VLL Night

Before the 5 pm home game against Madison East, senior players and team managers will be honored. We also invite all Verona Little League players and families to come cheer on the Wildcats! Pre-game festivities at Stampfl start around 4:35 pm.

Thursday, May 19th – Alumni & Former Coaches Night

Join us at Stampfl Field for a special night to honor former VAHS baseball coaches and players.

Former Varsity Coaches will throw out the ceremonial first pitches before the 5 pm home game against Madison La Follette. All other past VAHS coaches will receive a free t-shirt, and alumni players will receive a free hot dog and soda.

Please come out to see our 2016 team, our upgraded facilities, and to reconnect with your past coaches and teammates! We look forward to seeing you at the ball park!

If you are a former VAHS baseball coach, please email Brad D’Orazio (bdorazio03 at hotmail.com) with your t-shirt size. 

2016 VLL Night At The Duckpond

Madison MallardsCome cheer on the Mallards as they take on the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, WednesdayJune 11 at 6:35 pm!

You can choose to add either a Mallards hat or a 90 minute all-you-can-eat ballpark food. See the flier below for all the details. Bring as many friends and family as you can recruit! When you are ready to order,

  1. Visit www.MallardsBaseball.com.
  2. Click Buy Tickets in the upper-right hand cornder.
  3. In the promotions box, enter the promo code verona hat or verona soda.
  4. Choose a ticket & extras option by clicking the appropriate BUY link.

The group portal is only open for us through June 3.

2016 Team Photo Schedule

April 30th Team Photo Schedule

  • 8 a.m. – Major Yankees and Major White Sox
  • 8:20 a.m. – Minor Phillies and Minor Mets
  • 8:40 a.m. – Rookie Marlins and Rookie Red Sox
  • 9:40 a.m. – Rookie Reds and Rookie Brewers
  • 10 a.m. – Major Diamondbacks and Major Brewers
  • 10:20 a.m. – Minor Nationals and Minor Astros
  • 11 a.m. – Rookie Mets
  • 11:40 a.m. – Minor Brewers and Major Royals
  • Noon – Minor Giants and Major Angels
  • 12:40 p.m. – Rookie Athletics
  • 1 p.m. – Rookie Royals
  • 1:20 p.m. – Minor Rangers
  • 1:40 p.m. – Minor Royals and Minor Athletics
  • 2 p.m. – Intermediate Pirates and Rookie Blue Jays
  • 2:20 p.m. – Intermediate Dodgers
  • 3 p.m. – Minor Diamondbacks and Rookie Giants
  • 3:20 p.m. – Minor Pirates and Rookie Diamondbacks
  • 3:40 p.m. – Intermediate Cardinals
  • 4 p.m. – Intermediate Brewers

Substitute List

Sign up for the substitute player list

The league is looking for players interested in joining extra games when teams are short players due to vacations and other conflicts. When teams need players, we will use this list first to fill out a roster.

2016 Opening Day

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To celebrate the start of our season, teams will be introduced and assemble on Lund field at 11:00 am.

Players: Players should dress in their team uniforms and arrive by 10:15 am to find their coaches and teammates. Teams will line up in order around the Complex building between 10:30 and 10:45 am.

Parking: Our parking lot will be extremely full as several games start early Saturday morning. If you live close by, the weather is looking pretty good for biking or walking. Remember that the Military Ridge Trail is right behind the Complex. If you drive, other nearby parking will be less crowded, including:
Hometown Circle, the street in front of Farm & Fleet, Community Fields, the lot between Eagles Nest and Stampfl Field.

Please use the crosswalk at the light if you park on Hometown Circle and need to cross Verona Avenue. Walking paths connect the VLL Complex and the lot at Community Fields. Please avoid parking in the lots of our neighboring businesses for VLL Opening Day or games.

VLL 2016 Tournament Teams

For those players interested in tournament teams for 2016, please read the following carefully. There are some changes from VLL Tournament Teams of past seasons.

Verona Baseball Tournament Teams
Objective: To offer a more competitive option for players with advanced skill and commitment levels.

The first step in the process is for the league to know how many players and coaches are interested in playing on tournament teams for 2016. All 8U – 14U players must submit self-nomination forms no later than 11:59pm Wednesday, April 6 using the Player Self-Nomination Form or Coaching Nomination Form. The tryout process is explained below.

Expectations: Sportsmanship, commitment, and communication are expected from players and parents of Verona Baseball Tournament Teams (VBTT). With an increased level of competition, an increased level of commitment is also expected. There is also an additional fee (uniforms and tournament entry fees) to participate on these teams generally in the $150-$300 range. Each team will have designated practices and tournaments; the number of each will be determined by the coaches of each team. The number and structure of teams in each age group is dependent on the number of players and coaches interested in each age group.

Attendance at practices and games is vital and will play a factor in playing time and positions played. Players selected to a VBTT agree to prioritize VBTT practices and games over other sports and minimize conflicts with VBTT practices and games. Communication with coaches is essential when practices or games will be missed. Please let your coach know of any planned vacations or other conflicts that will prevent attendance of practices and games. Ability to commit may play a role in VBTT selection. It is not the intention for a VBTT practice to conflict with a regular season Verona Little League (VLL) game, and VLL will work with VBTT coaches to minimize potential conflicts. It is understood that players may have vacations, illness, injuries, family obligations, or other emergencies that will prevent attendance. However, upfront communication about preplanned absences to coaches is important.

Eligibility: VBTT may consist of one or more teams in the 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, and 14U year old age groups based on interest. Players are encouraged to try out for their own age group. Players must participate in the 2016 regular season VLL season to be eligible for

Tryouts: Tryouts will occur at the VLL Complex on Sunday, April 10 for 9U (1pm), 10U (2pm) and 11U (3pm). There will be a rain date/alternate tryout date on Saturday, April 16 from 11am-1pm at the VLL Complex. Please make every attempt to attend your correct time slot on April 10th. Players should arrive early enough to register, stretch and warm-up on their own. Teams will be selected by coaches and VLL Tournament Committee based on ability,
all assessments, attitude, work ethic, and commitment. Players will be notified of their selection once all tryouts are completed. Tryouts for 12U, 13U, and 14U will be held if needed based on numbers. Tryouts and/or selection of 8U teams will occur during the season – more details to come. Reminder, all interested players and coaches, 8U-14U, need to complete the self-nomination form no later than 11:59pm, Wednesday, April 6th.

Umpire Applications 2016

Fill out and submit the on-line application by Friday, April 1st . Training sessions will be held on April 5 and 10 at 6:30 pm at the VLL Complex. All prospective umpires must attend one of these sessions before being scheduled for games. The minimum age to umpire in VLL is 12 by April 1st.

This e-mail has been sent to all of this year’s registered families and last year’s umpires. Please forward this e-mail to anyone else who may be interested in umpiring for VLL this year. Playing in the league is not a requirement.

Thanks to Heith Dey, who is our returning Umpire-in-Chief. If you have questions about umpiring this season, please e-mail him at vllumpire@gmail.com.

Skills Assessment 2016

Skills Assessment (SA) this Sunday (March 6), including the specific time for your player’s assessment slot. The SA will be held at Badger Ridge Middle School this year. Additional details can be found here:

 

 

We recommend at least one parent or guardian accompany your player to BRMS. There will be a number of pre-season tasks to accomplish while players are busy in the gym. Some useful things to bring: calendar (for concessions sign-up), checkbook or cash (for unpaid registration fees or additional raffle tickets), and clothing sizes (for spirit or baseball apparel orders). Sorry, no parents are allowed in the gym during assessments. We will have coaches guiding younger players to make sure they visit each assessment station.

2016 Season Info

It’s time to kick off the 2016 season! Please download this year’s newsletter below and read it carefully. There are a number of changes from last year, including a brand new 50/70 Intermediate division to help bridge the step up from Majors to Juniors.

On-line registration is now open! You can register several players in the same family with one pass through the form. Please consider signing up for volunteer roles in the league. Indicate an area of interest by putting a parent/guardian name in one of the fields.

Prospective coaches need to:

  1. Complete the on-line application.
  2. Download and fill out the Little League Volunteer Application (new or returning) and the Coach Code of Conduct on the handouts page.
  3. Attend the mandatory Prospective Coaches Meeting on February 18, 7pm at the American Legion Hall.

You can bring the forms to the Coaches Meeting or e-mail them to vllpresident@gmail.com.

Planning for the 2016 season is underway and the season is quickly approaching. Below are important dates that we wanted to communicate to families so you can plan accordingly. This post will be updated as additional event dates/times are finalized.

  • Registration opens  2/1
  • Parent meeting(s)  2/10 & 2/16
  • Coaches meeting  2/18
  • Registration deadline  3/1
  • Skills Assessment   3/6
  • Coach Selection 3/10
  • VLL Day at Dick’s Sporting Goods 3/19 & 3/20
  • Draft Night(s)  3/21 & 3/22
  • Opening Day 4/23
  • Opening Day Alternate (all teams will play) 4/30
  • Mid Season Event Minors & Majors 5/20 & 5/21
  • End of Season tournament 6/22 thru 7/14
  • Brewers LL Night 6/28

2016 VLL Tournament Team Information

For those interested in tournament teams and for winter training for 2016, please read the following carefully. There are some changes from VLL Tournament Teams of past seasons. The first step in the process for this winter and next spring is for the league to know how many players are interested in winter training sessions and playing on tournament teams for next year. Please submit self-nomination forms no later than 11:59pm Sunday,October 11 using the Self Nomination Form. Please note that some age divisions could hold tryouts this fall based upon volunteer and player numbers. The tryout process is explained below in the email.

VLL for the first time will be offering opportunities for u8 (2nd grade) and u9 (3rd grade) age groups for this winter. More details about those winter session will be available after we get coaching volunteers secured. An information meeting for those age groups will be held on Sunday, October 11th at the VLL Complex at 4:00pm.

Verona Baseball Tournament Teams
Objective: To offer a more competitive option for players with advanced skill and commitment levels.

Expectations: Sportsmanship, commitment, and communication are expected from players and parents of Verona Baseball Tournament Teams (VBTT). With an increased level of competition, an increased level of commitment is also expected. Each team will have designated team practices and tournaments; the number of each will be determined by the coaches of each team.

Attendance at practices and games is vital and will play a factor in playing time and positions played. Players selected to a VBTT agree to prioritize VBTT practices and games over other sports and minimize conflicts with VBTT practices and games. Communication with coaches is essential when practices or games will be missed. Please let your coach know of any planned vacations or other conflicts that will prevent attendance of practices and games. Ability to commit may play a role in VBTT selection. It is not the intention for a VBTT practice to conflict with a regular season Verona Little League (VLL) game, and VLL will work with VBTT coaches to minimize potential conflicts. It is understood that players may have vacations, illness, injuries, family obligations, or other emergencies that will prevent attendance. However, upfront communication about preplanned absences to coaches is important.

Eligibility: VBTT will consist of one or more teams in the 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 year old age groups. Players are encouraged to try out for their own age group. Players must participate in the 2016 regular season VLL season to be eligible for a VBTT.

Tryouts: Tryouts will occur in the spring for 8u, 9u, 10u and 11u. Depending on player numbers and coaching/parent volunteers for the u12, u13 and u14 levels tryouts might be necessary for the this fall. If tryouts don’t occur in these age divisions in the fall then they will hold a tryout in the spring. The fall tryouts (if necessary) for VBTT will be held on Wednesday, October 14th or on Saturday, October 17th at the VLL Complex or depending on the weather at the Verona Baseball shed. Parents and players will be notified on Monday, October 12th if tryouts will occur.

Tournament Concessions Shifts

Concessions shifts have been added through the end of the season to cover the end-of-season tournament. If you have not fulfilled your commitment for the 2015 season (2 hours per player), please take a shift over the next two weeks! Families who have not satisfied this volunteer requirement will be assessed the buy-out fee for this year, which must be paid before registration next year.

Thanks to all who have kept concessions running smoothly this year!

 

VLL Extended Season

Verona Little League will be running an extended season. Extended season will be an informal game / scrimmage for anyone that might be interested running on Wednesdays from 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m starting August 12th and ending September 30th. Teams will be organized based on the players that show up. There is no cost for extended season for Verona Little Leaguers.

In order to facilitate extended season, we will be looking for parent / coach volunteers that are able to organize the players on the field and in the dugout. If you are able to stick around and help out, it would be greatly appreciated.

Extended season is open to all Verona Little Leaguers in Rookies and Minors. It is only open to those kids that are active Verona Little Leaguers – we do not have insurance for kids that are not in the league. Rookies and Minors players will be combined together.

VLL Night with the Mallards

Madison MallardsCome cheer on the Mallards as they take on the Kenosha Kingfish, SaturdayJune 20 at 6:05 pm! We have a block of tickets reserved as a fundraiser for Verona Little League. $3 from each ticket sale will come back to VLL.

VLL players from the Minors division will be playing on-field for the pre-game American Family Insurance “Field of Dreams” game!

You can choose to add either a Mallards hat; an all-you-can-eat, pre-game Pepsi Tailgate (4:30 pm – 6:05 pm); or both to your ticket purchase. See the flier below for all the details. Bring as many friends and family as you can recruit! When you are ready to order,

  1. Visit www.mallardsgroups.com.
  2. Enter the on-screen “captcha” code to enter the ticket ordering site.
  3. Use veronall for the group password.
  4. Choose a ticket & extras option by clicking the appropriate BUY link.
  5. Click on available seats (green) to add them to your cart.
  6. Click “Buy Tickets” to confirm and proceed to purchasing.

The group portal is only open for us through June 13.

If you choose a hat with your purchase, visit the Fan Services booth inside the park behind home plate to redeem your ticket.

Earlier in the day (10am-noon), the Mallards and Zimbrick Honda host a free kids baseball clinic. After the game, stay for fireworks (sponsored by Hy-Vee)!

Little League Night with the Brewers

500px-Milwaukee_Brewers_Logo.svgThe 32nd annual Little League Night with the Brewers takes place on Tuesday, June 16, this year.

Grab friends and family for a great night out at Miller Park!

Show up early, and your player can join teams from leagues across the state in a parade around the field before the game starts. The Brewers follow in an interleague game against the Kansas City Royals.

Pre-game organization starts at 5 pm with the game at 7:10 pm. Those participating in the parade should read the instructions for players and coaches released by the Brewers. It is very important that each player and coach have a ticket as the parade begins since they will enter the stadium turnstiles at a special entrance. This year, players will also receive a Brewers bobblehead after the parade!

Little League Night is a great fundraiser for our league: half the price of each ticket is donated to VLL. Recruit as many fans as you can!

Download the order form below. Orders and money must be turned in at the Complex by June 12 or mailed to Gary Nilles by that date (see form for details). Teams that would like to sit together can turn in orders together. Our VLL tickets are all in one section of the stadium.

You can add a comfy motor coach bus ride to and from Miller Park for only $15 per seat! Buses leave from the Complex parking lot and will arrive early enough for players to participate in the pre-game parade.

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Team Photo Schedule

Here is this year’s schedule for team photos. They will be taken by Empire Photography in the green space between 5th Quarter and Lund. The times below are when teams will begin taking photos. Players should arrive early and in full uniform for the team picture. Families have the option to purchase team and/or individual pictures.

Changes from the original schedule are in RED.

Monday, May 18

4:45 p.m. – Major Pirates and Major DiamondBacks
5:00 p.m. – Major Tigers and Major Brewers
5:15 p.m. – Rookie Mets and Rookie Giants
5:30 p.m. – Junior Green and Junior Orange
6:30 p.m. – Major Giants and Major Orioles
6:45 p.m. – Major Cardinals and Major Royals
7:00 p.m. – Junior Blue and Junior Red

Thursday, May 21

5:00 p.m. – Intermediate Orioles and Intermediate Nationals
5:15 p.m. – Junior Black
6:30 p.m. – Intermediate Royals

Tuesday, May 26 – Rained out

5:00 p.m. – Minor Angels and Minor Rockies
5:15 p.m. – Minor Brewers and Minor Giants
6:30 p.m. – Minor Mets and Minor Royals
6:45 p.m. – Minor Athletics and Minor DiamondBacks
7:00 p.m. – Minor Astros and Minor Rangers

Wednesday, May 27

5:00 p.m. – Rookie DiamondBacks and Rookie Marlins
5:15 p.m. – Rookie Brewers and Rookie Reds
5:30 p.m. – Rookie Padres and Rookie Orioles

Thursday, May 28

5:00 p.m. – Rookie Dodgers and Rookie Athletics
5:15 p.m. – Rookie Blue Jays and Intermediate Athletics
6:30 p.m. – Intermediate Brewers

Tuesday, June 9

5:00 p.m. – Minor Royals and Minor Giants
5:15 p.m. – Minor Rockies and Minor Athletics
6:30 p.m. – Minor Mets and Minor Astros
6:45 p.m. – Minor Angels and Minor Brewers
7:00 p.m. – Minor Rangers and Minor Diamondbacks

U.S. Cellular Community Coaches Award – June 28th Deadline

VLL parents, please consider nominating a coach that you believe best exemplifies the spirit of giving back to their communities. The deadline for nomination is Sunday, June 28th.

U.S. Cellular will give the U.S. Cellular Community Coaches Award to Wisconsin youth baseball coaches. Each participating league will choose one coach to receive the award with each winning coach receiving two suite tickets to a Brewers game where they will be recognized in-game for their exemplary commitment to coaching youth baseball players in their community.

Opening Day

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Opening Day festivities start at 11:00 am, this Saturday, April 25!

No matter when your team plays, come be a part of the celebration and help us kick off the season.

Opening Day Ceremony

To celebrate the start of our season, teams will be introduced and assemble on Lund field at 11:00 am.

Players

Players should dress in their team uniforms and arrive by 10:15 am to find their coaches and teammates. Teams will line up in order around the Complex building between 10:30 and 10:45 am.

Parking

Our parking lot will be extremely full with several games starting early Saturday morning.

If you live close by, the weather is not bad for biking or walking. Remember that the Military Ridge Trail is right behind the Complex. If you drive, other nearby parking will be less crowded, including:

  • Hometown Circle, the street in front of Farm & Fleet
  • Community Fields, the lot between Eagles Nest and Stampfl Field

Please use the crosswalk at the light if you park on Hometown Circle and need to cross Verona Avenue. Walking paths connect the VLL Complex and the lot at Community Fields. Please avoid parking in the lots of our neighboring businesses for VLL Opening Day or games.

NOTE
Old PB and Maple Grove Rd. are closed at Verona Ave. through late May due to construction. Cross Country Rd. to Enterprise Dr. from the north or Whalen to Main St./M from the south are good alternatives. The Park & Ride at Old PB and Verona Ave. is also closed and is not an option for extra parking this year.

Raffle Tickets

Calendar Raffle tickets will be sold before the Opening Day ceremony at 11am. Anyone who has paid for raffle tickets but not yet picked them up and filled out the stubs should complete them and turn them back in before the ceremony.

To be eligible for the Opening Day $500 drawing, all raffle tickets must be purchased and stubs returned by NOON, Saturday.

Call For Umpires

We are now accepting umpire applications for the 2015 season.

Fill out and submit the on-line application by Monday, April 13. Training sessions will be held on Tuesday, April 14, and Thursday, April 16, at 6 pm at the VLL Complex. All prospective umpires must attend one of these sessions before being scheduled for games. Umpires need to be 12 or older as of April 1, 2015.

NOTE: Due to game conflicts, we have added a special training session for high-school baseball players who would like to ump this year. This session will start at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 14. We are aware that Freshmen will be traveling back from Janesville that evening. Please attend as much as you can. If you have already registered and would like to attend this session, please e-mail Heith Dey (vllumpire@gmail.com).

If you are a first-year umpire and need all new equipment or are a returning umpire and need to replace equipment, please bring money to the clinic for purchase. The cost is $9.00 for an Umpire shirt, $3.00 for a clicker, and $3.00 for a broom. However, new umpires receive a $10 credit, so you will only need $5 cash to purchase all of your equipment. Returning umpires receive a $6 credit for whatever replacement equipment is needed.

Please share this info with anyone who may be interested in umpiring for VLL this year. Playing in the league is not a requirement.

Thanks to Heith Dey, who is taking on our Umpire-in-Chief position this year. If you have questions about umpiring this season, please e-mail him at vllumpire@gmail.com.

Become a Team Sponsor

Update (3/18): All team sponsor spots have been filled for 2015. Thank you, sponsors! If you are still interested in sponsoring VLL this year, consider becoming a field sponsor. Contact Troy Mitchell (troy.mitchell@associatedbank.com) for details. Jim can also add a business in queue for team sponsoring next year if we have openings.

With increased participation this year, VLL has a few more teams than last year. We are looking for a couple more sponsors! Team sponsors have their logo printed on the back of a team’s jersey and are matched to the team of a sponsor’s player whenever possible. Sponsors are also recognized with an entry our website containing business details and a logo (which also appears occasionally on our home page).

The rates for sponsoring a team are:

  • $350 for one year
  • $650 for two years
  • $900 for three years

If you are interested in sponsoring a team, please contact Jim Kawecki (jim@mybrandedimage.com) as soon as possible. Drafts are quickly approaching when teams will be determined.

VLL Day at Dick’s Sporting Goods

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As in years past, Dick’s Sporting Goods is providing special coupons for VLL families when purchasing this season’s gear. Grab them here! These deals are good all the way through August.

This year there is a one-day, extra-special deal. On Saturday, April 18, from 11am to 4pm, the West Towne DSG will be giving a 20% discount to all VLL participants on most store items (see coupon for details).

To take advantage of this offer, simply print out the flier attached below, stock up for the season, and present your coupon on check-out!

2015 Apparel & Equipment

Spirit Wear

2015 VLL logo apparel is available for order at this special online store. The deadline for ordering is Sunday, March 22. Spirit apparel will ship directly to you a few weeks after this deadline and should arrive by Opening Day. See the flier below for details.

Baseball Equipment

This year, we also offer discounted shoes, apparel, and other baseball accessories. You can place an order for these items by phone through April 16. They will ship directly to you within a few days. Ordering details and our special discount code are on the top of the flier below.

If you have any questions about the items or ordering process, please contact our Eastbay representative: David Burgenske (david.burgenske@eastbay.com).

Skills Assessment

Skills Assessment for all players will be held at the Badger Ridge Middle School (BRMS) Gym from 11 am to 4:30 pm this coming Sunday, March 8.

You should receive an e-mail this week detailing the exact assessment time assigned to your player.

Daylight Savings begins on Sunday. Don’t forget to move your clocks forward one hour that morning to avoid missing your player’s assessment time slot!

Why Assessments are Important

The Skills Assessment is not a tryout.

All players registered by the March 1 deadline are guaranteed placement on a team.

During assessments, coaches evaluate players’ current baseball skills at a series of stations. This process gives each division a chance to create more balanced teams during their draft. Teams are chosen using knowledge of all players, with the help of observations made at assessments.

Simply encourage your player to come to the assessment and put forth the same effort that he/she would in a game during the season.

What to Expect

You should receive an e-mail this week with the exact assessment time slot for your player.

Please show up at BRMS a few minutes before your time slot to check in at the information tables. An assessment lasts about 30-45 minutes.

Players will be running, hitting, catching, and throwing. They should have comfortable athletic clothing, clean gym shoes (NO CLEATS), and a glove. They are welcome to bring a bat, although it is not required. There will be an assortment of bats provided in the gym. Players will NOT need batting helmets, catcher’s gear, or any other special equipment.

Parents are not allowed in the gym during assessments. We will have coaches there to help guide younger players from station to station.

Assessment Extras

Here are some other items for parents to focus on at assessments:

Concessions Signup

Revenue from our concession stand is a major source of income for the league. Healthy sales help keep our registration fees from increasing and our fields looking great. To keep operating costs to a minimum, families are required to volunteer two hours per player. If you would like to reserve a volunteer shift before assessments, visit the concessions volunteering page. Otherwise, we will help you reserve a spot on Sunday.

Filling another key VLL position (coach, team parent, board member, etc.) satisfies this volunteering requirement, too. Families may also buy-out of volunteering at $75 per player. However, your time is valued far beyond this amount!

Raffle Tickets

Every family will receive five calendar raffle tickets, which were paid for along with registration fees. You can fill out these five and turn them in immediately at assessments. If you would like to sell them to family and friends, they can be turned in at the VLL Complex (when open) any time before Opening Day. Additional raffle cards will also be available to purchase for $10 each while supplies last. There will be one winning entry drawn every day during the season. A winning card goes right back into the drawing, giving you another chance to win. More than $6,000 will be raffled off throughout the season. Winners will be posted on the Calendar Raffle page.

Apparel & Gear

Browse samples of the 2015 VLL custom-branded apparel before placing your order at our online store this year. The deadline for ordering is Sunday, March 22nd. Spirit apparel will ship directly to you.

This year, we also offer discounted shoes, apparel, and other baseball accessories. You can place an order for these non-branded items by phone whenever convenient. They will ship directly to you within a few days. A representative from Eastbay will be available during assessments with samples and ordering details.

Volunteering

Assessments are a great time to hit up a VLL board member with all your questions about volunteering. There will be several current and past members around who can provide details about positions that help keep our league running. We have a number of board positions that are still open this year and more that will be open next season. Find out about upcoming meetings and where we need the most help this year!

Coaches Clinics

All coaches must attend at least one of the clinics run by Wildcat Head Coach Brad D’Orazio. Two session are offered on Sunday, March 29 at the Verona Indoor Hitting Facility, just behind the stands at Stampfl Field.

  • 3:00 pm: Intro to baseball coaching and fundamentals. Recommended for Rookies and any new coaches.
  • 4:15 pm: General coaching and skill-building for youth players.

Each one-hour session also contains safety training, which is required for all coaches by Little League International. You can attend both of these sessions.

Other area clinics are also being offered this year.

  • March 23, 6:30pm-8:00pm: UW Health Sports Medicine. Learn how to teach good pitching mechanics, optimize warm-ups, and learn throwing progressions. Free, but space is limited. Please register in advance.
    Location: UW Health – Research Park Clinic (Science Drive), Rm 1111A
  • April 9, 5:30-9:30 pm: Edgewood College. Learn skill-building techniques and how to deal with on-field injuries and emergencies. Led by head coach Al Brisack. Cost covered by VLL.
    Location: Edgewood College – Todd Wehr Edgedome.

The Edgewood clinic is highly recommended to new coaches or anyone who has not attended this clinic before. Eagles head coach Al Brisack demonstrates a wide array of great drills and practice techniques. Simply sign-in when arriving, note your VLL affiliation, and the league will cover the fee.

2015 Season

It’s time to kick off the 2015 season! Please download this year’s newsletter below and read it carefully. There are a number of changes from last year, including a brand new 50/70 Intermediate division to help bridge the step up from Majors to Juniors.

Our new on-line registration is now open! You can register several players in the same family with one pass through the form. Please consider signing up for volunteer roles in the league. Indicate an area of interest by putting a parent/guardian name in one of the fields.

Prospective coaches need to:

  1. Complete the on-line application.
  2. Download and fill out the Little League Volunteer Application (new or returning) and the Coach Code of Conduct on the handouts page.
  3. Attend the mandatory Prospective Coaches Meeting on February 18, 7pm at the American Legion Hall.

You can bring the forms to the Coaches Meeting or e-mail them to vllpresident@gmail.com.

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2015 Season

It’s time to kick off the 2015 season! Please download this year’s newsletter below and read it carefully. There are a number of changes from last year, including a brand new 50/70 Intermediate division to help bridge the step up from Majors to Juniors.

Our new on-line registration will open Sunday, February 1.

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Coaches

Prospective coaches need to fill out and submit the on-line Coaching Application (available soon). Then download, read, fill out, and submit the following two forms:

  1. Coach Code of Conduct
  2. One of the Volunteer Background Check forms.
    If you coached for us last year, you can fill out the “Returning” form this year.

Bring these forms to the mandatory Coaches Meeting on Wednesday February 18 or e-mail them to vllpresident@gmail.com. If this is your first year coaching, we will also need to make a copy of your driver’s license (or other government-issued photo ID, e.g., passport, etc.) at the coaches meeting.

2015 Season Changes

This past month, the Verona Little League Board and other volunteers have been meeting almost weekly to improve our league, increase the opportunities available to the players, and implement a wide range of improvements. We would ask that you read through the following information carefully.

2015 Regular Season

The 2015 VLL Regular Season will have a bit of a different look. We anticipate that Opening Day will be onSaturday, April 25th, but there may be games during the week of April 20th as well.

For Rookies, there will be approximately two games a week thru mid-June and a double elimination playoff tournament to end the season before the beginning of July. With volunteer support like we had this year, we hope to offer an Extended Season for Rookies through the month of July.

For all other leagues, we will extend the season a bit longer, ending with a double-elimination tournament that finishes sometime between July 13th and 17th. These leagues will have several weeks during the regular season where there is only one game scheduled with the weekend completely free.

This change in scheduling will allow coaches more time to practice and develop their players after games begin. It will also give families longer stretches of free time during our season. And, it allows us to implement something completely new: a mid-season, pool-play tournament for each league on varying weekends. As a result, every team from Minors through Juniors will have the opportunity to experience a weekend-style tournament in addition to our usual end-of-season tournament.

Off-season Training & Tournament Teams

For many years now, Verona Little League has had a premier facility. It is widely recognized as one of the best in the Midwest. We continue to make improvements, and we have worked to have the best access to the nearby Indoor Hitting Facility behind Stampfl Field. The combination of these facilities gives us the ability to offer a more year-round program for those interested in playing more baseball.

Last season was a trial effort at implementing such a plan. This year, the plan has taken shape. As such, we will be holding assessments in September at the VLL Complex for those interested in participating in Fall/Winter workouts and–in some cases–tournaments in early Spring. Some will also be invited to participate in the Verona Baseball School, run by some of the VAHS Baseball coaching staff.

These offerings are available to those players that are committed to playing Verona Little League in 2015 and are entering 4th through 8th grade. There will be a nominal cost associated with these offerings. We are still working to schedule specific dates for the assessments; notices on those dates will follow soon. There will be 2-3 different dates to make sure that everyone who wishes has the opportunity to attend one assessment session.

Participation in these off-season activities is not required in order to play on a VLL Tournament Team in the summer of 2015. Additional tryouts will be held for those players sometime in May.

Help Grow Verona Baseball

We will be electing many new members to the VLL Board in the next few weeks and would like to encourage people to get involved. A lot of what we offer in the Fall and Winter will depend on the number of volunteers we have to manage these activities. If you have any questions, you can email our President, Eric Buzza, at vllpresident@gmail.com or the Past President, Rob Hano, at rhano@aol.com.

2014 Regular Season Results

Congratulations to our 2014 End-of-Season Tournament champs! Thanks to all who came out to cheer all the teams on Wednesday. They gave us five exciting, close games, including perhaps the longest AAA game in VLL history–clocking in at nearly 3 hours!

Rookies: Marriage & Family Solutions Red Sox
Minors: No Fear Dentistry Yankees
AAA: TDS Telecom Orioles
Majors: Little Caesars Pizza Cubs
Juniors: Culvers of Verona Red

Our season league leaders also deserve special recognition!

Rookies: Ultimate Carpet Cleaning Yankees
Minors: Children’s Dental Center of Madison Mets
AAA: Construction Mgmt Solutions Athletics
Majors: Vital Signs Giants
Juniors: Culvers of Verona Red

Year after year, our Complex and Team Sponsors make VLL one of the best baseball opportunities in the area for all our players. Thank you for your continued generosity! Thanks to our players, parents, fans, and–especially–volunteers for a great season!

Allowed Bats for 2016

VLL follows Little League International’s legal bats rules. Visit their resource page for plenty of details about bat types as you think about shopping for the upcoming season.

Rookies, Minors, Majors, & Intermediate*
  • 33 inches in length or less
  • 2-1/4″ barrel diameter or less
  • labeled as BPF 1.15 or less, if non-wood

Any bat with an alloy barrel (including those with composite handles) with these characteristics is a legal bat in VLL.

Any bat with a composite barrel additionally must be on this list from Little League International. All-composite bats not on this list are not allowed.

* Little League International allows 2-5/8″ bats for the Intermediate division. However, our new Intermediate division is being played on Heartland (short outfield) this season. As a result, we require players to use the same bat as the Majors division for 2015.

Juniors
  • 34 inches in length or less
  • 2-5/8″ barrel diameter or less

Any bat with an alloy barrel (including those with composite handles) with these characteristics is a legal bat in VLL. Alloy bats are not restricted to -3 “drop” (weight – length).

Any bat with a composite barrel must be labeled BBCOR, which will also restrict the bat to -3 “drop” (weight – length).