Ever since my son played Little League I've watched and attended many Little League World Series games and thought "Wouldn't it be something if a local team made it there". Well the "something" has finally happened...Loudoun South American Little League (LSLL), which is a member of our District, has not only gone to Williamsport but has already won two games. Their next game will be on Wed, 8/21 @ 7:30pm when they play Hawaii in the US Semifinals...the game will be televised on ESPN.
This is the first VA team to go to the LLWS since 1994 and the first Loudoun County team to ever go to the LLWS so let's show them our support!!!
By the way, Velocity Wings - Purcellville and Lovettsville are hosting an official watch party at their locations and will have the game on all TV’s with half priced wings during the game!! (No...ULLL is not benefiting from this announcement...just thought you would like to know)
To members of the LSLL team...keep up the good work and have fun!!!
On Monday August 12th, Western Loudoun lost one of its long time volunteers, Buddy Colby. Buddy was a 33 year veteran of the Purcellville Volunteer Fire Dept. He also spent many years volunteering and coaching his son Trevor through ULLL.
On top of all of that, Buddy was the go-to contact whenever ULLL needed something at Haske. Every spring he would coordinate the hanging of backstop nets, and then after fall he would do the same to bring them down. Buddy, on two separate occasions, brought out a crew of firefighters to either don or doff the tarp, so the kids had a chance to play.
Aerts "Buddy" Colby was a staple of our community, and a clear definition of community service.
Shown above is a photo from a tournament a couple years ago, where Buddy was asked to throw out the first pitch on the same field he grew up playing on and raised his son on.
While it is not a requirement we know that many parents purchase a bat for their child to use in practices and games. For that reason we want to let you know that Little League International (which includes Upper Loudoun Little League) has adopted the USA Baseball Bat Standard which will begin on January 1, 2018.
It is a warm spring evening, the grass has just been cut, and the clean smell of freshly raked earth permeates the air. The senses are on overtime.
There is a routine rhythm to putting on the equipment. The shin guards, the chest protector, check the mask, the shoes are polished. In the near distance you can hear the kids talking, the parents are filing in. The lights are warming up as the sun slowly falls to the western sky. It is almost time. Last minute talks with your partner and the walk to the field. The stomach churns, the mind races through the scenarios that may occur. The gate squeaks as you and your partner walk on the field. It is now yours.
The fans and players look to see you stride toward the dugout. Coaches watch as you inspect the equipment, players say “hey blue”. It is baseball, America’s pastime, and you are in charge. You hear the coaches yell last minute instructions to the players, the pop of ball hitting gloves as the defense warms up. “Coaches to the plate”. The plate conference, ground rules, lineup. Your partner heads to first; you pull the brush, clean the plate. Everything looks in place. The first batter walks nervously to the plate. You tap the catcher on the helmet-“you ready”, ”yes sir”,” batter you ready”, “yes sir”. You check with your partner, he gives you the sign. You look at the pitcher and tell him “Play ball”.
The game begins and you are the plate umpire. The game needs you and so do we. ULLL wants and needs umpires. Young men or women 13 or older are wanted to umpire Little League in western Loudoun. It is a great way to be a part of the game, have a good time and make a few dollars as well.
Upper Loudoun Little League is very proud of our officials, the young and not so young, that makes this game work so well. Training is provided in our preseason clinics, on and off the field. Some of the best adults in the area help you learn, most of who have been to state or regional playoffs, and some who have even gone to the Little League World Series. One of our recent rookies, Reid Joyner, completed Pro-Umpire School in Florida and is working his way up through the minors. We are quite proud of him. Join our ranks and be the next to start and possibly become a pro umpire-or just have a good time on a spring day.
If interested, please Email the Umpire in Chief, Jim Hill