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Confidence * Leadership * Sportsmanship * Character
The second half of the little league season is upon us. The Reds took the first half crown in Majors while the Marlins prevailed in Minor A. With the start of the second half, Minor B has player pitch, Tee Ball has coach pitch, and Majors has reverted to the traditional 9-man lineup.
Players will be voting for All-Stars this coming week at the Minor A, Major and Junior levels. All-Star teams will be announced on June 9th, our closing day. Closing day will also be a chance for all little league members to have their voices heard by voting for our 2019 Board of Directors. Nominations for the board can be made in person at the snack shack or by e-mail at LittleLeagueNCLL@gmail.com.
- John ten Bosch, President
Meet your Player Agents!
The player agents are the link between the managers and the NCLL board members. Each preseason our player agents conduct annual tryouts, help form divisions and verify age and residency for the players in each division. During the season they run the substitute player pool, help mediate disputes and act as your player's link to the Board of Directors.
Head Player Agent/Majors
Juniors/Intermediate Player Agent
Minor B/Minor A Player Agent
T-Ball/Farm Player Agent
NCLL Photo Contest
We want to see your best photos from around the fields! Please submit your favorite 3 photos via e-mail to: LittleLeagueNCLL@gmail.com
Contest ends 5/31/2018.
The winner will receive 4 tickets to the A's vs. Giants game on July 20th.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SNACK SHACK VOLUNTEERS!
First Half Standings
The first half of the season is in the books!
First half champs:
Minor A: Marlins
Juniors : White Sox
Standings will reset and the second half of the season may have a different winner in each division. In that case, the two teams will play a one-game playoff!
A big thank you to all the players and parents who took part in our annual fundraiser! We raised $14,894 of our $15,000 goal. The player who raised the most money wins an iPad and will be announced at the closing day ceremony.
Mark your calendars for the District 14 All Star Tournaments! Many games will be played at our NCLL fields for 8/9/10 All Stars and Junior All Stars (These may or may not include our All Star Teams). Teams from all over Fremont and Newark will play beginning 6/24 thru 7/3.
More specific dates and time to follow.
The NCLL board is very pleased to announce we have been chosen to host the 2018 CA Section 3 8/9/10 All-Star Tournament! It will take place July 12th - July 18th at our very own NCLL fields.
This will include the winning team from the following four little league districts: District 14 : Fremont/Newark District 57 : San Ramon Valley/Livermore Valley/Dublin/Pleasanton area. (580/680 corridor) District 45 : Towns centered around Hayward, including San Leandro, Castro Valley/Union City District 52: Peninsula, Pacifica south through Palo Alto.
The winner of this tournament advances to the 2018 NOR CA State Tournament.
The Savannah Bananas, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Asheville Tourists, Florida Fire Frogs, Montgomery Biscuits and New Orleans Baby Cakes are all names of real minor league baseball teams!
As you may have heard, a specific bat has been decertified by USA BatStandard.
Which bat: Easton Ghost X, 30” -10 USA Baseball bat (model #’s YBB18GX10 30/20 & LL18GHX 30/20 Japan model)
Please check the length and model number if you purchased an Easton Ghost X bat!
If your model number matches, you can return it to Easton! They will provide you a pre-paid mailing label that you can use to return your bat. Upon receipt or your bat, Easton will send you via email a one-time use electronic voucher with a value up to $500 to compensate you for your bat and your inconvenience. The voucher can be used toward another Easton bat and/or any other products on Easton.com up to $500 before May 31, 2019.
To return your bat and receive your voucher through Easton:
Interview with : Reggie Torres, CA District 14 Administrator
"If you want to have a program, there has to be structure"
Q: What's your official title and how does the structure of Little League work?
A: I'm the District Administrator for California District 14. There are about 78 districts in California and hundreds of thousands across the United States. Then they're broken down into regions... Southwest, Southeast, Northwest, East. We are in the West and our headquarters are in San Bernadino, CA. Little League International headquarters are in Williamsport, Pennsylvana. There are over 80 countries worldwide. And we have softball too, which has been around for years but is new to District 14.
Q: How did you get started with NCLL? A: I was retiring from coaching up in San Leandro where I'd coached for many years. And my nephew and also my niece lived over here near the fields and their manager was moving on and they asked if I would coach my great-nephews and I said sure. They were in Majors, that was around 1980. I went on to coach seniors here, jumping from team to team. I liked coaching seniors, it was more like [Major League] baseball.
Q: What made you decide to move up into the District 14 management level? A: Well, the fields used to be over at Hacienda school [Near Rock Ave. on Plumeria Way in Niles, now a preschool] and we moved from there to here. We put in a lot of time here to build these fields. There were trees and a creek here. The league worked together. In fact, Tony Shivers owned PABCO Gypsum out of Newark and he donated all the materials of the Snack Shack, so I honored him with the name "Shiver's Shack".
So the president of NCLL at the time was also a Babe Ruth coach, a competing program, and he used to recruit for them. So I challenged him and he resigned... And the board looked at me and said "Ok, big mouth. We need a president. I guess you just volunteered." (laughs) And I said I'd do it. We built the program. Wally was a big help. A lot of people. We laid the framework with our rules and regulations, our bylaws and we built structure. If you want to have a program, there has to be structure.
And when I went to me first president's meeting and heard "Oh, Niles is here?" We were with District 57 at the time over the hill in Pleasanton, there were at least 20 or 25 district administrators and board members there, it was a big district. And I had to acknowledge that we were finally showing up and I said to myself "That'll never happen again." And I'm proud to say, District 14 is highly thought of in the Western region. I've hosted and co-hosted several California state [little league] meetings. I'm on the tournament committee for the Western Region, which includes 11 states. I have a great relationship with the Western Region and I'm proud to say I've know and been friends with the president of Little League Baseball for close to 17 years. He's amazing. In 2009 Niles-Centerville was in the Senior League World Series [they finished second, the "runner-up"] and I traveled back to Maine with them. He saw me in the stands and said "What are you doing here?" and I said "That's my team!"
So, I was ready to retire again, I'd been coach, manager, president.. and it was time for me to move on, but the district administrator at that time wanted me to join their staff. He liked the way I handed the program at NCLL. And I thought "Well that's the only thing I haven't done, been on the district staff."
We were part of District 57, the Tri-valley, and they had a great program. I got my foundation from looking at them. I wasn't afraid to say "Oh, that guy's got a good idea, I'll use that" when I built this. That's how I learned. I was on staff there for many years and I wanted to retire again. But District 57 became so big, Little League wanted to split us up. So they asked me to be the District Administrator for the new District 14. And I said "Well, maybe I'll stick around for a while." (laughs) We started in 1993. I've been with District 14 since the beginning.
Q: How did you get started playing and coaching baseball as a kid? A: I used to play pick-up-ball with my neighbors. Then I was the assistant manager for a team with my neighbor and he had to retire out to take care of his ill son, and I took over. I had just turned 20.
I loved the game of baseball. I don't know if you've ever seen a movie where someone takes the neighborhood kids to a baseball game, well, we actually did that. His name was Mr. Bill Hale. In 1958, when the Giants moved to San Francisco, he would take 7 of us. He would take us in his car and we would make a day of it. He'd pay for the tickets and everything. We'd go to Golden Gate Park and we'd do Playland[-at-the-beach]. The Giants played in Seal Stadium. I was 11 years old.
I fell in love with the game. I started studying the game, reading about the game. I always had a glove with me and I was at the ball field. Luckily, I knew this guy Frank Grant, who grew up in Oakland with Vada Pinson, Frank Robinson, who went on to become a hall-of-famer, Willie Stargell, Donn Clendenon and Curt Flood. So many guys came out of the Oakland/Berkeley area. Frank Grant got involved in little league and he taught me what he learned from those guys. To observe the game and watch the whole field.
And I read a lot of books... by Earl Weaver, Fred Hutchinson.. all these old managers, and the books taught me a lot.
Q: What are a few of your favorite snack shack item from around the District 14 little league parks?
A: Mission San Jose has a pulled pork that is pretty good. And Centerville-National has fries. And the nachos here... [Early Auxiliary Manager] Sandy Ramirez said "I'm going to turn this into a place to eat". In my opinion, this is the best overall snack bar.
Q: What is your favorite baseball team? A: Of course, the San Francisco Giants. The first game I saw was the San Francisco Giants vs. the Dodgers, because they had both just moved to Los Angeles from New York. They carried the rivalry from there to here. I think the box seats were about a dollar and a half. I owe a lot of all this to Mr. Hale. He's the one who pushed me into baseball.
Saturday May 12th, 2018 - San Jose Giants NCLL little league night (& Star Wars night) 5:00pm @ Municipal Stadium, 588 East Alma Avenue, San Jose, CA 95112 May 26th - 28th, 2018- Memorial Day Weekend (no games) Saturday June 9th, 2018 - Closing Day
President - John ten Bosch Vice President of Operations - Tracy de Jong Vice President of Facilities - Jim Nelson Vice President of Coaching - Paul Arias Secretary - Marcelle Kozocas Treasurer - Mike Tostado Snack Shack - Wally Grivois/Elaina ten Bosch Auxiliary - Elaina ten Bosch Safety Officer- Laurie A. Umpire in Chief - Jeanine Debacker Player Agent - Juniors & 50/70 - Joe Kozocas Player Agent - T-Ball/Farm - Chris Davis Player Agent - Majors - Terri Beccaria Player Agent - Minors - Julio Amaya Equipment - Joel Obie IT - Jason Letke Scorekeeping - Joe O'Brien Field Manager - Wally Grivois Newsletter - Sara Karrick