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Confidence * Leadership * Sportsmanship * Character
Opening Day 2108 is almost here! We hope everyone is as excited as we are for the upcoming season. It's been great to see the players practicing at the fields, but once the games start our NCLL community really comes to life. Don't miss the Opening Day Ceremony at 9am on March 17th. Players should arrive for lineup at 8:30am. Thank you to all the volunteers who work so hard to make this league run.
Be sure to check out the interview with our favorite volunteer and long-time league member Wall Grivois in this newsletter!
- John ten Bosch, President
NEW GIRLS SOFTBALL LEAGUE IN FREMONT/NEWARK!
Did you know there's a new girls softball league in town?
Now is the time to sign-up and register to play Little League Softball with Fremont Newark Little League Girls Softball!
In Little League Softball and Baseball, EVERY player plays EVERY game - that's what makes it great. This builds confidence, skills and COMMUNITY.
Tee-Ball for girls 5 through 6
Minors for girls 6 through 10
Majors for girls 9 through 12
Juniors for girls 13 through 14
Seniors for girls 14 through 16
Practices and games will take place throughout Fremont and Newark and this league will incorporate girls living in all areas of Fremont and Newark.
Please use the link below to find more information. Sign-ups are currently OPEN and season dates have been announced:
You may notice a few new items around the field and snack shack this year!
-New Ice machine
-Repairs to the Major field backstop
--T-Ball players ONLY may use bats from last year.
--Junior players bats are certified by BBCOR. (BBCOR stands for “Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution.” This standard regulates how much energy is lost during the bat’s contact with the baseball. It's also the standard currently governing adult baseball bats used in High School and Collegiate play)
SI PLAY APP
Are you using the SI Play app? We are! You'll find your team schedule as well as other important NCLL dates.
Find more information here, or search "SI Play" in the app store. Use the same login information you use to access the NCLL website.
MLB Spring Training has begun! Opening day for the Major League Baseball season is March 29th, 2018. This date is the earliest opening day ever and all teams will play on opening day for the first time since 1968!
If it's baseball season, it must be time for hotdogs, burgers, pretzels, seeds, candy and much, much more! The ICEE machine is gone, but the nachos are still loaded!
Thanks in advance to those who spend that extra time to make the snack shack a great place!
The Shack is always looking for a few extra hands, especially on Saturdays.
NCLL thanks everyone for supporting the league through the Snack Shack. Please remember, when you are done with your snack and drinks, put your trash in the garbage cans and your bottles/cans in the recycling containers.
THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped on Field Work Day!
Interview with : Wally Grivois
"It's Just My Way Of Giving Back"
Q: How did you get started with NCLL?
A: I got started with NCLL in 1986. My son was playing and he started out in T-ball and worked his way up. So I just kinda helped out until he reached Minors and then I coached that team for a couple of years. In fact, Johnny Holinghous was on my team, he was 9 or 10. And then I became real good friends with Reggie Torres, he was the president and I was the vice president back then of Niles Centerville Little League. He coached the Major Braves team and when he decided he just wanted to be president, I took over that team in 1989.
I did one more year and then I got a job where I had to work swing shift, so that pretty much took care of my little leage career at that point. I had to stop coaching. Which was hard, because when I come down here, Reggie and the group here was a fun group. We went fishing together and we had a softball team where we’d play other places. It was really a lot of fun. So, I would come down and they would say “Hey Wally? Do know where this is? Or “Hey Wally? Can you do this…” But I couldn’t because I worked swing shift. So then it got to a point where I would sit out here with my binoculars and watch the game so I could still keep an eye the kids… but they couldn’t see it. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to help, my job just didn’t permit it.
So I was on hiatus for a long time until my daughter moved back. My wife Robin and I have always lived here but my daughter lived in Las Vegas. They decided to come live with us for a while and then when their kids started little league, I noticed that whoever was taking care of things either retired or just wasn’t physically able to do it, so then I just started doing [the fields] around 2010-2011. My grandson Tyler was playing.
So that’s when it all started back up again and it was just my way of giving back. I was retired since NUMI had shut down. So I needed something to do, and I had people telling me “you could volunteer here… you could volunteer there,” but it wasn’t as satisfying as this. This is really, really satisfying. Just relating with the children. I enjoy them saying “Hey Coach Wally! How’re you doing?” I coached with my son-in-law for a couple of years and then last year I retired from that. It took a lot of energy to control the dugout. I can still do the rest of it. And I could help with the snack shack. Which is just as much fun. I see more people when I’m in the snack shack than I do when I’m out here on my lawnmower.
Q: What’s something that people don’t realize about being the field manager?
A: [Riding] My lawnmower is a trip to Bakersfield and back. It takes me about four or four and a half hours to mow the fields. So I call it a trip to Bakersfield. And next week I’ll come back from Bakersfield. (smiles) During the summertime, to keep it nice, I almost have to do it twice a week. In the off-season, once and week. And during the winter I luck out and only have to mow every couple weeks. So sometimes I look forward to winter. (laughing)
Q: Regarding the history of NCLL, why is the Minor league field called “Jacob’s Field”?
A: It’s named after Moira Jacobs. She was the president for many years and they decided they wanted to honor her for all the hard work so they did the scoreboard for her.
And there’s so many people that you could honor, it’s incredible.
Q: When did you start playing baseball?
A: I actually started coaching when I was 13. My dad was stationed on Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento. I played Little league through the major division but the bus ride to play Seniors was way too far for me to go so I joined up with another GI guy and I said I’d like to coach! So I coached with him and it was the Minor Giants. I was 13.
I loved baseball. My brother and I were just baseball, baseball, baseball, all the time. My dad was in the Air Force so we traveled. And he just happened to be stationed at Mather Air Force Base for the little league years, which was nice because you could go all the way thru the system without having to worry about being transferred. And then he got transferred when I was a Sophomore and moved to Heidelberg, Germany. I played over there for a little while on the Air Force Base Senior league team.
Then I got drafted in 1970 into the Army and I was a military policeman. So graduated High School in Germany, came back to the US and then when I got drafted and went right back to Heidelberg, Germany! (laughs) And then when I came home from the service, I needed something to do so my mother contacted my younger brother... he’s 14 years younger and was playing at the time. So in 1973 I started coaching my younger brother in his little league. And my other brother and I coached him until he got out of Seniors. So there are a couple places I’ve coached or managed.
Q: How has NCLL changed over the years you’ve been involved?
Well, one of the main things that has changed is everyone has busier lives now. There’s so many things for the kids to do…kids have soccer, basketball... Back in the ‘80s, you didn’t have all the travel ball.
Also, I think you have to have a lot more donations and money to run a league now. Before, they used the same jersey over and over again every year. If you were the Giants, jerseys got turned in and handed out again. Insurance is a lot more and the cost of products for the snack shack is a lot more. So the registration fee used to be lower.
Now, when I managed, it was just me and the coach, maybe one more guy. You were on your own. It’s nice to come out here and see a team with 4 of 5 dads and moms helping. Parents want to help out, they’re out here lining the fields and everyone is sharing the responsibility.
And people always say “Wally, you do such a beautiful job on the fields.” It’s not just me. It’s the gopher guy, and the guy who comes by and sprays the weeds once in a while, and the sprinkler guy. There's someone who mows the Junior diamond. There’s a lot of people involved out here. District 14 provides a team of people. But the key to that is showing our appreciation for what they do. And trust me, if you do that, they will come back. I say, “I just want to tell you that the kids and I and the community appreciate you getting rid of these gophers.” Then it’s not just another job for them.
Q: What are some of your other hobbies?
A: That’s a tough one. I try to dabble in a little bit of everything. I’m pretty much a homebody. So whatever hobbies I have deal with what I need done around my home. And I’m the oldest of six children, 2 brothers and 3 sisters, and we take care of my mom, she’s 85.
Actually, my hobby is my grandkids. And trying to keep my wife happy. (laughs) Which isn’t hard, she’s a perfect match for me.
Q: What are you favorite foods?
A: It’s funny, because, being raised in the military, you never complained about anything that your mom put in front of you at dinner time. And because, back in the 1960s, the servicemen didn’t make a lot of money to feed 6 kids and 2 adults. So, silly as it may seem, one of my favorite dinners is rice, brown gravy, hamburger and corn. Simple as can be.
And, I like Ice Cream. Our freezer always has Ice Cream. It could be Snicker Ice Cream, Dove bars, vanilla with hot fudge… but I like Ice Cream.
Q: So it’s been almost your whole life that you’ve been around baseball?
A: One way or another, yah. When we lived at Mather [Air Force Base], I had a lawn mowing route. I got a dollar a lawn. And my first purchase was a transistor radio so I could listen to the Giants games. My second purchase was a brand new lawn mower! (laughs) And I’d lay there and listen to Lon Simmons and Russ Hodges. I’ve always been a Giants fan. It’s going to be hard this year being a Dodger! My granddaughter McKenna is on the Major Dodgers this year. And I told my granddaughter “When you see my in that Dodger jersey and Dodger hat, It’s going to be a testament of my love for you.”
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 - Scorekeepers Clinic: 6:00pm - Farm and Minor B
Friday, March 9, 2018 – Sunday, March 11, 2018: 2018 Little League Western Region Outreach Umpire Clinic (3-Day Advanced Umpire Mechanics)
March 17, 2018 - Opening Day
April 15th, 2018 - Pictures/Hit-A-Thon
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/Auxiliary - Elaina ten Bosch Safety Officer- Laurie A. Umpire in Chief - Jeanine Debacker Player Agent - Juniors & 50/70 - Joe Kozocas 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