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Bennett's Creek Little League - - ID# 03460611

Bennett's Creek Little League - - ID# 03460611

President's Corner

Fall 2019 closeout and upcoming spring 2020 season


BCLL Family,

I would like to introduce myself as the newest elected President of Bennett’s Creek Little League.  My name is Mark Grob and I have been with BCLL for over eight years as a coach/manager, and a Board of Directors member for over 4 years.  I was the Safety Officer and recent Commissioner of Baseball.  I am truly honored and humble to be representing BCLL as your President with an outstanding talent pool of board members (most of them new), to take our league onto the next level. 

We had a great 2019 fall season with our Softball Divisions (Jr/Sr, Majors and Minors) outscoring our competitors.  Our Lady Softball teams were incredible this past season and their development from start to finish was unparalleled!  From the pitching development in the minors, up to the increased development in the Majors and continued advanced skill-sets in the Jr/Sr division, our lady SB teams were the pinnacle of what makes Bennett’s Creek so great.  My hats off to all that had a part in our Softball teams to make us proud!

The 2019 fall Baseball T-Ball, Coach/Pitch, Minors and Majors had a great development season across all spectrums.  Our T-ball division enjoyed the everlasting game of play by learning the basic skill-set of baseball, sportsmanship and teamwork.  I remember those days coaching down there with my son on a team some eight years ago.  It was indeed the most rewarding division.  Our Coach/Pitch Coaches did an exceptional job teaching the advanced skills of batting and fielding with our 6-8 year olds.  This is truly of division of development and fundamentals of baseball (and future softball).  Our BB Minors teams represents the fine skill-sets of batting, fielding, base running and now pitching.  I humbly say that we here at BCLL are light years ahead of most of our district counterparts during interleague play.  Our Coaches did an incredible job in this hardest division of development.  Finally, our BB Majors teams did awesome representing our colors with interleague play with winning records (I would be remised to state that I was one of those proud Managers).  Our players were top-notched from the one just starting to learn the game to our seasonal all-stars.  The best of the best is here and is only going to get better!

The upcoming 2020 spring season anticipation is to see an increased amount of teams in all divisions.  I also am proud to say that our BCLL Challenger league will be back and better than ever and has grown to potentially two teams, with the plan of inter-leaguing within our district (at the convenience of all). 

Our vision is simple:

1.   The safety of or players and coaches is number one priority. 

      o   That is the level of play, development, equipment and field conditions.

2.   Ensure everyone (players, coaches, parents and friends of BCLL) is having fun!

      o   Regardless of team records (wins or losses), and/or the player’s ability, are they having fun?  Do they enjoy (with their supporting family cast) softball/baseball and playing the American’s pastime sport?  Our goal is they are and come back for more.  We welcome old and new BCLL family members.   We cherish all that play here and love to see their smiles when they get a hit, grab a ball fielding or just run into victory!

3.   Player’s Development.

       o   Our players will be safe and have fun if they learn a little each practice, game and season.  It does not happen overnight, however, with the proper training to our coaches and assistants towards our players, you will see the difference over a single season.  I can promise you that!

4.   Win!

       o   Bennett’s Creek Little League is an approved little league charter under VA-District 6, within the SE Region of the United States.  We have enjoyed the benefits of championship banners over our 52-year tenure in Suffolk.  Both Softball and Baseball have gone onto winning  numerous district titles and represented the 757 in state level competition.  I am certain that with the visions mentioned prior, we will someday be in a little league world series.  Rome was not built in a day and it takes the dedication of our staff, family and our community (through fund-raising and donations) to achieve such goal.  Help us win!  

As mentioned, this year marks 52nd year for BCLL. Little League has provided communities around the world the opportunity for families to connect and for children to come together in a healthy, safe environment to learn the values of team sports and the fundamentals of baseball and softball.

I would like to personally thank the Board of Directors, Coaches, and all the volunteers for their overarching commitments. These individuals give a lot of their time for the sole benefit of our children. Without them, we could not operate.  With that said, we are always looking for volunteers (at all ages – HS credit towards graduation requirements).  If you are interested in coaching, facilitating, assisting with our growth and development (business and on field-player’s skills), please contact us from our website email information.

Here is our growth goals for BCLL:

Here are some new items we are looking into for the next calendar (Spring/Fall 2020 season) year:

Intermediate League (Baseball)

       o   This bridges the gap from BB Majors to BB Juniors.  It includes players from ages 11-13, with the mindset of moving our talented BB Minors players up to BB Majors to instill the realism of baseball and the playing rules.  It also allocates BB Majors players (9-12) to also play (double) in the BB Intermediate league (if so desired) to enhanced development on a 50/70 field of play (50 feet from the pitcher’s mound to the plate and 70 feet from base to base) vice the standard Minor/Major 40/60.  It also trains new 13-year-old Majors alumnae to see a larger playing field to prepare for the 60/90 scope of play in the Junior/Senior Model.  We, along with three other District 6 leagues are finalizing a plan to execute a charter for the 2020 season to make this happen.  More to follow on the final steps as we warp-up our planning/steering committee on this topic.

Field improvements

       o   Our fields take a beating during the rainy season and the winter months.  We are actively perusing advanced methods on fieldmaintenance (corrective and preventive) to produce an outcome that will have our fields in the best condition ever.

Recruitment

       o   Bennett’s Creek Little League covers the jurisdiction (boundary lines) for the entire city of Suffolk, to include sections of Isle of Wight County (Smithfield) and surrounding areas (due to the lack of Little League sanctioned baseball in those areas).   BCLL geographic boundaries are twice that of the entire District 6 leagues combined.  With that said, we need to get the word out from the northern section of Suffolk to the NC border, to the western portions of 58 towards Franklin, over towards the downtown area.  BCLL proudly represents City of Suffolk and wants all those that live in this great city to know who we are, what we stand for and come join us!

Fund-raising/Donations

       o   In order to do everything mentioned, we need additional funding.  Bennett’s Creek Little League Softball and Baseball is a non-profit organization.  We already have proud sponsors (see our website) within our city, but need many more.  It takes additional funding to improve our fields, fix our score boards, repair our field lights, pay our bills (electric, insurance, umpires, etc.) and grow with those improvements.  Our growth will make us stronger with increased numbers at registration, player’s development, better and safe fielding conditions, our players and families enjoying such improvement (a happy player is always good) leading towards a developed all-round all- star Softball and Baseball player. 

Player’s and Coaching Clinics

       o  We develop players that go on to HS varsity teams and college scholarships.  BCLL has even matriculated some MLB players so we have the ability to continue that process.  As we head towards the winter months, we will be opening (for those that early register) player’s clinics at all divisions and levels in the art of:  batting, base-running/stealing, throwing, fielding and pitching.  To start, we need to train the trainers.  We will have coaching clinics throughout the year to better our BCLL volunteers in the art of Softball and Baseball.  Through outside organizations and within our own, we can achieve this objective starting in a few months to grow and develop all into champions! Let us continue that trend (and even grow on it)!

Here is our vision over the next five years:


More Fields:  As the city works the future concerning the Driver Elementary school and other potential recreational parks, we look forward to working with the city of Suffolk and other stakeholders in the development of more fields for our Softball and Baseball divisions.  This would include:

   o  Additional SB fields (2-3 more)

   o  Additional BB Minor/Majors fields (1-2 more)

   o  BB Intermediate 50/70 field

   o  BB Junior/Senior 60/90 field

Continue to increase our recruitment numbers by 50%.

Increase fundraising/Non-profit donation revenue by 70%.  

Win district titles and be a contender in the State Championships (SB/BB all qualifying divisions).

Win State title and head to the Little League World Series (SB/BB all qualifying divisions).

WIN LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!


If you ever have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you. My email address is [email protected].

Thank you again for your support and I look forward to another great year of season at BCLL!  See you on the fields! Play Ball!

Mark D. Grob

President

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