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2014 Champions

Congratulations to the Reds and the Rangers for winning the 2014 Middlesex Little League Championships. And to the U9 team for their District victory!

Thank you and congratulations to all of the kids, coaches, team moms, league assistants, parents and volunteers for another great season of Middlesex Little League baseball!

 

District Schedule

2014 District 17 and Section 1 Middlesex Home Schedule and Field Responsibility (Print a PDF file here)

 

DATE DIVISION GAME TIME TEAMS WITH FIELD DUTY
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 8 YEAR OLD SOMERSET HILLS vs. MIDDLESEX 6:00 PM PIRATES - YANKEES
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 9 YEAR OLD SOMERSET HILLS vs. MIDDLESEX 8:15 PM PIRATES - YANKEES
FRIDAY, JUNE 20 8 YEAR OLD IF NEEDED CHAMPIONSHIP TBD BRAVES - RANGERS
SATURDAY, JUNE 21 10 YEAR OLD TEWKSBURY vs. MIDDLESEX 1:00 PM REDS - RANGERS
SATURDAY, JUNE 21 10 YEAR OLD PISCATAWAY vs. GREEN BROOK 3:00 PM REDS - RANGERS
SATURDAY, JUNE 21 9 YEAR OLD PISCATAWAY vs. MIDDLESEX 5:00 PM METS - ORIOLES
SATURDAY, JUNE 21 9 YEAR OLD GREEN BROOK vs. SOMERSET HILLS 7:00 PM METS - ANGELS
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 26 12 YEAR OLD MIDDLESEX vs. PISCATAWAY 6:00 PM CARDINALS - BLUE JAYS
THURSDAY, JUNE 26 12 YEAR OLD SOMERSET HILLS vs. BOUND BROOK 8:00 PM CARDINALS - ORIOLES
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 27 10 YEAR OLD PISCATAWAY vs. TEWKSBURY 6:00 PM PIRATES - ANGELS
FRIDAY, JUNE 27 10 YEAR OLD MIDDLESEX vs. SOMERSET HILLS 8:00 PM PHILLIES - DODGERS
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 28 9 YEAR OLD TBD TBD TBD
MONDAY, JUNE 30 9 YEAR OLD TBD TBD TBD
WEDNESDAY, JULY 2 9 YEAR OLD TBD TBD TBD
 
TUESDAY, JULY 8 12 YEAR OLD CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 7:00 PM GIANTS
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9 10 YEAR OLD CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 7:00 PM REDS - WHITE SOX
FRIDAY, JULY 11 10 YEAR OLD CHAMPIONSHIP GAME #2 (IF NEEDED) 7:00 PM DODGERS - ANGELS
 
THURSDAY, JULY 10 11 YEAR OLD MIDDLESEX vs. PISCATAWAY 6:00 PM BRAVES - YANKEES
THURSDAY, JULY 10 11 YEAR OLD SOMERSET HILLS vs. GREEN BROOK 8:00 PM BRAVES - ORIOLES
 
SUNDAY, JULY 13 11 YEAR OLD PISCATAWAY vs. GREEN BROOK 4:45 PM GIANTS - DODGERS
SUNDAY, JULY 13 11 YEAR OLD MIDDLESEX vs. SOMERSET HILLS 8:00 PM PHILLIES - WHITE SOX
 
THURSDAY, JULY 17 11 YEAR OLD FINALS GAME #1 5:45 PM METS - YANKEES
         
SECTIONALS AT MIDDLESEX - JULY 13 - JULY 18
SUNDAY, JULY 13 10 YEAR OLD GAME 1 12:00 PM REDS - CARDINALS
SUNDAY, JULY 13 10 YEAR OLD GAME 2 2:15 PM DODGERS - ORIOLES
MONDAY, JULY 14 10 YEAR OLD GAME 3 6:00 PM GIANTS - BLUE JAYS
MONDAY, JULY 14 10 YEAR OLD GAME 4 8:15 PM GIANTS - BLUE JAYS
TUESDAY, JULY 15 10 YEAR OLD GAME 5 6:00 PM PIRATES - GIANTS
TUESDAY, JULY 15 10 YEAR OLD GAME 6 8:15 PM BRAVES - WHITE SOX
WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 10 YEAR OLD GAME 7 7:00 PM METS - PHILLIES
THURSDAY, JUlY 17 10 YEAR OLD GAME 8 7:00 PM PHILLIES - ANGELS
FRIDAY, JULY 18 10 YEAR OLD GAME 9 7:00 PM CARDINALS - RANGERS

 

 

Field Responsibilities
 
Opening the Field
Arrive 1 Hour Prior To Game Time
Open All Field Gates
Paint Bases, Homeplate, and Pitching Rubber
Rake Out Low Spots by Bases and Mound
Rake Out Homeplate Area
Wet Infield Mix
Spray Paint Bases, Line the Batters Boxes, Foul Lines and 1st Base Side Runners Lane
At Dusk - Turn On Field Lights
Keep the official pitch count for the affidavit* - MUST BE ADHERED TO THIS YEAR
 
Rain Days and Storms
Meet With District Officials and Umpires To Determine If Field Can Be Made Playable.
Use Diamond Dry According to Directions
 
Between Games
Multiple Games, Arrive 1 Hour Prior to Assist Getting Next Game Started
 
Closing the Field
Rake Field
 
Bring In Bases
Sweep Out Dugouts and Empty Garbage Pails
Lock All Field Gates
Turn Off Field Lights

 

In Perspective ...

Changing the Game Project on the misguided fears -- and what that yields -- parents carry about youth sports:  

We are so scared that if we do not have our child specialize, if we do not get the extra coaching, or give up our entire family life for youth sports, our child will get left behind. Even though nearly every single parent I speak to tells me that in their gut they have this feeling that running their child ragged is not helpful, they do not see an alternative. Another kid will take his place.  He won’t get to play for the best coach. “I know he wants to go on the family camping trip,” they say, “but he will just have to miss it again, or the other kids will get ahead of him.”

 -- "The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports"

 

Wall Street Journal sports columnist and Fox Sports personality Jason Gay on sports parenting and money:

"When parental sports spending goes up, it increases the likelihood either that the child will feel pressure or that the parent will exert it," Dr. Travis Dorsch, a Utah State University professor and former professional football player, told Helliker.

In the light of day it seems so obvious: Parents who spend a lot tend to expect a return on investment, and children feel the weight of that expectation, leading to a frayed relationship with the sport. It's a natural human reaction, with abundant parallels in everyday life. I would love it if my son appreciated the music of Otis Redding. However, if I woke him up every morning and played five hours of Otis Redding, I am pretty sure he would wind up loathing him.

-- The Sports Parent Backlash

As the season goes on, a reminder everyone should read: What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent -- And What Makes A Great One 

See a good article for the site? Send me a link. 

 

Did You Check Your Photos?

The photos from picture day are up on our website. Click here to see them. The deadline was May 30! 
Contact Nick Giardina with any questions.
 
And if you didn't get a chance to look at the pictures from the 2013 season, you can do that here.
 

 

Et Cetera ...

Minutes from the most recent meetings are can be found here. They are also part of the navigation on the left.

 



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Saturday,  Jul 26
Little League Picnic

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