The Board of Directors would like to extend a warm WELCOME to each of you this 2015 Baseball Season. This season ia dedicated to all of those who work so hard to keep Spindletop Little League running strong.
It would be impossible to have a season if it were not for all the help that is given by each of you. It is said that the prerequisite of a good Little League Manager is that their heart must be filled with love for God, children and baseball, in that order. Many of you have demonstrated this attribute with the dedicated service you have given to our league. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to those very dedicated individuals. We could not operate this league without YOU!
As we begin this season, let us remember that our responsibility is to our children. We should strive to teach the children of our community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, and respect for authority. We are making good citizens.
Let us remember that all of the managers, coaches, umpires, and officials are VOLUNTEERS who are willing to take the time from their schedules and families to work with our children. Your consideration and kindness will help these individuals perform their jobs.
Thank you, and lets have a wonderful season!!!
2015 SLL Board of Directors
The Little League Pledge
I trust in God.
I love my country
and will respect its laws.
I will play fair
and strive to win.
But win or lose,
I will ALWAYS
do my best!
We are excited to announce our 2014 Summer Baseball Camp schedule. We have plenty of camps this Summer for you to come out and learn the game of baseball with the coaches and players of the U of H baseball team. We will have three full day camps this Summer with the last one being our overnight camp. In all three camps you have the option to choose full day or half day. We will also have a Jr. Extreme Hitting Camp that only focuses on hitting for two days.
The three full day camps are a great opportunity for players to develop their skills in all areas of the game. These camps will specialize in hitting, fielding, proper way to play catch, video evaluation, game situations, and much more. Each camper will learn the fundamentals in these areas as well as many drills to take home with them. Campers will also get to showcase their skills during games each day. Campers are divided by age and ability level for drills and games. *Games are only played as part as afternoon sessions.* The Jr. extreme hitting camp is designed to help each camper develop their fundamentals and skills hitting the baseball. Campers will be taught a variety of drills in order to develop proper swing mechanics. Stance, stride, rotation, and balance are just a few of the key topics that will be discussed and practiced in depth. Video evaluation and strength and conditioning for hitters will also be included during camp.
In order to keep the playing fields at the Spindletop Little League looking like baseball fields, every weekend will be considered a workday. Anything that can be done to keep up or improve the appearance and condition of the fields and associated areas will be appreciated. In order for this to happen, a rotating schedule will be made for each team to work on the ball park each Friday.
It is the responsibility of the managers, coaches, players and parents to fulfill their duties for their scheduled Fridays. Managers should get in touch with their parents during the week prior to the scheduled Friday, reminding them of the upcoming workday activities.
Thank you in advance for your participation and cooperation.
P.S. Even though your team may not be scheduled to work, you are always welcomed to help.
Field Rules and Regulation
* No alcoholic beverages allowed on premises at any time.
* No profanity allowed.
* Do not yell at the umpires and coaches. They are volunteers for your child.
* Do not harass the players.
* Players and coaches may not mingle with spectators.
* No ball playing outside the playing field allowed.
* No children allowed in the concession stand or the press box.
* If there is a tie, there will be a one game playoff.
* First half winners play second half winners in a three game playoff.
* Please use trash containers for all trash.
* PLEASE KEEP THE BALLPARK CLEAN, IT BELONGS TO YOU!
Sport Parent Code of Conduct
We, the Spindletop Little League, have implemented the folowing Sport Parent Code of Conduct for the important message it holds about the proper role of parents in supporting their child in sports. Parents should read, understand and sign this form prior to their children participating in our league.
Any parent guilty of improper conduct at any game or practice will be asked to leave the sports facility and be suspended from the following game. Repeat violations may cause a multiple game suspension, or the season forfeiture of the privilege of attending all games.
The essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles:
The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these "six pillars of character".
I therefore agree:
1. I will not force my child to participate in sports.
2. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
4. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
5. I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.
6. I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or gestures.
7. I will not encourage any behaviors any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
8. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
9. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
10. I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance
11. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
12. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.
13. I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also de-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
14. I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
15. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
16. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.
17. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
The Baltimore Black Sox started as an independent team in 1916. Around 1929, when the Great Depression started, the players were without contracts and were forced to play on game percentages.
The Black Sox were charter members of the Eastern Colored League in 1923. In their first season, they finished last at 19-30, but they turned it all around the following season for a second-place finish, with a record of 30-19. In 1929, the Baltimore Black Sox boasted the "Million Dollar Infield" of Jud "Boojum" Wilson (1B), Frank Warfield (2B), Oliver "Ghost" Marcelle (3B) and Sir Richard Lundy (SS).
They were labeled by the press because of their prospective worth had they been white players. In 1929, they won more than 70 percent of their games to capture the American Negro League Championship.
In 1934 they dropped out in the first season due to poor performance. They later came back for the second half of the season. When they folded later that year they left Baltimore without an African American team until the Giants came in 1938.
The Black Barons formed the cornerstone of professional Negro baseball in the South for more than 30 years. Arising from Birmingham's active industrial leagues, in 1920 the club became a charter franchise in the Negro South League. Through its long history the club was at various times associated with the Negro Southern League, Negro National League and Negro American League.
The team's heyday came in the 1940s when, as members of the Negro American League, the Black Barons fielded exceptionally strong teams featuring such stars as Piper Davis, Lester Lockett, Artie Wilson and Ed Steele.
In 1943, 1944, and 1947 these strong squads captured the league title. However, none of these pennants led to a Negro World Championship crown as the club fell to the powerful Homestead Grays in each series.
In 1900 a young group of men, who loved baseball, joined together to form the "Blue Ribbons"industrial league team. Unknowingly, these young men had founded a team which would grow to be a Negro National League franchise and set unprecedented records. For ten years the Blue Ribbons remained mediocre, but they managed to field a team every year and play some of the best sandlot teams in the area.
In 1910, the managers of the team retired. The players reorganized the team and named themselves the Murdock Grays. In 1912, they became the Homestead Grays. Drawing some of the largest crowds in the area, the team managed to win and have fun while doing so.
From 1937 to 1945 they won nine straight league pennants. They were led by future Hall of Famers Josh Gibson (C), "Cool" Papa Bell (OF), Judy Johnson (3B), Buck Leonard (1B) and Cuban great Martin Dihigo (2B, P, OF). Their ace pitcher was "Smokey" Joe Williams, who once struck out 27 batters in a 12-inning game.
During World War II, the Grays played their home games at both Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) and Griffith Stadium (Washington, D.C.) when the white Major League clubs were on the road. The Grays traditionally outdrew their white counterparts, the cellar-dwelling Washington Senators.
Unheralded greats included 23-year Grays vet Vic Harris (OF), Jerry Benjamin (OF), Howard Easterling (3B), Luke Easter (OF, 1B) and Sam Bankhead. Bankhead became the first black manager in Minor League Baseball in 1951.
Kansas City Monarchs
Play: 37 seasons, 1920-30, 1937-62 (league years only)
The longest running franchise in Negro League history is the Monarchs from Kansas City, Missouri. They were charter members of the Negro National League in 1920.
Winners of more than a dozen league championships, the Monarch name became the Negro League's answer to the New York Yankees. They won their first World Series title in 1924, defeating the Hilldale Giants, from Philadelphia, in a thrilling ten-game series. Some of black baseball's best players wore the Monarch uniform; Cool Papa Bell, Turkey Stearnes, Newt Allen, Jesse Williams, Bonnie Serrell, Wilber Rogan, and a fellow they called Skip, Buck O'Neil.
The Monarchs sent the most players into Major League Baseball after the color barrier was broken. Some players from this elite group were Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, Ernie Banks, Elston Howard, Hank Thompson and Willard "Home Run" Brown. The Monarchs were black baseball's glamour franchise.