Friday, April 13, 2018

Saturday, April 14th is Picture Day!

Dear Northside Parents,

Who’s on first? The crew from F-Stop, ready to knock your pictures out of the park. We will be taking photos Saturday April 14th and there are a couple of changes to our game plan.

This year all orders will be shipped directly to you. We are waiving the shipping on all orders received on photo day. There is a link below to our order form and a page of sample products. Print out the form, fill it out and bring it and a check with you Saturday the 14th. Our photographers will have forms with them as well.

Another change is that we will be posting the pictures to our online ordering site after the pre-orders have shipped. Further details will be included in a future email along with a link to the photos. Again, these orders will be shipped directly to you but there will be shipping added to the order.

F-Stop looks forward to another season of Northside baseball.  We have worked with the league almost every year since the league was founded and many parents remember us photographing them when they played in the league. We are pleased to be working with a new generation of Northside players and parents. Thank you for supporting a local business. Now PLAY BALL!

Order forms can be found here.
Sample products can be found here.

- F-Stop

Player and team photos will be taken during all games on Saturday, April 14th.  Please be prepared to show up early to help ensure that games are on time throughout the day.  Your coach will be in touch with more details on timing.

Committee Members Needed

Do you like the improvements that the Board has approved and financed over the years?  How about lights on Carson Raymond Field, new portable mound, bats for all Cal Ripken Teams, new pitching machines and more?  We are able to provide these improvements through our fundraising activities and are in need of committee members to move these efforts forward.  In addition, we need volunteers to help with our amazing Day of Champions event that occurs on the last Sunday of the season.  In the past, we’ve had silent auctions, a bouncy house, coach dunk tank, mechanical bull, championship games, and more.  If you are willing to help with Fundraising and/or Day of Champions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Dietrich, today.  Please help Northside continue to be a fun and exciting place to play baseball.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Parking at Hollymead Fields

The Administration from Hollymead Elementary school has asked that we remind our community not to park in fire lanes at either school when our families are on site for baseball activities.  There will be a lot of action tomorrow with baseball games, soccer games, and the Hollymead Fun Fair.  The off-limits parking areas are marked with a yellow curb.   You could be ticketed or towed if you park there, and if there should be a fire and the trucks need access, you could see significant damage to your vehicle.
Also, please refrain from driving on the track that goes from Sutherland Middle School down to the lower fields.  If you are driving back there, please stop immediately.  The sign clearly states that vehicles are prohibited from being back there and we need special permission for the gate to be opened when we are doing field work and improvements. 
Even if there are no people on the track, do not drive to the lower field.  We are dependent upon the schools for use of our fields and if they get enough complaints, it’s not unlikely that we could lose the use of the fields. The stakes are too high to risk losing our fields, so please adhere to this school policy. 
One last reminder that all of our activities take place on school grounds where there is a strict “No Drug” policy in effect.  This means that smoking, vaping, alcohol and other drugs are strictly forbidden on school grounds.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Opening Day Details!

Northside Opening Day is just around the corner - Saturday, March 24th - and it's our 45th year!

Join us as we kick off another great season at Northside. Opening Day ceremonies will take place from 9am until approximately 11am in the Sutherland Middle School Gym. We will celebrate players in the Junior Rookie through the 13-15 Divisions. T-Ball players are welcome to join us, but are not required to attend.

Players should arrive in uniform no later than 8:45am and find their coaches in the gym, as they will be separated by division. Every player will be announced and will have a chance to meet a special guest. We'll end with the National Anthem and the ceremonial first pitch. Players are encouraged to attend and show their league spirit.

There are plenty of other reasons to be there too!  There will be a 50/50 raffle (tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5), a Bat Bag raffle filled with lots of goodies, and Dick's Sporting Goods will be there with a spin wheel for prizes. Don't miss out!

In order to make this event a success, we are in need of volunteers to help organize and direct the players in the gym. This is a great opportunity to get in some, if not all, required volunteer hours for the season. Please contact volunteer coordinator Mary Dietrich at if you are able to help. The ideal time commitment will be from 8am-11am for set up and clean but even if you can help for only some of that time, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your commitment to our league!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Recreational Baseball is All About FUN!

Northside is proud of the recreational program we have built and the approach we choose to take for bringing youth sports to our community. Competition and fair play are wonderful tools, but should be taught to our youngest children in a way that is fun, inclusive, and engaging. When kids leave our program, they won't remember the scores - they will remember the friendships and connection with their teams and coaches. Remember - recreation is supposed to be fun!

From Babe Ruth League:

A recent survey asked kids why they play baseball or softball. The top five reasons given were:
- To have fun
- To make friends
- To improve my skills and learn to play the right way
- For the excitement and challenge of competition
- To be part of a team and learn teamwork

The top answer again and again is always the simplest: TO HAVE FUN!

Other answers included (they may not be the most popular, but deserved an honorable mention):

- Post-Game Snack
- End of Year Party
- Because my Parents asked me to Play

“To win” was dead last.

As we start a new season, let’s all keep in mind what most kids said, “I want to have fun!”

Opening Day is Saturday March 24th!

We will officially begin our spring season on Saturday, March 24th during our Opening Day Ceremony at 9:00 AM.  We will award the Pritchett Scholarship, honor our Summer 2017 10u District Champions, introduce our players and more.  We look forward to seeing you there.  More information will be communicated next week.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Team Assignments

We are one step closer to kicking off the season.  Drafts for Rookie, Minor, and Major divisions took place this past week and you should be hearing from your coaches by the end of the evening.  If you have not heard from your coach by Sunday, please email the league and let us know what division your child is in. 

We are still finalizing coaches for Jr Rookie and T-Ball, and will hold drafts for the 13-15 division early next week.  Practices for all teams will begin next week with T-Ball starting on March 24th.