Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hitting Clinic at The Dugout

The Dugout is offering a great opportunity for Northside Players - specialized hitting instruction!  Join Coach Sammy “Dr. Baseball” Beal and the rest of the Dugout staff for a  hitting clinic this Sunday, March 29th, exclusively for Northside families.  Admission is free but space is limited and you must sign up in advance. 
  • 25 slots available for kids ages 10, 11 and 12
    from 1:00PM – 2:00 PM
  • 25 slots available for kids ages 7, 8, and 9
    from 2:00PM – 3:00 PM
To sign up, complete the form here.

Opening Day Success!

Opening Day: Cold but Fun!
The Northside Spring Season has officially begun!

Thank you to all the Board Members, Volunteers, Northside Players and Families that made our Opening Day Ceremony fun!  Cheryl LaRosa did a fantastic job coordinating the day along with Alice Riccabona, Northside President.  Everyone appreciated the location change to indoors!

What a thrill it was to have as our Special Guest, Brett Johnson of the JMU Dukes and Charlottesville Tom Sox ... a former Northside Player!  

Dave Alley and John Raymond kept the ceremony moving as they emceed!  Thank you to Chris Clarke for setting up the sound system that allowed everyone to be heard.

Congratulations to Jack Decker who was awarded the Pritchett Scholarship ~ another Northside Alum!

Check out our Facebook Page for pictures of the ceremony.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Opening Day Information

Opening Day is just days away!
Please join us to celebrate Northside Opening Day on Saturday, March 28th. Wear your uniform, or just your team hat and shirt, and come enjoy the fun. Our concession stand will be open, special guests will be in attendance and Rivanna Gear and Apparel, Med Express Urgent Care and the Charlottesville Tom Sox will have tables set up with everything you need to play or enjoy watching the game! Here are a few important things you need to know:
  • Ceremonies will begin promptly at 9:00 and should end by 11:00 am.
  • All players should arrive by 8:45 so that we can be ready to start on time.
  • Players will report directly to their coach on the Carson Raymond Field upon arrival and remain with their team until the ceremony is over.
  • Parents, family members and friends can watch the ceremony and wait for their player on the bleachers and along the outside of the fence.
  • Beginner and Advanced T-Ball players will be dismissed through the right field gate, near the concession stand after the teams are announced and the National Anthem
  • Volunteers wearing bright orange shirts will be available to answer any questions you may have and assist your and/or your player.
Games will take place on both Hollymead fields shortly after the ceremony ends, so feel free to grab a snack at the concession stand and take in an inning or two. Come on out and cheer our players on to welcome in another great season at Northside!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Parking at Hollymead and Sutherland

Northside Families-
The Albemarle County Fire Department would like to send a friendly reminder about parking in the fire zone while at the Hollymead and Sutherland fields.  Any curb painted yellow, or area designated with a sign, is considered a Fire Zone and parking is not allowed there at any time.  This is a safety issue for the buildings and all individuals visiting the fields.
We appreciate your assistance and compliance with this request.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pitching Clinic for Minors and Majors

Calling all Minor and Major Division Players
Register Now for Pitching Clinic on 
March 22, 2015 - Limited Spaces Available!

Northside is happy to partner with Nolan Shaffer of The Baseball Company to offer a pitching clinic for any interested Minor and Major Division player. Nolan played for four years at Bridgewater College where he excelled as a starting pitcher from his freshman through senior year. After retiring from professional play in 2013, he started the Baseball Company to help young players develop solid fundamentals and an understanding of the game .
When: Sunday March 22nd
12:00-1:00 Beginners
1:00-2:00 Advanced

Where: Carson Raymond Field (at Hollymead)

Beginner sessions are for players who have had no game pitching experience and Advanced sessions are only for players who have pitched in a game. Players may not sign up for both sessions.

Participants must be registered on a minor or major team for the spring 2015 season and must register in advance to participate in this clinic.
We will not be able to accommodate walk on players the day of the clinic. A confirmation e-mail with details will be sent to all registered participants a few days prior to the clinic.
This clinic is offered free of charge and is a great way to get your pitcher ready for the upcoming season. Space is limited so please register soon by completing this form

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Carson Raymond Foundation Poker Night

The Carson Raymond Foundation will be hosting the 6th Annual Poker Tournament and Casino Night at the Fry's Spring Beach Club ballroom, Saturday, March 21st, from 6:00pm to 11:00pm.  Please consider joining us for a night of "fun and games" with all of the proceeds going to support this wonderful local charity.

Event Information -

Event Registration -

The Foundation is named for Carson Raymond, who died of complications from the flu in October of 2009. The foundation supports numerous baseball and t-ball clinics and is responsible for building 5 new baseball fields in and around Charlottesville. For more information, go to

Saturday, March 14, 2015

12U Tournament Team

**3/13/15 Update**

Spring 2015 12U Tournament Team

**The weather for the 12U TT tryouts looks questionable.  We will make a last minute decision as to whether they will occur at the Sutherland Field or in the Sutherland Middle School Gym.  Either way, the tryouts will be on Sat, March 14th from 9-11am.  Please bring both cleats and tennis shoes to the tryout** 

Brian Kelly will be managing a 12U Northside Tournament Team for Major division players (players born 5/1/02 - 4/30/05  living within Northside’s league boundaries are eligible for consideration).  **Northside will not have a 10U or 11U Tournament for Spring 2015.  If any 10 or 11 year old Northside players would like Tournament Team experience, they are welcome to tryout for the 12U team.

The team will focus on skill development.  The team will normally get together just once a week on Sundays for either practice or game.  The cost for the team (if any) will be determined at a later date based on actual number of games and uniform costs.  Activities won’t conflict with regular Northside Spring league play and players are required to also be registered for local Northside spring play to be considered for the Tournament Team.

If interested in being considered for the 12U Northside Tournament Team, contact Brian Kelly at

Monday, March 9, 2015

Volunteers Needed for Opening Day

Opening Day is Coming Soon and We Need Your Help!

Northside celebrates the beginning of every season with an Opening Day ceremony. This year it will take place on Saturday, March 28th from 9:00am-11:00am on the Carson Raymond Field and is for all divisions from T-Ball-Majors. More details regarding the ceremony will come as we get closer to the day.

Volunteers (8-10) are needed to help make this celebration a success for our players. Jobs include set up, clean up organizing players before and during the ceremony. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Cheryl LaRosa at  if you are able to help with this important event. Participation will count as the required 2 hours volunteer commitment to the league.
Thank you for your support of Northside!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

8U Tournament Team Spring 2015

Bill Owens will be managing an 8U Northside Tournament Team for Machine Pitch (players born 5/1/06 or later living within Northside’s league boundaries are eligible for consideration).

Tryout date is Sunday March 8th, from 2:00-3:30 on Hollymead Lower Field.  The raindate is March 15th, from 2:00-3:30 on Hollymead Lower Field.
The team will focus on skill development and having fun.  The team will normally get together just once a week on Sundays for either practice or game.  The cost for the team (if any) will be determined at a later date based on actual number of games and uniform costs.  Activities won’t conflict with regular Northside Spring league play and players are required to also be registered for local Northside spring play to be considered for the Tournament Team.
If interested in being considered for the 8U Northside Tournament Team, contact Bill Owens at .  Bill will also be available during the Evaluation Day to answer questions.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Evaluation Day is Set for March 1, 2015

See you Sunday!

Thank you all for your patience.  Due to weather events beyond our control, we've had to move evaluations to our advertised make-up day, March 1st.  Evaluations will take place indoors at Sutherland Middle School Gynmasium.

We conduct evaluations in an effort to build balanced teams and need accurate data to accomplish this goal.  This is a mandatory event for all Junior Rookie, Rookie, Minor, and Major Players!  Please make every effort to attend at your designated time.  If you cannot make your assigned time, please contact us so that we can be prepared to handle the change on evaluation day.

2:30 PM -
7:30 PM  

Meet @ Sutherland Gymnasium

Please show up at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time to warm up and lineup.

Reminder:  Because our evaluations are scheduled to take place indoors, players are asked to wear sneakers. Please leave your cleats at home.  You will also need your glove and we encourage you to bring a water bottle.  

Evaluation Times:

Time Division
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Majors  Last Names A – L
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Majors  Last Names M – Z
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Rookies  Last Names A – L
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Rookies Last Names M – Z
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Jr Rookies  Last Names A – G
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Jr Rookies  Last Names H – Z
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm Minors  Last Names A – H
6:45 pm – 7:30 pm Minors  Last Names I – Z

**We do not conduct evaluations for T-Ball Leagues

Please email Eric Lane ( if you are interested in being evaluated for the 9U Tournament Team during evaluation day.

Next Up - Drafts and Team Formation

After evaluations have been completed, the next step in the process is to conduct the drafts for the Junior Rookie, Rookie, Minor and Major Divisions.  These drafts will occur next week.   Although we do our best to honor special requests, our primary focus is to build balanced teams, and we cannot guarantee that requests will be honored. 

T-Ball teams are formed geographically, by Elementary School district.  We also do our best to honor familes' requests.

All families should hear from coaches by Friday, March 6th with your team assignments and schedules.

Practices will begin on Saturday, March 7, 2015.
Opening Day (first games) are on March 28, 2015.