Sunday, May 31, 2015

Skills Challenge and Silent Auction Winners

Skills Challenge Winners
  • Major Division - Merek Houston - Mariners
  • Minor Division - Gavin Cunningham - Rockies
  • Rookie Division - Eli Shue - Phillies
  • Jr. Rookie Division - Micah Schiavone - Red Sox

Silent Auction Winners
  • Ryan Zimmerman Signed Picture and Batting Glove - Jon Cooper
  • TomSox Season Pass ant Team Hat - Seth Cooper
  • Justin Anderson Signed Picture - Gina Mills
  • TEAMS - 3 Lesson Package - Cheryl LaRosa
  • TEAMS - 1 Week 5-Tool Summer Camp - Dan Stendig
  • The Dugout - 1 Week of Summer Baseball Camp - Erika Elliott
  • Airport Road Auto Center - Car Maintenance Package - Amy Dolak
  • Airport Road Auto Center - Car Maintenance Package - Kate Jones
  • Airport Road Auto Center - Lube, Oil and Filter Package - Ally Houston
  • "Meals on the Run" Package - Ally Houston
  • Raising Cane''s - Summer Cooler Package - V. Riccabona
  • Gold's Gym - 3 month membership - Dan Stendig
  • Gold's Gym - 3 month membership - Dereck Eury

Spring 2015 End of Season Tournament Results

It was a fun tournament!  We hope you had a chance to check out our great Northside teams.  The Champions are...

Majors ~ Rockies
Minors ~ Nationals
Rookies ~ Yankees
Jr. Rookies ~ Giants

Friday, May 29, 2015

Northside Night at Charlottesville TomSox

The Charlottesville TomSox, a new Valley League Team is hosting
Northside Night on Friday, June 12th!

Join Northside players and families at 7pm, at the C-Ville Weekly Ballpark @ Charlottesville High School.

  • Admission is Free for Northside Players wearing their Jersey
  • Family members are only $1
  • Players get to run the bases and meet the players following the game!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Skills Challenge Fundraiser

Support Northside!

Skills Challenge Fundraiser Info:

Northside is committed to providing a high quality, financially accessible baseball experience to our players and families.   With one of the lowest registration fees among all youth sports in Albemarle County, our annual Skills Challenge Fundraiser provides additional resources to aid in field improvements, equipment maintenance and player scholarships.
Our number one objective this year is to increase participation in both our fundraising effort and the Day of Champions Festival.  We have 3 outstanding top prizes for the fundraising:

4 Tickets to a Washington Nationals 2015 Home Game
2015 Tom Sox Package
Full Week of UVA Baseball Camp

 Great additional individual/team prizes as well.  All players who participate will receive a prize!   See the prize list here.

For more details, look through the packet given out to players this week and check out the flyer here.

Fundraising Packets are due May 16th May 23rd!  Deadline extended one week!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

PT at ACAC offering ImPACT Testing

ImPACT Baseline concussion testing by ACAC
If your child sustains a concussion, an ImPACT® BASELINE  NEUROCOGNITIVE ASSESSMENT can be a true 'game-changer.'  Physical Therapy@acac is an exclusive provider in our area of nationally-recognized and physician-endorsed ImPACT® concussion pre-assessments and testing.
PT@acac is honored to partner with Northside Cal Ripken Baseball on our next ImPACT® screening session!

  • Saturday, May 16 from 12-2pm at Physical Therapy@acac's Albemarle Square Clinic, 504 Albemarle Square 22901
  • For ages 10 and up
  • Email to schedule your appointment

$40 (special pricing for Northside participants, good for all 2015 testing dates)

ImPACT® assessment fee includes:

• Baseline assessment that can help your child’s physician provide better diagnosis and treatment in case of concussion
• Post-Concussion testing if your child sustains a concussion
• Assessment & any Post-Concussion results faxed or emailed directly to your child’s physician
• Printout of baseline assessment results for your records or for you to present to your child’s physician

For more information and other ImPACT testing dates, see the flyer.

The Dugout Offering Summer Camps

Campers will work to improve their:
  • Conditioning    
  • Strength   
  • Speed and Quickness  
  • Infield Skills   
  • Outfield Skills   
  • Throwing motion
  • Hitting   
  • Pitching    
  • Bunting    
  • Game Knowledge

For dates, times and prices and more information, see the flyer.
Location:  The Dugout in Greene County (384 Industrial Dr, Ruckersville, VA 22968)

Friday, May 8, 2015

8U Tournament Team Successful Season Ends!

The Northside 8u spring tournament team wrapped up the season this past Sunday.  After finally defeating Mother Nature who took 2 weekends of games, the 8u team swept the doubleheader with Greene on May 3rd, by the scores of 14-6 and 14-7.  The Greene team couldn’t hold back the offensive power of the Northside team who had a total of 42 hits spanning both games.

Northside came out swinging, scoring 7 times combined in the first inning of the games.  Offensive standouts included Tristan Knight with 7 hits and 1 RBI, including a 4th inning triple in the second game to spark the offense.  Ryan Bingaman had a stellar day, notching 6 hits and an impressive 7 RBI.  Isaac Jennings, Will Owens, Joseph Jones, and Ryan Steeper added 5 hits each while Jay Rosemond and Andy Pham notched 4 hits.  Aiden Ding tallied a hit and an RBI to round out the scoring for Northside.

Not only did Northside dominate at the plate, the team also shined in the outfield.  Urjit Dighe snagged two highlight-reel catches in the outfield to rob the Greene team of extra bases.   Heads up fielding also allowed Urjit to double up the Greene player who strayed too far from first base.
Northside’s gloves proved strong as Jay Rosemond stopped a come-backer to the pitcher position and threw out runner to help keep Greene off the scoreboard. 

Ryan Steeper was solid at catcher, chasing down one foul for the out as well as a strong putout to a solid Will Owens at 1st base.  Will assisted in three putouts as well as taking care of business himself for the unassisted out.   Greene made the mistake of testing Ryan Bingaman’s glove and arm at shortstop, as he threw out one and made two unassisted putouts himself.

Despite the shortened season, the 8u team played like a seasoned team, working together and making the plays when it counted.  Congratulations to all the kids on another successful season.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Important Message from NCRL Board President

Dear Northside Family,

As we approach the half-way mark in our 2015 Spring Season, I want to take a moment to reflect on our season, and to remind everyone of a few very important themes.

I have had the pleasure of seeing many of Northside’s families on the field, at Board Meetings, and in the community and it’s wonderful to witness so many dedicated, hard-working, and caring people in action.  Northside is a premier baseball league in the Charlottesville area because of the dedication and passion of so many wonderful people.  Thank you especially to coaches, Board members, and to the parents who make sure their precious ones make it to the field for practices and games.   Your efforts are what make Northside special.

Northside’s mission, “Developing a strong community by teaching baseball fundamentals and life skills; helping kids improve as players, work as a team, and grow as individuals,” is what drives us.  I want to focus on our central theme which is “developing a strong community”.   Our league works so well because of so many helping hands – our Board has chosen to focus on developing our community through the goal of increased community participation.  Many of you have already given your two hours of service – thank you!  There are still many opportunities to help improve our league so please help us continue to build this wonderful baseball community by fulfilling your two-hour commitment. 

Also, our mission centers on “helping kids improve as players”.  Remember:  Northside is a developmental baseball league – we are tasked with helping children develop into better baseball players as well as good human beings.  At times, the heat of competition can cloud the real reason we are here, and I’d ask that all of us – from coaches to parents to umpires - remember that we are working with children who are sensitive and imperfect, and we need to be supportive, encouraging, and understanding of the differing skills sets that our players bring to each practice and game.  Our players will make mistakes on the field, and our job as parents, mentors, and coaches is to help our children learn from these mistakes.  A few ill-placed negative comments can have a lasting effect on our young people, so please keep our mission in mind when you are cheering from the sidelines.

Finally, the Board of Directors wants to reinforce to everyone that we are dedicated to providing the highest quality experience for all players, coaches, and families and we’d like to ask for a minute of your time to provide us with a little mid-season feedback.  We have created a very short, 4-question survey asking for comments and suggestions about your experience so far this season.  A more comprehensive survey will be given at the end of the season as well.  Please follow this link to complete our brief survey.

Thank you all for being part of what makes Northside an exceptional sports experience for our children.


Alice Riccabona
Board President, Northside Cal Ripken League