Please read below for important info before you arrive at our park.
1. Please observe the parking rules at VETS Park and help make the park safer and more enjoyable for all. When driving through, please keep it under 10 MPH. We have kids crossing the lots and service road all day long. Please be respectful of others as you arrive.
2. There is no smoking or consumption of alcohol while on the grounds.
3. Any abuse of an umpire, whether by a player, coach or fan will be dealt with swiftly and that person will be ejected from the park.
4. Our fields are enclosed. Coaches and players must be inside the dugout during play. Only base coaches are allowed and must be in the coaches box. No on deck batters or players swinging bats outside the fields ! This includes all house, travel and tournament games being played at GILL.
5. Please be aware of the areas where maintenance is replacing the grass. Make sure to avoid those areas and do not allow your children to play there. Do not climb the fences, or trees. Not only is this a safety issue, we are trying to keep the park looking nice.
6. CLEAN UP THE TRASH!: Please discuss with your teams the importance of cleaning the dugout during and after games. Coaches will be notified if their teams leave a mess.
7. PLEASE BE COURTEOUS WHEN USING THE BATHROOMS AND THROW AWAY ALL PAPER TOWELS. DO NOT LEAVE SOAP IN SINKS AND BE SURE TO FLUSH THE TOILETS. GILL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND DOES NOT WANT TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOU!
Thank you for your support and for making it a great year!
Summer Ball Is On!
Tuesdays and Thursdays on the these dates: 8/1, 8/3, 8/8, 8/10, 8/15, 8/17, 8/22, 8/24, 8/29, 8/31 - 6PM start time
International Baseball and Minor/Major Baseball play on fields 5 and 4, respectively. # 3 is off limits due to repairs.
International softball will have clinics on #6.
Teams with a bye can practices on #2 or 9 and 10 if available. Batting cages will be open.
Congratulations to our GI Blue 8U team coached by Tony Ruffalo! They recently took home championship trophies for the third tournament in a row this all star season by beating Lou Gehrig Blue 11-4 in the final.
On Sunday, July 23rd, the Grand Island Blue 8U All Stars won the Gold Bracket of the 2017 Lancer Classic.
Bidding for their third consecutive Division Championship during this Summer Tournament Season, GI Blue defeated Lou Gehrig Blue 11-4 for another unbeaten Sunday of baseball.
GI came to the plate in the top of the first in a scoreless game eager to set the tone. After a groundout to open the game, GI strung three singles together including a two run base hit off the bat of Nick Potenzo to give GI the early 2-0 lead as Aiden Sander and Tommy Albarella raced across the plate. One out later, Mason Miller plated Potenza with a base hit and it was 3-0 GI after one. GI would stretch the lead to 4-0 in the top of the 2nd as Adam Watches drove in Joe Donlon with a one out single.
Lou Gehrig would respond with two runs in the bottom of the 2nd to make it a 4-2 lead for GI after two.
GI answered with two more runs of their own in the top of the third. Albarella singled with one out, and eventually came around to score to make it 5-2 GI. Peter Desantis then delivered a clutch RBI single scoring Miller and the score was 6-2 GI heading to the bottom half of the third. Lou Gehrig Blue scratched a run across to make it 6-3 GI at the halfway point.
After blanking GI in the top of the 4th; Lou Gehrig Blue scored a run to make it a two run game at 6-4 heading to the 5th.
That would be as close as Lou Gehrig would get however as GI blew the game open in a top of the 5th inning that saw nine players come to bat. Miller collected two more RBI’s with a one out double for his third hit of the game scoring Albarella and Potenza. Miller was promptly ushered home on an RBI base hit off the bat of Riley Sargent. Trenton Ruffolo joined the hit parade, and drove in Sargent to give GI a commanding 10-4 lead. Ruffolo scored GI’s final run of that five run uprising on an RBI base hit off the bat of Donlon.
Strong defense the rest of the way, including a double play in the 6th, paved the way for GI Blue to once again hoist the Championship Hardware as they defeated Lou Gehrig Blue 11-4. Carson Kwiatkowski and Blake DeLoretto each had a pair of base hits in the Championship game,
It should be noted that in the Semi Finals, a hard fought 13-7 victory over Lou Gehrig White; leadoff hitter Ryan Whalen went 3-3 at the plate, and scored three runs to lead GI to the Championship round.
8u TEAM: Joe Donlon, Tommy Alberalla, Trenton Ruffolo, Riley Sargent, Nick Potenzo, Blake DeLoretto, Carson Kwiatkowski, Mason Miller, Adam Watches, Ryan Whalen, Aiden Sander, Peter DeSantis
Per Little League Rules (12 AND UNDER) if you buy equipment:
Only bats with2 & 1/4 inch barrel heads are permitted.
NO shiny reflective metallic helmets
NO metal spikes for 12 and under players.
2018 NEW BASEBALL BAT STANDARDS
With the Little League® International Board of Directors formally adopting USA Baseball’s new standard for bat performance testing, Little League International fully supports this program. For more than seventy-five years, Little League has used improvements in science, engineering, and technology to take the sport of baseball to higher levels. By utilizing the most current advancements available, manufacturers can now develop bats with a wood-like performance, which is important for the long-term success of the game. Developed by a USA Baseball committee of scientific experts, Little League Baseball® has decided to adopt the new bat standard for mandated use effective January 1, 2018.
DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball, the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the U.S., in conjunction with participating national member organizations announced today the decision to adopt a new method for measuring bat performance in the testing of youth bats. Informed by the research of leading scientists on the USA Baseball Bat Study Committee, and supported by its NMOs, -- including the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC), Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, Little League Baseball and PONY Baseball -- USA Baseball has concluded that recent advancements in science, engineering, technology, and the materials available to fabricate non-wood bats, now allow the manufacturers to construct youth bats that can perform at a wood-like level through the entire range of lengths and weights of youth bats.
The new USA Baseball bat standard (USABat), which will apply to bats that are classified below the NCAA and NFHS level of play, will be implemented on January 1, 2018, allowing the bat manufacturers sufficient time to bring these bats to the marketplace.
"USA Baseball is pleased, with the support of our participating national member organizations, to announce the USABat standard," said USA Baseball's executive director/CEO, Paul Seiler. "Beginning with the launch in 2018, we will take another step forward in making our game more uniform at the youth level and ensuring the long-term integrity of the game."
How will I know which bat to buy?
All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations. Below is the logo that must be displayed.