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MP A's (& Tball Pirates): Baseball Training Videos
by posted 03/18/2020

Parents of MP A's (& Tball Pirates):

I hope all of you are doing as well as can be expected during these times.

To the extent you can find time for your kids to focus on baseball over the next few weeks -- or months? :( , here are a few youtube videos that you/they can watch to help them hone their baseball skills and knowledge while the League is on lockdown.  After watching (and consistent with any Shelter in Place orders), then go ahead and practice baseball -- moms/dads with their kids, brothers/sisters with eachother, and, of course, a player can practice on his/her own.

The first set of videos focus on Fundamentals.  The second set of videos (Other Videos) are gnerally more advance and you can pick and choose from them.

Please note that:

--I am sending the Fundamentals links primarly as reminders for the older/more-experienced MP A's players, and guides for the younger/less-experienced MP A's players.  (But Tball Pirates can also look at and benefit from these, too.)

--I am sending the Other Videos link primarly for the older/more-experienced MP A's players, and but the younger/less-experienced MP A's players should feel free to look at these, too.  (Tball Pirates probably don't need to look at these.)


Coach Neil

Go A's & Pirates!



The Rules of Baseball : How to Grip a Baseball


The Rules of Baseball : How to Throw a Baseball


The Rules of Baseball : How to Catch a Baseball


The Rules of Baseball : How to Catch Fly Balls in Baseball


The Rules of Baseball : How to Field Ground Balls in Baseball


The Rules of Baseball : How to Grip a Baseball Bat


The Rules of Baseball : Batting Stance in Baseball


The Rules of Baseball : How to Swing a Baseball Bat


Other Videos:


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Tball Pirates: Uniform Pick-Up * Opening Day/First Game
by posted 03/03/2020

Pirates Players/Parents:

Two items:

1. Team Uniforms are now available for pick up on my front porch at any time day or night.  Please take 1 jersey, 1 cap, 1 pair of socks, 1 belt.  There are a few jersey sizes, so first come first served.  My address is 277A Willow Rd., Menlo Park -- our house is on a flag lot, and we are the second house back from the street -- there is one box of A's gear and another box of Pirates gear on the porch.   

(If you are not able to pick up your uniform this week, please arrive at 8:30am at Burgess on Opening Day so I can give it to you then and your player will have time to get dressed.)

2. Opening Day Ceremonies & First Game are this Saturday, March 7.  

--Please have your player arrive at Burgess dressed & ready* by 8:45am for the Opening Day Ceremonies.

--Please have your player arrive at Laurel Lower dressed & ready* for pre-game warm-ups by 12:45pm for our First Game (first picth 1:00pm).

*Glove, Baseball Pants, Cup, Team Jersey/Cap/Socks/Belt (Cleats recommended)

Looking forward to the Season!


-Coach Neil

Go Pirates!


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Tball Pirates: Sat/Sun Practices & Call for Help
by posted 02/28/2020

Pirates Parents/Players-

Coach Dave will be leading our practices Sat & Sun at Laurel Lower (3:30pm).

Since I will be out of town, it would be great if a few parents could (as many of you have already done) help Coach Dave with coaching this weekend.

Finally, if you have not done so already, please RSVP your player's availability for the practices.


-Coach Neil

Go Pirates! 

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Tball Pirates: Reminder Practices Sat & Sun
by posted 02/21/2020

Tball Pirates Parents/Players-

Reminder that we have two practices this weekend (Sat & Sun) at Laurel Lower.  

If you have not done so already, please RSVP (and thanks to everyone who has already RSVP'd).


-Coach Neil.

Go Pirates!

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Tball Pirates:Updated Practice Schedule-Xtra PreSeason Practices
by posted 02/05/2020

Pirates Players/Parents:


My initial Welcome Email did not note that Pre-Season we will also have practices on Saturdays.  Once the Season starts (March 7), we will have games on Saturdays and will no longer have practices on Saturdays.


So, Our First practice is now Saturday, Feb 15, and here is the updated Practice Schedule:  


Pre-Season(Feb 15-Mar 1):

-Saturdays, 3:30-5:00pm(Laurel Lower School)

-Sundays, 3:30-5:00pm(Laurel Lower School)


Regular Season (After Mar 7) 

-Sundays Only, 3:30-5:00pm(Laurel Lower School)


Looking forward to seeing everyone on Feb 15.


Coach Neil

Go A's!

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Tball Pirates: 2nd call Asst Coaches; 1st Call PCA Parent
by posted 02/05/2020

Pirates Parents:

Two items:

1. Extra Assistant Coaches:  We are again asking for a few parents to serve as 3rd and 4th coaches.  David and I will take the lead as 1st and 2nd coaches, but it is especially great to have kids work in groups of ~3 during practice drills (rather than groups of ~6).  Again, no baseball experience required. Please let me know if you are interested in being an extra assistant coach.

2. PCA Parent:  Our league requires that each team have a PCA (Positve Coahing Alliance) Parent.  Details of the role are:

Attend each of our games where we are designated "home" (i.e. half of our games). During the game, the PCA Parent is responsible for addressing sportsmanship issues that arise between coaches, umpires, players, and parents (e.g. verbal abuse, inappropriate language). NB:  There aren't many sportsmanship issues in our league; the biggest task is probably reminding parents to just cheer for their kids and not question umpire's calls and not coach their kids from the stands.

Attend one pre-season PCA Parent briefing, where their role as PCA Parent will be further detailed.  There are formal briefings, which I highly recommend (see dates/times below).  (But if you can't attend one of the formal briefing, I can informally brief you on your PCA parent duties.)

Formal Briefings

Saturday 2/8/20, 9am-11am
Thursday 2/27/20, 7pm-9pm
Tuesday 3/3/20, 7pm-9pm

(Location for each is the Encinal Elementary School Library)

Please let me know if you are interested in being our team's PCA parent.


-Coach Neil

Go Pirates!

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