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Tball Pirates: Sat/Sun Practices, RSVPs, & Parent/Guardian Mtg
by posted 02/14/2020

Tball Pirates Parents/Players-

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

Players should be at the field and ready to play at 3:30.

Players should:

have their gear -- at least a glove; (USA bats, helmets, etc. are recommended but optional)


be properly dressed -- baseball pants (not shorts or sweatpants), athletic supporter & cup; (cleats are recommended but optional).

IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY, PLEASE BE SURE TO RSVP YOUR PLAYER'S ATTENDANCE VIA THE TEAM WEBSITE --  If you are having trouble doing this, please let me know via email.

Also, we currently plan to have a ~10 minute parent/guardian meeting towards the end of the Saturday practice, so please plan to have at least one parent/guardian at the Laurel Field by 4:30 pm, Saturday. 

Thanks and looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.


Coach Neil

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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

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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

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Welcome to Pirates Tball
by posted 02/03/2020

Pirates Players/Parents-


Along with Coach David Freedland, I welcome you to the M-A Little League 2020 Tball Division.  We are excited and looking forward to a great season.  Some key info follows -- going forward emails will be much shorter:


First, League Website/Tool:

Team and league information -- including team roster (now) and practice/game schedule (soon) -- can be accessed via the League website/tool: All team communications, including RSVPs for practices/games, happen through this website/tool. 

Our team site is:


Please log in and click on the "Roster" dropdown link to see all of the players on our team.  



Practices are 

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

Our First practice is Sunday, Feb 16


Third, Parent Volunteers:

Our league depends on parent volunteers; in particular, please let us know if you are interested in being an extra assistant coach-- practices especially run much better with 3-4 coaches as compared to 1-2 coaches; no prior experience required.  

We will also be seeking a PCA parent, a snack/team parent, a field crew coordinator -- more on that to come.


Fourth, Openig Day, Regular Season Games:


Opening Day and our First Game is Saturday, March 7(game time TBD)


Regular Season Games will generally be 

-1 Weekend Game (Sat. ~9:30am, ~11:30am, or ~1:30)


The season will run to mid/late-May (please mark your calendar accordingly)


Other Key Info:



Our Goals for the Season

-have fun;

-develop baseball and life skills, including teamwork and good sportsmanship

-play hard and with a positive attitude

Our Expactations for the Season


-be on time for practices and games;

-try their best;

-respect the game, themselves and others (players, coaches, umpires)


-come and cheer all players (they will make mistakes);

-let coaches run the team (we, like players, will make mistakes);

-respect the game, players, coaches, and umpires (umpires will also make mistakes, but it's their call);

-volunteer as able


-be on time for practices and games;

-try our best to teach fundamentals of baseball, as well as life skills -- like good sportsmanship

-set reasonable expectations for the season -- effort is much more important than outcome

-respect the game and others (players, coaches, umpires). 


Equipment & Attire

Please make sure that for all practices and games your player is dressed and has their own:

-baseball glove

-baseball pants

-baseball shoes (cleats are strongly recommended)

-athletic supporter/cup 


We will provide each player with a baseball jersey, cap, belt, socks.  


The league also has batting helmets and bats that players can use.


Thanks and please feel free to contact me via email or phone with any questions.


Coach Neil Swartzberg, 510-862-2567

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