I just wanted to send out a quick note to welcome all of you 2021 Dodgers. With the last year I'm sure I'm not the only one really looking forward to getting out for fun team activity. I will be coaching the team this year with Coach Guerard. We will make sure that all of the kids get three things from this year; a foundational set of skills and understanding of the game, some good exercise, and fun.
As for me, I've been a part of LAFA for a bit over a decade. I've coached everything from Kickball, T-ball, and Farm, as well as 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U softball. Alex's sisters have kept me busy on that front for sure. I really do try to ensure all of the kids enjoy their time on the team so as to be excited about continuing to play as they get older. In that vein I also work to ensure that the kids all build the skills that will let them play well, and thus have more fun. If you've looked at our schedule for the year you've seen that we have games scheduled on Thursdays and Saturdays. I will ensure that at least half of our time on Thursdays is dedicated to building the foundational skills and understanding in hitting, fielding, base running and an overall understanding of the game itself. I've found that the kids get more enjoyment from the game when they feel like they know what they are doing. But most of all they feed off of our energy so all the cheering and support you can offer is always great. If there are things you'd like to be involved in please just let us know. If there are areas where you or your child are concerned or stressed please let us know that as well so we can ensure this is entirely an enjoyable season for them.
As for the logistics and equipment, please don't think that your child needs to get pro level equipment for this year. As your child gets older and farther into the game there is plenty of time to spend WAY too much money on equipment. :-) For now each child just needs their own glove. With COVID it is being requested that the kids have their own batting helmets as well. There are some LAFA units available if neeeded though. Cleats are not required at this level; sneakers will be fine. If your child already has cleats for any other sport those will certainly work as well (assuming they aren't metal of course). There will be bats for the kids to use so no need to buy anything special there. I should have our shirts for next Thursday (4/15).
Thursday we will be on Abbott field, which is up the hill at the very back of LAFA. If you go the last parking lot on the left as you drive in the field is just up the hill beyond that lot. I look forward to meeting you all then. Should you want to reach out with any questions or info before then my email and cell are always at your disposal.