Drop In Softball Batting Cage Clinics @ Layritz Park 2:00 - 4:00pm
Dates: Saturday Feb 7th Saturday Feb 14th Saturday Feb 21st Saturday Feb 28th
Welcome New and Returning Board Members!
The 2014 AGM was well attended on Nov 2nd. We welcome those new to the Layritz Board, thank those returning, and wish a fond farewell (but not good-bye) to those who gave their time but will not return to the board.
Opening Day - Saturday April 11th
Opening day is scheduled for Saturday, April 11th
Opening Ceremonies starts at 12 Noon. Team Photos are throughout the day - Team Schedule to be posted
Parking (more info) is always challenging during opening days, please respect Residential Parking signs, drive slowly in the lot (there are a lot of children around), don't block others in, and remember the free Tech Park parking.
Watch the web site for more up to information and schedules...
Annual General Meeting - Nov 2nd 7-8pm Commonwealth - Arbutus Room
David Belisle's Full Little League World Series Ending Motivational and Inspirational Speech
After his Rhode Island team, Cumberland American, was eliminated from the Little League World Series Monday night, Belisle delivered a welcome dose of perspective and encouragement to his teary-eyed troops in an impassioned postgame speech.
Fallball is now Fall Clinics - Sept. 2014
Due to dwindling interest, we will not be hosting a Fall Ball program this year.
However, we WILL be hosting clinics for ALL players (including our graduates)
who played Majors BB in 2014 and all those who wish to play Majors BB in 2015.
The clinics will be twice per week but the days and times will be changing to help accommodate other sports' conflicts.
The plan is for half the time to be on skill development and half on an intra-squad game.
The cost is ONLY $35 which is half of Fall Ball in the past and economical for those who may only be able to attend half the sessions due to other commitments.
Game Schedule:(All in Eastern Standard Time - 3 hours earlier than PST) August 3, 2014 @ 3pmCanada (2) vs West (0) - Rained Delay - Game played @ 6pm Eastern. August 4, 2014 @ 5:30pmCanada (1) vs Southeast (4) August 5, 2014 @ 3pmCanada (4) vs Southwest (5) August 6, 2014 - Bye August 7, 2014 @ 3pmCanada(11) vs Asia-Pacific(0) August 8, 2014 @ 1pm Canada (4)vs Europe-Africa (0)
Follow the games LIVE!
11/12 Softball Canadians
The 11/12 Softball Canadians will be held at Hampton Park, August 1-4
Opening Ceremonies Friday August 1 @ 2pm / Followed by a Skills Competition.
Game 1 Saturday August 2 @ noon
Game 2 Sunday August 3 @ noon
Game 3 Sunday August 3 @ 4pm
Game 4 Monday August 4 @ noon
Game 5 Monday August 4 @ 4pm
Closing Ceremonies will be held after 1 team has won 3 games.
This year the Hampton 11/12 All-stars will be the host team and they will be competeing against the South Windsor 11/12 All-Stars for the opportunity to represent Canada at the Little League World Series.
Beacon Hill infielder Sam Zacharias tries to catch Layritz baserunner Aiden Heintz in a run-down during round-robin action at the Little League District 7 Championship at Ambassador Park on Thursday.
11-12 Baseball District Tournament
This year's District Tournament will be hosted by Lakehill Little League and will run from July 5th - July 13th.
The Layritz 11-12 Baseball All Stars have been hard at work practicing long hours and refining their game plan. Look over the schedule and come out and cheer on the team as they play for District 7 bragging rights and the opportunity to move on to the 11-12 Baseball Provincial Championships to be held in North LangleyJuly 19th - 29th.
- Sat July 5th, 1:15 Opening Ceremonies - Sat July 5th, 5:30 Central Saanich vs Layritz (W) - Sun July 6th, 5:00 National vs Layritz (W) - Wed July 9th, 3:00 Lake Hill vs Layritz (L) - Thu July 10th, 6:00 Beacon Hill vs Layritz (W) - Fri July 11th, 6:00 Hampton vs Layritz (W)
- Sat July 12th, 1pm (2nd) Lakehill vs (3rd) Beacon Hill (W)
- Sat July 12th, 4pm (1st) Layritz (W) vs (4th) Central Saanich
- Sun July 13th, 1pm Championship Game - Layritz (L) vs Beacon Hill
CongradulationsBeacon Hill the 2014 11-12 District 7 Champions.
9-10 Baseball District Tournament
The Layritz 9-10 Baseball All-Star Team has been very busy practicing over the past 2 weeks to get ready for the District TournamentJun 28 - Jul 6. The tournament is hosted by Beacon Hill Little League - all games will be played at Hollywood Park on Fairfield road.
Look over the schedule below and come out to support the team as the boys play for the opportunity to move on to the Provincial Championships in Trail BCJuly 11- 19.
- Saturday June 28 @ 11am Beacon Hill (9) vs Layritz (6) - Loss - Sunday June 29 @ 2pm Layritz (10) vs Hampton(0) - Win - Monday June 30 @ 3pm Layritz(16) vs National(6) - Win - Tuesday July 1 @ 5pm Layritz(14) vs Lakehill (3) - Win - Wednesday July 2 @ 6pm Layritz(10) vs Central Saanich (4) - Loss
Semi-Finals: - Saturday July 5 @ 1pm (2nd)Layritz vs (3rd) Lakehill - Loss - Saturday July 5 @ 4pm (1st) Beacon Hill vs 4th Hampton
- Sunday June 6 @ 1pm Winner of (2nd vs 3rd) - Lakehill vs Winner of (1st vs 4th) - Beacon Hill
Congratulations - Beacon Hill and best of luck representing District 7 in Trail!
Layritz Hosting Softball Tournament for Minor and Majors - June 22-26th
Congratulations to the Beacon Hill Minor Softball Tournament Team who won Gold at the 9-10 Minor Softball District Championships.
Layritz won Silver and Hampton won Bronze.
All the girls displayed great sportsmanship and represented their home parks well. It was a fun tournament and we look forward to seeing all the girls next season!
Also, the Major Girls Softball All-Stars from Layritz and Beacon Hill participated in the inaugural Bea-Ritz Softball Challenge. The goal of this event was to emphasize the Little League values of character, courage and loyalty and to ensure that the girls had a positive end of season event. The idea of MVP was introduced with coaches taking a minute to address the other team and share what they saw in terms of outstanding effort, sportsmanship and/or achievement. Despite the scores tallied both teams played exceptionally well and the games and skills were much closer than the scores reveal. Players and coaches all represented their home parks well and exemplified the values of good sportsmanship, discipline, fairplay, teamwork and most importantly, fun! We look forward to a rematch in 2015 and an increase in the number of teams participating.
Closing Ceremonies - Saturday June 21st 2pm (or so)
NOTE TIME CHANGE FROM 1:15pm to 2:00pm
It's time to "wave" goodbye to the end of the 2014 regular season.
Closing Ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, June 21st starting at approximately 2:00pm (after both championship Major Baseball and Softball games are complete).
Parking typically is at a premium this day so remember to use common sense and do not block others in, drive slowly to avoid children in the lot, and consider using Vancouver Island Tech Parking Lot (free) off Markham Road to avoid frustration.
WINNER! - City Minor Tournament - National - June 16 - 22nd
The winner of the regular minor baseball season, BC Greenhouse Builders, is representing Layritz at the 2014 City Minor Tournament hosted at National (Cook and Hillside) on Jerry Hale field.
Game#1 - Mon Jun 16 6pm at Oaklands - 15-0 Win vs. National (host) - mercied in the 4th; the bats must have been on fire!
Game#2 - Tue Jun 17 6pm at Oaklands - 17-8 Win vs. Hampton
Game#3 - Thu Jun 19 6pm at National - 7-8 Loss vs. Central Saanich
Game#4 - Sat Jun 21 3pm at National - 11-8 Win vs. Central Saanich (Game#1 of Championship Double Knockout) - Down by NEVER OUT, way to go boys!
Game#5 - Sun Jun 22 10am at National - 6-4 Win vs. Central Saanich (Game#2 of Championship Double Knockout)
A huge congratulations goes out the a resilient boys (and coaches) of BC Greenhouse Builders, in an exciting game the boys never let up and pulled out a 4-6 win!
Check out the photos of the boys celebrating their win!
Coaches Dinner - Saturday June 21st - 6pm
To show our appreciation for the time and effort our coaches give to the kids, we remind the coaches (from all divisions) to reserve some time for annual Coaches' Dinner held the evening of closing ceremonies at Layritz Park (Saturday June 21st, starting at around 6pm).
Good food, the coaches' softball game, and great stories from throughout the season make for a fun time for all (spouses or a guest is welcome - no kids).
The main meal and beverages are included, but appies and desserts are welcome.
Photo Retakes are In...
Photo Retakes are in
come pick them up in a clearly labelled box
in the upstairs clubhouse
Standings - Coaches Submit Scores
STANDINGS POSTED - Check Playoff Schedules (where applicable) All DIRECTORS have NOW provided official standings
Note: auto-calculated standings are not official.
(Little League Ruling) - W/L/T, Head-to-Head, Runs For/Against Ratio.
REQUEST: Photos from the 2014 Season
We're looking for PHOTOS you'd like to share of the 2014 Season. Please submit them as an email attachment (~200KB per photo is the quality we're looking for) to Photos@Layritz.ca and check the Photo tab to see them posted later.
A copy of the game schedule and scores are on our Schedules tab for under "Hampton Fun Tournament". (Note all scores and standings are unofficial as updates are based on email from coaches and the corkboard outside of the Hampton concession).
Highlights - Evan Carson's Grand Slam over the left field fence during the 2nd inning on Diamond 2 (Game #7 on the schedule),
- The boys have made it to the playoff round, thanks to two standup triples by Alex Hawey! This first cleared the bases and gave them a great lead.
- The playoff round started with the boys having a 6 to 1 lead after only two innings. They just couldn't hold onto against the #1 Round-Robin position Beacon Hill team, that just never gave into the though of losing.
- Despite the loss, the team represented Layritz and themselves well. They showed good composure and sportsmanship along the way. Way to go boys! Let's hope they take the lessons learned and drive-to-win back to the in-house games!
All Games Cancelled or To Be Rescheduled
Thursday May 8th
Major Clinic Cancelled - May 5 - Standing Water
No Major Baseball Clinics
Monday May 5th @ 5-8pm
because of standing water
on the Major diamond.
Slushie Saturdays starts May 3rd!
Slushie Saturdays start May 3rd and continue untilJune 14th
This week's sponsor, Nav Canada, is kindly sponsoring free slushie day to those players in uniform on Saturday May 24th!
A huge "Thank You" goes out to the them for their continued generosity. Please show your appreciation by supporting them with your business.
New Foods at the Concession! Yummmmmmmm
The rumor is deliciously true! Layritz is introducing Pancake Saturdays.
Beginning this Saturday April 26thfrom 9am until 11am and every Saturday until the end of the season, our dedicated Concession Director, Ian Hawey, will be flipping pancakes for two hours.
The menu will be limited to pancakes, coffee and hot chocolate (of course candy juice and pop will also be available) until 11am when the rest of the kitchen staff arrives for their weekend shifts. For $2.50 you'll get your plate of four fresh pancakes. Pending popularity and success, extra food items may be added in the coming weeks.
If there are any volunteer Blast Ball parents that have not worked the concession before, this could be an easy intro to the activities of the concession. Drop Ian an email at email@example.com if would like to help out. He only needs a couple of volunteers weekly to help take money, serve drinks, and hand out utensils.
But that's not all... Starting Friday April 25th, by popular request..... POUTINE will also be servered on a trial basis. If you were one of the requestors, give it a try and pass on the word.
Major Baseball Clinics - Monday April 28, May 5, May 12 5:00-8:00
The Major Baseball Division is hosting an All Team Major Baseball Division clinic the upcoming Mondays on the Major Diamond.
Please let your coaches and eligible players know. The dates are currently Mondays - April 28th 5:30-8:30pm, May 5th, and May 12th from 5:00-8:00pm (note time change).
Come prepared in proper full ball gear (but not team jersey) and water bottle for loads of fun and to improve your game.
IMPORTANT REGISTRATION NEWS
At this time registration is CLOSED for all divisions of play at Layritz Little League except for our 13-16 year old Softball Program.
If you are interested in Fall Baseball please check back in August 2014.
Registration for our 2015 season will begin in late January 2015 - hope to see you there!
Big League Experience Clinic - April 18-19 (Hampton Park)
Big League Experience and the Okanagan Softball Camp
Head Instructor Marty Lehn, Former Canadian Olympic team coach and Milwaukee Brewers scout,invites Baseball and Softball players to come out and get prepared for the 2014 season.Join Marty and his group of high level coaches for a great weekend of drills and coaching designedto get you ready for the up and coming season.
The BLE VICTORIA SUPER CLINIChas limited spacing so please do not delay in signing up today.For further clinic information, visit: http://www.hamptonlittleleague.orgor call Kim Dirk @ 250-686-9614
We'd like to thank all those that put in countless hours behind the scenes doing everything from registering players, depositing those checks, organizing divisions, training umpires, training coaches, trimming the grass, building pitching mounds, hauling in bags of lime, emailing parents, sizing uniforms, ordering tshirts and hats, cleaning up and ordering equpiment from multi-size baseballs and softballs to catcher throat protectors and new bats, puting in new lighting in the batting cage, scheduling in-house and interlock games, making sure umpires are there for those games, having fresh oil for the deep fryers (plus a total concession make-over!), getting fancy new sponsorship signs made up, finding new sponsors and keeping contact with old ones, making sure the aging slushie machine is ready for a full season ahead, and picking up extra buns for the concession! (This list could go on for miles as you can well see!)
Remember, Little League is run on volunteerism. So, if you have the urge to be a part of our great community, give us a shout and help out at firstname.lastname@example.org. And even if you are feeling unsure about how you can contribute, we've got a lot of great people willing to help show you the ropes.
Sponsorships Page 'Broken'
In the process of updating all our new and returning sponsors (many for over 20 years!), the sponsorship page is currently "busted". I am actively working on it to get all our gracious sponsors listed.
Sponsors: Thank you for your ongoing support...
Opening Day is April 12th
Opening Day is April 12th Opening Cermonies start at NOON at the Major Diamond (D3)
Park Cleanup Day - Sun Mar 30 9am-4pm / Apr 6 if needed!
PARK CLEANUP DAY - Sunday March 30th & April 6th from 9am-4pm - All Divisions
We've made a list, checked it twice, and detailed all the repairs and cleanup that need to go on all around the park,
including the concession area and batting cage.
So grab your shovel, edger, bucket, broom, weed trimmers, cleaning supplies (concession), etc. and come help out.
An hour or two of your time will go a long way in getting the park ready for opening day.
Check in at the concession when you arrive to see where you can help out the most - all skill levels welcome!
You will likely be assigned to the diamond where your kids play, but help is needed everywhere.
Each diamond will be assigned a team lead and have "to do" lists posted in the dug outs.
Let's make the park be welcoming and shine for everyone to enjoy!
MAJOR BASEBALLTRYOUTS CANCELLEDFEB 22nd and 23rd - The weather and the fields are NOT in any shape to safely accommodate tryouts. Stay tuned for an email from the Vice President of Baseball regarding future tryouts dates, times, and locations.
is starting it's Tryouts Saturday Feb 22nd at 12:30pm for Returning Majors; (who only have to attend a single session); for all other players, their sessions start at 2:30pm on the 22nd (and must attend TWO). Check the Assessment Schedule for FULL details and additional SESSION days.
WebSite Host Maintenance - Site Outage - Feb 24th 8-9pm PST
Our website host is upgrading their network infrastructure with new hardware on Monday, February 24th, 2014 between 8pm and 9pm Pacific time. They are estimating a short outage of 30-60 minutes, but with unforeseen issues possibly arising it may be slightly longer. Please just come back to our site a bit later and we should be all good again!
2014 Tryout and Assessments Schedules - Late Feb/March
Due to the recent rainy weather and the forecast for more rain this weekend our softball diamond is too wet to be usable this weekend.
As such the minor and major softball assessments scheduled for Sunday March 9 have been CANCELLED. If you know of any other players who have not yet registered but were planning to come out to this assessment please pass this message along.
Also we are moving the assessments scheduled for Saturday March 15 from the Layritz softball diamond to the Field House at Pearkes Recreation Centre behind Tillicum Mall in case the diamond does not dry up sufficiently by next weekend.
Minor softball assessments for girls born in 2003, 2004 and 2005 will run from 3:30 - 5pm.
Major softball assessments for girls born in 2001 and 2002 will run from 5 - 6:30pm.
A second date for assessment will be Sunday March 23 outdoors on the softball diamond at Layritz.
Minor softball players born in years 2003, 2004 and 2005 will be assessed from noon until 1:30pm.
Major softball players born in years 2001 and 2002 will be assessed from 1:30pm until 3:00pm.
Wear you ball cleats for this assessment as we will be outdoors on the diamond and the grass and bring your glove, helmet and a water bottle.
- Major Baseball - Fri Feb 28 & Sat Mar 1.
- Rookie-Minor Baseball - Mon Mar 24.
- Minor Baseball - Tue Mar 25.
Umpire Clinics - March 29/30
The District 7 Umpire Clinic will be held again this year
at Layritz on Saturday March 29th and Sunday March 30th. See the [Umpires] tab for full details.
Note: The Intermediate clinic on Sunday is for experienced
umpires with 2+ years umping experience and must be 14+ years old.
Sat April 5th, 2014 - Dr. Geoff Pratt will be here at Layritz...
April 5th - 9-Noon - Dr. Geoff Pratt - Layritz ClubHouse / Major Diamond / Batting Cage - TeeBall to Mini-Minors
April 5th - 1-4pm - Dr. Geoff Pratt - Layritz ClubHouse / Major Diamond / Batting Cage - Rookie Minors to Majors/Jr. Softball
Bring your glove, some water, and dress appropriately for on-field, batting cage, and classroom instruction.
Our player agent has graciously offered to run another registration date on Feb 22nd from 1-4pm (during the Major Baseball Assessments) at the Clubhouse. All players from all divisions who have not registered yet should do so then.
Interested in playing with Layritz Little League this year? Please review all the information listed on our Registration 2014 page (located in the left sidebar).
To be eligible to play at Layritz you must reside within our catchment OR attend a school that is located in our catchment. A complete list of eligible schools is posted below as well as a link to a form that must be completed by the school principle or vice-principle.
Registration will take place in the clubhouse on Jan 25 & 26 and Feb 1 & 2 between 1 -4 pm. Each registration must be accompanied by registration fee (cash or cheque), fundraising fee (cash or cheque), uniform deposit (separate cheque only - dated July 1, 2014) and concession deposit (separate cheque only - dated April 1, 2014). If you have more than one player in your family, all the registration fees and fundraising fees can be paid together however each player will require a separate uniform deposit (Rookie Minor and above) and a separate concession deposit (tee-ball and above). No player will be turned away for financial reasons, please feel free to discuss options with any of our executive members.
Each family is required to commit to a maximum of 2 concession shifts per player to a maximum of 4 shifts per family. Final number of shifts will be determined once it is confirmed how many days the concession will be open and operating. Every effort is made to give families a choice of time and ample notice and we appreciate everyones assistance in ensuring that the concession is adequately staffed to remain open. Revenue from concession operations fund most activities in the park as well a equipment and field maintenance.
We are looking forward to another fantastic season at Layritz Little League!
IMPORTANT RULE CHANGES REGARDING ELIGIBILITY TO REGISTER FOR 2014 SEASON
In an effort to accommodate Little Leaguers to play with their classmates, and ease the burden on parents and guardians, Little League has amended its residency requirements to allow children to play in the local league whose boundaries where they attend school is located.
This means that you can register your player at Layritz Little League if they attend one of the following schools (regardless of whether your residence is inside our boundary):
Prospect Lake Elementary
Eagle View Elementary
Strawberry Vale Elementary
Cordova Bay Elementary
Royal Oak Middle
"Little League is always looking for more ways to give all children the opportunity to have the best Little League experience possible," said Patrick Wilson, Little League Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development. "This new rule will provide more flexibility for families to participate in the leagues that best fits their children."