Tuesday's schedule

Here is the game schedule for Tuesday, May 26. All games are at 6 p.m. unless noted:
Major-minor baseball: Royals at Cardinals, Land O'Frost Field.
Major-minor baseball: Rockies at Pirates, ABC Roofing Field.
Minor baseball: Braves at Marlins, State Farm Field.
Minor baseball: Yankees/White Sox at Orioles, Rudy's Field.
Rookie softball: Blue Jays at Cardinals, Estes Chevy Field.
Major softball: Broad Ripple-Haverford Cubs at Liberty, 6:15 p.m., Allstate Field.
Major softball: Mystics at Broad Ripple-Haverford Angels, 6:15 p.m., BRH Diamond No. 3.

Note: Home teams must provide a volunteer for the concession stand.


Rookie baseball/T-ball end-of-season celebration

T-ball and rookie baseball players are invited to a special end-of-season celebration on Saturday, May 30, starting at 10:30 a.m. There will be games, prizes, photos and awards.


Pike H.S. baseball camp

Pike High School baseball coach Todd Webster and his staff will conduct a free one-day camp for Eagle Creek Little Leaguers from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. The sessions are for all players age 6 and up. No registration is required; just show up.



Confessions of a major league T-ball coach

If you're the parent of a rookie baseball, rookie softball or T-ball player, you'll enjoy this story from The New York Times by former major-league ballplayer Doug Glanville, as he learns to manage a team at this level. His observations may sound familiar.


Free Chevy youth baseball clinic

Chevrolet is hosting two FREE youth baseball instructional clinics for boys and girls ages 6-14* at Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians. Players will break out into age groups and rotate through stations to learn the essentials of hitting, fielding, throwing and more.

*Special needs participants of all ages are welcome to attend.

Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis — register NOW to secure your spot.

Sunday, June 7 – Session 1  
Check-In: 9 a.m.–9:45 a.m.  
Clinic: 10 a.m.–Noon
Snack: Noon
Sunday, June 7 – Session 2
Check-In: 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Clinic: 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Snack: 3:30 p.m.

Click here for more information.



The Matheny Manifesto

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who once managed his son's team, has some thoughts on the role of parents in youth sports that he has expressed in a book, The Matheny Manifesto. He talks about challenging his players' parents to not cheer during games, about how kids should play unstructured baseball, and about how Bob Knight sought out multi-sport athletes. You'll find this interview with Little League Baseball an interesting read.


Video corner

Indiana University catcher Brad Hartong, playing in the Big Ten tournament on Friday, demonstrates what you can accomplish by staying alert and thinking about the situation before the play. Watch his amazing double play:



We've got more photos

We asked for your photos, and some of you have sent them. We just added photos from a recent rookie softball game; go to "Photos" in the navigational bar above and look for "2015" to view them.

If you took photos at a game and would like to share, we'd love to post them. Send photos in an e-mail to eaglecreekll@yahoo.com with a subject line of "Photos."


Attention: Parents

>>> Dr. James Andrews is the world's foremost authority on pitching-related injuries. He has performed surgery to prolong the careers of many of today's top major-league pitchers.
   Tommy John surgery is a procedure in which the damaged ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow is replaced with another tendon on the body, such as from the forearm or hamstring. It is the most common surgery Andrews performs on young pitchers.
   In a 2012 ESPN.com story, he noted that while he once performed three or four Tommy John surgeries a year on high school athletes, that number had grown to three or four per week.
   Read his message for all Little League parents about overuse injuries.
>>> Click here to see an entertaining video and read what your kids don't want to see or hear you doing at their games.
>>> We even have hints on how to get that grass-stained uniform clean. Yes, there's a plug for a Little League national sponsor there, but before that are some helpful tips.


Before you buy equipment for your player

Click on the "Equipment" tab above for information about important equipment specifications, especially concerning composite bats in all age divisions.


Wanted: ECLL board members

Want more of a voice in the running of Eagle Creek Little League? Here's your chance. ECLL is seeking new members for its Board of Directors. Email us with your interest.


Pat Connaughton pitching

Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton is 2-sport star

Some may not know that Notre Dame basketball captain Pat Connaughton, who recently helped his team advance in the NCAA basketball tournament, is skilled at more than one sport.

He also has played baseball for the Fighting Irish, and has since been a pitching prospect in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

Click here to read an interview with Connaughton on his time playing in Little League and on being a multi-sport athlete. (Photo courtesy of Notre Dame Athletics)


Help us keep ECLL clean

Eagle Creek Little League has partnered with Ray's Recycling and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to keep our ballpark looking great and protect the environment. We need your help, too! Players, coaches and fans should use recycling containers located outside every dugout for plastic bottles and cans. Your garbage should go in one of the many trash cans throughout the ballpark. Please help ECLL by keeping recyclable materials out of our trash cans and by keeping the ECLL complex free of garbage. ECLL thanks Ray's and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for donating recycling containers and pick-up service during the 2014 season!


Think you know baseball rules?

There are a number of misconceptions concerning baseball rules, especially at the Little League level. Click here to see some of the biggest, perhaps some that you believed.


Help ECLL and yourself


Clicking here and filling out the quick online form it takes you to does two things: 1.) It shows Land O'Frost -- Eagle Creek Little League's most generous sponsor -- that you support ECLL; 2.) It brings you special offers on Land O'Frost lunch meats. It only takes a moment for a win-win result.