ECLL in district all-star tournaments

Indiana District 8 all-star tournaments are upon us. Here is how each of Eagle Creek Little League's squads is doing:
Major softball: lost to Eagledale 10-9; beat Broad Ripple-Haverford 22-12; beat Eagledale 5-3; next game vs. Zionsville, Tuesday, June 30, 6 p.m., Zionsville Diamond 3.
10 baseball: lost to Eagledale 6-4; lost to Southmont 6-5.
9 baseball: lost to Brownsburg 9 White 18-3; next game: vs. Washington Twp., Tuesday, June 30, 8 p.m., Scamahorn Park, Pittsboro.
Major baseball: lost to Avon 15-2; next game: vs. Broad Ripple-Haverford/Danville loser, Wednesday, July 1, 7 p.m., Plainfield.
10-11 baseball: vs. Zionsville, Tuesday, July 7, 8 p.m., Brownsburg Diamond 2.
Senior League baseball: vs. Danville/Broad Ripple-Haverford winner, Wednesday, July 8, 6 p.m., Zionsville Diamond 1.
Junior League baseball: vs. Danville/Eagledale winner, Sunday, July 12, 3:30 p.m., Zionsville Diamond 1.

Giants win Junior League Presidents Cup

ECLL dominated the Junior League Baseball Presidents Cup interleague tournament, with two of our teams facing each other in the championship game on Saturday. The Giants edged the Padres 8-7, after each team defeated a Zionsville team in the semifinals.

Longworth Invitational July 17-19

Eagle Creek Little League will again host the Dave Longworth Invitational tournaments for 8-under (coach pitch) and 9-under teams, on July 17-19 (league age as of December 2015). Registration is $300; teams are guaranteed four games. Everyone receives a participation medal; first- and second-place teams in each division receive trophies. No travel teams, please. For more information or to register, e-mail us at, or call (317) 409-8497.

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.

Video corner

Watch a most unusual home run by the Astros' Carlos Correa:

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.

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 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.