Batter Up - The Official Newsletter of TRELL
April 2018


Get those banners ready because Opening Day  is right around the corner. This year's theme: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Winning the Little League World Series! Players should arrive at the East Dover First Aid Squad on Saturday, April 14th at 9am. Be on the lookout for Buster from the BlueClaws as he will out celebrating with us. Opening ceremonies will begin at TRELL immediately following the parade. 
Welcome Home Party

Come join us for an adult night out to celebrate the beginning of the 2018 Spring season. The celebration begins at 6pm at Spicy's Bar and Grill in Seaside. Your $10 at the door is a donation to the league and you get a buffet dinner and drink specials. Also available that night, purchase the right to name a horse for Night at the Races or participate in the 50/50. 

We're happy to announce our involvement with Trinity Solar's Stewardship Program to help us raise money while providing you access to a no-cost solar installation.


ShopRite Gift Cards - The Best Way to Save Money on Registration!

Want to save money on your 2019 TRELL player registration? It's easy! All you need to do is purchase ShopRite gift cards in $100 increments and 5% will go toward next year's registration (For every $100 you purchase, you will receive $5.00 credit!)

Gift cards are available for sale between March 2018 and July 2018, plenty of time to reach your  goal of free registration!

Text Tracy Denora at 732-300-2465 or email her at tracydenora@aol.com for purchases.

Please note you cannot purchase these at ShopRite; they are only available through TRELL and only Tracy is selling them and she can meet you for purchase.

Team Donation
All teams are asked to donate either a gift basket or a gift card to our Night at the Races Fundraiser. Donations should be about $50 in value. Please drop them off on Opening Day, April 14th,  to the front of the First Aid Squad when you meet for the parade. If your donation is ready early, you can drop it off on Wed. April 4th at 6pm in the board room. 

Thank you in advance for your support!!!

Reserve a Table 
for Night at the Races

This year's event is sure to be big. What better way to make sure your team, family or friends can sit together than to claim a table in advance? For $50 a table, you can make sure you have seats together. Contact Jen Mika at (732) 598-0347 or by email at senoramika@gmail.com to reserve, but hurry. Only a limited amount of table reservations will be taken. 

2nd Annual Night at the Races

UPDATED INFORMATION...

The Second Annual Night at the Races will take place on April 28th, 2018 at the East Dover First Aid Building. Gates will open at 6pm. 

This is sure to be a great event. Watch the horses race on the big screen at the event. Place a bet and you just may be a winner! Amazing baskets can be won at this event or you may be lucky at our Wine Wall. There will be a photo booth to have fun with and a special door prize given away. 

Music and other great surprises are planned for the evening. BYO food and drink, invite your friends, and save the date because this is one night you don't want to miss. Admission: FREE!

Business owners- if you can donate items or services, contact Christine Toth at Christinehumbert@yahoo.com

Want to name a horse? Horses will be selling for $10 each. Contact Melissa O'Neill at Melissaoneill818@gmail.com for naming rights.   

Discount Cards and Saver Magazines

Return all Save Around Books that are not sold back to your team mom. Also, additional discount cards can be purchased for $20 each. Contact Christine Toth at  Christinehumbert@yahoo.com. 

A Few Bat Stickers Left...

As outdoor practices have begun, it is important to adhere to the new bat rules. Anyone in tee ball 4/5 or Rookie 6 can contact Shaun McHugh for bat stickers for $5.00 each. There are a limited number of stickers remaining. 

Shaun McHugh -  smchugh81@gmail.com

Coaches Corner
BE CAREFUL NOT TO 
BECOME A NEGATIVE COACH
                      
The team you lead is a reflection and extension of yourself and is also
ultimately  a reflection and an extension of Toms River East Little League.  Always keep in mind how hard of a game baseball is to play.  For hitters. the law of averages are always against you.  You cannot hide when a ground ball goes between your legs.  As a Coach, the ball between the legs or a dropped lazy fly is an opportunity to say:
EVERYONE DROPS A BALL SOMETIMES

Never embarrass a player on the field.  It is better to speak with your player inside the dugout and go over the situation to see what the player was thinking and how we could make it better next time.  The pressures of the game especially with all the parents watching are plenty for them to handle without adding negativity.   Baseball is much better played when you are loose and relaxed.  Making your players tight never works out well!

As a Coach ask yourself:  Is sportsmanship, ethics and morals a big part of my coaching philosophy?

I am of the opinion that the "win-at-all-costs " mentality in youth baseball will destroy the focus of player development and ultimately destroy the player's love of the game.   With that said I strongly urge all TRELL Coaches : DON'T HARP ON MISTAKES!  Our job should be to T EACH AND ENCOURAGE.

Wayne Cimorelli



Opening Day 
Saturday, 
April 14th

and later that evening...
Welcome Home Party 
at Spicy's in Seaside Heights @ 6pm

Picture Day
April 28, 2018

Night at the Races 
April 28, 2018
East Dover First Aid Bldg.
Garfield Avenue

General Meeting 
May 8, 2018 
@ 7pm
East Dover First Aid Building
Garfield Avenue

Blue Claws Day
May 12, 2018

Family Fun Day
June 2, 2018


General Meeting 
July 10, 2018 
@ 7pm
East Dover First Aid Building
Garfield Avenue

General Meeting 
September 11, 2018 @7pm
East Dover First Aid Bldg.
Garfield Avenue

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EVENT DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!
Show pride in our community by cleaning up after yourself at the end of a game. Let's keep TRELL looking great for everyone to enjoy! Thank you for your help! 
Our online store is open!
Don't forget to stop in the Spirit Store, located next to the concession stand! We have sweatshirts, mom shirts, hockey jerseys, beanie hats, and some of the new designs in youth sizes!! Cash, check, and credit cards accepted!  Don't forget to check out the online store too!! Click here to shop!

For Sale
Heart Guards are $20.00 and there is limited quantity available. 
Contact Paul Mika, Equipment Director
 732 208 9062
PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE TRELL TD BANK AFFINITY PROGRAM

Fischer Blvd Branch
Ph.732-288-9393
to see how you can benefit while also helping TRELL and Our Members

Rules and Regulations Updates
During their annual November meeting, the Little League® International Board of Directors approved new rule and regulation changes to go into effect for the 2018 season.

Highlighting some of the changes in 2018 are: the establishment of a waiver for Regulation I(d) and III(c) to provide leagues flexibility to structure their Little League Baseball® Major Division to allow teams to have more than eight league age 12-year-olds as well as accommodate more than 10 teams within the division; permission for leagues to stream/web-cast games through their league-owned website, official social media account, or other digital platforms granted they follow all Little League policies regarding commercialization and trademarks; and an update to the bat rule for all Baseball and Challenger divisions to comply with the USABat Standard.

To assist with understanding all of the newly approved changes, Little League has also created a  full breakdown of all of the rule and regulation changes, including clarification on each. This page, found at  LittleLeague.org/Rules, will be updated frequently with any new rule and regulation changes.

Need Some New Gear?
If you are heading out this month to buy some gear for your players, head on over to Modell's and use  TRELL's 2018 Modell's Team Week Coupon. There is NO easier way to fund raise for the league. Just present this coupon at checkout (in person only) and you get 15% while 5% of your purchase goes back to the league. You can either print this out or display the coupon on your phone for them to scan. It's that easy! Coupon is good through April 8th, 2018.

TRELL DAY
May 12th
Join us for a great community event! The game starts at 4:05pm but the TRELL tailgate begins at 1:00pm. All TRELL players are invited to wear their uniforms and march in a parade around the warning track before the game. In addition, players in Teeball 4/5 and Rookie 6 will get tickets to the play area. 

Tickets are $10 each and be sure to sell as many tickets as you can. Great awards for the those who sell the most. 

Farm 7/8 and Triple A- The team that sells the most gets to have their players join the players on the field for the national anthem and first pitch. 

Majors- The team that sells the most tickets will get BlueClaws hats for every player on the team. 

Juniors/Seniors- The teams that sell the most tickets will get to play a game on the BlueClaws field. 

Finally, the two TRELL players who sell the most tickets individually will get to throw out the first pitches of the game. 

Team Moms must have orders in by April 22nd to Melissa O'Neill. 

Toms River East Little League | 732-270-9191 | info@tomsrivereast.com | http://www.tomsrivereast.com
PO Box 635,  Toms River, NJ 08754

Editor:  Melissa O'Neill - Melissaoneill818@gmail.com