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Fall Ball 2019 Registration Closes 8.16.19
by posted 08/14/2019


Fall Ball

Thunder Families,

If you are looking for an option to extend your baseball season or supplement your soccer, basketball, or football season on Sunday's, fall ball may be right for you. Very limited practice and double header games on Sundays for 9-14's age group. Check with your current coach to see what his plans are for fall. Players can request coaches or friends to play with during the fall. Game results will not be submitted or recorded with the league, however, we will have an end of season tournament. Teams from Thunder, Brighton and North Thornton are forming now. Below is a summary for 2019:

 

Fall Ball 2019:

 

June 1, 2019--Fall Ball Registration Opens. Accepting COACHES applications now!

 

Click on the REGISTER NOW button on the home page.

 

August 16th Friday--Fall Ball Registration closes.

August 26th -- Fall Ball Teams set and coaches notified by September 1, 2019.

No games on Labor Day Weekend - September 1, 2019.

September 8th --Sunday--First Game (see Team Pages on 9/4) shirts distributed at BIP

October 20, end of season tournament. October 27, make up end of season (if necessary)

 

For 2019, we will have the following age divisions: Machine Pitch, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, and 13/14 age groupings.  Players will play in the age group for the 2020 season.

Fall Ball games are played every Sunday, with very few (if any) practices.

The 7/8 year olds play one game every Sunday, 6 to 8 games total. Shirts are included (red and white) in $135.00 registration fees and "End of Season" tournament included for all teams.

The 9/10, 11/12, 13/14 year olds play double headers every Sunday, 12-16 games per season.  Shirts are included (red and white) in $195.00 registration fees and "End of Season" tournament included for all teams.

Are you interested in machine pitch?


Machine pitch is a great way to develop young players (6-8 year olds). Typically the kids see more consistent pitching and are taught that they have to hit (no walks). Shirts are included (red and white) in $135.00 registration fees and "End of Season" tournament included for all teams.

This creates a great environment to develop skills in the field as well, as you see many more fielding opportunities because kids are hitting and not walking. Machine pitch is not for very beginners, players should be able to throw, catch, and play baseball for the length of a game (1.5 hours).

If you are interested in machine pitch, email Lisa Dittberner  at:      

 

https://2019 Fall Ball Summary 5.30.19.pdf

 

https://2019 Consolidated - Fall Baseball League Rules Mgmt.pdf

 

https://2019 Machine Pitch Rules Fall Ball.pdf

 

General Rules for Fall Games. Play normal summer rules (RMJBL), with the exception of:

  1. Each team supplies a new game ball to the umpire at the start of the game (Have a second new ball or good ball in reserve)
  2. Pitchers (9 -14) can only pitch 2 innings in a game, HS Pitchers can pitch 4 Innings
  3. Catchers can only catch 3 innings per game; HS catchers have no inning restrictions
  4. No more than 5 runs allowed by a team in any inning. Once you reach 5 runs, switch sides
  5. NO RUN RULES, so play the full 1:45 or 6 innings, 1:30 or 6 innings for 8U Machine Pitch/8U Kid Pitch Games. There are no mercy rules in Fall, use your discretion and if your team is clearly overmatching the other team, work on other plays, don’t pitch your best pitcher, etc.
  6. Be responsible adults, you can keep score but we don't keep standings.
  7. Go over ground rules before the games and come to an understanding about how you want the game to be played (stealing, leading off for younger teams, etc.). Talk it out with the opposing coach and the umpires. Come to an agreement on rules. Some teams are moving into new rules and trying to teach the game plus new rules such as stealing, leading off, etc.
  8. Teams MUST bat their entire lineups, free defensive substitutions: No Exceptions –No penalty if a player is hurt or cannot finish the game, simply skip that batter in the line-up.
  9. Rule: Keep it Lite-Have Fun-Help the develop the players.
  10. Here are the distances we will use in the fall:

Age

Pitching

Bases

MP/8U Kid

Pitch

40’ for Kid Pitch

60’

  9/10U

46’

65’

  11/12U

50’

70’

  13/14U

54’

80’ (14’s can play 60/90 please determine at game time)

 

  • Machine Pitch 7/8U Kid Pitch:  1h 30 min game times Final batter can finish the At Bat, but the game ends after that)
  • Kid Pitch 9-14’s: 1h 45 min game times (game ends at 1:45 no exceptions) Final batter can finish the At Bat, but the game ends after that) - We have limited daylight, so we need to keep the games moving.
  • Special Rules for Rookie 9-Year Old/8U Kid Pitch Teams (Most rookie teams at 9 are just experiencing Kid Pitch for the first time):
  • Leading Off permitted if agreed to by coaches
  • Dropped 3rd Strikes result in an out
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Team Fundraising at CU!
by posted 08/13/2019


Buffs

Thunder Families,

Based on many requests for fundraising, here is an opportunity to support your Thunder Baseball or Thunder Academy specific team. We are partnering with Levy Restaurants to provide concessions at CU football games.

All funds raised go to your specific team account. Use the link below to sign up and make a note what team you want the funds directed.   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4fa5a928a20-fundraising

 

Heidi Ledesma (  ) is the main POC and Mandy Schuwerk is her co-pilot  ( )

Some training is required (see below).

Thunder Baseball League

Fundraising at CU Boulder

Thunder Baseball League is excited to have been given the opportunity to join the Fundraising Team with Buffs Hospitality at CU Boulder to earn funds for team fees! Thunder Baseball will be running a concession stand for all 6 home football games starting in September at Folsom Field.  You can earn a minimum of $75 per person or up to 11% commission on all food and beer sold in our designated stand. Shifts average 6-7 hours.  Information on parking, uniform and check in will be given to Coaches to pass along to all volunteers. If you are 16 and older and would like to take advantage of this fun and exciting opportunity, please sign up below. Positions for 16-17 year olds are very limited. Only 4 per game. All other volunteers must be 18 or older. Please remember, we are taking the place of employees.  Your attendance is required once you sign up.  Gather all your friends and family members and sign up today! Please remember to add your Coach's name and sign up in the proper slot.  Thank you for your support!

 

Responsible Alcohol Service online course is mandatory for all volunteers before 1st shift.  Instructions are attached in the link below. 

  1. Saturday, August 24 – 10:30am – 12:30pm
  2. Monday, August 26 – 6pm – 8pm
  3. Wednesday, August 28 – 6pm-  8pm

Parking – Paid parking at Folsom Garage, Folsom St. and Stadium Dr. (or park where you choose)

Come to glass  doors at Gate 9 at Folsom Field.  Take the elevator up to level 5 and go to your left.

Please be on time

*child care will not be provided. 

Please we ask that all volunteers take the course right away and complete the background check document.  

 

https://RAS Online Instructions - NPO.docx

https://2018 NPO Background Check Authorization.pdf

 

 

 

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Thunder moving to DSG Blue Sombrero Platform!
by posted 07/12/2019


DSG TSHQ

Thunder Baseball Families,

In coordination with RMJBL, we will be moving our website to Dicks Sporting Goods - Blue Sombrero Team Sports Headquarters platform. This is much more modern platform that is provided free by our sponsor DSG. All the member areas voted late 2018 to migrate to this new platform for scheduling and league communication. If you would like to preview our new home page, it will be located at:

https://tshq.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2654155

This link is available on our current website www.thunder-baseball.org  landing page now.

The page will be under construction for the next few weeks and we will be making dynamic changes periodically. We will be running both web sites until the end of 2019. We will be moving all the necessary folders and files over to the new site over time. Please provide any feedback regarding the site.

Registration and communication for 2019 fall ball will be on the current website at www.thunder-baseball.org . New coaches applications will be on this site, the fall 2019 teams, and game schedule.

All 2020 spring players will need to set up new family and player information, since we were not able to port the old information over from our current League Athletic/SI Sports database to Blue Sombrero. 2020 spring registration opens July 15, 2019 on our new platform.

Thunder Academy website is still located at www.Thunder-Academy.com and is connected to the Team Snap platform.

Our goal is to be pro-active in our communication and should you have any questions or concerns email Abbie Schoenheider or Shawn Williamson regarding the website transition.

Thank you for choosing Thunder Baseball League.

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2019 Bats for a Cure Donation Total $25,893.87
by posted 07/06/2019


Komen CO

 

July 6, 2019

 

Thunder Baseball Families and Community Members,

The Thunder Baseball Board of Directors would like to thank you for supporting Thunder Baseball League and Susan G. Komen Colorado “Bats for a Cure” Tournament.  Our program is about promoting good character, developing young player’s skills in a positive manner and preparing for high school baseball and beyond. We owe our success to the wonderful support of community members like you.

We had two hundred and fifty (250) baseball teams during our eigth annual Susan G. Komen Colorado – CABA Colorado “Bats for a Cure” Baseball Tournament on May 31-June 2, 20159. All cash donations, silient auction proceeds, and specific portions of registration fees, shirt, socks, and hat sales are dedicated to Susan G. Komen Colorado©.  

Members of Thunders Board of Directors will be sending a check in the amount of $25,893.87 on July 8, 2019.  Since 2012, Thunder Baseball has raised $149,460.33 for Komen Colorado. Thank you to all of our generous community members and sponsors!

Our mission is to help develop youth into active community members using sports as the vehicle.  To support this goal, we give back to the community by supporting Broomfield High School Sports Gala, giveSPORTS, A Precious Child, and Broomfield FISH.  We are providing financial support, scholarships, volunteers, and a collection location to drop off gently used sporting equipment.  With your ongoing support, Thunder Baseball will continue to grow and make a difference in the lives of youth and families in our community.  Thank you again for your generous contributions for Komen Colorado.

Sincerely,

Shawn Williamson

Executive Director

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Thunder Dugout Policy
by posted 04/13/2019


Dugout

 

Thunder Families,

 

As we begin our season, a reminder that your job as a baseball parent is to encourage your player and all the players on your team. It's recommended to tell your player that "you love to watch them play the game". Directly after the game, there is no need to talk about specific mistakes or things they could improve upon, rather take the time to enjoy a special meal or treat. These are special times and let them enjoy being kids. Let the coaches handle training tactical, fundamental and mental side of the game to your players. They will be in High School sports before you know it and the expectations of players from coaches are different.

 

Also, the dugout is a sacred place for players and coaches. Thunder Baseball League and Thunder Academy Dugout Policy:  ONLY PLAYERS AND OFFICIALLY ROSTERED COACHES are allowed in the dugouts during games (this applies to all games, regular season, postseason, fall ball and any exhibition games) The only exception will be if a coach asks a parent to help or fill-in for a missing coach and/or specifically asks that a parent be in the dugout for a particular game. No siblings (unless serving as batboy/girl), friends, parents, grandparents, etc. are allowed in dugouts during games. This applies from pre-game warm-ups until the coach dismisses the players after the game. The only exception is in the case of a serious injury to a player.

 

Thank you for choosing Thunder Baseball.

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2019 TBL Annual Calendar
by posted 03/01/2019


Calendar

 

Thunder Families,

 

The 2019 spring season will be here before you know it! The Academy teams finished their first week of training.

All Thunder Baseball League players can get extra work with individual private professional lessons. Players can invest in the Progressive Hitting and Progressive Pitching programs that are currently taking registrations. For more information, see Club News on the Thunder Baseball League website or contact Thunder Academy Office Manager   

 

We are excited to present the attached “2019 TBL Annual Calendar” to help plan your season. Some dates and times are “subject to change”. Thunder Baseball League offers many different opportunities beyond league baseball games.

 

Exciting events like “Opening Day, Team Picture Day, Day at the Rockies, and Bats for a Cure Tournament” help build our Thunder Community. Talk to your team manager to ensure you don’t miss any important events.

 

Make it a great day!

 

https://2019 TBL Annual Calendar v1.pdf

 

Thunder Baseball League

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11 important ways!
by posted 12/07/2018


Thunder

 

Thunder families,

Youth baseball parents have a difficult job. On top of making sure your child is dressed, fed and prepared, you get to sit in the stands while all of the pressure rests on your player.

However, there are several things that you can do that will not only help your child, but help your coach and the team. A team of parents who fulfill these 11 roles is most likely to have a drama-free season!

11 important ways that youth baseball parents can support their child, team and coach.

1. Volunteer

Volunteering is the first and most obvious way you can help your coach. It’s the most visible way you can contribute to the team.

Assistant Coach: Do you have experience as a baseball player or coach? If you have a desire to teach, this is a great option. But the motivation must be for you to help the entire team, not just your child.

This is something to consider for the experienced baseball parent. Instead of complaining on the sidelines, be part of the solution!

Scorekeeping: Your coach may need two or three scorekeepers. Some teams choose to have both a pencil and paper scorekeeper as well as a parent who manages the scoring virtually like with Gamechanger or iScore. Some teams may even need a parent keeping track of innings or pitches.

Some teams experiment with a defensive scorekeeper this season — that’s going to require yet another volunteer!

Fundraising: Travel baseball is expensive. Most teams have some sort of fundraising or process to recruit sponsors to help with the costs.

Of course, doing these things well requires some skill. A good fundraiser is an organizer and networker. If that’s you, let your coach know!

Team Manager and Culture Keeper: Maybe the most important role. Your coach needs someone who is a liaison between the parents and coach. This person is the buffer for complaints and helps with communication.

Additionally, a team parent is often the one who collects paperwork and makes sure everyone is paid up and eligible. These are responsibilities that, if taken on by the head coach, can add significant stress and distraction.

2. Provide Healthy, Timely Meals

Don’t be that parent who doesn’t feed your child prior to a game. And don’t be that parent who sends your child to the dugout with a bag of fast food prior to warmups.

We know that home cooked meals are a challenge during baseball season. However, it doesn’t need to be a gourmet meal. Your child needs fruits, vegetables, protein and water to supply the energy needed to get through a day of games.

Please, no fries. No soda. No candy.

Timeliness is important, too. A meal shouldn’t be consumed on the way to the game. Have something ready in between games, too!

3. Enforce a Curfew

Traveling is one of the fun experiences of tournament ball. However, it’s easy to fall into the trap of staying up too late prior to morning games.

Your coach has plenty to worry about. He doesn’t need to add tired kids to his list of concerns.

Understand the schedule, and establish a reasonable curfew for your child even if your coach does not.

4. Be Dependable

It’s not expected that you’ll make every practice. And exceptions can even be made for missing the occasional game. But please… Please be dependable.

Make attending practices — on time — a priority. Make getting to games — on time — a priority.

In fact, you can relieve a lot of coaching stress by not only arriving on time, but by getting there 10 or 15 minutes early.

Of course, you may have conflicts. But when you know of these conflicts, you need to tell your coach ahead of time so that he knows — and remind him a week and a few days ahead of time!

5. Stay Away From the Dugout!

This is a pet peeve of ours, and we think we speak for most coaches. When the game begins, let your child be.

We know this is tough. It’s tough for us, too, when we are attending our kids’ games as a spectator. And we admit that we occasionally violate this rule.

But this can be a major problem. You think you are helping, but it often isn’t the case.

Your child just made an error in the field. Or he did something wrong that you think needs to be corrected. Resist the urge and stay away.

Ultimately, your coach or his assistants are the ones who need to talk to your child during the game. They may have already, and you didn’t see it. But your involvement often makes things worse.

Your child wants to please you. Your presence at the dugout only reinforces that they messed up. This often leads to tears and more emotion than was there prior to you being at the dugout.

Additionally, your advice may not be consistent with what the coach is telling your child. So while you think you know the perfect thing to say in that situation, your encouragement may just cause more confusion.

6. Reinforce the Message

Understand the coach’s philosophy. Know the approach and strategies that he teaches. And support that approach.

Let’s say that your son swung at the first pitch late in a game when he was given the take sign. Support your coach by explaining that approach and why your child should follow it. Don’t completely oppose your coach by saying that he was right to swing in that situation.

You need to be an extension of your coach. Even in cases where you disagree, it’s important that the kids buy into the system. Conflicting messages only makes things more difficult.

Treat your player to ice cream, frozen yogurt, or even a frozen slurpee after a game. Avoid the temptation to discuss the baseball game in the car ride home. The best thing to say is "I love to watch you play". Players need to know you are sharing the experience good or bad.

7. Remain Positive

When the team is struggling, remain positive. Cheer louder. Encourage the players. Remain positive about the team when talking to your child.

Just as importantly, remain positive when your child is struggling. Don’t yell at them during a game after they make a mistake. Talk constructively with them about their struggles after the game.

These kids will be kids. They can be delicate emotionally. Your coach needs you to remain positive to keep them positive since the mental side of the game is so important.

8. Support ALL OF THE PLAYERS

It’s exciting when your child makes a big play. It always means a little bit more when it’s your child who is in the spotlight. But there are 10 other kids out there. Cheer them on!

This is where it becomes a baseball family. Don’t be on an island, only supporting your own child. And if players other than your child make mistakes, encourage them, too.

Treat these kids the way you want the other parents treating your own.

You may get frustrated with other players on the team. Avoid talking negatively about them in front of your child as they are bound to take that with them.

9. Show Appreciation

We don’t want to be a martyr here, but being a coach is hard. It’s stressful. It’s rare that everyone is happy. We don’t get paid. We lose sleep and our health can suffer. 

Appreciate the sacrifices your coach makes!

Oftentimes parents will get together to get the coach or coaches a gift at the end of the season. That’s awesome and appreciated. But keep them in mind during the season, too.

No, that doesn’t mean you need to keep giving them gifts. Just appreciate all that they are going through. Reflect that in the way you talk to and about your coach.

10. Avoid the Drama

It’s funny. When a team is playing well, everything is right with the world. But as soon as things start going downhill for a youth baseball team, watch out!

Fingers are pointed. People start complaining. Arguments begin.

Don’t be part of this madness. It’s not helping. And really, it’s this drama that creates the cracks that inevitably lead to a team imploding.

11. Communicate Well

You won’t always agree with your coach. But when that happens, know how to handle it.

Don’t yell at a coach during a game. Don’t walk through the dugout and onto the field to ask why your son is on the bench. Don’t send a series of long emails at midnight after a game.

Yes, you might imagine that we’ve experienced all of these things. But our experiences are not unique. As great as the families have been during my years of coaching, these things happen to all coaches.

Don’t ever talk to a coach during a game about your child’s playing time. Seriously. Please, avoid this at all costs. You won’t get what you want, and in fact you may just get the opposite.

When emotions are high, emails are also a bad idea. It’s far too easy for tone and intentions to be miscommunicated. Emotional emails almost always make things worse.

Follow a 24-hour cool-down period. If you’re upset, don’t talk to the coach after the game. Think about it for the next 24 hours. You may even realize that whatever was bothering you isn’t a big deal after all.

If you still need to talk, set up a time to chat face-to-face with the coach. Do so calmly. Don’t be combative or confrontational. Again, understand the complexities that go with coaching and trying to keep everyone happy.

 

Thunder Baseball League

 

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