It is the time of year that parents, students and little league coaches wait for all year long! The beginning of T-Ball and Little League season. I encourage all of you to get in your cars and take a drive at about 5:00 pm. Begin your venture at the SSISD practice field on Commerce Street, then circle over by the San Saba Elementary School playground on Church Street. Don’t stop there….next head up to Mill Pond Park. In the park you will find the little league/softball complex full and continue your way up to the track area where you will find even more little ones and coaches. I am not certain of the enrolled number in the T-ball/little league program, but by the number of little bodies that are out at practice, this must be a record year! Space to practice is definitely at a shortage. I appreciate the efforts of all the teams keeping the grounds at the school and the city parks picked up and in good shape after practice is over. The maintenance and groundskeepers both at the city and the school work diligently to keep the grass mowed and the weeds to a minimum so that these young athletes can have a safe and well groomed location on which to practice. Please be patient with us when the grass does get a little high as finding time to mow between school and practice is getting very difficult. Also, be patient when we do have to lock down the facilities to apply certain chemicals to prevent fire ants, to fertilize the grass, and to apply chemicals to minimize the weeds.
I appreciate too, the great number of volunteer coaches who have given of their time to work with the kiddos. Some of these same coaches have recently switched sports from little dribbler basketball, to now coach little league and T-ball. The little league officers and organization do a wonderful job coordinating the practice and game schedule. Furthermore, the coordination with the SSISD girl’s softball program is greatly appreciated.
Please help the school by remembering that school does not end until May 29th. Students need to be well rested each day they come to school. By all indications, baseball practice is occurring early in the evening and all teams are finding spots to practice. Understandably space is limited, so I appreciate all those working together to share locations and to practice early and get the kiddos home for bed. Please be mindful that TAKS testing will occur during the week of April 28 – May 2, thus students need to be home early and well rested for the tests.
Good luck to all of the teams as the actual games begin in the coming weeks.
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