I wanted to write this sooner, but the calamity that is me trying to leave town for a week required some compromise.
To begin, I'd like to thank all the Bandit parents for entrusting your player to my coaching - a leap of faith if ever there was one. To say that this has been a remarkably rewarding season would be a significant understatement. I have gotten a new perspective on determination and enthusiasm, and while patience might be a bit of a stretch with this demographic, I would say they players showed considerable tolerance for a grouchy old guy with a limited understanding of the game and indifferent interpersonal skills.
The slugfest that was our final game was rewarding on every level, most notably in the accomplishents that every player demonstrated. The hitting was torrential and came from every spot in the lineup. It was truly gratifying and I hope every Bandit feels a real sense of satisfaction about their skills - they have a lot to be proud of. I was touched by the comradery and support the players showed towards for each other.
I'd like to thank coaches Trevor and Scott for all the work they did this season - it was a hectic schedule and I know they both made a lot of sacrifices to make the games and practices. I also want to thank Mike Sampson and Randy Esposito for their leadership in making Woodstock Little League the success that it is.
Closing ceremonies are next weekend - I will try to send out details this week. The raffle drawing will be held that day - I have six raffle books back, so if you have not turned yours in yet please try to get them to the field this Tuesday - there will be a baseball game at 5:30 and I will turn in what I have then.
If I don't see you at the closing ceremonies I wish you all a happy and healthy summer. I look forward to seeing these Bandits on the softball diamond in the future.
With warm regards,