2020 FOSTER CITY LEGENDS
(a training program of Foster City Little League – FCLL.org)
Legends is a 9-week program, one hour per week (Fridays from 4-5p at Snack Shack), starting March 20, 2020 which utilizes advanced, but gamified, baseball training exercises uniquely geared toward players in the 4-6 range.
Rain Update: On days when rain appears to be a possibility, at 1pm each Friday we will post a final decision of whether to cancel clinic here: https://foster-city-legends-96.webself.net/ (pls bookmark now)
Coach Jason Louie (& Coach Christian Louie):
(415) 816-2518 (cell/text); Jlouie@JLLawOffice.com
(FOR OUR KIDS)
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Purpose: (1) Utilization of fun games to teach basic baseball skills to registered FCLL players in the Wiffle, T1, and T2 Divisions in preparation for their next level of play; and (2) to educate and motivate parents in working with their little players at home and possibly becoming coaches. Training will be more skills development, less “how to play the game.”
Concept: A voluntary drop-in clinic (one 1 hour clinic per week for 9 weeks). Last 10 minutes of each hour includes a parent talk. See topics below.
Dates/Times: Legends is nine (9) weeks, one hour, each Friday, 400p-500p, First clinic is Friday March 20th,
Location: Sea Cloud Park. Meet at Snack Shack and look for us. Field assignments from FCLL may get moved from time to time. Field map is here: http://www.fcll.org/Site/FCLL-Home/Fields/Field-Map
Skills Taught: Batting; Throwing/Catching; Fielding Grounders and Fly Balls
Costs: Free, costs was included in your registration fee.
Voluntary: This is voluntary if you want to supplement what you are learning at practice and in games. You are not required to come. Although once a player has come to a Legends clinic, (s)he may skip some or all future clinics, we strongly encourage all players and parents to continue on and finish the remaining clinics.
Equipment Required: Same equipment you are using for your current division of play (Wiffle-T2). We have helmets, so please bring bats, cleats, cups, hats.
**Parents must REMAIN and must not leave their children. Please do not drop off.
PARENT EDUCATION TOPICS (last 10 mins of each hour)
Week 1 (F, March 20th): 1st Parent meeting and first clinic. Overall plan for 9 weeks. Encourage parent participation (FC could be “the little city that could“ baseball wise).
Week 2 (F, March 27th) How to pick a baseball glove and cleats.
Week 3 (F, April 3rd): How to choose a bat. What’s a drop, two piece, composite, and aluminum?
Week 4 (F, April 24th): The various divisions in baseball, which ball do they use, when are tryouts, coach pitch, steals, why the funny team names.
Week 5 (F, May 1st): Drills that can be done at home.
Week 6 (F, May 8th): Drills that can be done at home.
Week 7 (F, May 15th): Parent meeting regroup.
Week 8: (F, May 29th): Sunglasses
Week 9: (F, June 9th): Summer Camps and Fall Ball and private instruction
Ok, now you’re ready kids. Enjoy the season! Go out there and wow them! Tell them “I learned that at FC Legends!”
…. and remember, we win games in practice!
What Equipment Do I Need When?
In Tee Ball (1 and 2) it is mandatory that you have an athletic cup ($15) (no cup, no play game!!!), a bat ($10-$50), and a baseball glove ($35). The FCLL local rules do not mandate baseball cleats ($15-$30), but it is very easy to slip on the wet grass in the early part of the season if cleats are not worn. Slipping can cause injury. Batting helmets ($18-$35) must be worn and are supplied by the league, or you may buy your own helmet if you do not want to use a “communal” helmet. Starting at A Division, you must use your own helmet.
When will I need to buy cleats?
See above. You must use “molded” cleats with a rubber sole (as compared to metal). Metal cleats are not allowed until you are a teenage.
I’m lost, Tee Balls vs. Hard Balls, Coach Pitch vs. Kid Pitch, etc.?
How do I find the official rules for each Division?
Very General Division Descriptions: https://fostercitylittleleague.website.siplay.com/Site/FCLL-Home/Registration/Divisions-Described
Local Rules T1 and T2: https://fostercitylittleleague.website.siplay.com/Site/Officials-Area/Division-Rules/T-Ball-Rules
Local rules A Division: https://fostercitylittleleague.website.siplay.com/Site/Officials-Area/Division-Rules/Single-A-Rules
Local Rules AA Division: https://fostercitylittleleague.website.siplay.com/Site/Officials-Area/Division-Rules/AA-Rules
Is there a Chart that I can look at that tells me which size baseball bat or glove for my little baller?
When buying a baseball glove, does it matter if I buy a pitcher’s, outfielder, or infielder’s glove?
NO! Not in AA and below. Just be careful, don’t buy a catcher’s or first baseman’s glove, as those are very much specialty gloves for those specific positions. The key is, can the player open and close the glove?
Are batting gloves required?
NO! These are optional. But the 6 year old with the coolest batting gloves is usually the most popular kid on the team.
Is buying online cheaper than in stores?
Sometimes, but not always. Plus many prefer to support local businesses.
One disadvantage of buying online is that you cannot try out the equipment before you buy. Here are some tips.
This site tests and rates bats! Lots of videos! https://www.justbatreviews.com/
This local business (Future Pro in Millbrae) is the only Bay Area store that allows you to hit bats BEFORE you buy them! https://www.futureprosportsgroup.com/
Baseball Mecca: There is a store in San Leandro which is like baseball Costco. Good prices too! https://www.yelp.com/biz/west-coast-sporting-goods-san-leandro-2 (You may see me there!)
Here are common online baseball equipment sites which also often have clearance sections!:
“I really like the clinical skills development that I experienced in FC Legends. How do I get my child more of this type of training?”
We are here to help you. Just ask us and we can point you in the right direction.
Also see Jason’s Resource List: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zzw8baga4zd2pq7/Battng%20cages%20and%20camps%20in%20San%20Mateo%20-%20master.doc?dl=0
“Are there baseball camps that I can send my little baller to?” Yes
Ok, I've Read Everything Here and on FCLL. I'm Still Hungry for Info. Who do I talk to?
Coach Jason or any FCLL Board of Director member.