Next Game

Helfaer Field in Wisconsin is the location of our final game of the season. Game start time is 10:30am. Coach would like the players there at 9:30am. Now considering some of you are traveling to Wisconsin on Thursday, it should not be a problem. However for those of us heading up Friday it may a bit more taxing. Keep in mind when planning your travel that there is reported construction on 90/94.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Attempting a Game Picnic

Amy Singer and Eva Pronenko were going to try and get a couple more parents together to have a BBQ/Picnic for an upcoming game. The thought was during one of the double headers or a weekend game that occurs around dinner time, we could all bring a small dish to pass and/or BBQ some hot dogs and burgers. This sounds like a great idea to me. And I am sure the kids would just LOVE this.

Amy Singer circulated an email today about the possibility of doing this at the upcoming tourney in Vernon Hills. However, reading through the Vernon Hills Athletic Assoc. website, it seems they do not allow outside food or outside coolers into the park. This makes sense as most if not all parks/facilities that sell food usually do not want outside food brought in because it kills their sales.

So I was going to put together a food and participant list for the site to try and organize this. But considering we cannot do this at the tourney, we will have to do this in a couple weeks. So I will speak to a couple of the parents as I am sure Amy and Eva will, and we will try to determine which game would be best for this. So please leave a comment to this post with your ideas and your wishes to participate so we can get a list going. As we get closer and get more of this figured out I will also circulate an email.

Lets get some ideas discussed here guys! This is a great idea and will be a ton of fun for the parents and the team. If you would like to bring a small BBQ grill (like a smokey joe), or have some ideas on which game would be best or what food you would like to bring, start discussing it here. Its the best place for it.

Infomation on the upcoming tournament in Vernon Hills.

All the parents should have received the email from Coach Weede this morning regarding the Vernon Hills Silver Start Tourney (Their site says it is called the Silver Start, but I have a feeling it is actually the Silver STAR Tourney. I'm thinking whoever typed it got a bit to over zealous with the keyboard and hit the letter T by mistake). . The email detailed the schedule for the weekend and it looks like our games start on Saturday and end Sunday.

I have updated the calendar to reflect the game start times as well as a map to the field. A quick note on the field locations. The addresses of the fields themselves do not register on Google maps. So I pointed the map to Corporate Woods Parkway which is only about 1 block away from the field. If your looking for directions to the field, all you need to do is click the "map" link on the calendar, take a look at the field and surrounding area, and you will be able to find a way into the field. The idea is, by pointing the map to a road that the map can find (Corporate Woods Parkway), it allows you to utilize the map and have Google give turn-by-turn directions to the fields in Vernon Hills from whatever location you designate as your "Starting" location. This way everyone can find the field.

I am also going to include a link to the Vernon Hills Athletics Assoc. website. They have information on the tourney there as well as a downloadable pdf of the fields themselves. The link can be found on the left sidebar along with our other links. Alternatively you can always go here:
However, you CAN get this same information by using Google Maps from the calendar and choosing "satellite" view. This will give you an actual picture of the field. This is a cool feature that sometimes helps where a traditional map view does not.

This tourney seems like it will be a good time. I am assuming we do not need to be there Friday since our first game is Saturday. Mr. Bragg, can you confirm this for us and leave a comment on this post just incase others are wondering as well?

If anymore information on the tourney comes up, you can be sure that I will post it here. So keep checking the site for updates.

Game Summary--North Aurora

The Vikings improved to 3-1 in KCBL play with a rousing come from behind 20-19 victory on a warm and windy night in North Aurora. The team came back three time from large deficits to record the win, including a 7-1 1st inning deficit and 13-8 second inning deficit. Each player members to the victory in all areas of the game including hitting, fielding and pitching. Thanks to the coaches who kept the kids heads in the game and encouraged them to fight back.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Hello again everyone. I am working on two things at the moment. Getting photos (slideshow) to display how I want it to. And getting two more statistics 'sections' (batting and pitching stats) to display on the stats page.

At the moment I only have a couple (literally) pictures to play around with. If anyone has any good team pics they want to share please send thme to me via email at ssjtiamat@comcast .net

I am hoping to get these two items functional within the next couple of days. Time is really hard to come by of late, as I'm sure is the case for all of you. I just want to try and keep you all updated on what is happening on my end with the site. I wanted to get these (or at least one of) completed tonite. But with the Blackhawks game being on and my kids driving me nuts it is getting harder and harder. I will do my best to finish these in the next couple days. because once complete, adding new photos and stats should be a simple process. It's getting this all to work together that is the hard part.

I chose to use Blogger because I thought it would make things easier because some of the items that make up a web site are included in a nice package. Plus they let you use your own code to "adjust" or "add" things. However, some of their code does not play nice with some of my code. So there is a bit of a learning curve to get the two languages to jive. But rest assured I WILL get it working. And in trying not to bore you with the tech details of HTML, API, CSS, and PHP code... let's just say its like trying to get a Baseball player to play Hockey and vice versa. But they are both athelets and can LEARN to play the other sport. That's kinda how this is goin with the various languages at work here.

So keep the faith, and please be patient. And like always... if you have anything to share, please do.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Game Stats and Summaries added

Happy Sunday everyone! Posted a couple past game summaries that Coach Bragg wrote as well as some team stats. Mr. Lanphier has also been kind enough to write a couple and will have the upcoming summaries as well. We have decided to post the close games and winning games only. For one this saves on time which we are lacking lately. And helps keep all of this a positive experience. We all see the losses, no need to relive them :-p

To find the stats, follow the links on the left of the page. Game summaries can be found on the top left. Each story is labeled and labels are organized in that corner. At this point I am playing around with a couple different ways of doing this. So at the moment I have only added the Game Log. Jeff has also given me team pitching and batting stats. I will add these very soon. I want to decide how I will have them displayed before I code the rest in.

Also keep an eye on the text at the very top of the site page. I have been keeping the upcoming game info up there. Although I do not update it as soon as one game ends, I do usually get to it by the next day.

I also still have a couple pics to add. Mr. Black has also been taking some multi-frame snapshots that he will be getting to me soon. These will also be posted on the site in the very near future. I will try to get a few on tonite. I have a 6 year old birthday party to get through first.......

Thanks to all who have helped out. I must say, the games have been rather enjoyable. Everyone seems to be having a good time. The team has been pretty upbeat and continue to play hard until the very last out. And Opening Day was a rain free day! Lets Go Vikings!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Player Profile - Gavin Singer #21

1. What is your favorite food?
2. Your top 3 movies of all time?
-GI Joe, Gran Torino, Fast and Furious
3. Favorite Baseball Team?
-Chicago Cubs
4. Favorite Baseball player?
-Derek Lee
5. If you were not playing Baseball, what sport would you play?
6. Favorite video game console?
7. Favorite game?
-2K8 MLB
8. What is your favorite baseball moment or favorite play you made?
-Stretch at first base to get the last out in a game sealing our win that brought my team to the championship.
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
-Major League Baseball player
10. Do you have a favorite quote?
-“I’m innocent.” – Rod Blagojevich
11. Pick one : Star Wars – Battlestar Galactica – Alien Vs. Predator
-Star Wars
12. How many Chicago Blackhawks can you name?
-Toews, Hossa, Kane, Sharpe
13. Playstation 3 or Xbox 360?
-Xbox 360
14. How many brothers and sister do you have?
-I have two brothers and no sisters!
15. What is your nickname?
16. Do you put anything strange on your food? For example, like putting ketchup on a sandwhich?
-I like Ranch dressing on pizza.
17. Funniest thing that ever happened to you?
-One time my brother and I were sitting on our hammock and he passed gas and the entire hammock fell!
8. What school do you go to?
-Harrison Street School
19. Favorite subject in school?
20. Do you have any pets?
-I have a dog named Decker that we got from a shelter. We think he is a mixture of Dalmation and Pit Bull. We have a cat name Daisy, one named Jackers and another named Stella that we foster for a shelter. I also have two gold fish.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Game Summary: DC Lightning

The Vikings improved to 2-1 in league play with a 5-1 victory on Monday evening in the cornfields of DeKalb county. Four pitchers, Will C, Nicki, Garrett and Gavin combined for 16 strikeouts and only allowed one hit in six innings. Zack P provided a key hit to drive in two runs which gave the Vikings the lead for good.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Getting closer...

We are steadily getting things worked out with all of our website features. We have a couple parents who are going to be doing game summaries. And we should only be a couple days away from getting our stats on the site. We are just ironing out some details and we will be there.

Our season is off and running. We have had a few close plays, a few big innings and also our sshare of mistakes. But that is how we learn is it not? I think (from a parents'/fans point of view) some of the boys are finding their stride. While a couple are still trying to get into the groove. Regardless of where any of them are in their seasonal progression, I have yet to see any of them give up. A couple more games and these kids might begin to really gel together. When that happens, watch out! We have what looks to be a great team. When they all start playing to their full ability we will be very hard to beat.

I will have another profile up by tomorrow. A couple days late... sorry... but it will be there. For all those who have yet to submit their answers for the profile please email them to me. If you need another copy of the questions I can resend them to you. At the moment I only have enough profile answers for two more kids.

There has been some interest in submitting pics. Please do. If you have digital pics, even if they are just of your kid. That is fine. I can hold them until we have a variety. Also any video you may have of a game or portions of the game. I can format the video for the site.. so submit what you have and I can take it from there. Thanks.

Thank you to all who have offered to help. I am always open for ideas. Anything you would like to see on the site or if you have an idea for something cool to do. Or even if you have a team announcement or message...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Rally Falls Short

Down at one point by 6 runs, Geneva White rallied only to fall 10-6 to Batavia. The game featured lots of base runners for both teams. Will W. and Zach Pr. showed of their gloves with some fine defensive plays to keep the Vikings in the game. On offense the team had a season low 6 strikeouts, while drawing 9 walks.

GW Records First Win

Geneva White rebounded from its opening day loss with a 19-6 vistory against Kaneland. The Vikings scored 15 runs in the first two innings, While Will C. and Nicky limited a tough Kaneland team to 6 runs over 4 innings. Gavin and Will C. each hit a homerun while Cole drove in 4 runs.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Upcoming site additions.

Well.. we knew there was a win in there somewhere for us! Those games were great. And in the next couple days we should have all the stats up for you to enjoy! Speaking of which.. here is what you can look forward to.

We should have game recaps up soon. The plan is to do a short news story like game recap after each game. Of course we are not even going to try and get the stories up on the site right after the game. But a day or two after should be doable. We shall see. So far it is just Amy and I doing them so if anyone else would like to join the fun just shoot me an email and I can give you the specifics.

Statistics. This is a bit more time consuming. But I myself am a stats freak. I just like numbers I guess. But after game stats are recorded, we have a preliminary process in place to get the stats to me so I can input them on the site. This way everyone can see their own kids stats along with the rest of the team. Some of this seams like a big endeavor, but we will do our best!

The chatbox (shoutbox) seems to be working out pretty good. If anyone notices any issues, please let me know so I can get them corrected. Speaking of corrections... there was a snafu on the schedule down below. Picture day was inputearly in the creation of the site and as such the schedule I had was final, but certain things like picture day did not have any details as they were slated to come later. Then when the time came, I neglected to change the sites schedule. So I hope there was no confusion. But all is fixed now and I will try to double check the rest of the dates as they stand on our site calendar.

That's all I have for now. I will be doing some maintenance on the site tonite after dinner. So look for them then. Thanks for your patience.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Player Profile - Kevin Lanphier #19

1. What is your favorite food?
-Ice Cream
2. Your top 3 movies of all time?
-Indiana Jones, Jaws, Get Smart
3. Favorite Baseball Team?
-White Sox
4. Favorite Baseball player?
-Albert Pujols
5. If you were not playing Baseball, what sport would you play?
6. Favorite video game console?
-Xbox 360
7. Favorite game?
- NCAA College Basketball 2101
8. What is your favorite baseball moment or favorite play you made?
- Hitting a Home Run
9. Pick one : Star Wars – Battlestar Galactica – Alien Vs. Predator
-Star Wars
10. How many Chicago Blackhawks can you name?
11. What school do you go to?
-St. Peter’s
12. Favorite subject in school?
- Math

A few little changes. New profile coming soon.

You may have noticed a few slight changes. Or maybe not.. :-p

I switched from a 2 column layout to a 3 column one. Gives  the site a bit of a cleaner look. I also added a shoutbox. Just a place for realtime messages to be posted on the front page of the site. Just put in your name and your message. That's it! If your registered on the site then when you log in it will put your name in for you. Its a good place for some quick thoughts, or for the kids to chat.

The next player profile is almost ready. A day overdue, but I wanted the layout to be clean and tested before posting anything else. But that is done now so we can continue with business as usual. I just a have a couple other small additions to add behind the scenes and we should be ready for the upcoming first couple of games. Looking forward to it. As always, stay tuned to the site for continual updates and new info!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Todays Game canceled. Possibly set for tomorrow.

Quick update everyone. Todays game in against Montgomery has been rained out! Coach Bragg has sent out a text which you should have all received. Stay tuned for any further updates.

A rainy Wednesday

Keep an eye out for either an email or text from Coach Jeff Bragg as the day wears on. We have had rain all morning and it is expected to last (albeit sporadically) throughout the early afternoon. Should this occur, Coach said that the coach of the Montgomery team we are scheduled to play does have a contingency plan. He reserved his field for today and tomorrow for just such an event!

The one good thing to come out of this is we may possibly have uniforms come in today. If that is the case, then we will have uniforms for the game tomorrow! However, just a reminder.... should the rain stop and the game be on nschedule, then make sure the boys wear their practice shirts with baseball pants and a blue hat.

If you do not have a blue hat, post a comment here on the site or shoot out an email to everyone. Between all of the All Stars we have on the team, we should be able to wrangle up a couple of hats if needed. So if your player needs a hat let the team know.

I know people are looking to Coach Jeff's emails and text for last minute game details. But I will continue to post late breaking updates onto the site. I figure the site is supposed to be a "one-stop-shop" for everything GBA 10W so why not. I can post to the site directly from my phone. So it will actually be an easy thing to do. Once I get a text or email from Coach Bragg I will post the info onto the site within minutes! We have this tool, why not use it? Fingers crossed... stay tuned for any updates.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Site news and our first game!

I know it's not an "official" game, but I for one am excited! I know this is going to be a hectic summer for all of us, so anything we can do to help eachother and the team out goes a long way. To this end I would like to include a contact page to the site. This way, if there are any parents out there who are anticipating a rough time getting to the field on time for pre-game warm ups there is a place for them to get phone numbers. Or another idea maybe is a car pool list? I'm not sure, maybe just the contact page will be enough. So, if there is a phone number or numbers you would like added to the list just shoot me an email and I will add it. If there are any aversions to this idea just let me know. Maybe we can just do a list and email it.

The site is starting to finally get some content. And once we get some games under our belt there will be more. Amy Singer and I will be doing game recaps, and we will have a team stats page once we get some stats to report that is. And as always any pics or video you capture at the games can be included on the site as well. All you need to do is email them to me. There is still room for another writer or two. If anyone would like to contribute an article please let me know and I can give you authoring access.

The player profiles are turning out great. I have gotten back about 5 or 6 so far and it seems the kids are having a good time answering the questions. Please remember to send a pic or two with the answered questions. For those of you who have already included a pic, thanks. If you have sent your sons answers back but did not include a pic please do so when you get a chance. Something baseball related would be best, but is by no means required. Again, these will be posted at an interval of one per week. Every Saturday is what I am shooting for. The current list looks like this (first come first served): Singer, Lanphier, Black, and Weede. Also, there will always be a section of the right sidebar with links to the profiles as they get posted.

I have made a couople "fixes" to the schedule. Originally the practices were scheduled for 5:30 during the week. This has been changed to reflect coach Bragg's wishes that they start at 5pm in order to ensure we have enough daylight. I also adjusted game times from 5:30pm to 5pm. This is because the coaches would like players at the field early for pre-game warm-ups. So just be aware that times that are on the schedule are the times the players need to report. NOT the games start time.

I have added a couple links as well. One for the Eteams site itself and one for that site's field locations. This will be where any other links will appear in the future as well. I have been trying to also get in touch with the webmaster from BaseballRox, but I have yet to get a response. I wanted to get permission to embedd their videos on our site as opposed to a link to the videos. I will continue my efforts on this front.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be adding a couple more items to the site to try and get the kids involved a bit more. The first thing I want to add is what is called  a shoutbox. It works sorta like a wall post on Facebook for those who are familiar with that site. Kids can write a message and others can respond, all in real time. These work really well on busy sites and should work well here too. The kids can chat about video games, baseball, and anything else they so choose.

That's all I have at the moment. But remember, anything you want to share with the team by way of pics, stories, etc.. just send me an email and I can post it on the site in it's appropriate place. If you have any questions about anything, or have any ideas of something to add to the site, just let me know. I will do my best to keep things updated within 24 hours of the event (email, game stats, stories, etc..).

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Player Profile - Quinten "Q" Petit #27

1. What is your favorite food?
2. Your top 3 movies of ALL TIME?
-Forrest Gump, The Sandlot, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
3. Your favorite baseball team?
- Chicago Cubs
4. Favorite baseball player?
-Hank Aaron
5. If you were not playing baseball, what sport would you be playing?
6. Your favorite video game console?
-Playstation 2
7. Favorite game?
8. What is your favorite baseball moment or favorite play you made?
-Hitting a double to bring in 2 runs and take the lead!
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
-MLB Baseball player
10. Do you have a favorite quote?
11. Pick one: Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Alien vs. Predator?
-Star Wars
12. How many Chicago Blackhawks can you name?
Marian Hossa - Patrick Kane - Jonathan Toews - Duncan Keith - Dustin Byfuglien - John Madden - Chris Versteeg
13. Playstation 3 or Xbox 360?
- Xbox 360
14. How many brothers or sisters do you have?
- 1 sister and 2 brothers.
15. What is your nickname?
- Q
16. Do you put anything strange on your food?
- Mustard on bacon in a bagel!
17. Funniest thing that ever happened to you?
- Being 9
18. What school do you go to?
- Harrison School
19. Favorite subject in school?
- Math
20. Do you have any pets?
- 1 Dog named Enzo and a cat named JuneJune.

"Q" (left) with his brother.