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Minors - Pizza + Random Information - Red Wings - 29 May 2023
by posted 05/29/2023

Good evening parents.  A few reminders.

  1. Game – 30 May 2023.  We have a game scheduled against the Nationals for 5:30-7:30pm at Alabama Drive Park.  That game is considered a “semi-final” game.  This might be our last game if we do not win.
  2. Game – 3 June 2023.  There is a game scheduled for 1pm at Haley-Smith.  That is the Championship Game.  We will NOT know who plays in that game until after we play our game on 30 May 2023.  So as of right now please be prepared to play on 3 June. 
  3. HRYB Day – 3 June 2023.  Even if we do not play in the Championship Game the kids can still come out and enjoy HRYB day at Haley-Smith.  They can also cheer on the Minors teams that do play in the Championship game. 
  4. Season end – 3 June.  Can’t believe it is almost over.  This was a fun season.

With that said, because of the uncertainty about playing on 3 June I want to have a little “End of Season” celebration tomorrow immediately following our game against the Nationals.  I will obtain pizza for the kids (with the help of my wife).  If you want to bring a beverage of choice for the player that would be great.  My apologies otherwise for the last-minute notification about this.

See you tomorrow. 

 

Enjoy the weekend.

Coach Matt


 
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Minors Updated Schedule and Random Information - Red Wings – 25
by posted 05/24/2023

Good morning parents.  Great game yesterday.  I hope the players had fun.  A few things.

  1. Practice – 29 May 2023.  Practice is scheduled on the HRYB website.  However, since this on the tail end of the Memorial Day holiday, we will NOT have practice.  We have no other practice dates scheduled either.  So, no more practices. 
  2. Game – 30 May 2023.  We have a game scheduled against the Nationals for 5:30-7:30pm at Alabama Drive Park.  That game is considered a “semi-final” game.  This might be our last game if we do not win.
  3. Game – 3 June 2023.  There is a game scheduled for 1pm at Haley-Smith.  That is the Championship Game.  We will NOT know who plays in that game until after we play our game on 30 May 2023.  So as of right now please be prepared to play on 3 June. 
  4. HRYB Day – 3 June 2023.  Even if we do not play in the Championship Game the kids can still come out and enjoy HRYB day at Haley-Smith.  They can also cheer on the Minors teams that do play in the Championship game. 
  5. Season end – 3 June.  Can’t believe it is almost over.  This was a fun season.

Enjoy the weekend.

Coach Matt


 
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Minors - Red Wings - Game - 13 May 2023
by posted 05/13/2023

Folks,

I am aware of the following folks who will not be present at the game today... James, Alex, AJ, Ryan.

I need to know by 9am today (13 May) on any other absenses.  If I have any more I will need to look at canceling this game.

So pleae let me know.  

Coach Matt


 
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Minors - Red Wings - Practice - 15 May 2023
by posted 05/12/2023

One more thing.

Just a reminder that our practice on Monday is early.  Instead of 7-8:30pm on 15 May, our practice will be from 5:30-7pm at Bready Park.  For those taking the 6:15pm pitching clinic, I'll make sure to get your kids to the clinic.  

 

Coach Matt


 
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Minors - Red Wings - Game - 13 May 2023
by posted 05/12/2023

Folks,

Good day. Apologies on my absence lately as I have been under the weather.  I heard the game this past Tuesday was an exciting match too.  The game tomorrow should be another exciting one as we play a team from The St. James.  Unfortunately, I will miss that game as well due to family committments as my daughter receives her first Holy Communion.  I am aware of three players who will also not be present (James, AJ, Alex).  If there is anyone else who will not be present for the game, please let me know today so I can set up the roster.  I greatly appreciate your time.

Respectfully,

Coach Matt  


 
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Minors - Red Wings - Various
by posted 05/08/2023

Good eveving folks.

Two things.

1.  The weather is questionable tomorrow (5/9/23).  The rain is supposed to stop around 1pm but unknown if we will be allowed to play on the fields.  I will try my best to monitor and send word out if the game is cancelled, however, there might be a delay since I will be at Quantico and without easy access to my cell phone.  Hopefully, if the game is cancelled we all receive a notice via a change to the HRYB calendar.

2.  Practice on 5/15/23.  We will have practice from 5:30pm to 7pm on 5/15/23 (next Monday) at Bready Park (same field).  You should recieve an update to the HRYB calendar in the near future.  The team that practices before us on Monday is tyring to make up a night game that night and asked us to switch our practice time slot, hence the change.  Thank you in advance for understanding.

Take care.

Coach Matt

 


 
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Minors - Red Wings - Game - 2 May 2023
by posted 05/02/2023

Good day folks,

Our game is still slotted from 5:30-7:30pm today (2 May).

Please plan to have your child there by 5pm so they can warm up.

We are playing at Haley-Smith.

Coach Matt


 
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Minors - Red Wings - Picture Day - 6 May 2023
by posted 05/01/2023

Folks,

One more thing.  The HRYB Photo Day is this Saturday (6 May) at Haley Smith Park.  We are slotted to take photos at 11:45am.  Please be at Haley Smith at 11:30am so we can form up and quickly take photos.  This way the coaches can head to the field and prep it for the game.  I ask that players be at Alabama by 12:30pm to warm up.  Our game is at 1pm at Alabama Drive Park.

 

Coach Matt


 
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Minors - Red Wings - Practice - 1 May 2023
by posted 05/01/2023

Good day.

Field is still "TBD" based on the status.  So I am going to still have practice tonight from 7-8:30pm at Bready Park.

Coach Matt


 
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Minors - Red Wings – 29 Apr 2023 – Game Cancelled
by posted 04/29/2023

Folks,  Good day.  The game today is cancelled.  The field is too muddy to play on.

Enjoy the rest of your day. 

Note:  TY to Robert's mother who had a consolidated jersey/name roster!!!!  

 

Coach Matt


 
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Minors - Red Wings – 29 Apr 2023
by posted 04/28/2023

Good evening team.  Our game tomorrow (29 Apr) is scheduled for play from 7-9pm at Bready Park.  This should be a fun game under the lights.  The hope is by the time our night game occurs the field will be playable considering the amount of rain received today. 

If we play, there will be announcers present to “announce” your child when up to bat.  Please provide me your child’s jersey number.  This way the announcers know who to announce.

Lastly, my wife set up a “SignUpGenius” to bring snacks/drinks after our games.  I signed up to bring snacks/drinks to the game tomorrow (29 Apr).  Are there any food allergies?  For those interested to bring items at future games, below is the link.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F4DACA92CAA8-baseball1

Have a good night. 

Coach Matt


 
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NO GAME - 22 Apr 2023
by posted 04/22/2023

Folks... NO GAME TODAY (22 Apr) due to the pending weather.  

 

With that said, we will try to reschedule this particular game aginst the Pioneers so the kids get the experience playing against other "sister" teams.

More to follow if we can make that happen.

 

Otherwise, enjoy the rest of the day.

 

Coach Matt


 
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Random Information - Red Wings – 22 Apr 2023
by posted 04/22/2023

Good day.  We have our game against the Pioneers today (22 Apr) from Alexandria.  The game is at Haley Smith and is from 1pm-3pm.  We are the HOME team.  If possible, please have the players there by 12:30pm so they can warm up. 

The league will have pizza on hand after the game for the players.  If possible, plan to stick around for a brief moment to partake.  Just make sure to bring a beverage of their choice if it is other than water. 

The weather is questionable.  So more to follow on that. 

I have three more things. 

  1.  The HRYB Youth Night at Herndon High School is a fun night for the kids.  I went to my first one last year and had a great time.   This year it is on 25 April starting at 5:30pm.  However, we have our Tuesday night game from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  That doesn’t mean you can’t swing by afterwards to catch the end of the high school game but considering it is a school night that might not be possible for our young ones.

 

  1. There is an opportunity for your child to receive Pitching Instructions, at a cost, starting this Monday, 24 Apr.  The information I have is: 

 

Pending interest, the HRYB plan is the following:
Mondays: April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22
$99 for five sessions
30-45 min slots, beginning at 5:30pm and ending at 9pm
Softball field at Bready Park

 

Our practice will still occur on 24 Apr from 7pm-8:30pm at Bready.So, if you are interested you could easily sign up for sessions prior to our 7pm practice.I am considering doing that for James.If you are interested, you should have received a questionnaire from the HRYB that they are using to organize sessions.Let me know if you didn’t receive it.

 

  1. Jesse’s mom, Julie, asked me to pass this along.  She wants to invite the baseball team to their house to celebrate Jesse’s birthday. They will have a party on May 7 from 1-3pm at their house.  They live at 12707 Garberry Court, Herndon, VA.  They are planning on playing outdoor sports, etc.  Julie’s phone number is:  202-257-3136. 

 

 

Take care.

 

Coach Matt


 
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First Game - 11 Apr 2023
by posted 04/11/2023

Good morning Red Wings Team. 

Just a reminder that we have our first game today.  Game is at the Alabama Drive Park and starts at 5:30pm.  If possible, please have your child at the field by 5pm so they can warm up prior to the start.  Thank you.

 

Coach Matt


 
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Minors Updated Schedule and Random Information - Red Wings
by posted 04/07/2023

Good evening Red Wings team.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Spring Break.  A few updates.

1.      Monday night practice is now at Bready Park (814 Ferndale Ave).  It is still from 7pm-8:30pm. This will start on 10 Apr 2023. 

2.      Our game on 4/15 moved from Alabama to Haley Smith.  The time did NOT change (3:30pm-5:30pm).

3.      Our game on 4/22 moved from Alabama to Haley Smith.  The time did NOT change (1pm-3pm).

4.      Our game on 5/13 moved from Alabama to Haley Smith.  The time did NOT change 10:30am-12:30pm).

5.      Our game on 5/20 moved from Alabama to Haley Smith.  The time did NOT change (3:30pm-5:30pm).

Take care.

Coach Matt


 
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Minors Practice – Red Wings – 3 Apr 2023
by posted 04/03/2023

Good day Red Wings team.

For those still in the area and not away for Spring Break I will still have practice today from 7pm-8:30pm at Herndon Middle School.

 

Coach Matt


 
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Minors Practice - Red Wings – 1 Apr 2023 - Cancelled
by posted 03/31/2023

Good evening Red Wings team.

There is no game tomorrow due to the weather. 

Take care.

Coach Matt 


 
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Minors Updated Schedule and Random Information - Red Wings – Spr
by posted 03/26/2023

Good evening Red Wings team.

Below is an updated schedule with dates/times/locations.  You can also visit the HRYB website.

A few points.

  1. We only have two visitor (Pioneers, St. James) games. They are now on 22 Apr and 13 May.  For both games, they will be at the Alabama Drive Park.  We do not have to go to their location.
  2. There is one late night game (7-9pm) at Bready Park on 25 Apr..
  3. Games are 2hrs long.  This includes Tuesday night games, which are scheduled for 5:30pm-7:30pm. 
  4. Spring Break (2-9 Apr):
    1. I will have practice on 3 Apr from 7pm-8:30pm at Herndon Middle School for those still in the area.
    2. There are no games over Spring Break (4 Apr, 8 Apr).   
  5. Unforms… we should have them on Friday. We will pass out shirts Saturday morning prior to our game.
  6. Our first game is on 1 Apr, from 10:30am-12:30pm at Alabama Drive Park.  We ask players show up 30minutes prior to start so we can warm them up. We will start promptly at 10:30am. 

Take care.

Coach Matt

Date

Time

Activity

Location

27-Mar-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

1-Apr-23

10:30am-12:30pm

Game

Alabama Drive Park (Herndon)

3-Apr-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

4-Apr-23

N/A

No Game

Spring Break

8-Apr-23

N/A

No Game

Spring Break

10-Apr-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

11-Apr-23

5:30pm-7:30pm

Game

Alabama Drive Park (Herndon)

15-Apr-23

3:30pm-5:30pm

Game

Alabama Drive Park (Herndon)

17-Apr-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

18-Apr-23

5:30pm-7:30pm

Game

Haley Smith Park (Herndon)

22-Apr-23

1pm-3pm

Game

vs. Pioneers at Alabama Drive Park (Herndon)

24-Apr-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

25-Apr-23

5:30pm-7:30pm

Game

Haley Smith Park (Herndon)

29-Apr-23

7pm-9pm

Game

Bready Park (Herndon)

1-May-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

2-May-23

5:30pm-7:30pm

Game

Haley Smith Park (Herndon)

6-May-23

12pm

Pictures

Picture Day

6-May-23

1pm-3pm

Game

Alabama Drive Park (Herndon)

8-May-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

9-May-23

5:30pm-7:30pm

Game

Haley Smith Park (Herndon)

13-May-23

10:30am-12:30pm

Game

vs. St. James at Alabama Drive Park (Herndon)

15-May-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

16-May-23

5:30pm-7:30pm

Game

Haley Smith Park (Herndon)

20-May-23

3:30pm-5:30pm

Game

Alabama Drive Park (Herndon)

22-May-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

23-May-23

5:30pm-7:30pm

Game

Alabama Drive Park (Herndon)

27-May-23

N/A

No Game

Memorial Day Weekend

29-May-23

N/A

No Game

Memorial Day Weekend

30-May-23

5:30pm-7:30pm

LAST Game

Alabama Drive Park (Herndon)

3-Jun-23

TBD

HRYB Day

HRYB Day - Location TBD

4-Jun-23

TBD

All Star Games

All Star Games and Skill Competition - Location TBD


 
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Minors Practice - Red Wings – 27 Mar 2023
by posted 03/26/2023

Good evening Red Wings team.

There is a slight chance of rain tomorrow (27 Mar - 7pm - Herndon Middle School), but I don’t see it interfering with practice.  Fingers crossed.

The focus tomorrow will be on Pitching, Catching, and Hitting.  The inability to practice yesterday didn’t help, especially with our first game on Saturday (1 Apr).  The following players need to make sure they wear a protective cup to practice so they can practice playing Catcher:  Avery, Max, Leland, Robert, Beckett, Alex.

Lastly, if you know in advance you will not be at a game, please let me know soonest. This way I can create the game roster. It is very difficult adjusting the lineup the morning of a game.  Moreover, I owe the opposing team our roster, batting order, etc. Thank you for your help. 

Take care.

Coach Matt 


 
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Minors Practice - Red Wings – 25 Mar 2023
by posted 03/25/2023

Good morning Red Wings team.

No practice today due to the weather. 

Take care.

Coach Matt


 
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Minors Practice - Red Wings - 20 Mar 2023
by posted 03/19/2023

Good evening Red Wings team.

Our first practice is tomorrow (20 Mar 2023).  Again, practice will be from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Herndon Middle School, Field #2.  It will be a little chilly so please ensure your child brings and/or wears a sweatshirt. Make sure they also wear their protective cup. 

My intent this season is to improve our baseball skills while having fun. This is a joint effort whereby there is positive encouragement and reinforcement from not only the coaches but the players and parents at practices and at games. 

Take care.

Coach Matt


 
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by posted 03/14/2023

Good day.  My name is Matt King and I’ll be managing your child’s baseball team this Spring along with Coach Allan McCullough in the Minors.  We both have sons who played last season in the Fall.   

There are four teams in the Minors, each consisting of 12 players. Our team’s name is the “Red Wings”.  Our team consists of:

Jesse Carpenter, Amar Cohen, Ryan Danatzko, Alex Foti, Max Friedman, Robert Gill, Avery Graham, James King, Clark Lamoureux, Leland McCullough, AJ Norman, and Beckett Risner.

The pertinent information is below:

  1. Schedule:
    1. Season starts the week of 20 March 2023 (next week).  We will have three practice session prior to our first game.  For the first two weeks of the season, we will only meet twice a week. 
    2. The first game is on 1 April 2023. After that first game, we will then meet three times a week.  We will continue to have practice on Mondays.  We will continue to have games on Saturdays.  We will also have games on Tuesdays.  Below is the overall schedule. 

Date

Time

Activity

Location

20-Mar-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

25-Mar-23

12pm-2pm

Practice

Dranesville Elementary School (Field #1)

27-Mar-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

1-Apr-23

4pm-6pm

Game

Alabama Drive Park (Herndon)

3-Apr-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

4-Apr-23

5:30pm-7pm

Game

TBD (Games either at Alabama or Haley Smith)

8-Apr-23

N/A

No Game

No Game

10-Apr-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

11-Apr-23

5:30pm-7pm

Game

TBD (Games either at Alabama or Haley Smith)

15-Apr-23

1pm-3pm

Game

AWAY GAME vs. Pioneers (Alexandria, Clermont Park Field)

17-Apr-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

18-Apr-23

5:30pm-7pm

Game

TBD (Games either at Alabama or Haley Smith)

22-Apr-23

10am-12pm

Game

vs. St. James at Alabama Drive Park (Herndon)

24-Apr-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

25-Apr-23

5:30pm-7pm

Game

TBD (Games either at Alabama or Haley Smith)

29-Apr-23

4pm-6pm

Game

vs. Pioneers at Alabama Drive Park (Herndon)

1-May-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

2-May-23

5:30pm-7pm

Game

TBD (Games either at Alabama or Haley Smith)

6-May-23

TBD - 12pm

Pictures

Picture Day

6-May-23

TBD 

Game

TBD (Games either at Alabama or Haley Smith)

8-May-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

9-May-23

5:30pm-7pm

Game

TBD (Games either at Alabama or Haley Smith)

13-May-23

4pm-6pm

Game

Alabama Drive Park (Herndon)

15-May-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

16-May-23

5:30pm-7pm

Game

TBD (Games either at Alabama or Haley Smith)

20-May-23

TBD

Game

TBD (Games either at Alabama or Haley Smith)

22-May-23

7pm-8:30pm

Practice

Herndon Middle School (HMS Field #2)

23-May-23

5:30pm-7pm

Game

TBD (Games either at Alabama or Haley Smith)

27-May-23

TBD

TBD

Memorial Day Weekend

29-May-23

TBD

TBD

Memorial Day Weekend

30-May-23

5:30pm-7pm

Game

TBD (Games either at Alabama or Haley Smith)

3-Jun-23

TBD

HRYB Day

HRYB Day - Location TBD

4-Jun-23

TBD

All Star Games

All Star Games and Skill Competition - Location TBD

  1. Location: 
    1. Practice:  Please note the locations for practice and games noted above.  Except for 3/25 where practice will be at Dranesville Elementary School, all other practices will be held at Herndon Middle School (Field #2).  The best way to access Field #2 is to park behind the McDonalds on Elden St.  There is a break in the fence that allows you to walk to the field. 
    2. Games:  Our games are either at Haley Smith or Alabama Drive Park. We have one Away Game to Alexandria, VA (Clermont Park Field). That away game is on 4/15. 
  2. Times: 
    1. Practice:  All practices on Monday will be from 7pm until 8:30pm. The only exception is on 3/25 (Saturday) where practice will be from 12pm-2pm.
    2. Games.  Times vary so please note the times above and on the HRYB website. 

Much like this past Fall season, we have the pleasure of playing a sister league, the Pioneer Youth Baseball League from Alexandria for two of those Saturdays (4/15; 4/29).  On 4/15 we will go to their field and on 4/29 they will come to ours.  Playing a sister league is a great way to vary the competition.  We also have the pleasure of playing The St. James from Springfield on 4/22.  They will come play against us in Herndon. 

Info to Know: 

Equipment – We have league equipment to share.  Helmets, Bats and Catchers gear. At a minimum – players need their own regular fielding glove.  If your child has their own bats/helmets – please remember that the bats must be USABats and the Helmets must have a full cage protection mask on it (no ‘C-Flap).   If you don’t have a bat, but are looking to buy one, please remember that they are a lot like shoes – they have to fit.  If the bat is too big or too small, it won’t be effective – and bigger can be worse if they lack the strength to control it.  A bat that is about hip-high is right. Don’t buy a bat to ‘grow in to’

Uniform – TBD on the jerseys and hats.  But you need to provide baseball pants (grey) and cleats (no metal).  And please have your child wear baseball pants TO PRACTICE. For the first three practice sessions, please ensure the boys wear their protective support cups.  This way we can rotate kids through the Catchers position. 

Note that on game days jewelry is prohibited except medical and religious bracelets or necklaces. For those that pitch on game day, they are also not permitted to wear “white” on their forearms or wrists (i.e.: long sleeve shirts or wristbands).

Practice Plans – Generally, we’ll do team warmups and throwing at the beginning, break-up into stations for a while, and then come back together for in-game style work or a fun competition based on baseball skills.  We’ll do our best to accommodate the weather and not exceed 90min on our practice nights. 

Game plans – We use a constant rotating batting order – which means EVERYONE is in the lineup.  We will mix and match positions as much as possible. 

Volunteers – I am sure families have preexisting conflicts and will not be able to attend every practice and game.  The same apply to Allan and I but we will coordinate coverage.  Moreover, we will need all of your help.  Here’s a few additional roles that we will need help with: 

  1. Additional Assistant Coaches – During our scrimmages we will need 1-2 additional adults to help on the field, whether that be a base coach, etc.
  2. Dugout Coordinator – To help manage the kids on the bench while we’re batting – VERY IMPORTANT and DOES NOT require ‘baseball’ experience.
  3. Practice Coaches – As stated above we will need help running the drills at the various stations we try to set up.   

Communication – I will post messages via the HRYB website.  In turn, parents should receive the posted message via email you noted on your HRYB profile. I will do my best to post updates and/or cancellations as soon as I can. You can access posted message at the following location:

Herndon Reston Youth Baseball (herndonbaseball.com)

http://www.herndonbaseball.com/?nomobile=true&org=HOYBaseball.com

Select:  “Teams” / “Choose a Team” / “Minors” / “Minors Red Wings”

If anyone has any questions just email mkk121975@hotmail.com or text 254-319-2826.  Introduce yourself with the first text so I know who you are.  I look forward to meeting everyone next week. This will be an exciting season.

 

Respectfully,

Coach Matt


 
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