July 16, 2014-- St. Louis Park Little League is honoring St. Louis Park resident and Little League All-Star Adrian Merfeld who passed away this week after a courageous battle with cancer.
Adrian Merfeld was diagnosed with Wilms’ Tumor in 2011, but continued to play baseball throughout his treatment. Merfeld played for the Apple Automatic AAA Minor League team this season and was made an honorary member of the All-Star team this week.
“For Adrian to take the field this season was a testament to his love of baseball, desire to push forward and be with friends. A true hero both on and off the field" said Merfeld’s coach, Jeff James.
This week, the St. Louis Park Little League Plus State Tournament and All-Star teams will wear jerseys with Adrian’s initials and his number 10 on the sleeve.
This was Adrian’s fourth year as a St. Louis Park Little Leaguer. Adrian’s brother Avery also plays for St. Louis Park Little League.
The family has organized a celebration of Adrian’s life on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 2-5 PM (with a 3 PM memorial service) at the International Spanish Language Academy at 5959 Shady Oak Road in Minnetonka. (See invitation below).
St. Louis Park Little Leaguers are encouraged to wear their team jerseys to the service in honor of Adrian.
St. Louis Park Little League invites you to make a donation in Adrian’s honor to the Miracles of Mitch Foundation. Adrian’s sister Amelia has set-up a fundraising page for the Miracles of Mitch Triathalon. The money raised will help benefit other children and families battling cancer. Let's help get Adrian into the Miracles for Mitch Hall of Fame by helping raise over $1000 in pledges.
Parents: There have been reports of a high amount of towing from the Park Towers lot near Skippy Field. The lots closest to the fields are private parking lots and are marked as owned by Park Towers. Please ensure you park legally when playing at Skippy Field.
To All St Louis Park Baseball Families,
St. Louis Park Little League and the SLP Traveling Baseball programs have mutually decided to serve the community as a united organization. Legion, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, Little League and Traveling will continue with this group, operating under one umbrella.
We are excited to work together under ONE ASSOCIATION to bring you the best possible baseball experience for your player. Please read below to find out more about baseball activites as we prepare for the 2014 Season!
- SLP Baseball Association
Please contact Matt Farley with any questions.
SLP Baseball focuses on creating the best possible baseball experience for every player. Our player evaluation process is designed to give each player the same opportunity to show their skills. Drills are controlled and every player gets the same opportunity.
Evaluation drills are conducted at an indoor facility (Batting Cages of MN) where we create the same, repeatable drills for every player. Each player will be given an appointed time and should arrive at the facility 15-30 minutes beforehand to check in and receive their evaluation number that they will wear on their back.
Evaluations will measure the following:
There will be a primary evaluator at each station measuring each of these components. The same Primary evaluators will be present to evaluate EVERY SINGLE PLAYER to insure the scales of measurement are consistent. Secondary evaluators will provide additional feedback, scores and perspectives. Additionally, team coaches will evaluate players, providing their own perspectives and notes to the process. Coaches or evaluators may ask a player to repeat a drill or station to obtain additional meaurement or clarity of the players ability to perform a skill.
HOW WILL TEAMS BE SELECTED?
Evaluation scores are compiled into a central database where scores can be compared for each group of players for traveling and Little League+ (LL+). Only those players self-selecting their interest for these teams will be considered. Aggregate comparisons for non-traveling and LL+ teams will be used to distribute talent evenly amongst teams.
Roster sizes should be 12 players but may be between 11-13 players. The top 8 scores from evaluations will earn a spot on the team. The remaining 4 roster positions are considered COACHES CHOICE spots and will be determined by the primary evaluators and the Head Coach of the team. Additional data and or previous known experience MAY be used to select these players. For example, an injured player, who is unable to participate in evaluations could be placed on a team as a COACHES CHOICE because they have demonstrated a high level of skill during the previous season.
WHEN WILL WE FIND OUT?
Compiling the information for ALL 400+ players takes a considerable amount of time. Coaches and administrators will attempt to have teams for 13-15 year old travleling selected by Sunday, March 23rd. 10 & 12 year old traveling team selection will be posted by Wednesday, March 26th. Little League Majors Division will be selected by Thursday, March 27th. Minors Divisions (AAA & AA) will be selected by Sunday, March 31st. Results will be posted online at slpbaseball.com
WHO ARE THE EVALUATORS?
PRIMARY Evaluators:Todd DvorakRob Robello (9 LL+ coach)Dan HowerGreg Meyer (13AA coach)Matt Farley (10 LL+ coach)Tim DonahueCoaches:15AA - Damen Cornell14AAA – Danny Bissonnette14AA – Jason Vogel12AA – Glen SorensonSECONDARY Evaluators:Steve HarperJeff JamesToby BoyumScott MobleyMatt PittmanJoel OdensRob EberleTom Wilsey
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