Hopkinton Little League alum Cam Fairbanks is preparing to run the 2018 Boston Marathon in support of the Hopkinton High School Class of 2019. This will be Cam's first Boston Marathon. He ran the Chicago Marathon in 2014. He has a lofty fundraising goal of $5,000.
He played in HLL for his entire Little League career, also playing on the Tondorf 9 year old, 10 year old, and 11 year old teams. His team won that tournament as 9 and 11 year olds. He also played on the League's Williamsport team.
You might recognize Cam as he continues to be involved in HLL. This summer will be his 14th year umpiring in the league! He started the first summer he was eligible, at age 13. He is currently a patched member of the Central Mass. Baseball Umpires Association and is on the Milford umpiring board.
Baseball has always a huge part of Cam's life. "Aside from umpiring, Hopkinton Little League taught me teamwork and leadership skills. We were never all that good in the spring as a team, so I learned how to lose with my head up and then in the summer, I learned how to be a winner and show humility." Cam carries that over into his day job as a a Program Manager at a non-profit, Energy Federation Inc. in Westborough, MA.
From our President, Jason Mahon: "Umpiring can be a thankless job, but it is an essential part of baseball and softball. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help Cam achieve his philanthropic goals. He’s been part of the HLL family for a long time, as player and umpire. He’s a great role model and mentor for our younger umpires. Raising money for charity is just another example of that.
Cam’s efforts on behalf of the HHS Class of 2019 are a great reminder that umpires are not just a big part of what we do on the field, but they are also part of the larger Hopkinton community - whether we’re taking about that 13 year old just starting out or a seasoned veteran like Cam. I hope many people support Cam as he supports the HHS Class of 2019."
As required by Little League International, volunteers (head coaches, assistant coaches, on the field helpers, etc.) must complete an ANNUALvolunteer application. (This is essentially the same as the CORI process you go through to volunteer in school, but you need to go through one specific to Hopkinton Little League too.)
You cannot be on the field at practice or in a game IN ANY CAPACITY (keeping scorebook, managing the bench, etc.) unless you fill out the volunteer application. Even if you have been cleared in previous years or for different sports, you still need to be cleared by HLL in 2018.
A copy of your driver's license (or other government ID), Social Security Number and 3 references are REQUIRED to process the application. References can include friends, co-workers, etc.; basically anyone that is willing and able to vouch for you. (One must be familiar with you in interacting/volunteering with kids.)
If you’d like to help, please submit the attached volunteer application to:
Hopkinton Little League
PO Box 32
Hopkinton, MA 01748
ATTN: Jason Mahon
All applications are handled only by me and information is kept confidential.
In order to get you approved before the season, please complete your application NOW!
As of January 1, 2018, the new USA Baseball Bat Standard was implemented. Little League-approved baseball bats that are approved for use for the 2017 season will no longer be acceptable for use in any Little League game or activitystarting on January 1, 2018 (see exception below for tee ball bats).
There are NO changes to the bat standard or regulations for Little League Softball®.
For additional information on the new USA Baseball Bat Standard for 2018, including a link to the list of approved bats, please consult the USA Baseball Bat Standard FAQ. Essentially, any bat that has the USA Baseball logo on it (pictured above), including those that are 2 5/8" in diameter are permitted in 2018.
Tee Ball Bats
Tee Ball bats (26" or shorter) that were produced and/or purchased prior to the implementation of the new standard can be certified using an Approved Tee Ball Sticker via the USA Baseball Tee Ball Sticker Program beginning September 1, 2017. HLL will have stickers available in the Spring to certify those bats. Therefore, if you have a tee ball bat that is the appropriate size for your child, and your child will be playing in the Pre-K, Instructional or Single A leagues***, you do NOT need to purchase a new bat.