Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Happy 7th birthday, Alex (Herbie)

Alex turned 7 on Friday, May 11.  Here is a look at some pictures of him through the years.




















Friday, May 11, 2018

What I learned from eating lunch with first graders

Lunchroom lessons from 1st grade


At lunch with first graders, I learned these things:

  • You have to pick 2-3 friends to eat lunch with you.  It is hard to choose.
  • It is very hard to stay in your seat when you are eating lunch and you are a first grader.
  • 2 out of 3 first graders believe it is more fun to be an adult than a child.


  • George has 3 brothers.  Byron has 2 sisters.  Bekah has a sister.  Alex has 30 siblings.  One of these first graders is probably lying.
  • If you ask a first grader what they want to dress up as for Halloween, you will have no idea what they are talking about.  
  • First graders eat all their junk food first, usually.


  • They eat each other's food non-stop.  And they look over each other's lunches and swap food, also.
  • Sometimes first graders get too excited and won't eat their food in the time allotted for lunch.  You can solve this by having a contest called, "Who can eat 3 bites the fastest?"  You can play this game multiple times because everyone wants to win.



  • Sometimes first graders finish their food really quickly and want to run around the lunchroom, which the teacher does not like.
  • If the above situation happens, play this game:
    • Take out all the trash in your purse.  
    • Ask who will volunteer to throw away a Target receipt?  
    • Pick a winner, but the winner must walk slowly to the trash can and back.
    • Who will throw away an Aldi's receipt?
    • Keep playing until all the trash in your purse is gone.  This will take at least 5 minutes.
    • First graders think this is the best game ever.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Fuel Schedule updated 5/2/18

Schedule for May thus far

GAME:  Tuesday, May 1, 7:45 pm, Fuel @ Dot's

PRACTICE:  Thursday, May 3, 7:30 pm, Upper Field.  I have asked the Dot's for a scrimmage.

GAME:  Friday night games have been canceled.  We cannot get umpires.  The local high schools they are contracted with have already booked them.  (Everyone is in the same situation:  trying to make up rained out games.)

GAME:  Saturday, May 5, 12:15 pm, Fuel @ GSC.  Please arrive around 11:45 am.

GAME:  Monday, May 7, 7:45 pm, Dots @ Fuel

GAME:  Thursday, May 10, 7:45, Fuel @ Dots

GAME:  Friday, May 11 (probably, waiting for details...)

GAME:  Saturday, May 12, 10:45 am, Fuel @ GSC

I won't post more until I know more.  Thanks, all!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Game tonite (May 1) vs. Dots @ 7:45, please be at field at 7:30 pm

Schedule as of May 1, 2018.  This schedule will change.

(All games on Lower Field.)

RAINED OUT GAME:  Saturday, April 7, 12:15 pm

GAME:  Tuesday, April 10, 7:45 pm, vs. Vector


GAME:  Saturday, April 14, 12:15 pm, vs. Dot's

GAME:  Tuesday, April 17, 7:45 pm, vs. Vector

GAME:  Saturday, April 21, 12:15 pm GSC @ Fuel

PRACTICE, Rescheduled GAME:  Monday, April 23, 7:30 pm Fuel @  Dots -- RAINED OUT again

PRACTICE:  Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 pm, Upper Field (This is the night we went to batting cages.)

GAME:  Thursday, April 26, 7:45 pm, Vector @ Fuel RAINED OUT

GAME:  Saturday, April 28, 10:45 am, Fuel @ GSC RAINED OUT

Schedule for May

GAME:  Tuesday, May 1, 7:45 pm, Fuel @ Dot's

* I am anticipating that all the below will change*

PRACTICE:  Thursday, May 3, 7:30 pm, Upper Field

GAME:  Saturday, May 5, 12:15 pm, Fuel @ GSC

GAME:  Monday, May 7, 7:45 pm, Dot's @ Fuel

GAME:  Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 pm, GSC @ Fuel

PRACTICE:  Thursday, May 10, 7:30 pm, Upper Field

PRACTICE:  Saturday, May 12, Noon, Upper Field

PRACTICE:  Monday, May 14, 7:30, Lower Field

Tournament Games, times TBD:
Tuesday, May 15
Thursday, May 17
Tuesday, May 22
Thursday, May 24

Final Championship Tournament:
Saturday, May 26

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Game vs. Dot's 7:30 pm Monday, April & May Updated Schedule

Schedule for April

(All games on Lower Field.)

RAINED OUT GAME:  Saturday, April 7, 12:15 pm

GAME:  Tuesday, April 10, 7:45 pm, vs. Vector


GAME:  Saturday, April 14, 12:15 pm, vs. Dot's

GAME:  Tuesday, April 17, 7:45 pm, vs. Vector

GAME:  Saturday, April 21, 12:15 pm GSC @ Fuel

PRACTICE, Rescheduled GAME:  Monday, April 23, 7:30 pm Fuel @  Dots -- Currently the forecast is rain for M-W of this week. I will keep in touch with you about this.

PRACTICE:  Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 pm, Upper Field

GAME:  Thursday, April 26, 7:45 pm, Vector @ Fuel

GAME:  Saturday, April 28, 10:45 am, Fuel @ GSC

Schedule for May

GAME:  Tuesday, May 1, 7:45 pm, Fuel @ Dot's

PRACTICE:  Thursday, May 3, 7:30 pm, Upper Field

GAME:  Saturday, May 5, 12:15 pm, Fuel @ GSC

GAME:  Monday, May 7, 7:45 pm, Dot's @ Fuel

GAME:  Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 pm, GSC @ Fuel

PRACTICE:  Thursday, May 10, 7:30 pm, Upper Field

PRACTICE:  Saturday, May 12, Noon, Upper Field

PRACTICE:  Monday, May 14, 7:30, Lower Field

Tournament Games, times TBD:
Tuesday, May 15
Thursday, May 17
Tuesday, May 22
Thursday, May 24

Final Championship Tournament:
Saturday, May 26


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Opening Day this Saturday, Noon Game


Dear Fuel Girls and families,

Just wanted you to know that a few things about last night's game and this week's schedule:

First, we have a game on Saturday vs. Dot's at 12:15 pmPlease arrive by noon at the latest.  Opening Day festivities begin at 10 am.  

The fields are booked for games tomorrow night, so we cannot practice.  If anyone wants to go to the fields on Friday night and throw the ball or hit, please contact me.  We are happy to come out.  Friday nights are always open practices, so we can't restrict players to just our team, but we can meet there at 7:30 pm.

We will not meet tomorrow (Thursday) night at our house (the Arnolds) because we have all had the flu.

A few things to remember from the our first game

1. Vector played a great game, is a good team and had a great night.  In life, in the workplace, in school - there will always be someone who you feel is better than you are.  When you know that you cannot win, tell yourself that you will not give up.  You may not win the game over your opponent on that particular occasion, but you can win their respect.  You win their respect by making their win as absolutely hard to achieve as possible.  We will talk through some mental toughness exercises to help with this type of thinking.

2.  We got intimidated by the fast pitching from the start.  The pitching got inconsistent in the second inning.  At one point, we got them worried about this.

3.  Several girls got down on themselves right from the start after their first error.  Girls, please know that we do not ever expect you to play perfect games.  In fact, we will not be upset about your errors.  Everyone makes errors.  We do expect that you will not give up. 

4.  There is no need to feel embarrassed about errors, changes in the line-up, on the field, missing the ball, or striking out.  Your coaches will strive to make sure everyone plays and we will move you around some.  Eventually you will be much more comfortable where you are playing. 

5.  You will have great games this season.  You will do very well.  I have seen you do really well in practice, and your training will come through.

6.  I appreciated the girls who continued to encourage others last night.  I appreciated the smiles and sweet spirits, and cooperation displayed by so many.  I am proud of every girl on this team, and I would not want any of you girls to be on another team.

7.  When you are frustrated, it is absolutely acceptable (and encouraged) to take out your frustration on the ball.  Before you get to practice (or a game), think of something that has made you mad.  Sports is a very healthy way to get out stress.  We want you to get out your stress in healthy and fun ways.  I can describe this for you in person more if you want.

8.  We feel honored to be your coaches, and are very glad you are part of this team.

9.  We had some girls who were sick in this game, and who kept fighting on.  I appreciate this excellent team spirit.  (And I hope no one got Baby Fred's germs.)

9.  Every game is a chance to hit "reset."  Girls, please do not over-analyze your performance from any one game.  We will start afresh with a clean slate. 

10.  Do reflect on the good things from last night's game:
Zyon's homerun!
Great attitudes and games from several players.
Great spirits from those players who were sick (I know of at least 2).
Players who did not give up.
Players who helped others on the field and in the dugout with gear.

Fire up the Fuel!

 - Coaches Steve & Nicole

Monday, April 09, 2018

Updated April Schedule


Schedule for April

PRACTICE: Thursday (tonight), March 29, 7:30 pm, Upper Field

PRACTICE:  Monday, April 2, 7:30 pm, Upper Field

PRACTICE:  Thursday, April 5, 7:30 pm, Lower Field

RAINED OUT GAME:  Saturday, April 7, 12:15 pm  (All games on Lower Field.)

PRACTICE:  Monday, April 9, 7:30 pm, Upper Field

GAME:  Tuesday, April 10, 7:45 pm, vs. Vector

We may need a practice here on Thursday, April 12, at 6 pm.  The current field schedule is full.  We will probably meet at our yard to do some drills and be able to review between games.  This will probably be an optional practice.  We will stay in touch with you about these especially.  We may also try to do a scrimmage on Friday night, so we will be in touch.

GAME:  Saturday, April 14, 12:15 pm, vs. Dot's.  This is our make-up game from last Saturday, April 7, that was rained out.

Our schedule may change to accomodate the game we have missed, so I will be touch with more details.  Below is a rough draft schedule for the rest of the month.

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We may need a practice here on Monday, April 16, at 6 pm.  The current field schedule is full.  We will probably meet at our yard to do some drills and be able to review between games.

GAME:  Tuesday, April 17, 7:45 pm

PRACTICE:  Thursday, April 19, 7:30 pm, Upper Field

GAME:  Saturday, April 21, 10:30 am

PRACTICE:  Monday, April 23, 7:30 pm, Lower Field

GAME:  Thursday, April 26, 7:45 pm

We may hold open the option of Open Practice on Friday night for any girl who wants to attend.  I know Friday nights are hard.  We will keep in touch on this via text and email.

GAME:  Saturday, April 28, 10:45 am

PRACTICE:  Tuesday, May 1, 7:30 pm, Upper Field