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


Thursday, March 29, 2018

GAA Schedule for April 2018


I'm really proud of the girls on our Fuel team this year.  They have excellent attitudes, support each other, and one day, they will be able to tell their grandchildren that they practiced in the rain and snow.  They are true warriors!

Here is the April schedule below.  By the way, I have talked with Melinda on the GAA Board and alerted her that our first game vs. GSC on the schedule is not until May.  She is going to take a look and possibly make some changes.  So for right now, I'm listing only "game" and "practice."  I'll list the game opponents as soon as I hear more from Melinda.


Bats and Gear Questions


I've heard that Academy Sports on Wendover has a lot of softball gear for the girls - a better selection than Dick's and other places.  I have also heard that through the end of March, they are offering 25% off new bat purchases if you bring in your old bat.

Remember that girls cannot wear metal cleats in our league.

Soffee shorts are also not allowed.  I would suggest softball pants in black or grey.  I have heard that Academy has a good selection of women's sizes.  I have also heard that Play It Again Sports on Battleground has many good items at great prices.

Our Fuel Team color is bright yellow or safety yellow.  So we will really light up the field when we "Fire up the Fuel!"  This means that you may want to purchase bright yellow softball socks.



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

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

We 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.

GAME:  Saturday, April 14, 12:15 pm

We 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

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Please let me Coach Steve and me know if you have any questions.  

Thank you for supporting your girl and helping us with this outstanding team.
- Nicole












Friday, March 16, 2018

GAA Softball News for Team Fuel



Welcome to the Fuel team's document resource page.  Please find your practice and game schedule as well as other GAA documents below.  I handed these out at our first practice on Thursday, March 15.  

Schedule (for printing), more schedule stuff is below






Names of Girls on our team:

Rose Arnold
Clarice Arnold
Sarah Benfield
Jae'Coria Ervin
Madison Brackman
Monique Delagey
Camilla Garner
Zyon Richardson
Emora Snipes
Autumn Strouse


Special items to note 

Girls and coaches are to use cell phones as little as possible during practice and games.  

Also, please note that the girls should not wear Soffee shorts.

If you are interested in helping at practice, please feel free to do so.  We need some base runners to begin some situational play drills!  :)

The GAA also needs concession stand volunteers.

If you want a team shirt (for a non-player lsibling or adult family member), please let me know your size as soon as possible.  The GAA will order these at $15 per adult and $10 per child size.  (All players' shirts are included in your registration fee.)  This is a great way to help the GAA raise money for our league.

Thank you for your help and great attitudes.  Coach Steve and I are looking forward to this season with your outstanding girls.

- Nicole


Practices in March 2018

Thursday, March 15, 7:30 pm, Lower Field

Saturday, March 17, 12:30 pm, Upper Field

Monday, March 19, 7:30 pm, Lower Field

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 pm, Upper Field

Saturday, March 24, 1:30 pm, Lower Field

Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 pm, Lower Field

Thursday, March 29, 7:30 pm, Upper Field

No games Easter/Passover weekend.
We will let you know if we will attend an Open Practice on a Friday night.

Opening Day (first game) is Saturday, April 7. v. Dot's at 12:15 pm.

More of the schedule to be posted later...