Arrival day of the Little League Softball World Series is a day of preparation: prepare the field, prepare the barbeque, prepare the trailers, prepare the photos and the video, and prepare the girls for the week ahead!
A limousine arrived this morning shortly after 9am filled with the host team from Tigard Little League and we were off! Teams arriving at Portland International Airport were brought to Alpenrose in a limo. Team Canada rolled in from Victoria, BC in a yellow bus after winning their regional tournament late last night!
The girls got their uniforms, took photos, did their video introductions and received their new XProtex batting gloves. Tomorrow, they will meet former UCLA Coach Sue Enquist, participate in the Opening Ceremonies and the Schutt Skills Challenge, receive their new helmets and catcher's gear, and also enjoy some Alpenrose-produced ice cream!
Nine teams are at the Shilo Inn by now and resting for a big day and an exciting week ahead. It takes only one day every August to be reminded of the heart and soul of youth sports -- the players.