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El Rio Little League Baseball (ElRioLL)

If you want to be one of the best hitters in the El Rio Little League (ElRioLL) scroll down further on the page. A lot of the other useful information about the league is right here on this page.

ElRioLL is an officially sanctioned league of Little Leauge Baseball. It's a baseball league for boys and girls ages 5 - 18 who live in and around the El Rio Little League district boundaries that plays between the months of March through June (practices start in February), with All-Stars extending the time of play for certain select players for at least one tournament and maybe more. For the 12 & Under (11 & 12 only) all-star team and the older all-star teams this could culminate as late as August if they were to qualify for the Little League World Series in their age bracket.

The El Rio Little League is played at Rio de Valle Junior High at 3100 Rose Avenue in El Rio/Oxnard.

The league is very strict as to players playing within their league's boundaries. You will have to present 2 forms of verification of the address the kid lives over 50% of the time (utility bills, etc). So contact the league to make sure you are in their boundaries (see "Who to Contact" below).

If you have a number of questions concerning El Rio Little League, such as:

"When do I sign up?",
"Does my child have to try-out?",
"What Age Group is my child in?",
"What are the costs to join the league, and what about having more than one child play in the league, will that cost the same or is there a break?", or
"Will there be any fundraising required?",
then I'm going to direct you another website that may have more information about the league but will definitely tell you Who to Contact (The people in charge of league).

Who to Contact

Officers of the El Rio Little League are voted upon each year and serve one year. And they can be re-elected for succesive one year terms if voted upon to do so. These are the people who will know these answers for you.

The website of the El Rio Little League is found here.

But if you want the answers to questions about almost all leagues in general (including El Rio Little League), including how to help your child or team to hit better, click the links or scroll down:

How can I sponspor a team or get others to be a sponsor?

How is Umpiring done in Little League and how can I be one?

How to become a coach?

How to be a better hitter?

What about sponsorships?

A great way to help the league raise money is getting businesses to sponsor teams. The businesses get to help the community's kids and get some advertising in return.

If you're a business person or know of someone who is, contact the person in charge of the league. You can find them under Who to Contact (People in charge of league)

How is Umpiring done in the league and how can I be one?

Little League Baseball has a proud and deep tradition of using volunteers to umpire the games. While there are a committed few who do a large part of this work, they are always looking for more helpers and it would be great if every team would have one or two of their parents umpiring other games than their own children's.

Call the league and they'd be glad to get you involved and even provide training.

How to become a coach?

Coaches are chosen to coach in the El Rio Little League from the group of people who sign up to be a coach. You need to fill out an application and be reviewed by the board of directors. You may be subjected to a background check for people who will interact with the kids.

Preference is given to returning coaches, but there is always room for new coaches. Former players are especially encouraged to apply, as are parents, but neither is a requirement.

If you are a coach in the El Rio Little League, I'd encourage you to take advantage of the information throughout this website and to sign up for my hitting tips newsletter. Sign up Now!

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How to get really good in El Rio Little League Baseball

I also know a great deal about the things that most kids who want to get better at baseball and hitting are interested in (click or read down for all the hitting tips to get better and play at the higher levels):

How do I make All-Stars?

Where can I find a good Hitting Coach?

Pitching Coaches in the Area?

Catching Coaches in the Area?

How do I get to play High School Baseball?

How do I get to play College Baseball?

Are there any Batting Cages in the Area I can go to for practing hitting?

How do I make All-Stars?

The El Rio Little League has a set policy as to how the players will be asked to join the all-star team.

While I don't know the exact method the ElRioLL uses, the common methods for choosing the players range from each kid in the league picking who they feel are the best players to league officials picking the team, to having tryouts to determine the team, to any combination of the above.

I admit that just about every year some kid (maybe it's you or your kid) won't make it when you think they deserve it and sometimes there are factors in the choosing that are beyond your control, but one thing is certain, you have a better chance to make the All-star team, by getting your skills better, not by just hoping to make it. You can do that by learning the hitting tips I have for you by clicking the links on the upper left side of this page and by signing up for the free hitting newsletter I have for you.

Hitting Coaches in the Area

Fortunately for you, if this is your league and you want to hit better than you do now or need more personalized instruction than your team coaches can give you, you have Andy Collins, the Internet Hitting Coach, available to you. He lives in Ventura and you can work together at the batting cage next to his house.

Phone: (805) 642-5827

I've had success working with a lot of Little Leaguers.

For one such story, click here.

Pitching Coaches in the Area

Coach Andy also works with Little League age pitchers establishing proper throwing mechanics for acurate and safe throwing. Only fast balls and change ups are taught, along with pitch location and the mental aspects of pitching for the more advanced players.

Phone: (805) 642-5827

Catching Coaches in the Area

Coach Andy Collins has taught many of the top catchers in the area. Many of whom have gone to college on scholarships. His top students have been All-League in High School, have caught for teams participating in national tournaments, with one acheiving 3-time All-National honors. And all of them that work with him for any length of time make the league all-stars for the surrounding leagues, as well.

Phone: (805) 642-5827
If you'd like Coach Andy to put on a hitting or coach's clinic for the El Rio Little League, check this link out.

High School Baseball in the Area

Two of the local high schools benefit the most from the El Rio Little League program.

They are Rio Mesa High which is a public school, and Santa Clara, which is private. Each of these schools have Varsity and Junior Varsity teams.

If you want to play baseball in high school you need to do even more work than the all-stars do.

This is a perfectly legitimate way to extend the love of baseball you received from El Rio Little League Baseball.

College Baseball in the Area

If you thought you needed more work and better knowledge to make the jump for the El Rio Little League program to high school ball, imagine what you need to do play at the college level. Don't waste any more time getting the free hitting newsletter I have for you today and learn the best ways to hit.

Oxnard College is the only college in Oxnard to have a baseball program. They are a junior (2 year) college.

In a 50 mile radius there are Ventura, Moorpark and Santa Barbara city colleges (junior colleges) and University of California, Santa Barbara and California State University, Northridge that play Division I college baseball and California Lutheran University that plays Division II. Westmont College in Monteceito plays in the NAIA. The other colleges in that same area don't sponsor baseball teams.

Batting Cages in the Area

The closest batting cage is Who's on First at 961 N Rice Ave. in Oxnard. phone: (805) 485-4001. They specialize in baseball and slo-pitch softball.

Camarillo Bat-R Up at 487 Dawson Dr. Ste 3S in Camarillo Phone: (805) 987-2287 do have baseball machines, in addition to fastpitch softball and slo-pitch pitching machines.

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