Opening Day Shootout Tournament Cancelled

Due to the expected rain, we are forced to cancel the Opening Day Tournament scheduled for this weekend (March 29th and 30th). Please click here to get registered for our other tournaments.

Opening Day Shootout Tournament

The Opening Day Shootout Tournament is right around the corner.  Click Here for more information!

Practice Cancelled Tonight – 1/22

Due to the weather, indoor practice at Crown has been cancelled for tonight.

New Mission Statement

Fruitland FORCE (Free Organization Representing Children Exclusively) was developed with one mission… to allow children the opportunity to play baseball year round for little to no cost. Fruitland FORCE is a 100% non profit organization simply wanting to give all ball players the opportunity to go to tournaments and practice year round. Fruitland FORCE has a scholarship program in place to cover costs if a family cannot afford to pay. If your child wants to play baseball we are here to help your child develop his skills of the game.

FORCE provides year round coaching from dedicated coaches for free. FORCE coaching staff is comprised of highly dedicated coaches ranging from college players to highly knowledgeable coaches who have been involved with youth baseball leagues for many years.

FORCE has developed a winter program at Crown Sports Center which has been a huge success with now over 100 kids coming out each week to learn more about the game of baseball.

We decide as an organization which tournaments we will enter and there are no hidden fees. You only pay for your child’s part of the tournament fee. If your child wants to go and cannot afford to pay FORCE will take care of it. We are here for the children regardless of anything else.

FORCE is a very family oriented program, we believe in faith and education above all else. Our players know the two things you need to succeed are HEART and MIND! We will teach Team Values that build each player’s self-esteem, determination, focus, leadership, teamwork and discipline, all of which are needed to develop life skills. Baseball is not just about winning or losing, it is about teaching our children to be the best that they can be while playing a game they love.

FORCE is a community based program working with Wicomico County to set up tournaments to benefit our local community. This allows for more resources which in turn means more tournaments for the children to play baseball.

“I won’t be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages
of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat”. Babe Ruth

Important Forms

We hope you all have enjoyed your holidays and now are ready to get back into the “swing” of ball!!! Below are a few documents that you need to read, sign and return next Wednesday (1/15) when you come out for the first indoor training session at Crown. If you have any questions about the paper work please contact Coach Bill!

FORCE Baseball Parental Code Of Conduct Agreement

FORCE Payment Info and Form

FORCE Player/Parent Commitment Form

Indoor Baseball Training

The Fruitland FORCE management team is offering an “open-clinic” to any player wishing to improve their baseball skills for the upcoming spring season. We will work on defense, hitting, catching pitching, fundamentals and the love for the game. Training sessions will be held every Friday from January 10th – March 14th from 6pm-8pm at the Crown Indoor Sports Complex. The cost will be $65 per player for 10 weeks and includes an end of the year pizza party. So bring your child (and invite a friend) out for some fun and training!

Click Here for a downloadable flyer.

*Fruitland FORCE players are welcome to attend this training as well. This training will be FREE to FORCE players that have signed up for both Wednesday and Saturday sessions.

Winter Training Facility

Old Man Winter Won’t Be FORCING us out!

Coach Bill is extremely excited to announce he has secured a winter training facility for all FORCE players! This new practice facility is located in Laurel, DE. on Gordy Road.

During our winter training, we will be focusing on the conditioning and improvement of the skill set of the individual. Once at the facility, FORCE Coaches have multiple areas they will have available to them including batting cages, soft-toss nets, pitching areas, an infield setup and a small outdoor field. In addition to that, another building located right next door offers a full cinema wall screen for cardio workouts, light weight training/conditioning (for the older boys) and an area for verbal tutorials.

No matter what position your child plays, Coach Bill has a station and instruction that will keep him warmed-up throughout this cold winter.

The cost for this training is only $50 dollars per player and includes training from now until the end of March.

The address is: 32577 Gordy Road (make right on Gordy Road off Route 13 before you get to Laurel and the chicken house is about a mile down on the left)

Training will be held on Saturdays – Nov.23rd, Dec. 7th, Dec.14th, Dec.21st, January 11th and every Saturday until the end of March .

Practice time slots:
8 and 9 year olds – 12pm to 2pm
11 and 12 year olds – 2pm to 4pm
10, 13 and 15 year olds – 4pm to 6pm
*If you cannot make the slotted time no problem, just let Coach Bill know and you can come at a different time slot.

2013 FORCE Fall BBQ

Despite the chilly weather, the FORCE family turned out on Saturday to celebrate an awesome 2013 season – cookout style!  Prior to eating, the players competed in some friendly touch-football games (helping to burn some Saturday energy).  Meanwhile, Coach Bill cooked hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken fingers to add to the many dishes brought by the FORCE parents.

The afternoon ended with Coach Bill recognizing the people that help the FORCE organization operate.

The truth is, without Bill Atkinson and his enormous Heart (and Mind), this organization simply wouldn’t exist.  He sacrifices countless hours, tons of energy, family time and personal finances to give these players an opportunity to participate in competitive, year-round baseball.  Thank you Coach Bill for all you do!

Coach Bill Atkinson

Fruitland Force BBQ

Coach Bill will be hosting a BBQ for all his FORCE teams & families on…

3 – 5 PM

He will be supplying the dogs and burgers and asking for you to bring a side dish. Your side dish doesn’t have to feed an army, just enough for your family. At the last BBQ we had a ton of food left over and trying to not make the same mistake twice!

So come on out and join the fun!
Coach Bill wants to see you there!

Force Fan Apparel

Are you ready to cheer on your favorite baseball team and show your team spirit??? Here is your chance to order your FORCE FAN apparel!!! Orders must be filled out and returned to your team mom by 10/12 (How Sweet It Is FORCE tournament). If you do not have a team mom please give your order to your FORCE coach. We am asking that money be turned in w/ your order form. If this is not possible please email us and we can make other arrangements.

Don’t forget….the HOLIDAYS are right around the corner and FORCE FAN apparel make GREAT GIFTS!

Click here for the order form