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Arnaiz Stadium, Stockton, CA

We have played many regular games at Arnaiz Stadium where every first game of the day starts with a National Anthem and an announcement of their world-famous Root Beer Float ūüėČ

It is located at 3293 E Morada Ln, Stockton, CA 95212

Arnaiz Stadium, Stockton, CA

They have a $5 or $7 entry fee to get in the park for Adults.  Players and coaches are free.  They have a decent snack shack and real restrooms (not just porta pottys) which is good.  Here is a look of the snack shack and a pic of their menu.  Nothing fancy, just regular ball park food.  There are a couple of places (subway, Starbucks etc) near by that you can go to get something a little better.  May be they will add more items to their menu for Nationals.

Snack shack-Arnaiz Stadium
Snack shack-Arnaiz Stadium

Their menu is here below…just in case you want to know ahead of time.

Snack shack Menu
Snack shack Menu

Here are the park rules posted on their site.

Park Rules

Most importantly…please lock your valuables or better yet, do not leave anything of value in your car. ¬†Almost every time we have played here someones car has been broken into. ¬†Remember this is Stockton, not fairy land. ¬†They used to have a big sign right at the front gate that I took a pic of several years ago. ¬†They have since removed this sign, but the message still stands. ¬†You can’t call 911 if your car gets broken into since the city is bankrupt (may be they are out of bankruptcy now) and does not respond to car break-ins. ¬†They have to allocate their resources to more important emergencies.

Stockton-not fairyland
Stockton-not fairyland

Also if your team goes across the road to practice at the Glacier Point park, be wary since occasionally there are some shady characters (basically thugs or gangs) driving around in motorcycles playing really loud music.  Very intimidating the last time it happened when our team was practicing here in between games.  Does not make you feel safe.

But it is something out of control of Aranaiz Stadium folks who do their best to promote sports.  So go support them when you are playing there.  Sports is a great way to turn around kids who might otherwise get in trouble living in a wrong environment.  Sports teaches life lessons in a controlled setting and how to deal with success and failure.

After 10U Nationals…moving on to 12U

Opening ceremony
Opening ceremony

Well folks summer is done! and Nationals are done!

I’d say we had the tiniest team at the Nationals(except a couple of girls). ¬†How about shoe size Y5 playing against adult size 10? ¬†That’s how wild the range of the kids were in the teams we played against. Needless to say, our team struggled. ¬†But you know what, they played the best they could, ¬†considering the natural limits they had. So as parents we are very proud of them trying their very best and look forward to all the things they will learn as they grow older.

After watching older girls games, watching 10U games almost always looks like we are watching the games in slow motion.  It is kind of cute how small they are and how little they know and how they transform into great athletes by 16U-18U.

I think the team of people who organized the Nationals worked really hard to make Stockton look appealing and welcoming to everyone playing, the only sad part was when you hear in the news that the Mayor of Stockton got arrested for providing drinks to underage and playing strip poker! It is very sad how one person ruins the hard work of so many others.  Specially if that person is in a position of charge!

Thanks to the organizers for trying hard to make your city welcoming and Congratulations to Universal FastPitch for winning the well deserved 10U Championship!  School is starting, school softball is starting for middle school and fall ball is starting.  Good luck to your kids at school and in the fall season. My daughter is moving up to 12U.

PS: My husband overheard some coaches talking about my blog.   Thanks for reading. ! I appreciate it!!

Louis Park, Stockton, CA

We have played softball games several times at Louis Park in Stockton, CA. ¬†The things that come to mind immediately about this park is the hot weather (duh..Stockton!) and several police cars and police officers in motorcycles going around and around while the games are in progress. Doesn’t make you feel comfortable to see that. ¬†Two of our parents cars were broken into at this park at two different times. ¬†So, I can understand the police presence. ¬†Please make sure not to take any valuables with you when you go here and if you do please don’t leave it in your car.

I have never been to the other areas of the park besides the softball fields.  The City of Stockton says that besides the 4 softball fields in a circular pattern, there is 1 baseball field, 4 tennis courts, 4 handball courts, 19 horseshoe pits, 40 picnic tables, 20 BBQ pits, and a remodeled Boat Launch Area.

Louis park
Louis park

LP Boat Launch

 

The snack shack is right in the bull’s eye of the circle. ¬†Here is the menu of available snacks available.

Menu Louis Park
Menu Louis Park

The times we have played here has always been very hot.  The dugouts had some shade which was very much appreciated by the coaches and kids and the seating for parents and other spectators also had shade depending on the angle of the sun.

Louis park dugout

Louis park seating

Ending on a positive note.  Every once in a while you see a nice big boat/ship/sail boats pass through the canal and it is quite a sight to see. The younger siblings get excited to see that.

Louis park ship in back
Ship passing by in the canal with a big letter A

Enjoy your games and stay safe!!!

 

 

 

Last Tournament -Summer 2014

Empty fields
Empty fields

Well summer softball is over! ¬†The dugouts and bleachers are empty. We had our last tournament for this summer 2014 (IFA-VTD West Coast world series tournament) at Stockton for our 12U and 14U teams.¬†It was a 4 day event. ¬†This is the first time we participated in an event like this. ¬†The first day was team building events with our 12U and 14U. Our coaches were like the energizer bunnies, even with the temperature over a 100 degrees, they found a “nice” park (you know this is Stockton) where they did an awesome BBQ event. ¬†The coaches and parents pitched in and made this a really special event for our kids. ¬†We had team building games like dodge ball, red-rover etc. ¬† The kids had so much fun and loved it. ¬†It was more like a vacation than rigorous practices and games.

Stockton-Not Fairyland
Stockton-Not Fairyland

The event was made even more special because our entire team stayed at Hilton, Stockton.  They had very nice facility.  Great rooms (unlike my previous stay in another hotel with paper-thin walls) and amenities like a nice big lounge for kids to hang out and a nice pool made the stay enjoyable.  They also had an area where kids could practice with wiffle balls.  I will have a review for hotels separately.

Hilton Lounge
Hilton Lounge

On Friday we had 2 games that was just friendlies and it was fun for all our kids to try out different positions.  They lost both games but they had fun.  It was also one of the hottest days.  106 degrees!!! made everyone melt.  Ice bags were hot commodities around Stockton.  It was impressive that our kids in 2 teams emptied about 6 to 7 -24 to 36 packs of water.

On Saturday the tournament began and we won both our games which were played back to back. ¬†It was impressive!!! We actually had a cold front-under 100 degrees. ¬†woo..hoo!! In the evening, the kids played in the outdoor pool and we had a special celebration at Spaghetti factory. ¬†We have a very nice set of parents too ūüėČ ¬†They cheered for all the kids regardless of how their own kids played.

Sunday was a different story, we had to only win one game to win the championship but we had a bad day, so we had to play the same team again and lost both games. ¬†So we placed 2nd in the tournament. ¬†It was a little sad (I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was sad) to see the girls lose. ¬†Softball is more than just a physical game! ¬†It is a mental game!

I believe, kids at this age group learn more from losing a game than winning, our coaches and kids were really classy regardless of the outcome. ¬†The coaches didn’t yell or curse at the kids. ¬†I will never forget what one of our coaches said at the end of season talk before handing out trophies. ¬†She said that kids are exactly where they are supposed to be as 12 year olds, if they were perfect and played a perfect game then the coaches wouldn’t know what to do with them. ¬†She said that the kids were all very coachable and that was the most important thing for them to keep improving as a player. ¬†The one thing special about the organization’s goal is more about getting the kids to play college softball by highlighting what skills they are good at rather than winning games. ¬†All kids have to have a 3.0 min GPA to be able to play.

Every “A” ball team has their positives and negatives, and I think parents should try out some teams for their kids and give it some time to learn about how the basic organization operates and if the organization goals and attitudes suits their goals and attitudes and their kids goals. ¬†There is not one team that fits all. ¬†I am not sure if my kids will end up playing college softball, but right now it seems like they are willing to put in more effort into practice and play a good ball game! ¬†When I ask, why do you want to play softball, I still get the answer “It is fun.”

Please check out the travel ball teams in your area, a lot of them will have tryouts in the next two weeks for fall ball.  If you kids are interested, please go try out!

While we have a break from games, I am going to try to catch up on hotel and park reviews and add more softball workouts.

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