President’s Message

2015-minors-tourney-6My name is Hollis Hodson and I am the new President of Hampton Little League. The transition, although sudden and unexpected, has been a smooth one thanks to Hampton’s resilient and very experienced Board of Directors. Together we have been busy preparing for the fabulous upcoming season we have planned and keeping the community informed, as we draw closer to opening ceremonies on April 9th Let’s get ready to play ball!

Who am I and Why am I here?
First and foremost, I have had a passion for ball as long as I can remember. My home is near Hyacinth Park and one of my favourite sounds in the spring is the “tinking” noise a bat makes when it is still a little cold. Each year for me, it this sound that starts the build of excitement for the upcoming ball season. Over the years, I have played on many teams, which provided me with the opportunity to experience tournament ball in Canada (competing at the Provincial and National level), US and even Mexico. I have additionally had the honour of managing, coaching and umpiring, which I love as much as playing.

In 2000 my first son, Aidan, was born and when he was three, we arrived at Hampton Park to play Blastball. That first year I was called on to manage/coach and be the division’s Director. The following year I would do the same for TBall. Alas, Aidan didn’t share my passion for the game and TBall was as far as he went. I was not to be disappointed, as from the side lines my second son, Liam, had been watching with a sparkle in his eye. When he is on the field he is grinning ear to ear and he can stand to play catch as long as me. Liam has been at the park since BlastBall, and this year is his twelfth and final season in Little League, playing Majors at Hampton. It has been wonderful for me watching Liam growing up through the divisions, as I have continued to manage, coach and direct. There has always been something new to learn! Last year in addition to coaching Majors, I even had the privilege of coaching Hampton’s “Team Blue” the umpires, who were totally awesome!

From a practical perspective, I have sat on Committees and Boards from Saanich Neighbourhood Place (2000 as Member at Large) to the Resident’s Association of Strawberry Vale, Marigold and Glanford (2017 as President). By day, I am a Product Integration Manager for an IT Company. My personal quest is to make a difference and goofy as it sounds I enjoy leading, planning, and organizing. At the end of the season, if you and your player have big smiles on your faces and can say that was the best season – I too will have a big smile on my face and will say that was the best season ever!