NORTH POLE — It's Christmas Week. So holiday gift lists are being made or have been made.

The weather hasn't been too bad, so getting up to Santa's workshop wasn't much of a strain this year. It took some digging, but we found the Christmas list for sports figures, near and far.

Santa's list has a new turf football facility for Pittsfield. But Santa can only do so much. It's up to the powers-that-be to move this project forward.

There is no doubt that it will be a positive step forward and might even help increase participation in the sports of football and lacrosse.

For new Pittsfield High School baseball coach Tom Rizzo, Santa has a quick start and a healthy team on the list.

Rizzo is filling the awfully big shoes of Bob Moynihan, who retired after the 2015 season. Rizzo is a good baseball guy. He took the Pittsfield 15-year-old All-Stars to the Babe Ruth World Series last August.

And Santa can't wait to see the first Pittsfield-Taconic game next spring when Rizzo gets to coach against a lot of the members of his Babe Ruth squad who play for Kevin Stannard on Valentine Road.

I see on Santa's list good weather and competitive baseball for the Pittsfield Suns and the North Adams SteepleCats.

There is very little better in the summer than heading to Wahconah Park or Joe Wolfe Field to watch some wood bat baseball. Some of the players you'll see could be like Bobby Wilson or Matt Adams, future major leaguers. Others will go on to their life's work after college. But they play hard and are entertaining.


A good weather summer could guarantee good crowds.

I see that Williams College athletic director Lisa Melendy has a football coach on her Christmas list.

Letters to Santa are always pretty long, but the list of potential coaches are even longer. Santa got an email the other day wondering why Wesleyan football coach Dan DiCenzo, a former standout defensive back and wrestler at Williams, and a former assistant, wasn't on the list. Now, he's on the list.

So is UMass quarterbacks coach Liam Coen. Coen has coached at Rhode Island and Brown before joining Mark Whipple in Amherst.

This process should move quickly, even without Santa pushing the search along.

Oh, and Santa was happy to see that the coaches and players on the Williams women's soccer team earned their gift — a national championship — so Santa can concentrate on other gift requests.

Berkshire County golfers have already received their gift — a season that doesn't seem to want to end. Who'd have thought that golfers could be playing nine holes a week before Christmas? Good for you.

It's not on the gift list, but Santa says that his wish for every youth sports coach is a group of parents who really get what's trying to be accomplished. For every athlete, the opportunity to participate is important and for every parent, the opportunity to watch your child improve is equally important. It's vital, however, that parents stick to parenting.

My gift to all of you is to have a safe and happy Christmas week.

And don't watch too much football.

Contact Howard Herman at 413-496-6253.