Josh Estes helps build a website fitting for ultra-successful Pearland Little League
Estes grew up in the south Houston suburb of Pearland, where he played baseball in the Pearland Little League before attending Pearland High School. He’s lived in the baseball-mad town of about 100,000 all his life, excluding the three years he spent getting his bachelor’s degree at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Estes has served in a variety of volunteer roles for Pearland Little League over the last eight years, dating back to the start of his oldest son’s baseball career. He’s been the assistant T-Ball director, T-Ball director and information director, among other roles, before taking the vice president position in August. By day, Estes works as the office manager at H&R Operator Services, Inc., a company that installs automatic gates.
Estes said his three main duties center around registration, tryouts and the league’s draft. Once the season starts, he helps oversee operations of the fields at the sprawling Pearland Area Dad’s Club. Estes was heavily involved in the league’s decision to switch to the SportsEngine platform three years ago, and he works with league secretary Raquel Wood, information director Stephen Wells and information director assistant Ben Sherill to add and manage content as they share webmaster duties in what Estes said is their quest to create SportsEngine’s No. 1 baseball site. Estes said the ability to track pitch counts was one of the main reasons for switching onto the SportsEngine platform. The Coaches Corner section of the site includes an instructional video that shows how to input pitch counts, and team page templates all include the pitcher eligibility tracker widget. The eligibility tracker shows the current status of each team’s pitcher, their next eligible game, their previous game and how many pitches they threw in their last outing. Estes said the Home Run Club section is one of the most popular on the site. Over-the-fence home runs are tracked by managers and coaches, and they email the information to the league’s information director, who, in turn, updates the Home Run Club table.
Estes works with SportsEngine’s team to create the logic behind the registrations for the massive league (there are about 1,100 players). “We have so many players and so many teams in so many divisions,” Estes said, adding that there are multiple age groups that can play in multiple divisions. “Ours is probably one of the most complex registrations out there.”
Pearland Little League appeared in the Little League World Series in 2010, 2014, 2015. “After (2010) it was like ‘wow,’ ” Estes said. “That kind of put us on the map, and we’ve been rolling pretty strong every year since.”