Great Kills Little League, Inc.
245 Greaves Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10308
October 20, 2014
The meetings I have been having with our membership have been very insightful and informative. Both groups, boy’s andgirl’s parents provided us with great information and the overwhelming positive responses have been truly inspiring. Together we will build back the league.
We are now initiating some more great programs for our community. For years people have said I wish my child could get one more year at GKLL. Well your wish has come true. We have started a 13u 50/70 program which will play interleague with the other Little League teams on Staten Island. This will also be an All-star division as well. Also thanks to our collaboration with our affiliate groups, we will be able to play some 60/90 games in the schedule as well. Just by word of mouth many players have called us to join. The other new program we are bringing back to GKLL is co-ed softball for ages 13-18. While Baseball may not be for everybody who graduates Little League when they move to the big field, they most certainly enjoy a friendly game of softball. Both boys and girls are welcome and this too has received a positive response. We have been contacted by 6 teams already. John Mulia will be heading the Coed softball division.
My next letter to the membership will outline the winter clinics and hitting league and give you all the information you need. The combination of your support and our support will make the best program for your children. I would like to thank all of our loyal members.
Frank J. Cambria Jr.
Frank J. Cambria Jr.
September 25, 2014
Dear GKLL Membership,
I would like to thank the GKLL BOD and the membership for entrusting me to lead the New Great Kills Little League as President. My 2 vice presidents this year will be Charlie Fontana, Pres. of Baseball and Brenda Crocco, Pres of Softball which we will be working very closely together to provide your child with the best baseball experience. I would also like to thank 2 dear friends for the outstanding work they did for GKLL. Former President Rob Crocitto, who secured the new artificial turf on the senior minor field and Adam Conanan former President of Softball for the last 18 years. Adam’s tireless dedication to the girls program was second to none and his commitments lead the girls to many Island championships. I am also pleased to see a new energetic board of directors with many new faces. They look very eager to work hard to building a better GKLL.
As for our future commitments to your children here is what is on the agenda. League loyalty will be this year’s goal. We would like to provide many winter clinics for both boys and girls. From strength and conditioning to fundamental baseball/softball techniques. A new GKLL hitting league will be in place this year. There will also be safe guards that only loyal committed children and coaches will have the opportunity to be eligible to participate in all-stars. As for tryouts we would like all children ages 8-12 to participate and be rated to be eligible for our upcoming draft. All players, including kids in the major division are required to tryout. Our goal is to make equal talented teams. Our next tryout will be Sunday, October 5th 9am-12noon. We are looking to draft early this year so our teams can begin practicing. Only a registered player is allowed to participate for insurance purposes. So welcome to the new GKLL where your child’s baseball/softball is our number 1 priority. I will be looking forward to seeing you at the complex.
Frank J. Cambria Jr.
Frank J. Cambria Jr.
To The GKLL Community:
On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to personally thank everyone who helped make our Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser a huge success. On Wednesday night December 19, 2012, Great Kills Little League, in conjunction with Cal Ripken Baseball of GK and SIUF Baseball distributed in excess of $45,000 to a number of families in our baseball community who suffered severe property damage from the storm. We at GKLL are extremely honored to have been in a position to help our community. We sincerely thank all who participated in our combined efforts as we could not have done this without the generosity of those who donated and / or volunteered.
I wish you and your families a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.
Robert D. Crocitto
We would once again like to Thank Mike Scerbo and BexterSports.com for donating brand new bats to all of our players who were affected by the storm.
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1741 Richmond Terrace
A Note From Rob Crocitto - Pres of GKLL
April 1, 2013
To all members of the Great Kills Little League (GKLL) Community:
For those of you who do not know me I played my Little League Baseball at GKLL having grown up in Eltingville. I currently reside in Richmondtown with my wife Stephanie and four (4) boys; all who have played at GKLL. I joined the GKLL Board of Directors in 2001 where I served as their Insurance Coordinator and as a Player Agent. In 2010, I was elected to the position of Vice-President & President of Baseball where I served in that capacity until this past September when I was elected President. I have also served as a volunteer Manager for over fifteen (15) years at GKLL. Those of you who know me best will attest that my first and foremost priority is Little League Baseball. I believe Little League Baseball is the one place where every child has the potential to be part of a team and feel like a star. Unlike Travel Baseball (which I do support and strongly believe in), Little league Baseball is, in my opinion, the best environment to allow your child to learn the game of Baseball in a more relaxed environment while experiencing all levels of talent on one team (as opposed to a travel team where every player is talented and position and batting order rotation if very limited).
My presidency started off in October during some very difficult times. Hurricane Sandy had hit our community very hard and many of our league members had lost all or essentially everything they owned. Hurricane Sandy also took the lives of two very fine men; John Filippowicz Sr. and John Filippowicz Jr.; both who I am proud to say I knew for over a decade. John Sr. served GKLL as a Manager, Coach and Director for many years while John Jr. Played at GKLL from Tee Ball through the Major Division. These two fine men lost their lives way to young and I ask that you all join me in keeping the entire Filippowicz family in our thoughts and prayers.
If anything good came out of Hurricane Sandy it was the manner in which the GKLL Community came together in times of trouble and coordinated an effort under the leadership of our Board of Directors to help our community. Our efforts proved helpful in that we set up a command station in our clubhouse enabling us to distribute hundreds of bags full of clothes, food and supplies to victims throughout our community. GKLL’s Directors and League Members in conjunction with Cap Ripken Baseball of Great Kills and Staten Island United Federation Baseball also organized a baseball tournament / Fundraiser that helped us raise in excess of $50,000 that was distributed to our league members in need of help the week before Christmas. We also assisted in feeding hundreds of Midland Beach residents over the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. All of the GKLL Sandy Relief Efforts were truly the result of a collective effort by the GKLL Directors and League Members who donated so much of their time to make this all happen. I thank all that were involved in these efforts from the bottom of my heart.
Our 2013 Season has unofficially kicked off last week with the commencement of our annual “Easter Tournament”. This tournament is an excellent way to get our teams some actual game experience before the official commencement of our season which is this Saturday, April 6th (GKLL “Opening Day”). Our Opening day festivities will begin this Saturday, April 6th with a parade that will commence in Great Kills Town (right in front of the GK Train Station and Nonna’s Pizzeria) at 9:30am. I would like all teams to begin lining up between 9:00am and 9:15am on the morning of the parade. All parents are encouraged to contact their respective managers or coaches to find out where their child’s exact meeting place will be that morning if you have not been previously notified. Following the Parade, which will end at the GKLL Complex, we will have a brief opening day ceremony which will include a number of honored guests and dignitaries at which point the first pitch will be throw and off we go.
As the new President of GKLL I do insist on a few rules that we would like to see respected at the complex. Please keep in mind that GKLL is an organization that is comprised of volunteer members and directors. NOBODY gets paid for their service as a Director. Please be respectful of what you do with your garbage. There are over a dozen garbage receptacles located conveniently throughout the complex and I ask that everyone make a collective effort to discard your trash accordingly. I also ask that all parents treat the umpires with respect. Please remember many of the umpires and young men who are working to help put them through school and we would ask that you treat them the way you would want your own son treated in a similar situation.
2012 proved to be yet another successful year for GKLL. Our 12 year American All Star Team under Manager Nelson Ortiz captured the Staten Island (Little League District #24) Title and went on to play very deep in the NYC Sectionals. Our 10 Year Old American All Star Team under manager Jerry Huntzinger successfully advanced to the Staten Island (Little League District #24) Championship game where they fell just a little short to South Shore Little League. Our 11 Year Old American All Star Team under manager Frank Cambria not only captured the Staten Island (District #24) Title but also won the NYC and NY State Little League Championship titles. I believe the success of our teams in the All Star Tournaments is a testament to the many great volunteer managers and coaches we have at all levels at our league.
As far as the Safety and Security of your Child / Children, nothing is more important at GKLL. We have invested in a very sophisticated camera / surveillance system that has almost every inch of the complex on camera. We invested in this technology to make certain the complex is being watched 24/7. We have also spent the money to make certain every Director at the complex is trained in CPR, Basic First Aid and in the AED Defibulator Machine (located in our garage on the complex).
At this time I would like to extend my most sincere thank you to Frank Cambria and the entire Cambria Family. For those of you who do not know Frank Cambria, he served as GKLL’s President for the past ten (10) years and remains involved in GKLL today as my League Vice President, President of Baseball and “Confidant”.
If you look around the complex you will see a number of completed projects that been achieved as a result of both the hard work of the Directors and volunteer league members of GKLL and the generosity of the Great Kills Community over the past several years. It was Frank’s leadership and vision that initiated these projects and allowed them to come to completion. I would also like to thank Ed Rice for donating so much of his time and structural expertise to GKLL. Ed is a big part of why our complex looks the way it does today. I would also like to thank Eric Flashner and Master Mix for donating so much of the concrete to our Little League. Thanks to Eric and master Mix GKLL saved thousands of dollars which can now be used to further improve our fields in other ways.
In summary I am extremely excited to serve the Great Kills Little League Community as your President. I fully recognize that I have some very big shoes to fill and assure you all that I am up for the challenge. I would like to think that I am a very approachable person and with that encourage anyone to contact me directly with any questions you may have at 917-747-7541 or GKLittleLeague@gmail.com.
Robert D. Crocitto
The Great Kills Little League, Inc.