Next year we will be starting an instructional program for kids aged 5 through 7, please pass this along to anyone who may be interested.
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Below is a story from the Times Herald Record from April 18, 2015, were not the only league hurting for players
City of Newburgh Little League president Jim Wilson worked the phones like a telemarketer for several months trying to recruit players. He even came up with a special cut-rate offer to attract registrants: $50. It’s an unheard of price to play Little League. Still, Newburgh's season kicked off this weekend with 68 players in a city of 29,000 people, leaving the program on the brink of folding. "I will fight to the death to save this league," Wilson said. Newburgh is clearly on life support, and several other local leagues are struggling with numbers as part of a national trend. According to District 19 administrator John Lacey, the district had about 18,000 players per year throughout the 1990s. Lacey said District 19, which makes up Orange and Sullivan counties and a small part of Ulster, now has fewer than 12,000 participants. "I've been a part of (District 19) for 25 years and I don't have an answer for it," Lacey said. "It's happening all over. I've talked to administrators across the state and even in Bristol, Conn. (home of Little League headquarters). Everyone is at a loss. I don't really have an answer."
Baseball has long been known as America's pastime. The sport conjures images of dads and kids playing catch in the backyard and barbecues and family bonding. But the game is losing popularity. Little League participation spiked in the 1990s, with about three million children playing in the baseball and softball divisions nationally. That number is 2.4 million today. District 19 is the largest in the state, comprising 28 leagues. Lacey said 65 percent of them have had a drop in participation numbers this year. Warwick's major boys (ages 9-12), for example, has fielded 10 teams in past years. Lacey said they have five teams this spring. Leagues such as Mamakating and Walden don't have enough players to form teams, so they compete in other leagues. Mamakating has teams in the Town of Wallkill and Middletown leagues. Walden has “interleagued’’ with Montgomery, Wallkill Area and Town of Newburgh. Jamie Cody, president of Otisville Little League, said about 190 players signed up this spring, 10 more than last year. Three years ago, however, Otisville had 340 players. "I think eventually we might have to combine with Minisink; it's going to happen," Cody said. "It's happening to a lot of leagues. Little League is great for the community. Everyone knows everyone. It's kind of sad." The trend can be attributed to several factors. Registration fees run anywhere from $125-$290.
Little League administrators will tell you that sports such as lacrosse and travel soccer steal players from the diamond. "I love a 1-0 baseball game," Cody said. "I'm on the edge of my seat coaching, but the kids are bored in the field. Maybe they think lacrosse and soccer is more exciting. Maybe they would rather be running around. I see a kid bunt, a kid steal - that's intense. But a lot of kids get bored." Lacey's predecessor, John Ward, said that different variations of travel ball, from Babe Ruth, American Legion, to Cal Ripken, have hurt Little League participation numbers as well. "I think travel ball has been hurting Little League for a long time," Ward said. "It's really doing a lot of leagues in. All the good kids are playing on these travel teams because there aren't as many restrictions and they are trying to get recognized to get a scholarship. Back in the day, they didn't have travel ball. I remember when I coached (Detroit Tigers closer) Joe Nathan in 16-18 year-olds (in the Town of Wallkill). That's all they had.’’ Ward coached Nathan in the early 1990s, when District 19 had 12 teams in the 16-18 division. Today, there is just one, in Chester. The team plays Rockland County squads. Lacey said five leagues have remained stable or grown slightly: Pine Bush, Cornwall, Washingtonville, New Windsor and Town of Wallkill. Pine Bush president Michael Rispoli said the league has 472 registrants, up from 430 two years ago. Rispoli estimated that Pine Bush had 550 players a decade ago. He said reasonable fees are key to Pine Bush's stability.
Cost is $150 per player, but parents volunteering to help with the fields or concessions get a $50 refund, an incentive used in many leagues. Families can earn another $20 back for selling raffle tickets. "Little League is a great community organization, but it's not the only game in town anymore," Rispoli said. "You have lacrosse, soccer and travel ball. A lot of parents want to pay anywhere from $350 to $1,000 to play travel ball. They get home and away uniforms, matching cleats and a bag to play elite baseball. But these kids all go to school together and are friends. They sit together in class and goof off. One kid might be a great shortstop and the other might not be that good. But they can put on the same uniform and play together." The City of Newburgh has tried to stay afloat for years while struggling with numbers. A league needs 80 players to compete. The City of Newburgh combined with the Town of Newburgh in 2013 and with New Windsor last year. This year, it has one senior-league team (ages 13-16) with 15 players that will play with Town of Newburgh and Wallkill Area. Wilson is talking with Walden and Montgomery about interleaguing with the City of Newburgh's two instructional (10-11) and major teams. The City of Newburgh has two Tee Ball teams (4-6). "Bottom line, we want the kids to play," Wilson said. "If the league folds, we would all be devastated."
All returning players are on the team they were on the previous year.
All new players receive Hat, Shirt, and Pants.....returning players receive Shirt and Hat Only! The Fee for all players is $45.00
The Delaware Valley Little Fellows League is the premier Little League in the area and is open to all children between the ages of 8 and 13. The child MUST turn 8 years old by June 1 and not turn 13 before April 1st. This is a 5 team league consisting of kids from all over Wayne County, PA and Sullivan County, NY.Players of all skill levels are encouraged to come out and play, everyone is welcomed!
If you have any questions do not hesitate to call the League President Rob Taylor @ 845.701.1705 or email DVLFL@hotmail.com
Little League baseball guarantees to give you memories that last a lifetime!