September 18, 2014
Hardscrabble Players and Parents
It is with a sad heart that I am writing this letter to all who have played a part in Hardscrabble Little League over the years. As most people know the last several seasons, the registration numbers have been steadily declining, not just at Hardscrabble, but all over. By Little League Standards a league must consist of multiple teams in each age division to be considered a viable league. Sadly, after much debate and discussion with the District Administrator and Little League, Hardscrabble can no longer be considered viable. As of October 1, 2014 Hardscrabble will cease to be a functioning Little League. The assets including all equipment, concession supplies, and remaining funds will be donated back to Little League through the oversight of the Ohio District 8 Administrator to be used solely for the establishment of new leagues in other areas of the district. There will be no assets given to any local existing leagues, rather all used for new children to discover what Little League can offer.
Anyone who has played for Hardscrabble may continue in the league in which their school is located per district boundaries. Clayton, Brookville, and Phillipsburg players for example, need to register with Englewood Little League in 2015 and all previous playing time will continue towards All-Star play provided you register within the correct district.
I would also like to take the time to thank the City of Clayton for all of the years of work on the park and support they have provided. Obviously the league would not have been able to function without their generosity. Thank you to all the businesses and organizations whose sponsorships and donations have also made the league possible over the years.
Lastly I would like to thank all of the parents, coaches, and kids that have over the years made Hardscrabble a wonderful place to experience baseball. Little League is a wonderful organization that not only teaches boys and girls how to play baseball, but also encourages sportsmanship and teamwork, both of which are valuable life lessons. I encourage all Hardscrabble players to continue in Little League and support those values.
Any questions regarding the content of this letter should be directed to Ohio District 8 Administrator Shannon Walker.
Hardscrabble Little League