‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’
The weather outside certainly is making it start to feel a lot like spring. That being said, it is time to start dusting off the gloves, bats and any other equipment needed for the diamond.
However, would-be baseball parents must first get themselves over to the Lower Sussex Little League complex at the Pyle Center to get their little ones registered. Walk-in registrations started on Wednesday, Feb. 5, and will continue on three more dates, including Saturdays, Feb. 8 and 15, from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.
If none of those dates and times fit into the schedule, parents can also register their kids online at lowersussexlittleleague.org. The online registration site formerly known as Blue Sombrero is now SportsConnect. It may look slightly different, but the log-in information has not changed. Just a heads-up: SportsConnect (not Lower Sussex Little League) now charges a $3 service fee — also known as a “convenience” fee — for registering online.
There are a few new questions that have been added to the registration process, such as the player’s T-shirt size, and whether they will be able to attend the scheduled skills evaluations, which were formerly known as tryouts. The questions in the registration process are there to help the officials with LSLL better plan and budget for the season.
As with any organization, volunteers are the biggest lifeline to their success. Those who are able to volunteer are being asked to take a few extra minutes to answer the form in its entirety. It will save them from having to complete the paper application in the future.
For those volunteers interested in being a team manager, assistant coach or an umpire, there are four individuals that would be more than happy to discuss the possibilities further. Those involved with T-ball should contact Lee Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested in baseball? Then Jim Gates is the contact. He can be reached at email@example.com. Sarah Hoban is the softball contact for any questions. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Lastly, umpires should contact John Merritt at (302) 841-2806.
In preparation for the start of the season, which will take place on April 20, field work days are scheduled for Saturdays, March 7, 14, and 21, starting at 9 a.m. It is a great opportunity for middle- and high-school students to get those much-needed community-service hours.
Opening Day is slated for Saturday, April 25. More information on that will be released in the weeks to come.
Lastly, every organization needs some financial resources to keep their costs down to run the programs. Sponsors are a driving force behind that, and Rich Sauerhaft is the guy to contact. He can be reached at email@example.com.
All monies are used to provide a quality facility for the community, one that has attracted a Little League World Series for the past 15 years. Sponsorships of LSLL is a way to not only support the league, but also promote a business. There are many levels of sponsorship opportunities available.
• Outfield Banner Sponsorship — $250. Banners are 3 by 8 feet and will have the company’s logo displayed for the entire season.
• Team T-Shirt Sponsorship — $250. The business name will appear on the back of 15 T-shirts that will be worn by the teams during their games — walking billboards for a business, as many of the kids wear the shirts all summer long.
• Internet Website Sponsorship — $100. The business logo will be displayed with a link to the business website (if available) on the LSLL website Sponsors Page. A banner-type advertisement will be rotated with others on every page of the site.
• Combo Sponsorship — $500. Get all three options (Banner/T-shirt/Internet).
For information on registration and the upcoming season, email the league at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Jason Feather