National Little League

Spring sports tradition rich in history

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford Little League hoping for help this year by AL PRATT Spring is in the air. The sun is a bit warmer. Flowers are starting to emerge from their winter hiding places. More people can be seen strolling along Main Street and Squires Street… and perhaps just as evident, it is time for baseball. We aren’t talking about the Whitecaps or the Tigers. We mean the baseball that is even more visible and more important in neighborhoods all across our area-the Rockford Little League, (RLL), which has been active behind the scenes since the last out was made last summer in preparation for this year’s season. The story of the Rockford Little League is an interesting one. The league offers a variety of t-ball, baseball, and softball options for over 800 boys and girls ranging in age from five to 18. It is governed and operated by an eleven member volunteer board of directors who serve year around. Board members come from a variety of backgrounds. This year’s board includes an emergency room physician, a tool and die worker, a day care worker, a salesman, and an IT director, among others, but they all share one thing-a dedication and commitment to providing the best possible athletic experience for area youngsters. Signups have officially ended for the 2009 season, but late signups may be possible based on availability. Warren Lanphear, RLL president urges anyone who may have a youngster who would still like to play, to contact him at (616) 874-5429.  Every effort will be made to find a spot for interested players.  There is a fee for participation, but wherever possible, allowances will be made to accommodate players, regardless of their ability to pay. Practices began on March 30.  A full schedule of games will get underway on Saturday, May 2. The Rockford Little League is chartered by the National Little League. This affiliation offers advantages ranging from secondary insurance coverage to rules designed to help ensure player safety.  The rules cover everything from pitch counts to protect young arms and equipment specifications, to well defined age and residency requirements designed to provide equal opportunities for all area youngsters. The National Little League also gives our young players the opportunity to compete for a spot […]