Pyle Center is the place to be this spring

The chill is beginning to leave the air, kayakers are more and more prevalent on our local waterways and seemingly everybody is sniffling and sneezing from allergies.

Yes, spring has certainly arrived.

Of course, nothing marks that season better in our community than Lower Sussex Little League packing people into the Pyle Center, with the smell of hot dogs and leather oil filling the air. Games have already started earlier this week, but the ever-popular annual opening ceremonies will take place this Friday, April 17, starting at 6 p.m.

Perhaps there is no place in our inland communities that can unite people of different ages, genders, faiths or backgrounds quite like those fields in Roxana. The only thing that truly matters when the action starts at the Pyle Center is the play on the diamond — or, more accurately, the players on the diamonds.

Parents, once again we ask that you keep that in mind this season. Lower Sussex Little League does a tremendous job in allowing children of all levels of skill to participate, learn how to improve their abilities and to have fun. They also do a great job in regards to reminding parents to show sportsmanship and class from the bleachers. This is a time for the kids to both shine and grow, and negativity and profanity can stunt both.

New this year will be the Challenger League, open to players from ages 5 to 18 who face different types of physical or mental challenges in life. This will be run through District 3, as opposed to only through Lower Sussex, so there is a larger pool to draw participants from in order for the players to gain the most enjoyment from the experience. This appears to be a tremendous addition, both for the players and the community in general.

Play ball.