Football season is now officially over, with the Super Bowl having been played last weekend. (By the way, let’s not talk about that game at all.)
On to baseball — and softball — it’s time to lace up the cleats, throw on that helmet and grab a bat because… Hey, kid, you’re up!
The 2019 Lower Sussex Little League is gearing up for another banner season on the diamonds, and the time to get those sons or daughters registered is now. Walk-in registrations began on Wednesday, Feb. 6, but there are more coming up — albeit just three more. Saturday, Feb. 9 and 16 at 9 a.m., as well as Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m., at the Pyle Complex are the only chances to sign up in person. Those who are unable to get there on those dates can check out the website at lowersussexlittleleague.com for more information on how to register.
Registration for players costs $70. For families with multiple players, registration costs $30 for each additional child beyond the first, and the fee caps out at $130.
LSLL offers nine divisions of play in baseball and softball, which includes tee ball starting as early as age 4. Baseball and softball are both available up through age 16.
Success for each season surely isn’t just measured in wins and losses. As the old saying goes, “It takes a village…” and that is certainly the case at the Pyle Center.
“We’re always looking for volunteers for the concession stand and field crews,” said Sarah Hoban, who serves as the VP of softball for LSLL and player agent for junior/senior softball. “We’re always looking for umpires. We have a great umpire-in-chief in John Merritt. He would help with training you and getting you the necessary equipment if you needed it.”
Of course, the LSLL is always looking for sponsors for the outfield fence or even on the backs of their players’ shirts, and they are greatly appreciated. Anyone whose business is interested in helping to sponsor a team — or teams — can email the LSLL Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tryouts will be held on Saturday, March 2, beginning at 1 p.m. Baseball tryouts will be conducted at Indian River High School, while softball tryouts will take place at Selbyville Middle School. Check out the league’s website at lowersussexlittleleague.com for the time of each specific division.
And, lastly, the winter may not have been as harsh as winters of the past — fingers crossed it stays that way — but the fields at the Pyle Complex certainly need some work to become playable. That work will take place on Saturdays in March, on the 9th, 16th and 23rd. The more volunteers who come out to help that cause, the quicker the work can get done.
By Jason Feather