BLL families and community at large,
Prior to the first pitch being thrown this season, I wanted to share with you my thoughts and feelings about the Burlington Little League and what it offers to our community.
I have been involved with the Burlington Little League (BLL) as a player, coach and board member for over 30 years and feel fortunate to see kids I coached now coaching their own kids. I’m sure you share my joy at witnessing first hand the fun and excitement baseball brings to children in our community. It is a wonderful gift. While the success our program has enjoyed these past few years, including teams advancing to Indianapolis and playing for a shot at a National Championship, is rewarding, I personally experience the same sense of fulfillment watching a T-ball player run the wrong way after hitting the ball off the tee and then learning the correct way to run.
In 2014, the BLL collaborated with the City of Burlington to construct the first T-ball field in the program’s history at Sunset Park. This field was built to a scale that is appropriate for girls and boys ages 4 – 6. This past fall, we made improvements to the fields located at the Hintz Complex. New sod was installed, the infields were filled with new field mix, and two new scoreboards and PA systems were added.
These additions and improvements were made thanks in generous part to donations from volunteers and local businesses who share our passion for youth baseball and want to improve the facilities and ensure their use for future generations. It’s important to note that no taxpayer dollars were used in these projects.
We currently have over 420 kids in the program that make up 40 teams. The league requires hundreds of parent volunteers and a board of directors that share a common vision - to implant firmly in the children of our community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority. This program, along with other community-based programs, is something we should all treasure and work to keep going.
The BLL has enjoyed a great working relationship with the Mayor, Director of Public Works and city Common Council. If you are currently involved with the BLL, on behalf of the board of directors, I thank you and want you to know that we are doing our very best to keep the tradition of affordable, accessible youth baseball in Burlington alive and well. During the months of April, May, June and July, the Hintz and Branen fields are nearly 100% filled with practices and games, but we are always willing to offer families the opportunity to PLAY BALL. If you are not a member of the BLL, and would be interested in utilizing the facilities, I ask that you contact either myself or our Field Scheduling Coordinator. Our contact information can be found at www.bllbaseball.com
Best wishes and looking forward to seeing everyone at the ballpark.
President – BLL