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Intermediate Division Formed for 2017

Burlington Little League Families:

Despite temps in the 30’s and a good deal of rain, the 2016 Burlington Little League (BLL) baseball season is well underway. Kids that have been in the BLL program for a decade are finishing up their LL playing careers on the Junior Field, while first year players experience T-ball and teamwork for the first time at Branen field.

In addition to the joy every new baseball season brings, I have some exciting news to announce for 2017. The BLL Long Range Planning Committee recommended the formation of an Intermediate Division, otherwise known as 50/70 baseball. For those of you unfamiliar with 50/70 baseball, it is for boys and girls, ages 12 – 13, who want to play on a larger field than the majors, but slightly smaller field than high school baseball. The BLL Board met to discuss the recommendation and unanimously supported the formation of this division.

The Intermediate division will be a feeder program to our Junior Division and older Titan travel teams. The BLL Intermediate division will join the District 6 program, which in 2016 formed a league of approximately 16 teams from five local Little League communities. Tryouts for the Intermediate and Major league teams will take place later this summer. Additional details will be available soon.

It is great to be able to offer programs like Intermediate baseball to families at a fraction of the cost of what many other community clubs charge. It is only made possible thanks to the generosity of our league’s volunteers and sponsors.

Each month at the league board meetings, we review and discuss suggestions received from

families on how to improve the BLL program. We like to refer to this as the, “Can this be done” list. At the top of the list were:

  • Improved lighting in the batting cages
  • Shorter batting tees for the four year olds
  • Repair foul ball netting
  • Cleaner public restroom facilities

I am pleased to report that the batting cage lighting was upgraded by Trak Electric and shorter batting tees were purchased. The other two projects will require BLL to work directly with the City of Burlington to accomplish. The BLL has maintained a terrific working relationship with the city over the years. City officials share our belief that Branen Field and the Hintz Complex are wonderful facilities everyone should be proud of. I am confident that progress will soon be made on the netting and bathroom issues.

It has been my honor to serve as President of the Burlington Little League. I have so much respect for the league volunteers past and present, the league sponsors and city officials, who made affordable youth baseball a tradition in our community over 50 years ago. We have accomplished so much but there is more to be done. Let’s keep the tradition of affordable community based baseball going!

Best wishes and many thanks to the families, volunteers and sponsors that make this program what it is.

David Gill

President – Burlington Little League