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Spring 2017 Season

Welcome to Westport Little League Softball

On behalf of Westport Little League, which consists of Westport Little League Baseball (Pre-K through Grade 7), Advanced Baseball (Grades 8 through 12), Westport Little League Softball (Pre-K through Grade 8) and the Challenger League (boys and girls ages 5 through 18 with mental and/or physical challenges), welcome to another season of America’s storied past-time.

SPRING REGISTRATION:  Registration for the Spring season of Westport Little League Softball (WSB) is available at www.westportbaseballandsoftball.com and will open on December 28, 2016 and run through March 4, 2017. Roster spots will not be guaranteed after March 4, 2017.

LEAGUES AND SCHEDULE:

The chart below sets forth the WSB league name for each grade (note changes), date of evaluation and anticipated regular season game days and times. 

Grade     League Name                 Evaluation      Game Time

PK/K/1     A - Instructional                      n/a           Saturday, 9:00am; Clinics, Wed and/or Fri, 4:00 pm

2             A2 League - coach pitch           n/a           Saturday, 10:30am; Clinics, Wed and/or Fri, 4:00 pm

3             AA3 League - player pitch     March 11      Saturday, 12:00pm                             

4/5          AAA/Minors                         March 11       Monday, 5:30 pm; Saturday, 11:30 am

6/7          Majors                                March 11       Tuesday, 5:30 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am

8/9          Juniors                                     n/a          Friday, Saturday, Sunday (times are town dependent)

*PK-A2 players will have professionally run clinics through IST/Kids Sport Zone offered once/twice a week in the Spring - final decision on that is pending.  Juniors game schedule is pending.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: WSB is generally organized by grade. At the younger ages, we may combine grades to allow all young players to develop the basic skills needed in a fun and age appropriate manner.  In some instances, we will combine 2nd/3rd grade as well - the players will start to pitch/catch and make plays with some coaching assistance in the field and on the mound.

EVALUATIONS: Evaluations for children in Grades 3 through 7 will be held on Saturday, March 11th at the Staples High School Fieldhouse. Times will be announced and posted on our website. There are NO evaluations or tryouts for children in Grades Pre-K through 2. 

YOUTH TRAVEL SOFTBALL: Children participating in one of our Youth Travel Softball programs must, as a condition to their participation in our Youth Travel Softball program, also register for and play in our 2017 Spring WSB program. There are NO exceptions.

SUMMER DISTRICTS PROGRAM: Any child who wishes to try out for any Westport Summer or Districts All-Star Team (7U through 12U) must register for and play in our 2017 Spring WLLB program. There are NO exceptions. 

SCHEDULE AND IMPORTANT DATES:

December 28, 2016 – Registration Opens

March 9, 2017 – Registration Deadline

March 11, 2017 – Evaluations at Staples Field House

April 8, 2017  –  Season Opener

PRACTICES: Team practice will be scheduled by coaches once teams are selected. When registering, please note all potential conflicts in your child’s 2017 Spring schedule so that those responsible for putting teams and practice schedules together can try to avoid schedule conflicts.

WLLB appreciates that our players participate in multiple Spring sports. To that end, we have tried to schedule Spring softball games to avoid conflicts with other sports such as soccer and lacrosse. Game times are subject to change based on registration levels.

REGISTRATION FEES, DISCOUNTS

The registration fees for the 2017 Spring Little League softball season are:

  1. $250 for PK/K, 1st and 2nd grade
  2. $270 for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade

We offer a family discount of $50.00 for each child registered after the first player is registered. The fee for the first child is the full price.

Please note that your registration is not considered complete until payment of the registration fee is made. Any registration that is not completed and paid in full within two hours will be deleted and your child will not be placed on a team. If you are applying for financial aid, please be sure you have completed the online registration and selected the financial aid option. Your registration will not be deleted for non-payment.

NEW PLAYERS

If your child is playing in one of our programs for the first time, you must mail a copy of his/her birth certificate to Westport Little League. In addition, if this is the first time a member of your family is participating in one of our programs, you must also mail proof of residency (such as a utility or phone bill).

Please mail these items to:

Westport Little League
P.O. Box 581
Westport CT 06881

PLAYER REQUESTS

WSB manages programs for hundreds of children each Spring, and we do our best to form balanced teams.  Due to the size of our program, the complexity of populating teams and the volunteer nature of our organization, we unfortunately cannot honor requests for children to be placed on a particular team or with a specific coach or other player. However, in Grades Pre-K through 2, teams generally include players from the same elementary school. Teams for Grades 3 through 7 are chosen via draft and are therefore at the discretion of the coaches.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Refunds (less a $25 processing fee) can be issued upon written request to prior to the announcement of team rosters. After team rosters are announced, refunds will only be issued (on a pro-rata basis) for season-ending injuries upon a written request to . Such request must be accompanied by a doctor's note.

VOLUNTEER COACHES

Our program could not exist without the scores of parent coaches who generously volunteer their time. For parents who would like to volunteer as a head coach or an assistant coach, please check the appropriate box on your child’s registration form. The WSB commissioners will choose a head coach and an assistant coach for each team. Once teams are formed, each team can add a third or fourth coach (approved by WSB) who is a parent of a child on the roster.   

DONATIONS

Westport Baseball & Softball is a nonprofit organization that, among other things, funds repairs and capital improvements of fields in town. If you wish to support the organization and its programs by making a tax deductible donation to Westport Little League, please do so by entering an amount in the donation box on the registration form. This amount will be added to your total at the end of registration. Please note that all donations made via Little League registration will be utilized exclusively to support Little League programs. 

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions about our programs, please visit www.westportsoftball.com  or email us at  . Specific questions related to players in the Instructional - AAA league can be directed to Terri Dusch - @optimum.net. In the meantime please feel free to check us out and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for news, updates and more!!

Thank you for your support of WSB. We look forward to seeing you on the softball fields throughout Westport this Spring. 

Congratulations—you made it to the end of the email.

Play Ball! 

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Year-End Report from Westport Baseball and Softball; Election of New Presidents/CEOs; 2016 Highlights and Program Updates; Field Update

December 2016

With the fall seasons of Little League baseball and softball, Advanced baseball, Travel baseball and softball and Challenger baseball complete, Westport Baseball and Softball (WBS) wanted to send around an update as we begin to prepare for the various spring seasons. 

Elections

As 2016 draws to a close, WBS held elections with respect to the presidency/chief executive officer role for the organization.  The Board of Directors of WBS elected each of Jeffrey Brill and David Goldshore to serve as President/Chief Executive Officer of WBS.  Jeff and Dave have allocated between them responsibilities for WBS's various programs and operations.  In connection with the announcement, Jeff White, Chairman of the Board, said "I want to take this opportunity to thank Rich Rosier for his service to WBS since first volunteering in 2010 and becoming a member of the Board in 2012.  In serving as a coach, Fall Commissioner, Minors Commissioner, Player Agent and President/Chief Executive Officer, he has helped strengthen our programs and demonstrated the utmost integrity and collegiality."  Mr. White explained that the responsibilities, duties and opportunities for the President/CEO have grown over time, and the Board decided to expand the role, requiring two highly qualified candidates to serve.  "I, along with the rest of the Board, look forward to supporting and collaborating with Jeff and Dave going forward and am confident that their skill sets and experience are highly complementary such that our baseball and softball programs will be enriched."      

"I look forward to partnering with Dave and working with the Board and the community as we strive to enhance, maintain the fairness and accessibility of, and ensure the seamless coordination of, all of the programs offered by WBS to players ages 5 through 19," said Jeff Brill.  This single organization continues to offer Westport residents Little League baseball and softball, Advanced baseball, Travel baseball and softball and Challenger baseball.    

"By pairing a re-energized Little League with our elite and competitive Travel and Advanced baseball programs, we are confident that we will be the one-stop shop for all interested Westport ball players," said Dave Goldshore.  WBS remains committed to growing these and our other programs.

Highlights on the Diamond/Program Updates

WBS wants to highlight below some of the successes and achievements that the boys and girls enjoyed on the field in 2016 as well as certain program updates:

            WYT

Westport Youth Travel participation remained high, with nearly 100 boys playing in Spring 2016 and 120 registrants at try-outs for Spring 2017 teams.  Among other exciting moments, the Spring 10U teams were undefeated during the regular season, with the 10U National team winning the Baseball Heaven Spring Challenge Tournament and the 10U American team reaching the playoff finals.  The Spring 8U team won the Weston Memorial Day Tournament.

            Advanced Baseball

Westport Advanced Baseball fielded teams at the Travel, Babe Ruth and American Legion levels.  The program’s leadership devoted considerable time this Fall to focusing on a customized player development program catering to different skill levels, which is expected to pave the road for a successful Spring season.  Co-Vice Presidents of Advanced Baseball, Joe Glennon and Mark Lindwall, are passionate about carrying the torch from the younger baseball programs in order to extend players' experiences in town and to build upon the baseball culture  in Westport.

            Travel Softball

In the fall, the girls experienced considerable success in their tournaments.  The

10U White team won a Westport Halloween tournament.  The 12U Blue team went undefeated and outscored opponents 35-4 en route to winning a USSSA tournament in October.  The 14U Blue team won the Wolcott Snowball tournament in November, while the 14U White team had a very strong finish in its last tournament.  The 16U team went undefeated on its way to winning the USSSA OktoberFAST tournament in Hartford.

            Summer Ball--Districts

Softball          

In the summer, Westport was very proud of the achievements of its softball teams.  For example, the 8U girls team won the Trumbull summer tournament.  The 10U All Stars won Districts, Sectionals and States and subsequently came in third place in Regionals in Pennsylvania.  The 11U All Star team swept Fairfield in a three game series to win the 2016 District 2 Little League Championship.  The team then advanced to the Connecticut Little League State Tournament in East Hartford, went undefeated and came from behind to win the championship game to win the 2016 Connecticut Little League State Championship.

Baseball

Tournament teams were formed, affording players across age groups options to play baseball over the summer, including on District teams, Tournament teams and a Fairfield County house league team.  Both of the 11U and 12U District teams advanced from pool play.

           Challenger Baseball

In anticipation of Westport Challenger Baseball's forthcoming fifth spring season, WBS proudly reflects on another successful and fun season in 2016 for the Westport Winners team.  Challenger baseball is a league comprised of boys and girls, ages 5 through 18, with mental and/or physical challenges.  Westport Challenger baseball is funded entirely by private contributions, enabling WBS to offer the program at no cost to parents of participants.  The Westport Winners played great baseball against teams from other towns in Fairfield County in Spring and Fall and were able to participate in skills clinics during the Summer, with many games followed by a pizza party.  Each player is paired with a "buddy" from Westport, who is often a past or current Little League player, resulting in camaraderie across our programs and lasting friendships.  If you know of a child who would be interested in joining, or being a buddy to a player in, our Challenger league in the Spring, please contact the Commissioner, Beth Cody, at  .

Fields 

With the arrival of the cold weather, we turn our attention to the maintenance of our fields.  Most members of the baseball and softball community may not realize that of the 20 fields we use for baseball and softball in town, Westport Little League has the responsibility and expense of maintaining the four fields on North Compo plus the three fields at Coleytown.  We are the only sports organization in Westport that bears the operating costs and pays for any capital repairs for these fields.  Proceeds from registration fees are allocated to fund this maintenance and repair, and WBS is grateful for the support.

As we look forward to spring, WBS is pleased to  update the baseball and softball community on the renovations of certain fields that will be ready for the spring.  We have completed our annual project to cut back and re-sod the edges of the infields at the four Compo fields and at Don Levy Field at Coleytown.  Clay was replaced as well, and at two of the fields, we upgraded to a higher grade clay which has a different, orange color, which we have been advised holds up better in the dry summer months.  Please let us know in the spring how you like the new surface, which will help guide us going forward.

2017 Season

We will soon be contacting you with information regarding registration for Little League in the spring.  We look forward to seeing you out on the fields in the spring.

Happy Holidays and stay warm.

WESTPORT BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL

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