(Victorville) – Now that the days are getting longer and Spring is fast approaching, it is time to think about getting outside and taking part in America’s favorite past time – baseball! Victorville Ribbons Little League is now taking registrations for baseball and softball online for the 2012 season. There is one more walk-up registration date coming up on Saturday, January 28th at Hook Park from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
There have been some changes this year from previous years, and that is mostly due to the economy. Victor Trujillo, president of Victorville Ribbons Little League explained, “One of those changes will be with fundraising – what you pay up front is the only cost we’re going to ask you for. There will be no additional fundraising.”
“There’s going to be some changes to game schedules too,” he continued. “Not to say you’re going to get any more or less games. The schedules are going to be done in a way that we’re not burning lights so we don’t have an increase in overhead there.”
Trujillo explained that the downturn in the economy has really hit their membership hard, and in turn it has really affected their organization. Being a non-profit entity, the money that is generated for the league comes from its members, he said.
Also because of the economy they are not getting the community support that they used to get. Bruce Gilbert, Safety and Informational Officer with Victorville Ribbons Little League, said “We want to put it out there to the community – a donation of $25 goes a long way.”
“The donations go back to the entire league, so every kid is going to benefit from that, it doesn’t go back to a single team, it goes to all of them,” said Trujillo. “It helps pay for the bills, it helps pay for equipment, it helps pay for training aids, it helps pay for all of these things. It’s a very good organization.”
Sign ups are open to children ages 4 to 18, from T-Ball, Pee Wee, Minors, Majors, 50/70 baseball, Juniors, Seniors and Big Leagues. There is also a challenger division for those that have a disability.
The last chance to register will be before tryouts February 6, 7, 8, 9 from 5-6pm each day. For those new to Little League, tryouts are actually an assessment of the children’s abilities or skill levels. In Little League everyone plays and special interest is always given to players and parents new to Little League or the sport of baseball/softball.
Gilbert said, “We would like to invite the community to the little league also, because we do have a concession stand snack bar. Any community groups that would like to come and help us out at the concession stand would really be appreciated. We constantly need volunteers because nobody gets paid to do any of this. So if we get the community involved, that would be great.”