Al loves to manage the fields

Al Lovinggood is a notable face in local softball and now he will have a large role in the running of the local little league.

Lovinggood is the Program Administrator and Facilities Director at the Cayman Islands Little League. Lovinggood was recently named to the post and teams up with little league president Jim Parham and vice president Tim Derrick at the head of the executive board.

Parham states he is pleased with Lovinggood’s appointment to the post.

“We are excited to welcome Al to the team and are certain he will prove a great asset to the little league,” Parham said. “The Little League board looks forward to Al bringing his skill and energy and helping us continue to grow and build upon our past success.”

Lovinggood, 39, is an American Caymanian who has been in softball for roughly the last 11 years. The team captain enjoyed success this season with the Kirk Freeport Joolerz who won the A league co-ed softball title ahead of the Coors Light Chuggers.

Lovinggood has actually been on-island much longer as he followed his family here from Atlanta in 1993. On his first day here, he came to a Little League game in which his younger brother John was playing. He soon jumped in as a coach and has been a familiar face around the Field of Dreams facility in George Town ever since.

One of Lovinggood’s first jobs is heading up the 2011 little league season. Matches start 22 January and run for approximately four months with the last game on 28 May (there is also a break mid-way through for Easter).

Registration takes place this Saturday 11 December 9am-1pm at the Field of Dreams. As always the program is free for kids.

Aside from Parham many within local little league are pleased with Lovinggood’s appointment. Among them is Fundraising Coordinator Sara MacKay who states Lovinggood brings a new enthusiasm to the post.

“Al is a familiar face around Little League’s Field of Dreams,” MacKay said. “He is of the school of thought that we teach much more than game skills and knowledge. Like all of us he feels that building character through sportsmanship and camaraderie among all young players is the core of the Little League’s mission. Al should prove to be a great help in our many endeavours.”

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