Paul: Little League is improving

As local Little League heads into its Easter break, focus is on how far youngsters have come on the field.

Cayman Islands Little League President Paul Gallagher states on a whole, the season has gone well so far.

“Now that we’re well into another season of baseball and softball, we would certainly like to thank our sponsors for ensuring we’re financially able to host the kids this year,” Gallagher said. “Parents are to be commended as well for getting the children here for practice and games. We definitely are seeing an improvement in skill levels and teamwork, but we also need to be diligent on ensuring there are enough volunteers to assist the programme.”

Little League is at the midway point of its 22nd season at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town. As usual, new players and rookie coaches have gone through the learning curve over the past four months.

Little League will be on its Easter break 6-16 April. The last games and practices will be on Thursday, 5 April, with action resuming on Tuesday, 17 April. The lone exception figures to be girls softball, which stages a match on Saturday, 14 April.

The Batabano festival will have an effect on the competition as there will be no girls softball games scheduled for Saturday, 28 April, and 5 May.

As matches wind down for the Easter holidays, the public is reminded that the concession stand will be serving refreshments Monday to Friday 4.30-9pm (the stand is also open on Saturdays 8am-12noon and 4-9.30pm during the season).

Parents are asked to note that teams are still selling raffle tickets. Cash prizes are on offer with the major ones being for amounts of $10,000, $7,500 and $2,500.

Pam Parsons and her raffle team will be on the fields for all games and practices this week handing out books. The drawing is 26 May at the awards picnic and players have roughly two more months to sell tickets.

Thanks to the generosity of LIME, a ‘hotspot’ has now been installed at the Field of Dreams. Laptops, blackberries, iPads and other devices now can get a signal on most of the compound.