A New Year means a fresh start in local Little League baseball.
Cayman Little League, which now calls itself the Cayman Islands Little League Association, held registration and evaluation sessions for its 23rd season this week at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town.
Turnout was modest, with kids like Jesse Jackson and multi-sport star Daniel Reid returning for another season. All were under the watchful eyes of Little League president Jeff Pouchie, vice president John Cridland and board member Chris McField. All the essentials, from pitching and hitting to baserunning and fielding, were tested and graded.
The sessions were a necessary component for all participants, except those in T-Ball (the youngest division). As always, the competition remains free for kids. Practices start on Monday, 14 January, with games scheduled for 29 January.
In a press release, Little League states its annual season involves almost 400 boys and girls starting from age five.
The season runs until late May with a focus on teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship and fair play. Among the people overseeing the kids is baseball commissioner Rob Harris.
Next up on the Little League calendar is an umpire clinic on Thursday, 10 January, led by Jim Parham. From there, the adult co-ed softball league starts its 2013 season on 21 January. The co-ed league, which utilizes a slow-pitch format, attracts nearly 500 adults age 18 and over on a yearly basis.
Little League is looking for more help with coaching and umpiring. To get involved contact Latoya McField on 916-5643 or [email protected]