Little League will feed hunger for hardball action

For its new season, local Little League will be doing some fresh initiatives. 

The Cayman Islands Little League Association will have its concession stand run by Mise en Place for its upcoming 25th season. With games going in earnest from Feb. 3, the association hopes to feed many appetites, both young and young at heart. Among the dining offerings will be ball park classics and Gino’s Pizza by the slice. 

In addition to food, the association is opening the use of its Field of Dreams facility in George Town. Any member of the public can rent the field for events such as birthday parties and corporate outings. Prices vary from $55 to $135 per session – each session is for 90 minutes – depending on the field and the need for lights. Batting cages are also available. 

The fields have been spruced up for the new campaign thanks to a facility cleanup over the weekend. On Saturday, dozens of community members volunteered to help the Young Men’s Christian Association with various projects from painting to minor repairs. 

Little League’s 2014 campaign will see contests catering to kids ages 5-16 at no charge. There are six different segments in action. T-Ball, for ages 5-6, offers games on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. with practices on Fridays from 5-6:30 p.m. The Pony division, ages 7-8, sees games on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m. with practices on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. Single A, ages 9-10, offers Friday matches from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with practices on Mondays or Wednesdays at 5-6:30 p.m. 

Double A, ages 11-12, offers games on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6:30-8 p.m. with practices on Mondays or Thursdays 6:30-8 p.m. Triple A, ages 13-16, stages games at Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6:30-8 p.m. with practices on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Girls softball, ages 11-17, plays on Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturdays at 4-6:30 p.m. with practices on Mondays or Thursdays at 5-6:30 p.m. 

Every group will have a division coordinator. They are: Cheyenne Stewart (T-Ball), Adam Roberts (Pony), Michael Johns (A), Ann Serrant (AA), Alero Abrams (AAA) and Jeremy Rice (girls softball). Little League’s staff members include program and facilities manager Latoya McField and new groundskeeper Daryn Lansdell.  

The executive board consists of president Jeff Pouchie, vice president John Cridland, secretary Richard Finlay, treasurer Jason Bechard, fundraising coordinator Tanya Dube, public relations officer Sara Mackay, baseball commissioner Rob Harris, coed softball coordinator Alan Markoff, directors at large Andrew Holness, Paul Reynolds, Jonathan DaCosta and head umpire Jim Parham. 

The 2014 season runs until early June. Little League in Cayman started in 1989 and games were first played on the Field of Dreams in 1998. Since then, about 400 children and more than 500 adults play weekly at the Field of Dreams during a given season. 

In addition to Little League games, the association is also putting on its 2014 Winter Adult Coed Softball League from Feb. 3.  

With all the competitions, as usual, volunteers are needed. Coaches and umpires are especially welcome. 

It should also be noted that the popular discount cards are here. These traditional, $5 cards offer a great value and can be bought from Little League participants. The season-ending raffle is slated for June 1. 

For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 945-3553 or 916-5643. 

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Little League action resumes next week.

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Jim Parham, standing, is Cayman’s top umpire. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES
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