Spring Training Begins!

The Capitol Hill Little League is gearing up for another great season

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about peanuts and hot dogs, ground balls and home runs. Yes, we know the Nationals will be getting ready for their season down in Florida, but spring baseball is fast approaching for our little ones here in town. Pitchers and catchers report in less than 30 days.

The Capitol Hill Little League is gearing up for another season of family friendly, yet competitive baseball and softball in the area. When we think of ‘little league’ we often think of just baseball, but softball has been growing in popularity in recent years. “We want to make it clear that softball is available for our youth,” says CHLL board member Seth Shapiro. The schedules now accommodate girls who want to play both softball and baseball.

Capitol Hill Little League provides children from 6-13 years old (baseball) and 9-14 years old (softball) the opportunity to compete and learn the game. CHLL strives first and foremost to teach players not only the rules but to play the "right way" with honesty, sportsmanship, confidence, responsibility, perseverance and good judgment. The league has also been great for parents as it provides the opportunity to make new friends of their own and to network in the community.

Participation has grown from just 75 players to 450 in the last six years. In an effort to accommodate Little Leaguers’ desire to play with their classmates, and to ease the burden on parents, Little League has amended its residency requirements to allow children to play in the local league whose boundaries are either where they live or where they attend school. Registration is open now and will continue until February 26 for the Majors division, and March 12 for every other division including Softball. Divisions are determined by age and are co-ed. For a full list of divisions and requirements, check out the CHLL website at chlldc.org/divisions.

Members of the CHLL are focused on getting their numbers up to the critical point where they can isolate age groups that play best together (not having wide ranges on the same team).  

Another concern is the lack of playing fields. Parents and members of the board of CHLL are renewing their efforts to find local fields for their children to play on and are embarking ona CHLL Capital Campaign, with the immediate goals of cutting new baseball fields and making other capital improvements, to give crucial new practice and playing capacity.

For more information please visit the CHLL website at chlldc.org

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