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Jan, 2022

Longmeadow’s Youth Baseball Organizations to Unite in 2022

Building on Success, Longmeadow’s Two Youth Baseball Organizations to Unite in 2022

After decades of dividing young players between separate leagues, the town’s two developmental baseball organizations, Longmeadow Little League and the Longmeadow Baseball Association (LBA), have agreed to join forces and form a single, coordinated league for the Spring 2022 season.

The new organization will continue to offer fun and rewarding competition for players at all levels of youth baseball, and at the same time bring together the town’s more advanced players for continued success at the travel and select levels, including participation in the summer all-star tourney, the preliminary round of the road to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The new organization will operate under the name Longmeadow Little League going forward.

Both leagues have enjoyed strong recent runs of success. Longmeadow Little League squads captured an unprecedented five district championships in the baseball and softball summer all-star tournaments, while LBA teams have consistently excelled and won championships in the JLS league. At a time when many youth baseball organizations are seeing declining participation, baseball in Longmeadow continues to thrive, with the new league expected to attract nearly 500 players from the Tee Ball to Senior levels next season.

Forming a single league will allow us to continue to achieve our most important goal, which is providing maximum opportunity for young baseball players to learn, develop skills, make friendships and enjoy these great sports in the spring, summer and fall seasons,” said Mike Dunnirvine, president of Longmeadow Little League. “It also makes us even more competitive at the higher levels, by bringing together our best players into a single program.”

“Instead of competing for players, resources, time and field space, our program will now be working toward common goals,” said Dan Sullivan, president of LBA. “We’ll continue to field select teams for more serious players, and participate in regional tournaments and the Little League World Series, while at the same time expanding our in-town leagues with more teams and more opportunity for kids to get on the diamond.”

Registration will be opening in mid-January for the spring season, which will include many options for participation, starting with Tee Ball for kids 5 and older. Little League will continue to offer its usual A, AA, AAA, Majors, Intermediate, Junior and Senior divisions. Registration details can be found at: www.longmeadowlittleleague.org

In addition to the usual participation in the summer all-star tourneys as part of the Little League World Series, the organization will partner with the Complex Sports (PLEX Baseball) training facility in East Longmeadow to facilitate participation on a tournament travel team for more advanced players. Interested players can play on both a Little League team and the Plex Travel team. Evaluations for interested players will take place January 22nd and 23rd and can be found here: https://www.complexsportsacademy.com/registration/longmeadow-plex-baseball-select-team/12u-tryouts

Coaches from both leagues will participate in the new organization, and new coaches and volunteers are always welcome. You will be able to volunteer to coach as part of the 2022 registration process. If you are interested in volunteering in another capacity, please email [email protected].

The combined league will again conduct fundraising and offer sponsorships for next season to help purchase equipment, maintain fields, and ensure every child has an opportunity to play. The league is hoping to build on the large outpouring of support it received from local business in 2021. For info about sponsorships, please email [email protected].

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