By Stacy Case
It may be the Fall, but North Springs Little League is already preparing for the Spring and what is set to be another fun-filled season on the diamond. The 12-member Board of Directors is currently at work preparing for the upcoming year of play, in which the league will now include the younger aged sluggers in its new T-ball division.
“We are in for another exciting year at North Springs, and it is due to the youngest of players,” says Jason Rosoff, in his third year as the President of the league. “This year will be the first Spring season that we will be having T-ball (for ages 4-6).” He continues, “The little ones can now start at North Springs and spend their entire Little League career with us; we could not be more thrilled about that.” Jason’s two sons have played for NS since they were both young.
Last year, about 350 participants called North Community Park their second home, and that number is expected to be surpassed in the 2019 season. When North Springs was established nearly two-and-a-half decades ago, the league was formatted to challenge the more experienced players and to also develop the newer ones, where there are two levels of play for those age 12 and younger.
“There are so many benefits to playing youth sports: accountability, dedication, leadership and problem solving skills,” says Jason. “This is especially true in Little League Baseball; kids will learn the importance of working together as a team, which means new friends and social skills, plus it forces them to put down the electronics and get outside to play.”
North Springs’ registrations have been scheduled for Sat., Nov. 3 and Dec. 8 from 10am-3pm upstairs at North Community Park. Following the registrations, players will be required to undergo evaluations in order to ensure that teams have a balance of abilities, after which coaches draft players accordingly. The newly formed teams start their practices, then games and the exciting new season is officially underway. After the regular season has concluded, some players represent the league at the age 7/8 Select (district) level as well as the age 9/10, 11, 12, 13/14 and 15/16 in the all star circuit.
Perhaps it is the method in which North Springs runs its program that has yielded its notable accomplishments over the years. The league is one of the most successful programs not only in the state, but in the country. “Our North Springs All Stars have accounted for 10 State Championships, 4 Southeast Regional Championships, 2 trips to the Little League World Series and 1 National Title,” adds Jason.
And NS fans can be seen near or far, whether it be rooting for former teammates or neighbors on their home turf or following teams on the road to show support, Jason says there is a true sense of community and that is what brings the families together season after season. He concludes our interview by telling us, “There is just something special about the people who make up ‘The Nation,’ and the pride they have when they put on the teal and black.”
For more info see www.NorthSpringsLL.com/register