By Ashley Ferraro. Photo’s courtesy of Michelle Richard Photography
Coral Springs American Little League Baseball is gearing up for its 2022 season, hoping to make it the best year yet. The league has been an integral part of the community for the past 50 years and remains the longest-running baseball program in Coral Springs.
Tony Juliano has been volunteering with CSA Little League for over a decade and currently serves as the league’s president. “CSA feels like a big family, and we like that type of atmosphere,” he says. “Most of the kids stay involved from five through sixteen years old, and it’s fun to see how everybody comes back each year.”
Thanks to solid leadership, a love for the game of baseball, and the volunteers who make it all possible, Coral Springs American Little League lives through its core values, “Leadership, Character, Courage, and Loyalty, and Teamwork.”
Every year, the league draws in hundreds of kids to participate in comprehensive skills training clinics to improve their performance on the field. There’s also an emphasis on quality sportsmanship, as children are taught what it means to be a team player and behave diplomatically with their teammates and rival players.
Although CSALL was luckily able to continue playing baseball through the pandemic, the league inevitably faced challenges. After the 50th year anniversary celebration was tabled due to Covid-19 and social distancing measures, Tony plans to host a big get-together to honor American Little League’s history in Coral Springs on opening night of the 2022 season.
“We’re just hoping to have a successful year after the last year and a half with Covid and the mandates that came along with it,” he adds.
As online registration has already opened, Coral Springs residents ages 4-16 who live south of Wiles Road are encouraged to register for Spring baseball. One in-person registration will be held on January 8th from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Mullins Park clubhouse. Kids in neighboring communities are welcome to register, but anyone living beyond the city’s borders will be required to obtain a City of Coral Springs Sports Card.
The season will officially begin with practices in February at Mullins Park and opening night in early March. Games will run through June, followed by the Playoffs and All-Star tournaments, which serve as long-standing traditions of Little League.
CSA Little League has an excellent Tee Ball program for players in the 4-6 age bracket. Tee Ball is a great way to introduce kids to a sport they will learn to love, provide them with an opportunity to foster lifelong friendships, and teach them invaluable social skills. The Tee Ball division alone welcomed 100 players last year, and Tony is confident this year will see an even greater turnout.
For more information on Coral Springs American Little League Baseball or to register for the upcoming Spring season, please visit www.csall.com.