By Ashley Ferraro
Parkland Little League Baseball is gearing up for its 33rd season this spring and what’s expected to be the league’s biggest year yet. This past spring, the league had a record-breaking enrollment of 525 players, followed by 325 players in the fall. Overall, Parkland Little League has been riding serious momentum, and organizers are excited to watch the numbers grow in 2023.
“We’re the fastest growing, second largest Little League in Broward County,” says President Rob Travinski. Rob has been volunteering as president for seven years now and a board member for twelve. All board members, coaches, and staff entirely consist of volunteers and Parkland residents.
Parkland Little League is open to children ages four through fifteen of all skill levels. For children under six, the league offers an excellent Tee Ball program. Several divisions split children by age group until they graduate to high school baseball.
Teens who have graduated from Little League but would love to stay involved should consider the junior umpire program. Parkland Little League compensates junior umpires with volunteer service hours or pay, depending on the individual’s preference. The league also typically holds an umpire clinic to ensure their junior umpires have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their duty during the game.
In addition to developing top-notch baseball players, Parkland Little League is focused on evolving the players beyond the field. Rob emphasizes the importance of sportsmanship and other important personal traits. “Parkland Little League creates an environment where kids can not only learn the game but learn how to be part of a team. They will learn lessons about character they can use for the rest of their lives”.
Founded in 1939, Little League takes the title of the world’s largest organized youth sports program. The organization is at the heart of many communities and strive to teach life lessons that build stronger individuals and communities. The same is true here in Parkland. Parkland Little League saw impressive success in 2021, with several All Stars progressing to the state tournament.
This year, one of those teams again made it to states. The run began when Parkland beat their biggest rivals, North Springs, in the district tournament. They went on to defeat Fort Lauderdale in the championship game. Finally, they secured a win against Liberty City in Miami to progress to the state tournament again.
Parkland Little League practices and plays at Pine Trails Park and Terramar Park. The registration fee is $220 and can be completed through Parkland Little League’s website. Sibling discounts are available.
Registration for the spring season is open now through December 31st. Evaluations will be held in mid-January to divide youth into teams properly. Practices will begin on February 1st, and opening day will take place on March 4th. The regular season is scheduled to run through April, with playoffs starting in May.
To register for the upcoming season, visit parklandlittleleague.com. Players must be Parkland residents or attend one of the Parkland schools. Anyone interested in working as an umpire can contact Rob directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.