Submitted by Ryan Schulte —
MOUNTAIN AREA — Despite the torrential downpours, Sierra Mountain Little League continues develop a top notch sports experience for kids in the mountain area.
The board, led by Dalene Stephens and Troy Smock, has significantly improved the league through management and exceptional volunteer fundraising. The league is making significant investments in the field and coaching staff to create the best experience possible for our youth.
If you weren’t looking for the field, you might never even know it was there. It’s tucked away behind the Oakhurst Community Center. A team of volunteers has been spending time redoing everything from the sprinklers to the scoreboard. Even the General Manager at River Creek golf course, Scott Michel, donated his time, crew and equipment at the field.
In the coming weeks sod will be laid and a bullpen will be built. A new score board has been ordered and all of the sprinklers have been replaced.
“We believe that creating an exceptional facility for kids will help them enjoy the game during this unique time in their lives as well as instill in them a sense of pride in our town.” says Troy Smock.
In addition to improving the field, the league is making investments in their coaches as well, sending them to the Big Al coaching clinic and providing a variety of resources that go along with the clinic.
“We are convinced that having good people makes for a great experience for kids. We want to develop our kids not just as players, but as people,” says Dalene Stephens. “Overall, we are expecting it to be our best year yet.”
Kids from all over the mountain area are invited to participate. Tryouts are a must for players aged 8-12 and are held on Jan, 21 and 28. More information and sign-ups can be found on the little league’s website: sierramountainll.org
Note: Tryouts are for the purpose of creating fair and equitable teams, not excluding kids from playing. No one will be cut.
Ryan Schulte is a parent volunteer