COARSEGOLD – Yosemite Little League (YLL) signups begin this Friday, Jan. 3, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Recreation Center in Yosemite Lakes Park. With an all new Board of Directors to kick off the season, some of the big news is that the League is trying out a new division especially for 13-year-olds.
YLL is open to athletes aged 4-13 who are students at Spring Valley, Rivergold and Coarsegold elementary schools.
For more information on eligibility, visit the website for a map of specific boundaries. The cost for YLL is $85 per child, with a discount for siblings and children of parents who commit to heavy volunteering. Organizers want the public to know they have devised payment plans and scholarships along with discounts, so no player will be left out due to lack of sufficient funds.
Requirements for registration include the child’s birth certificate along with three proofs of residency, which could include an auto insurance ID, the bank check used for payment of the Little League fees, and any utility bill. Organizers want to make registration as simple as possible while staying within the guidelines set forth by the organization.
While the first child in a family is $85 for the season, the second child is $75 and the third child’s registration with YLL is just $65.
Registration will continue on Saturday, Jan. 4 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Goldmine Pizza in Coarsegold. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the location for signups is the Yosemite Lakes Park (YLP) Recreation Center from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. They’ll be back at the YLP Rec Center on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Finally, on Sunday, Jan. 26, registration will take place at the Hillside Market in YLP from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This year, the League is introducing a new division for 13-year-olds. It’s called 50/70 Intermediate and is intended to be a travel ball style team with YLL and other District teams traveling to Modesto for games.
Marlena Ledgerwood is a volunteer Board Member and Player Agent for YLL. “Previously we could only take kids up to age 12, and now Little League International is testing out the age of 13 in our District,” she explains. “The fields are a little bigger and the kids get to travel. They have the chance to compete in a 50/70 World Series in Livermore.”
Organizers are seeking volunteers to fill positions including Manager, Coach and Umpire. They’re also looking for Team Parents – people willing to do field clean-up and maintenance, pull together opening/closing ceremonies and execute a 90/10 raffle. The group also seeks assistance from a tax accountant or CPA, a landscaper and anyone who has construction experience.
“We need your help to make this YLL season the best for our kids,” says Marlena.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Marlena firstname.lastname@example.org