Lit­tle League ac­cept­ing coach-pitch reg­is­tra­tions

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CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridge Lit­tle League is ac­cept­ing late reg­is­tra­tions for its coach pitch base­ball di­vi­sion, which runs from 6-8 years old.

This di­vi­sion is in­struc­tional and play­ers are in­tro­duced to pitched balls, from a pitch­ing ma­chine. The league cur­rently has three teams in this di­vi­sion, but each has a very small ros­ter.

“We’d like to see six more play­ers to­tal in that di­vi­sion,” said league pres­i­dent Bran­don Hes­son. “I tell peo­ple all the time that coach pitch is the most fun. There’s plenty of op­por­tu­nity to learn the game, meet some new friends, play around, but also learn the kinds of fun­da­men­tals that they can use in older di­vi­sions.”

To reg­is­ter your child, con­tact Hes­son at 443-521-9904, or by email at bghes­

Cam­bridge Lit­tle League also will hold its first field day at 8 a.m. Satur­day, March 4. It hopes to re­move the out­field fence from its soft­ball field and pre­pare it for a new fence, which will be in­stalled next week. So far this win­ter, the league has also been able to re­pair all eight dugout roofs and plans to paint each dugout be­fore Open­ing Day on April 1.

On Satur­day, vol­un­teer sup­port will be put to­wards re­mov­ing the fence on the soft­ball field, but if enough help shows up, vol­un­teers can also help by sweep­ing and clean­ing dugouts, rak­ing leaves and other gen­eral clean-up around the bat­ting cages. The league’s com­plex is lo­cated be­hind Open Bible Church and Academy at 1619 Race Street, in Cam­bridge.

Cam­bridge Lit­tle League is com­pletely self-funded through char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions, reg­is­tra­tions and con­ces­sion stand rev­enue, so vol­un­teer sup­port is an important part of pro­vid­ing base­ball and soft­ball to about 200 chil­dren in Cam­bridge.

“Mon­e­tary do­na­tions are cru­cial for us, but vol­un­teer sup­port is just as important,” Hes­son said. “We don’t have the funds to pay for elab­o­rate field prepa­ra­tion, so it all gets done the old fash­ioned way – by the com­mu­nity com­ing out and sup­port­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for our youth.”

Vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties are not lim­ited to fam­i­lies af­fil­i­ated with the league. Any­one in the com­mu­nity can vol­un­teer by coach­ing, um­pir­ing, help­ing with field main­te­nance, ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port or um­pir­ing.

“If you have an in­ter­est in help­ing Cam­bridge youth, we can find a job for you,” Hes­son said. “Our goal is to pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity of base­ball, soft­ball and vol­un­teerism to ev­ery child in our com­mu­nity, and that’s go­ing to re­quire a lot more help. It’ll be fun, and re­ward­ing.”

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