Forestville Little League to close?
Forestville Little League is on the verge of collapse. As a result, an emergency meeting will be this Thursday at 6:30 PM at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Center on Mix Street to advise parents and players alike of its peril.
The league is in need of volunteers to maintain its survival including a president, a safety coordinator and a group dedicated to running the auxiliary (Snack Shack).
This past season was a difficult year for the league. Temporarily reduced to one playing field, parents complained of transporting their children to play and practice at other facilities all over town.
FLL has been plagued with problems and bad luck in recent years. Last year league officials discovered funds were stolen from the Snack Shack, and two fields were taken away to make room for the expansion of Green Hills School. Town officials claim the league will have access to a full compliment of fields once construction is completed.
This season saw their Accounts Receivable take a hit due to the elimination of the two fields and a lack of volunteers to maintain the shack, which sells food and drinks during games. The money raised from the auxiliary is used to purchase new equipment, uniforms, and maintain the fields. Unlike McCabe Waters across town, which has a dedicated set of volunteers in place to run the Snack Shack, Forestville has no luxury.
The incoming president will be need to be deal with host of problems and be a visionary, a problem solver and a cheerleader for the league to continue.
In the 60s and70s when baseball was king, FLL was flush with 600 players in the program. This past season they had less than 200. Why is it so difficult for the league to recruit players? Computers? Video games? Soccer? There are a variety of factors but the truth is Little League’s popularity in the United States has been eroding for years.
So, residents of Forestville, come out and be a volunteer or the league which was founded in 1954 will fade away just like the Forestville Boys Club, the Forestville Manufacturing Company, and the Forestville Train Station.