Getting to Second Base

April 21, 2015
Second base

Second base

Baseball has many rules that have lasted and been modified through the centuries. But that does not matter to one parent from wanting a change at Forestville Little League.

Little League commonly has three coaches on each team and when one team is hitting there is a coach at first base, third base and one in the dugout. Eileen Zapata, a mother of two, wants FLL to have a second base coach instructing the children that make it to second base.
“How come there is no coach at second base mentoring these children? The runners at first and third receive preferential treatment and I want to put an end to it.”

It does not matter to Mrs. Zapata that there is no second base coach at any level of baseball. “I see nine, ten and even eleven year old boys all the time standing on second base. They are alone, frightened and confused because they are receiving no guidance or instruction and that is wrong.”

No word on when she plans on raising this with the board.


Baseball Field at the New Green Hills School

July 29, 2012

View from Field 1 of Forestville Little League with Green Hills in the background

The ball fields at the new Green Hill School are progressing.  The backstops are in and the infields are laid out. To the untrained eye one field appears to be a big league diamond, and the the other a softball diamond or a Little League diamond.  The fields are built in the area that formally had contained two Little League fields and a batting cage.  But the city of Bristol, the landowner, destroyed the Little League fields in order to construct the new school.  Forestville Little League which had three fields prior to construction now has one.  With the school scheduled to open this August let the games begin!

The view from the backstop of the smaller field.

The big league diamond


Emergency Meeting to be held Regarding the Future of Forestville Little League

September 21, 2011

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.

 


Forestville Little League Fields 2 and 3 are no more

March 30, 2011

A view from Field 1 to the old Field 2 Field 3 and the batting cages

Forestville Little League’s (FLL) Fields 2 and 3 are officially gone.

The sounds of batted balls, cheering fans and excited kids have been replaced by the rumble of bulldozers and dump trucks.  The fields, located on Board of Education property on Pine Street, were leveled so Green Hills School could expand to K-8.  Rising from the ruins will be a soccer field and a regulation baseball diamond, which will convert to a Little League field when needed.

The batting cages, formally located between Fields 2 and 3, will be moved to a location near Field 1.

In a related matter, a group of volunteers from FLL were preparing their remaining field for play this past Saturday.

According to sources Forestville Little League’s season is begin the week of April 10.

 

 


Forestville Little League Opening Ceremonies

April 9, 2010

Forestville Little League Field 1 (File photo)

Forestville Little League will begin play this Saturday.  Opening ceremonies start at 9 AM players are to be at the field at 8:15. Is this the last year at the current facility? Only time will tell. More to come on that one.


The Ballad of Forestville Little League

October 12, 2009
Forestville Little League

Forestville Little League

A little birdie told me there was a “secret” meeting held at the Forestville Little League (FLL) complex two weeks ago to discuss the fate of the league.  No minutes were taken and no decisions made, but one influential board member lobbied for the league to fold due to its lack of success at the tournament level. 

Pardon me but, WTF? 

I don’t usually comment but these things work in cycles.  While there may be a lack of recent success at the tournament level but so what.  Is this about tournament championships or teaching kid’s baseball and life lessons? 

Forestville has a long history of winning District Champions 5 Championships staring in 1964 and continuing with titles in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1988, and 1989.  Of course one would never know this because there are no signs, pennants, or flags about the complex showing their storied history.  Unlike McCabe Waters Little League (one of two cross town rivals) which proudly displays their championships on their outfield fences. 

Just for the record, Edgewood Little League (the other cross town rival) did not win their first District Championship until 1990 and that league formed in the late 1950s.  Should they have folded too?

Don’t believe me about the District 5 information? Well, that can be found here:

 http://www.unpage.org/connecticut/

 

FLL 04 

Oh and one more thing.  The same little birdie chirped told that FLL Major League Division (Boys 9-12) will play several regular season games versus McCabe Waters in 2010.

 AB


Around Town Today – Forestville Little League

November 29, 2008

I am out and about today and here is what I have learned, so far. 

 

Field 1 is being rebuilt at Forestville Little League.

 

As of this morning the infield is torn apart.  Work began November 8th and will likely continue until the first snowfall. 

 

Below is a picture of the infield as of this morning. 

 

I will post again after lunch. 

 

AB

 

Forstville Little League Field 1 First Base View

Forstville Little League Field 1 First Base View