New season for Sonoma Little League
Youngsters throughout Sonoma Valley are invited to join Sonoma Little League for a season of practices, games and good sportsmanship – provided by the all-volunteer league that’s just beginning its second year of baseball.
Last year the valley’s two longtime leagues merged, bringing together Valley of the Moon Little League and Sonoma Valley Little League. As Sonoma Little League, the merger saw more than 400 children come out for the all-American pastime of baseball, fielding 32 teams from Rookies to Majors.
League officials will host several in-person registration nights this month and also are accepting online registration through Jan. 25.
Walk-in registration and documentation collection nights will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at the Sonoma firehouse, 630 Second St. W.
Registration forms and other necessary forms can be downloaded from sonomalittleleague.com.
Birth certificates are required from new players. All players must provide three different forms of proof of residency showing the player’s physical address (school records, voter registration, driver’s license, utility bills, etc.)
In addition, two copies of a medical release and a code of conduct are required.
The registration fee is $105 and $65 for each additional sibling.
The league charges a $100 volunteer fee per family. The fee is returned at the end of the season to those who help out in the snack bar or fulfill other volunteer options.
Payments can be made by check or money order (payable to SLL). Credit cards will be accepted at registration nights.
League tryouts will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and 27 at Hughes and Teeter fields in downtown Sonoma.
The league will host a player camp for 5- to 9-year-olds to help prepare players for tryouts and the upcoming season. The camp will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13 at Hughes and Teeter fields. The fee is $45 per day. Enrollment is limited to 45 players per day.
Players will work on bunting, hitting, playing catch, base running, fielding ground balls and catching fly balls. Following lunch at 12:30 p.m., the rest of the day will be spent playing a game.
Board officers for the 2013 season are: Jay Gruendle, president; Peter Smith, vice president; Meaghan Hengehold, secretary; Ray Sullivan Jr., treasurer; Jolie Rozema, player agent; Johnny Armitage, information officer; and Stan Matulaitis, safety officer.
– Dianne Reber Hart