Blue Jackets Alumni, Staff Hit Ice for Pick-Up Games
by Shawn Mitchell, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH February 2015
Barely five minutes into a game at Nationwide Arena last month, the energy began to lag on the home bench.
Club Volleyball Participation Continues to Spike
by Debbie Juniewicz, Dayton Daily News (Ohio) February 2015
From junior high rookies to collegiate hopefuls, club volleyball participation has become the rule, not the exception.
Youth Baseball League Without Field as Lease Talks Fail
by Susan Sarkauskas firstname.lastname@example.org February 2015
Elburn Youth Baseball will lose the use of McNair Field in Blackberry Township this season as negotiations for a new lease have failed. Blackberry Township Supervisor Fred Dornback told the township board about this Tuesday. The township had leased the field, for $1 a year, on behalf of the baseball league.
Opinion: Youth Sports Are Not The Evil of Our Time
by Chicago Daily Herald February 2015
If you were exposed to enough coverage last week in the wake of the Jackie Robinson West scandal, you couldn't help but be overwhelmed by the demonization of sports. It's not the first time.
Little League Champs Stripped of National Title
by Emily Attwood February 2015
Nearly two months after allegations that the Jackie Robinson West team violated residency rules, the governing board of Little League Baseball has stripped the team of its 2014 U.S. championship title. The team drew significant attention during this past year’s Little League season as the first team comprised of all African-American participants to win the national title.
In December, a rival team accused the Chicago-based team of using players outside its geographic area in December, allegations that were initially dismissed. But an investigation by the Little League organization revealed that the team used a map with falsified boundaries to recruit players from neighboring districts. As a result of the investigation, the team will vacate its wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament, including its regional and national titles, the latter of which will be awarded to Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas.
“For more than 75 years, Little League has been an organization where fair play is valued over the importance of wins and losses,” Little League International CEO Stephen D. Keener said in a statement. “This is a heartbreaking decision. What these players accomplished on the field and the memories and lessons they have learned during the Little League World Series tournament is something the kids can be proud of, but it is unfortunate that the actions of adults have led to this outcome.”
Local officials acknowledged in January that they knew of the team’s violations but had not reported them to the governing body, sparking the league to reopen its investigation. The team’s manager has since been suspended, and the league’s administrator for the district has been removed from his position.
“Little League takes these matters very seriously and has spent countless hours gathering information about the many issues facing Jackie Robinson West Little League and Illinois District 4,” Keener said. “During our review, it became clear that both Jackie Robinson West officials and District Administrator, Mike Kelly signed documents to make players eligible who should not have been.”
Maine House Leader Champions Rec Development
by Sun Journal February 2015
A bill to develop a network of recreation destinations throughout rural Maine is on the docket in Maine's House of Representatives this session.
Opinion: Youth Baseball Must Change in New MLB Era
by Thom Loverro February 2015
Rob Manfred was crowned commissioner 35 miles north of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy last summer, and when he officially took his seat on the throne last month, Manfred laid out the business plan for his new administration. The kids, the kids, the kids. It's all about the kids.
Open Gym Suspended in Wake of Gunfire Incident
by John Martin February 2015
The shots fired incident Jan. 18 in the C.K. Newsome Center gymnasium grabbed headlines, but city officials already were concerned about behavior problems there during unstructured time, Parks and Recreation Director Denise Johnson said.
Recreational Reuse Sought for Historic Military Fort
by email@example.com February 2015
The Mound behind Stith Park was born in time of war. Now, the Town Council is considering developing it for recreation. So far, ideas include an in-ground slide, a walking trail at the top and historical markers.
Property Tax Bill May Doom Local Little League
by firstname.lastname@example.org February 2015
Crowfield Little League owes a two-year property tax bill of about $7,200. The first payment is due Feb. 9, and the league can cover that payment after collecting its registration fees over the next two weekends. But the balance of the tax bill will be due by June, and that will be much tougher to make, he said.