In what is annually the most difficult meeting of the year, the Sag Harbor Bridgehampton Little League board met Tuesday to review the results of Sunday’s player evaluations. What makes that meeting so difficult are not the tallies but the preferences of certain parents, which are often in conflict with Little League International guidelines; those guidelines and the number of available player “candidates” determine each year’s divisional alignments.
As is the norm, there were no “cuts” of any sort this year and players will again be organized by the age groupings suggested by Little League. In the baseball division, there are sufficient 11-and-12-year old players to make three “majors” teams and there are enough 9-and-10-year olds to make two “AAA” teams. Softball saw almost all of its 12-year players opt for play on the seventh grade school team, leaving it with only two “majors” teams with most of those players being between the ages of 9 and 11.
Last year the softball division introduced regular-season inter-chapter play to the Sag Harbor Bridgehampton Little League for the first time, scheduling games with Southampton when that program found itself with only three softball teams. Representatives of both boards are working on expanding that program this year so that teams in each softball or baseball division will play a certain number of games against teams from their own chapter and also play a certain number of games against teams from the other chapter.
The player drafts for the majors and AAA divisions are set to occur on Saturday with managers calling players and parents with team assignments by the start of next week. It is hoped that those teams will be able to meet at least once before the school break and that regular season games will start at the end of April.
Once the board has the older divisions in order and underway, it will turn its attention to the 7-and-up “minors” softball and baseball divisions. It is expected that those players will be contacted towards the end of the school break, with initial workouts scheduled soon after school resumes. T-ball players will be contacted after school resumes, with the board looking to start that popular program the first full week of May.