By Benito Vila
Ah, Little League: that rite of spring that makes some incredibly happy and others wildly apprehensive. The Sag Harbor Bridgehampton Little League is conducting its “evaluations” of its softball and baseball players ages 9-to-12 this Sunday at SYS on Majors Path in Southampton. Softball players are expected at noon and baseball players at 1:30 p.m.
Players at those ages must be present for those evaluations to be eligible for the draft pools for their sport. The evaluations involve the players running, throwing, hitting and fielding grounders and pop-ups.
For the fourth consecutive year, coaches from All-Pro Sports Academy in Bellport, who run a late-August baseball camp in Mashashimuet Park, will be notating the results. These player evaluations, long ago referred to as “tryouts,” help the chapter board determine how to best organize each sport’s divisions and allow the managers to create evenly skilled teams.
The board plans to meet on Tuesday to review the results and player drafts are set for next Saturday, with majors and AAA teams beginning practice the following week. “Regular season” games, which may include match-ups with Southampton teams, are expected to start the last week of April.
Sunday is the last day to submit completed registration forms for the majors and AAA (9-to-12 year old) divisions. Registrations for the other divisions (minors, for players 7-and-up and T-ball, for players 5-and-up) will also be accepted Sunday at SYS. Any registration in those younger divisions submitted after Sunday will incur a $20 late fee.
Registration materials are available online at sagharborlittleleague.org.