Total participants had been sitting around the 550 mark for the past couple years, but numbers have increased to 600 this year. That is without any extra recruitment. The only change has been the ability to register online.
“We put out fliers in schools in December. As far as recruiting, that’s not something we do. We’re hoping we just get word of mouth out,” league president Rich Hutson said.
Lights were installed last year on Field 3 in preparation for the All-Stars tournaments. Teams will be utilizing those lights this season, which will add flexibility to scheduling of practices and games.
However, the league will face a challenge that will decrease its flexibility.
“There’s nothing real different this year, but we’re really trying to think of ways to be creative for next year because we’re losing our Sky Main field after this season, which is that field on the corner of Pyramid and La Posada,” Hutson said.
Washoe County sold the field, and Hutson said they’ve known for years that a sale was pending, but they were told every year that they would have the field for another season — until this year.
The loss of the field will provide a pretty big challenge for the league, although it does have access to Gator Swamp Park near Alice Taylor Elementary School. That field is being used for practices this year, but next year it’s expected to be utilized for t-ball games. They might even need to put up some portable backstops beyond the outfield fences at Eagle Canyon Park for the t-ball league.
“We’ve faced a few challenges. We were real concerned with our numbers initially. They were pretty low during our first couple of registrations,” Hutson said. “Overall though, I think it’s going great. We have a good, solid Board. We have pretty good baseball coaches out there working with the kids on a daily basis. Not everyone played college ball or in the pros, but they’re out there for the kids and that’s the most important thing.”