Proud Host of the
2017 Massachusetts State Championships

North Reading’s Marco Vittozzi (center) was honored on Sunday, Jan. 29, with the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association’s 2016 Fred Ebbett Award, given annually to men and women who make significant contributions to amateur and youth baseball in their communities. Vittozzi, the player development director for North Reading Little League, is also a longtime coach and a founder of the Eastern Massachusetts Independent Baseball League for middle school players. Among those attending the MBCA Honors Brunch at the Courtside Marriott in Marlboro were (left to right) former North Reading High School baseball coach Frank Carey; Marco’s son, Marco; NRLL Board Member Greg Sawyer; and NRLL President Eddie Madden. 


North Reading Little League players of all ages have the perfect opportunity to get a head start on the 2017 baseball season at the Free Preseason Skills Clinics being hosted by NRLL Player Development Director Marco Vittozzi and members of the North Reading High School baseball team. The Clinics will take place at the Little School on three consecutive Sunday mornings – Feb. 19, Feb. 26, and March 5 – and include fielding, throwing, and hitting instruction while building upon general baseball knowledge. Advance registration is not necessary. Parents are welcome to give a $5 donation to help offset the costs of facility rental. Please have your child bring a glove.

Groups are separated by ages:

• 5-6 year olds: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

• 7-8-9 year olds: 10:05 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.

• 10-16 year olds: 11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

If you have any questions, e-mail Marco Vittozzi at mdvittozzi@fedex.com 

The days are getting longer and it won't be long before the cries of "Play Ball" will be heard across the country. With that in mind, registration is now open for the 2017 North Reading Little League spring season. We have fun, instructional, and competitive leagues for boys and girls ages 4-16. Be sure to sign up before March 1 to save $30 off our 2017 price. Tee-Ball players (ages 4-5) can register for $95 and we have a special "thank you" price of $45 for all 16-year-olds. To register your son/daughter, and to volunteer to coach, click on this link: http://northreadinglittleleague.sportssignup.com/site
Want to help support NRLL in a fun and positive way? Be a team parent! Team parents help streamline our fundraising and outreach efforts to get more kids involved and allow us to better reach the community. If interested, please contact our Fundraising Director Jim Demetri at jimdemetri@comcast.net.
When fans return to Benevento Fields next spring, they'll notice a new addition to North Reading Little League's baseball complex. NRLL recently purchased and installed a 20'x40' covered pavilion – providing a perfect place to enjoy treats purchased at the snack shack, to hold team postgame gatherings, or just to get out of the sun for a few minutes while still having a view of the action. The pavilion is among the upgrades taking place in advance of North Reading hosting the 2017 Massachusetts State Championships. 


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Monday, June 27
Scholarship Winners Announced

North Reading Little League is proud to recognize its 2016 Scholarship winners.

Patrick Driscoll received the Phil Dardeno President's Award, a $500 scholarship given to that boy or girl who has selflessly contributed to the NRLL as a player, umpire, coach, volunteer, or employee. 

His brother, Michael Driscoll was the winner of the Harold B. Reynolds Memorial Scholarship, a $500 scholarship given to that boy or girl who exemplifies all of the qualities inherent in Little League as embodied by the Little League motto of “Character, Courage, and Loyalty.”

The Phil Dardeno President's Award is named after the former NRLL president who has served the town of North Reading in several capacities, including selectman, and continues to be involved in youth baseball in our town. Harold Reynolds was deeply involved in Little League and youth athletics in North Reading.

The awards are voted upon by the NRLL Board of Directors, with the written essay a major factor in the decision.

Tuesday, June 28
A Fantastic Day at Fenway


The North Reading Challenger Baseball Team made memories which will last a lifetime during their recent visit to Fenway Park. The Challenger Division has been a part of Little League Baseball since 1989 and allows kids with special needs to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in the sport worldwide.


North Reading was selected to attend the CVS Health Hitting Clinic on Tuesday June 21, at Fenway. It was a full day at Fenway Park where upon arrival the players were greeted by their CVS Health hosts and Boston Red Sox concierge. Players were given backpacks, t-shirts, and nametags, and escorted to the Red Sox dugout. From there, a private hitting lesson by current Red Sox hitting coaches Chili Davis and Victor Rodriguez took place. The coaches interacted with players and families for nearly two hours, including photo opportunities at the Green Monster, and the morning's activities concluded at home plate, where each Challenger player took live batting practice on the field.


After lunch and a visit from Red Sox mascot Wally The Green Monster, the team was treated to a private tour of Fenway Park. The afternoon session included a VIP viewing of Red Sox batting practice from behind home plate. Players interacted with Red Sox stars such as Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, and Hanley Ramirez as they prepared for their evening game vs. the Chicago White Sox.  


Capping off this once-in-a-lifetime event was the game itself where the North Reading Challenger Team received 50 complimentary tickets courtesy of CVS Health and the Red Sox.


NRLL President Eddie Madden shared his enthusiasm for the event, saying, “The CVS Health Hitting Clinic was the capstone to another great Challenger season. Our players and families worked hard, and to finish the year with an event like this was truly special. We are grateful to CVS Health and the Red Sox for this first-class experience."

Friday, September 30
EMIBL Tryouts Take Place Oct. 5

Tryouts for North Reading's 7th/8th grade Eastern Massachusetts Independent Baseball League (EMIBL) team will take place Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. at the Hood School.

This is a competitive big diamond team that plays a 12-15 game spring schedule against other local towns in a league that complements North Reading Little League's big diamond program and offers a cost-effective alternative to other travel programs. North Reading was a founding member of the EMIBL in 2012.

All boys and girls who reside in North Reading, are in seventh or eighth grade (in public, private, or parochial school, or are home-schooled), and who no longer have small diamond eligibility may try out for this team.

For more information about North Reading’s EMIBL team and the league in general, contact Marco Vittozzi via email at mdvittozzi@fedex.com or via phone at 978/857-8534.

Youngsters do not need to tryout for the EMIBL team in order to be eligible to play in the NRLL big diamond program next spring.

Tuesday, March 29
North Reading Selected to Host 2017 State Championships

Eddie Madden and John Berardi

North Reading Little League has long been recognized as having one of the best youth baseball programs in the state. Now the state’s best will be coming to North Reading.

Last week, the Massachusetts Little League District Administrators announced that North Reading has been selected to host the 2017 State Championships. The week-long tournament will bring together the state’s four best 12-year-old all-star teams, with the victor going on to represent the Commonwealth in the New England Championships in Bristol, Ct. That winner then advances to Williamsport, Pa., to compete in the popular Little League World Series.

“This is a testament to the strength of our program and the dedication of our Board of Directors,” said NRLL president Eddie Madden. “This was a competitive selection process – multiple Little League programs across the state were vying to win the right to host this prestigious event. It’s the first time in almost four decades that a league from District 13 has been selected to host the state championship.

“There will be numerous corporate sponsors represented during the tournament,” Madden added. “And it will be an excellent opportunity for the area business community.”

The championships will take place at Benevento Memorial Fields in mid-to-late July of next year, with the actual dates dependent on the Williamsport schedule. Beverly and Lynn Wyoma have hosted the last two state tournaments, and Westwood will be the site for the 2016 championships.

Prior to making their decision, state administrators toured Benevento and were impressed by the quality of its fields and its amenities, as well as other planned facility improvements.

“We are very excited to have the 2017 Little League State Championship hosted in District 13,” said District Administrator and Massachusetts Little League Board member John Berardi. “North Reading is only the third league in our District to be selected as the Tournament host, joining Wakefield (1978) and Woburn (1952-57).

“Along with their facilities, one of the main elements supporting their bid are their League volunteers. North Reading Little League continues to have a very strong core group who have shown their ability to host by taking on our Sectional and Jimmy Fund tournaments for several years,” Berardi added. “The State Finals are a challenge for any host, but I am fully confident that North Reading will make the 2017 event a success.”

Madden is eager for that challenge.

“We are looking forward to working with our partners in the Parks and Recreation Department to make sure that Benevento continues to be the premier Little League complex in the area,” he said. “And we’ll also be working with a wide variety of the town’s departments to ensure that all of our fans and players are safe and able to enjoy the festivities for the entire week. We’ve already begun planning for the tournament and are working on a number of improvements and initiatives.”

Massachusetts Little League is divided into 16 districts, which each crowning a champion that then plays in one of the four sectional tournaments. Sectional champions then compete for the state title. North Reading has hosted numerous District and Sectional tournaments in recent years, including last year’s 12-year-old Sectional Championships.

“We have a rich baseball tradition here in North Reading and being awarded this tournament means that this tradition is being recognized across the entire state,” said Madden.

More immediately, North Reading Little League is preparing for the 2016 season. More than 400 boys and girls, ages 4-16, have already signed up to play this spring, with registration ongoing. Opening Day is set for Saturday, April 9, at Benevento Fields.

For more information on North Reading Little League, the state championships, and to sign up to play this spring, visit www.nrll.org.

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