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IT'S WOOD BAT WEEK

The North Reading Diamond Club is sponsoring North Reading Little League's “Wood Bat Week” for Majors and Minors teams through May 7. Showing off the lumber they’re swinging this week at Benevento Memorial Fields are Majors players (left to right) Trevor Rabideau (Diamondbacks), Jojo Giacalone (Marlins)Jack Fischer (Athletics), Teddy Suny (Braves)Sean Heins (Royals), Timmy McCarthy (White Sox), Garrett Arden (Angels), and Sebastian Gonzalez (Pirates).

CHALLENGER WEEK 1 RECAP

The NRLL Challenger Division, which provides with youngsters with physical and mental challenges an opportunity to play the great game of baseball, started on May 1 at Benevento Memorial Fields. Click on the link below to see some of the highlights from the day. For more information on the Challenger Division, contact Chris Hanson at chrishanson2925@gmail.com.
 
 
TEAM PHOTO DAY TO BE COMPLETED MAY 7

Teams that didn't have their pictures done because of the inclement weather will have a make-up Photo Day on May 7. Please get information from your team coach about the time for the photo. Save time by downloading the order form ahead of time:

http://www.eteamz.com/NOREADINGLITTLELEAGUE/handouts/

MIKE'S NIGHT FUNDRAISER ON MAY 12

Take a night off from cooking and take part in the NRLL fundraiser at Mike’s Famous Roast Beef & Pizza (6 Washington Street). On Thursday, May 12, from 5-8 p.m., Mike’s will donate to NRLL a portion of all sales on sit-down, takeout, and delivery orders. Be sure to say that you’re participating in the NRLL fundraiser when you order!




Wednesday, April 27
Great NRLL FUNdraising on tap this Spring!

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The North Reading Little League Fundraising Committee has put together several fun events and new programs for the 2016 spring season. We hope you’ll support NRLL by taking part in these efforts. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Demetri atjimdemetri@comcast.net.

NRLL Discount Cards

New for 2016, we are introducing the NRLL Discount Card. For $20, the cardholder will enjoy a variety of discounts at local shops and restaurants in the North Reading and Reading areas. Starting the week of May 2, each NRLL player will receive three cards to sell. The first team in each division to sell all their cards and submit their money envelope will win a team pizza party. The second team in each division to sell all their cards and submit their money envelope will win a team ice cream party. All unsold cards need to be returned at the end of the event.

Fundraiser at Mike’s Famous Roast Beef & Pizza

Take a night off from cooking and take part in the NRLL fundraiser at Mike’s Famous Roast Beef & Pizza (6 Washington Street). On Thursday, May 12, from 5-8 p.m., Mike’s will donate to NRLL a portion of all sales on sit-down, takeout, and delivery orders. Be sure to say that you’re participating in the NRLL fundraiser when you order!

Raffle Basket Weekend

Another new event is NRLL Raffle Basket Weekend. On May 13 – May 15, team raffle baskets will be on display at Benevento Memorial Fields for all to view and with raffle tickets for sale. Anyone visiting the field may purchase raffle tickets; it is not limited to players and their parents. Team baskets will be coordinated by the Team Parent. All baskets are due by Monday, May 9. Detailed information will be emailed to the Team Parents. We will also be asking for volunteers to help with set-up, raffle sales, and cleanup over the weekend. An online sign up will be available for parents interested in assisting.

Pancake Breakfast

Our next event is the annual Pancake Breakfast at the Great American Tavern. This year’s breakfast takes place Sunday, May 22, from 8:00-10:30 a.m. In addition to great breakfast offerings, we’ll have a 50/50 raffle, scratch ticket raffle, and a Lowell Spinners Family Day pack to raffle. We will be looking for parent volunteers to help with food service, clearing tables, and selling raffles tickets. An online sign up will be available for parents interested in helping out.

Family Movie Night

Our final event of the spring is Family Movie Night at North Reading High School on Saturday, June 11. More Details to come on this event



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



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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.



Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Thu 5/12 star Fundraiser at Mike's Famous Roast Beef & Pizza 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Mike's Famous Pizza
Sun 5/22 star Pancake Breakfast 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Great American Tavern
Sun 6/5 star 10-Year-Old All-Star Tryouts 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Benevento Memorial Fields (BMF)
Sun 6/5 star Williamsport Selection Meeting 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Town Hall
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