Englewood Cliffs Little League, NJ 07632: Welcome


Monday, April 20

Ryan Kim - 1 run - 4/18 at Fort Lee National
Gavin Dai - 2 runs - 4/18 at EC vs. FLA FLAC
Lance Rozenfeld - 3 runs - 4/19 at EC vs. Emerson
Akshay Mehta - 1 run - 5/12 at EC vs. Ridgefield Sarge
Brandon Lee - 1 run - 5/12 at EC vs. Ridgefield Sarge 
Congratulation to all!

Thursday, March 26
2015 Spring Schedule

Spring 2015:  Questions?  Please contact George Lee khglee@gmail.com or Rafi Jafri rafijafri@gmail.com

1)  ROOKIE clinics - Every Saturday 10am-11am starting April 18th to end of May.  (Except Memorial Day Weekend)

2)  COACH PITCH Schedule  and  Coach Pitch Rules

3)  MINOR and MAJOR Schedule  and  Minor/Major Rules

4)  Junior schedule ---> please contact Joe Luppino at luppinocpa@aol.com

5)  Game results

5)  Field Usage Schedule  and  EC Safety Rules


League Sponsors - Parkway Toyota & Englewood Cliffs Recreation Department

Team Sponsors - Kumon of Englewood Cliffs, Jafri Strategies, Cognizant - D'Souza, Otterstedt Insurance Agency - Parisi, Kranjac Tripodi LLP, Frank Patti Funeral Directors, Knowledgent - Philip Choi, Bergen County Auto Group, Senatore Builders, Meadows - Liebowitz, ARTEPRIMITIVO.COM - Rosenthal, Northern Valley Baseball Academy - Coyotes


Thursday, April 9

Please visit our Sponsors Page

Parkway Toyota (League Sponsor)

Englewood Cliffs Recreation Department (League Sponsor)

Kumon of Englewood Cliffs (Team Sponsor)

Jafri Strategies (Team Sponsor)

Cognizant - D'Souza (Team Sponsor)

Otterstedt Insurance Agency - Parisi (Team Sponsor)

Kranjac Tripodi LLP (Team Sponsor)

Frank Patti Funeral Directors (Team Sponsor)

Knowledgent - Philip Choi (Team Sponsor)

Bergen County Auto Group (Team Sponsor)

Senatore Builders (Team Sponsor) Senatore Builders

Meadows - Liebowitz (Team Sponsor)

ARTEPRIMITIVO.COM - Rosenthal (Team Sponsor)

Northern Valley Baseball Academy - Coyotes (Team Sponsor)

Tuesday, April 14
Little League Opening Day

Opening Day, Saturday 4/11/2015

Neil Vill Memorial Little League field (Johnson Avenue)

Schedule in PDF

9:30am                Parade/Ceremony - Rookies, Coach Pitch, Minors, Majors, and Juniors

10:30am              Coach Pitch game

10:30am-1:00pm  Team and individual pictures

11:30am              Hamburger and hotdogs with drinks

12:00pm              Dodgers(h) vs. Athletics

2:00pm               Red Sox(h) vs. Tigers

4:30pm               Pirates vs. FLA-PBA

Tuesday, September 2
Fall 2014 Englewood Cliffs Baseball Programs

Fall 2014 - Englewood Cliffs Little League Baseball Programs

** Click to sign-up --> Rookie Clinic Monday 4pm-5pm (target age 5 - 6 y/o)

** Click to sign-up --> Farm Clinics Thurs 5pm-6pm and Sat 1pm-2pm (target ages 7 - 8 y/o)

8U travel team
11U Sunday travel team
programs will run to end of October

Kindergarden to 2nd grade 

This Fall, the Englewood Cliffs Little League is offering 2 pilot baseball clinics for our K-2nd graders. To keep the groups more manageable, we are limiting to small number of participants. We are looking to start both clinics 2nd week in September. Any one who attends EC schools or live in EC can participate. Depending on the number of players signed-up and the skill levels of the players, the coaches will divide into 2 groups, ROOKIE and FARM clinics.

ROOKIE group will be held on Mondays 4pm-5pm for 6-8 sessions starting September 15th.  This group is for K-2nd graders to focus on the fundamentals of throwing, catching and hitting. This group will be led by Coach and EC Little League Board member Tony Senatore. The session will be offered once a week. There will be no uniforms and no trophies. The cost will be $50 per player.

FARM group will be held on Saturdays 1pm-2pm and one afternoon pending coach's & players' availability for 6-8 weeks starting September 13th. This second group is designed for those 1st-2nd graders with more advance skill and more baseball maturity. This group will be led by Coaches Tom Polowitz, Leonard Kim and Leon Rozenfeld. Our goal is to better prepare them for the EC Minor League in the Spring. There will be no uniform and no trophies. The cost will be $50 per player. Both clinics will be on our Little League field located on Johnson Avenue. The coaches will ultimately decide where to place a particular interested player.

9 to 11 yrs old 

  This Fall, the Englewood Cliffs Little League will also be running a PILOT pickup games on Saturday afternoons 2pm to 4pm starting September 13th to give opportunities for our 9 to 11 yrs old players who wants to play the during the Fall off-season.  Preferences will be given to those who played in the spring and who are not playing on travel teams and have similar skill sets. If we don't have enough players, some parent coaches will play the outfields. To minimize conflicts with other fall sports, we are offering this program with the least amount of stress and commitment. Interested players will only need the sign up a week before and the coaches will divide the group into 2 teams and play an umpired game for 2 hours. Every week, the first 24 players sign up will be guarantee a spot. There will be no set uniform. The cost will be minimal to cover the program expenses. The coaches will be volunteering parent-coaches who coached in the Spring. There will be no practices during the week. With the weather permitting, we are hoping to play 8 Saturday games. This program is opened to those who had played in our Spring Little League Baseball program and is between the Little League ages of 9-11 yrs old. We are looking to start have our first game on Saturday, September 13, 2014.


Our goal is not to compete with Fall sports but to give those players with strong interest in baseball to further develop their skills and at the same time to simulate interests for future baseball team/programs at these age groups.  If there are any question, please call 917-670-1617

Wednesday, September 3
Board Members 2014-2015

2014-2015 Englewood Cliffs Little League Board Members

President - George Lee

VP & Secretary/Communication - Rafi Jafri

Treasurer / Fundraising - Howard Rosenthal

Player agent / Program Development (6 y/o to 12 y/o) - Brian Lee

Player Agent (13 y/o to 16 y/o) - Joe Luppino

Safety / Facility Development – Tony Senatore

Uniform and Equipment Development - Steve Dai 


Friday, October 10
EC Little League Baseball Update - October 2014

A baseball update… October 2014

Newly renovated field

Great news!  We have just finished our Little League field renovation.  The field condition is now much improved and safer for our young players.  Many thanks to EC Recreation Chairperson, Ed Aversa, Town Clerk, Lisette Duffy, DPW Superintendent, Mark Neville and his entire DPW crew.  Ed Aversa was instrumental in finding the resources and getting all the gears in motion for this project.  Mark Neville and his DPW crew used their field expertise to re-graded and re-soded (re-grassed) the entire infield.  Lisette Duffy helped with all the coordination.  We thank them for their continued support in our youth program.  To celebrate our new field, we invite you to come out, watch our games, and support our teams.  We currently have a 9-11 years old pickup game scheduled on Saturday 10/11 @ 2pm, an 8U game on Sunday 10/12 @ 1:30pm and an 11U game Saturday 10/18 @ 4pm on our Little League field. Come out and cheer for our EC teams!

Spring Recap

We had a great spring season in all three divisions: Major, Minor and Rookie Leagues.  Our pilot Rookie program for 5-6 yr. olds was a huge success.  This spring season, the 9-10 yr. old All-Star District Team played very competitively in our district tournament competition.  We placed 3rd out of 10 towns in our district!  This was a significant achievement considering that, for many years, Englewood Cliffs teams have not been competitive in these district tournaments.  This is a proven sign that our baseball program has continued to gain more interest and that our community is rallying in support of our young players.  We are excited to continue to develop our town recreational baseball program.

Fall Programs Currently

This Fall, we have five pilot programs for children ages 5-11 years old.  The Rookie clinic for our 5-6 yr olds meets on Monday afternoons.  The Farm clinic, which is geared toward 7-8 yr olds meets on Thursday afternoons and Saturday afternoons.  Our 9-11 year old pickup games are on Saturdays from 2pm to 4:30pm.  Finally, we also have an 8U and 11U travel teams playing in a Sunday League against the neighboring towns.

Our Little League Board members are working very hard to prepare for the upcoming spring season.  As always, we strive to make the spring baseball season special for our 6 to 12 yr old players.  We will be looking for volunteers and coaches to help support our various committees and teams.  We welcome your suggestions and comments.  Please stay tune and please look for our future emails.  For up-to-date information, please visit our website at: www.ECLittleLeague.com

Thank you. 

EC Little League Baseball Board Members

George Lee - President

Steve Dai - Equipment and Uniforms

Rafi Jafri - VP and Secretary

Brian Lee - Player Agent 6-12 yrs old

Joe Luppino - Player Agent 14-16 yrs old

Howard Rosenthal - Treasurer

Tony Senatore - Field and Safety

Thursday, December 11
EC Little League News and Update - December 2014


EC Little League News and Update - December 2014

Congratulations to our pilot Fall baseball programs, they have been very successful. The Rookie clinic for our 5-6 y/o had over 20 participants. The Englewood Cliffs Little League (ECLL) wants to thank Coach Tony Senatore for organizing, leading, and running this pilot program along with his parent volunteers, Frank Patti, Marco Sango, Javier Montas, Rafi Jafri, and Christine Senatore. Teaching a group of 5-6 y/o the baseball fundamentals is not an easy task. They really did an incredible job.

We had about 15 players in our Farm clinic designed for our 7 y/o. ECLL wants to thank Coaches Tom, Leonard, and Leon for their time and energy for running these bi-weekly clinics weeks after weeks from September to November. Our players definitely enjoyed it and also showed big improvement compared to when they all first started in the Spring. Congratulations to the coaches on a job well done.

Our 8U Travel baseball team managed by Rafi Jafri and coached by Tony Senatore, Steve Dai and Gregg Negrini won the Fall 2014 NEBAS Championship. Congratulations to both the players and coaches. It is nice to see the team bring home a championship trophy to Englewood Cliffs.

As for our 9-11 y/o pickup games, we played seven Saturday games. Each week between 15-24 players participated with great interest. With an official umpire, our players experienced the opportunity of playing different positions and getting game experience and having fun. We want to thank many of the volunteer parent coaches: Miles Bae, Leon Rozenfeld, Ravi Munver, Peter Gallo, George Lee and Howard Rosenthal for their help and filling in as outfielders as needed.

Finally, our 11U Travel baseball team had a busy season with 4 scrimmage games and 8 official NEBAS league games. Our team had a record of 5 wins and 3 losses in the NEBAS league. We missed the league’s playoff by one game. Our 11U team was definitely one of the more competitive teams in the league. Many thanks to team coaches: Brian Lee, Ron Ofeck, John Kim, Steve Dai and George Lee.

Our HOME and VISITOR dugouts were recently painted. The ECLL would like to thank Therese Lagana for coordinating and finding the resources for this important project.

As we are preparing for the Spring season, please let us know if you have any interest in 1) head or assistant coaching, 2) serving on a volunteer committee -- grounds, opening & closing/award ceremonies, game announcing, and fundraising.

We are also looking to form 3 Sunday-Travel-Baseball teams in addition to our weekly regular rookie, minor and major Little League teams in the Spring. If your son or daughter has an interest in the Sunday travel baseball program in addition to the regular recreational Little League, please let us know. Depending on interest, there will be tryouts for these 3 travel teams in late January.

For this Spring season, one of our goals is to improve our players’ experiences. We are evaluating the possibility of further separating our players into more age and skill appropriate groups instead of grouping 7 to 10’s and 10 to 12’s together. We are currently looking into possibility having 4 divisions: 1) 6 y/o rookies, 2) 7-8 y/o coaches pitch minor league, 3) 9-10 y/o minor league, and 4) 11-12 major league by playing with the neighboring town of Fort Lee National and maybe Fort Lee American Little Leagues. If this is possible, it will give our 6-12 y/o players a much more rewarding baseball experience. More details will be available as we get closer to the Spring.

As for this winter, our ECLL will not sponsor any winter indoor training. If you are looking for some winter indoor training, I would refer you to Northern Valley Baseball in Closter. Our Englewood Cliffs Little League (ECLL) will use their instructors for our pre-season clinics in March. Many of our ECLL players have already arranged private/semi-private/group lessons on a regular basis at their Closter facility. Please call Mike Tsung at 201-660-8989 or mdtsung@aol.com if you are interested in their indoor programs: Private lesson (one-on-one 45 minutes sessions), Semi-private (two-on-one 60 minutes sessions), or Group sessions (Approx. 90 minutes sessions).

Please note while some EC parents and players may arrange their own private/semi-private/group sessions, they will not be EC Little League sponsored. Our next ECLL sponsored pre-season clinic program for our 7-12’s will be in March 2015 at City Sports on Rt. 4.

Our Spring baseball registration will be up on our website in the next 2 weeks. Please visit our website www.ECLittleLeague.com for online registration.

If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to any of the ECLL Board members.

Thank you.

Englewood Cliffs Little League Board

George Lee – President

Steven Dai – Uniform and Equipment

Rafi Jafri – VP and Secretary

Brian Lee – Player’s Agent 6-12 yrs old

Joe Luppino - Player's Agent 13-16 yrs old

Howard Rosenthal - Treasurer

Tony Senatore – Fields and Safety





Monday, January 5
2015 Spring Baseball Registration is now open!

2015 Spring EC Little League Registration is now open for these tentative divisions (Deadline Feb. 15, 2015)

6 years old Rookie Clinic ---> Click here to register for Rookie Clinic

7-12 years old  ---> Click here to register for Minors and Majors Leagues 

    Coach's Pitch Minors ** New **

    Inter-league Player's Pitch Minors

Inter-league Majors

13-16 years old  ---> Click here to register for Juniors/Seniors Leagues with Joe Luppino

  *** Please note:  the EC Little League Board will place players based on skills and age *** 

If you have any problem registering, you can call or email either George Lee (917-670-1617 Khglee@gmail.com) or Rafi Jafri (917-975-8565 rafijafri@gmail.com). 


Other Baseball/Softball Programs

EC Police's Witte Baseball Clinic (ages 4-7) contact Tim Regan 201-569-8088

Junior 13-14/Senior 15-16 Leagues contact Joe Luppino luppinocpa@aol.com

Girl Softball contact Ed Aversa eaversa@englewoodcliffsnj.org

Adult Softball contact Howard Rosenthal hrose@nyc.rr.com


Wednesday, January 14
EC Little League Coach, Player and Parent Code of Conduct

Englewood Cliffs Little League Recreation Baseball

Player and Parent Code of Conduct -  ECLL expects the following standards of conduct and behavior of all parents: 1. Remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults. 2. Teach my player(s) to play by the rules. 3. Be a positive role model by showing good sportsmanship, a positive attitude and remembering the real reason for the game: To have fun! Encourage any guests attending games and practices to do the same. 4. Applaud the play of both teams. 5. Refrain from engaging in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any managers, coaches, player, umpires or other spectators, including but not limited to, booing and taunting, arguing with umpired, refusing to shake hands, using profane language and gestures. 6. Demand my child treat other players, coaches, official sand spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability. 7. Remember children learn best by the examples of adults. Set the right example!  8. Treat all volunteers (managers, coaches, umpires, board members) with respect and dignity. 9. Respect the authority of managers, coaches and umpires during the game. 10. Do not question or confront managers, coaches or umpires during the course of the game. 11. Set up an appropriate time and place to discuss your questions or issues with the coaches of your team. 12. Reinforce to your player(s) that doing one’s best is more important than winning. 13. Ensure that your player(s) are on time for practices and games. 14. Respect dugouts as private areas for managers, coaches, players and umpires. Refrain from approaching your players in this area during game time or practice time. 15. Inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others. 16. Demand a sports environment that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events. 17. Refrain from coaching my child or other players during games or practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team. 18. Support and participate in some concrete way with your player’s team.

Coach Code of Conduct -  Coaches shall remain unconditionally and in good faith supportive of the Englewood Cliffs Little League's commitment to the ideals of good sportsmanship, team play, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority. Likewise, coaches shall remain sensitive to the physical and emotional well being of the players on his/her team. In order to adhere to these doctrines the coaches agree as follows: 1. Coaches will be positive role models. 2. Coaches will display and instill in their players the principals of good sportsmanship and team play. 3. Coaches will conduct themselves in a manner that best serves the interests of the players. 4. Coaches will do their best to provide the players a positive experience. 5. Coaches will ensure that winning and/or losing teams do so in a manner, which exhibits respect and good sportsmanship. 6. Coaches will understand and will remember that children participate in sports to have fun, build social relationships and become better players. 7. Coaches understand and will remember that Little League is for the children who are playing, not the adults. 8. Coaches will treat all players, parents, spectators, opposing coaches, umpires and league officials with respect. 9. Coaches will not argue or question the call of an umpire on the field. 10. Coaches will provide instruction in a manner that is constructive and supportive. 11. Coaches will not ridicule or demean players, other coaches or umpires. 12. Coaches will not tolerate behavior that endangers the health or well-being of a child. 13. Coaches will comply with the decisions of league officials and observe all rules, policy and procedure as established or endorsed by the ECLL. 14. Coaches will teach the game of baseball to the best of their ability. 15. Coaches will be drug and alcohol free while at any ECLL athletic event 16. Coaches will not use any tobacco products in the dugout or on the playing field. 17. Coaches acknowledge the need to demonstrate fundamental proficiency with respect to the game of baseball and first aid. 18. The ECLL has adopted a ZERO TOLERANCE policy. Umpires or Board Members will eject a coach from a Little League situation where the above code of conduct is violated. 19. Coaches understand that the ECLL Board of Directors may, from time to time, establish a committee and certain processes to review and take action in connection with any violation of this Code of Conduct (or other action inconsistent with intentions and spirit of this Code of Conduct or the interests of ECLL participants), and I agree to comply with the existing process and conclusions resulting form such process. Coaches understand that the ECLL Board of Directors may from time to time publish guidelines for disciplinary action associated with violation of this Code of Conduct, but that any such guidelines are meant to be illustrative and not necessarily binding upon ECLL 20. Coaches understand that the ECLL Board of Directors may, from time to time, amend and otherwise modify this Code of Conduct and, upon publication to the ECLL website, will be considered the applicable Code of Conduct. 21. Coaches understand that this Code of Conduct is not intended to be an exhaustive recitation of policy for every possible situation, and that I will be expected to comply with the spirit and intent of this Code, in addition to the Code's specific requirements.

Adopted by Englewood Cliffs Little League Board of Directors January 12, 2015

Friday, February 6
Travel Baseball teams

2015 Spring Sundays Travel Coach Pitch 8U, 9U and 11U Teams

Tryout date: Sunday, Jan. 25th (8U - 2:15pm), (9U - 3:15pm) and (11U - 4:15pm) at Location: Northern Valley Basebase Academy Facility: 100 Oakland Avenue, Closter, NJ

(Deadline Jan 25, 2015)

Travel program requires participation in the regular ECLL program.

Travel 11U Team - Please contact Ron Ofeck at 646-208-1925 or rzoatty@gmail.com

Travel 9U Team - Please contact Rafi Jafri at 917-975-8565 or rafijafri@gmail.com

Travel Coach Pitch 8U Team - Please contact Tom Polowitz at 201-294-3574 or tpolowitz@yahoo.com

Town contact - George Lee at 917-670-1617 or khglee@gmail.com

*** RSVP to tryouts is required ***

Friday, February 6
Pre-Season Clinics *Free to all registrants*

Pre-Season Clinics *Free to all registrants*

@ Northern Valley Baseball Academy, 51 Railroad Avenue, 2nd floor, Closter, NJ 07624

on Sundays, March 8th, March 15th, and March 22nd

@ 2:15pm-3:15pm for Player Pitch Minors

@ 3:15pm-4:15pm for Coach Pitch Minors

@ 4:15pm-5:15pm for Majors

@ 5:15pm-6:15pm for Rookies 

Spring Season games start on April 7th.

Opening Ceremony on April 11th

Please REGISTER NOW (Deadline February 15th) ---> See below