Neartown Little League: Welcome


Friday, January 23
TRYOUTS RAIN DELAYED - SKILLS SESSIONS ARE STILL ON

Tryouts have been RAIN DELAYED to Saturday February 7th.  NO TRYOUTS TOMORROW - HILTON FIELD IS CLOSED.

 

GOOD NEWS - our Skills Sessions are STILL ON!  Come out to learn from the Pros and bring a friend.  These sessions are open to any interested player who is considering playing for Neartown this spring!

 

January 28th (Wednesday) - Skills Practice with Professional Instruction, Session #1,  from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  •      Minors & Majors Players (age 9-12) - Hilton Field - Led by Benny Distefano, current Mets coach and former MLB Player for the Pirates & the Astros! 
  •      Machine Pitch Players (age 7-8) - Weber Field
  •      T-Ball Players (age 4-6) Weber Field - Led by Volunteer Coaches

February 4th (Wednesday) - Skills Practice with Professional Instruction, Session #2,  from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  •      Minors & Majors Players (age 9-12) - Hilton Field Led by Benny Distefano, current Mets coach and former MLB Player for the Pirates & the Astros! 
  •      Machine Pitch Players (age 7-8) - Weber Field
  •      T-Ball Players (age 4-6) Weber Field - Led by Volunteer Coaches

February 7th (Saturday) - TRYOUTS for EVERYONE at Hilton Field located behind Wharton Elementary School at 990 W Clay St, Houston, TX 77019.

  •      Machine Pitch (generally 7-8 yr olds) begins at 10 am
  •      Minors & Majors (generally 9-12 yr olds) starts at 11 am
  •      T-Ball (generally 4-6 yr olds) assembles at 12 noon
  •      Softball - please attend the Tryout session with your appropriate age group & identify yourself for softball when you arrive

BRING YOUR GLOVE AND WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHES FOR A BASEBALL DIAMOND.  OTHER ITEMS YOU SHOULD BRING IF YOU HAVE THEM INCLUDE BATS AND CLEATS.

February 8th-14th - Team rosters are created and 1st practices begin.  Your child's Coach will contact you with complete details no later than the 14th.

March 7th (Saturday) - Opening Day Parade (http://goo.gl/maps/Sdnmf) & Start of Regular Season.  Our first games will be played after the Opening Ceremonies are finished and our Mayor throws out the first pitch! 

May 17th (Sunday) - Closing Day at Hilton Field for Regular Season.  The Annual Membership Meeting will be held @ 2 pm prior to the Minors/Majors All Star Shootout 3-inning Exhibition Game.

 

Please pass on the word and don't delay - Register NOW!



Wednesday, January 14
NLL Team FAQs



FAQs for Neartown LL's spring season.

 

WHICH DIVISION SHOULD WE SIGN UP FOR?

T-BALL (generally 4-6 yr olds) - The first step in learning the basics of a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime!

MACHINE PITCH (generally 7-8 yr olds) - An excellent level of competitive play that still emphasizes skill development and utilizes a pitching machine to introduce more advanced batting techniques.

MINORS (generally 9-10 yr olds) - Best suited for players who are comfortable with basic skills of baseball and are ready to move up to kid-pitched games.

MAJORS (generally 11-12 yr olds) - Intended for players who have had several years of organized baseball experience.

SOFTBALL - A new division for us this year and appropriate for all levels of experience.

DO GIRLS PLAY IN LITTLE LEAGUE?

Absolutley YES!  All kids, boys & girls, who are interested in baseball are welcome to join us.  If you have a particular interest in our Softball Division, please email softball@neartownll.org with any questions. 

HOW MANY TIMES PER WEEK ARE PRACTICES & GAMES?

PRESEASON - One during the week and one on the weekend.

REGULAR SEASON (Starting March 7th) - One game and one practice per week.

WHERE ARE YOUR FIELDS LOCATED?

Eric Hilton Field is located behind Wharton Elementary School at 990 W Clay St, Houston, TX 77019

Will Weber Field is located in Ervan Chew Park at 4502 Dunlavy, Houston, TX 77098  

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE LEAGUE AS A COACH?

Please email coaching@neartownll.org with your interest. 

HOW LONG DOES THE SEASON LAST?

We will start practices the first weeks of February and the season officially ends May 9th.  Tournament teams would continue playing up to July, depending on the Division. 

WHEN IS OPENING DAY?

Saturday, March 7th.  We will kick off the season with a morning parade from HEB to Weber Field.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?  WHAT DOES THE LEAGUE PROVIDE?

$150 per player + $50 per family for pre-paid raffle tickets.  Each player will receive a team uniform of shirt, pants, & cap along with a team photograph.  The league will also provide Coaches with an equipment bag containing community batting helmets, Little League-approved bats, catcher's gear, practice & game balls.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO WE NEED TO BRING OURSELVES? 

Each player is responsible for providing their own baseball glove and cleats.  It is highly recommended that each player bring their own batting helmet (for hygenic reasons) and a bat that is matched to their specific skill and strength.

CAN WE PICK OUR TEAM?  CAN WE PLAY WITH OUR FRIENDS?

While we cannot guarantee the team of your choice at all levels of play (it is important to have similar levels of talent across a single Division's teams), we will always take into consideration special requests. Please communicate those to our Player Agent (player-agent@neartownll.org) by email after you have registered.

DO WE NEED TO HAVE PRIOR EXPERIENCE?

None is required - we are open to beginners as well as seasoned players.  We are happy to find a team right for you!

 

We hope these answer your basic questions and look forward to having you and your family part of the Neartown Nation this spring!

 



News Articles and Press Releases about NLL

Little League Baseball, Inc. - Dr. Wilford Weber to Receive Posthumous Little League Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year Award

Houston Chronicle - Neartown Little League's Will Weber Recalled as a Visionary

Houston Chronicle - Baseball Breeds an Intangible Value / Neartown Little League Good for Players, Community as a Whole

Little League Baseball, Inc. - Little League International Board of Directors Attend Dedication of Eric Hilton Field in Houston



LEAGUE2013
Neartown Little League
Welcome to the Home of Neartown Little League!



We are a Chartered member of Little League Baseball, Inc. and as a non-profit organization we also follow Little League's mission statement "to promote, develop, supervise, and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball and Softball."

Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists youth in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League Baseball and Softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.

We hope you and your children (boys & girls ages 4-12) will decide to become part of the Neartown Family and sign up to play ball with us!

Contact anyone below to learn more:

Sponsors: Cris Bera (sponsors@neartownll.org)

Players: Billy Marlin (player-agent@neartownll.org)

Fields: Patrick Kwiatkowski (fields@neartownll.org)

Umpires: David Knoll (umpiring@neartownll.org)

General Information: Cris Bera (president@neartownll.org)



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Members of the Board of Directors & Mayor

Sunday, June 15
Tournament Teams



TOURNAMENT TEAMS

 

Congratulations to all our post season teams from Neartown this year!

Machine Pitch Division (generally 7-8 years old) - players took part in the Blue-Gray Tournament hosted by Sugarland LL under the guidance of Manager Joel Hodge and Coach Charles Blencke.

Minors/Kid Pitch Division (generally 9-10 years old) - NLL's re-entered into the Little League Tournament this year with a roster of 13, many of whom were members of our All Star squad.  The team was skippered by Manager William Keller and Coaches Billy Marlin & Deric Outley.

Majors Division (generally 11-12 years old) - Our NLL Dodgers team, headed up by Manager Danny Corman, represented us in the Council of Houston Inner city Little Leagues (CHILL) Memorial Day Tournament organized by the LL Urban Initiative group.

On behalf of the entire Neartown Nation, we congratulate the members of each of these squads for their hard work and effort that resulted in their selection to represent our League!



Sunday, April 28
NLL Presents to City Council



NLL Presents to City Council

At the March 19th meeting of Houston's City Council, Neartown Little League made a short presentation to give the Mayor the ball she threw out for the First Pitch of the 2012 season & a Neartown LL logo baseball cap.

All Council Members were very supportive of the League and were appreciative of the work we do to help maintain fantastic baseball fields and provide team sports opportunities for our neighborhood's kids.

Special thanks to those Board Members able to attend - Ed Gonzales, Dawn Mena, Joseph Hebert, William Keller & Cris Bera.  A replay of the presentation can be found at this link - NLL was first on the Agenda thanks to Councilwoman Ellen Cohen of District C.



NON-PROFIT 501(c)3 STATUS



NON-PROFIT 501(c)3 STATUS 
Neartown Little League is a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service code.  Contributions made to Neartown can be deductible for federal income tax purposes when supported by a receipt.  Please consult your tax advisor regarding applicability to you.
Neartown Little League
PO Box 66193
Houston, TX 77266
If you have any questions about Neartown or
how you can support the kids in your community, please contact
Cris Bera
President
832-617-0655


Friday, February 8
Neartown Little League



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