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FALL BASEBALL OPPORTUNITIES
North Reading Little League is planning for the fall by offering the following baseball opportunities:

Ages 13-16: Through the North Reading Diamond Club run by NRLL Player Development Director Marco Vittozzi, there is Big Diamond program for players who will be baseball ages 13-16 in 2017. Tryouts will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, at 11:30 a.m., at North Reading High School. Practices start the week of August 29, with games held on Saturdays from early September through mid-October. Home games are played at the Hood School; away games take place in surrounding communities (Wilmington, Wakefield, Woburn, etc.). For more information, contact Marco Vittozzi via email at mdvittozzi@fedex.com or via phone at 978/857-8534.

Ages 9-12: Through the North Reading Diamond Club run by NRLL Player Development Director Marco Vittozzi, there is Small Diamond program for players who will be baseball ages 9-12 in 2017. Tryouts will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, at 9 a.m., at Benevento Memorial Fields. Practices start the week of August 29, with games held on Saturdays from early September through mid-October. Home games are played at Benevento Fields; away games take place in surroundingcommunities (Wilmington, Wakefield, Woburn, etc.). For more information, contact Marco Vittozzi via email at mdvittozzi@fedex.com or via phone at 978/857-8534.

Ages 5-8: North Reading Little League is partnering with the North Reading Diamond Club to run a six-week clinic for younger players (those who will be baseball ages 5-8 in 2017) this fall. There will be one 60-minute weeknight practice per week, with a 90-minute clinic/game each weekend. More details to come as we draw closer to the fall.
   
THE 2016 NRLL CHAMPIONS:

Farm: Blue Jays

Minors: Lugnuts

Majors: Angels

Junior League: Orioles (also MBDL City Series Champions)

All-Stars: 13/14-year-olds, District 13 Champions!

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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

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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."




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.



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