University City Little League boundaries have recently expanded to include all of La Jolla, and parts of Pacific Beach (areas north of Balboa/Garnet Ave.) Boys and girls ages 4 to 14 are encouraged to play baseball with UCLL, which is celebrating their 50th anniversary this season. Many special events will be planned throughout the season, as well as at Opening Day, Saturday March 2.
The mission of UCLL is “to provide a safe and fun environment in which children and adults will develop and support teamwork, sportsmanship, baseball skills, self-esteem and respect for each other and our community.”
Assessments and registration will be held on Saturday, January 26 at Fort Field at Standley Park (3500 Governor Drive in University City, next to Spreckels Elementary School). The times are: 1:30 for ages 8/9/10 (Minors level), and 2:30 for ages 11/12 (Intermediate/Majors level). Players signing up for T-Ball and Caps do not need to be assessed. Players ages 13 and 14, please contact UCLL president Steve Calvao at email@example.com.
UCLL also has a Challenger division for players with disabilities ages 4 through 18. The Challenger division gives all children the opportunity to experience the emotional development and fun of playing baseball. Players are teamed up with buddies who helps guide players around the bases, including those who are blind or wheelchair-bound.
Registration fees are $50 for Challenger, $80 for T-Ball/Caps, and $120 for Minors/Intermediate/Juniors. Registration fees includes a basic picture package, jersey and hat. For more information on items to bring to registration and to download forms, go to ucll.org.
Little League is a volunteer run, non-profit organization. Volunteers, coaches, donations and sponsors are always welcomed. Again, you may contact Steve Calvao if you would like to help out. Calvao reminds us that, “UCLL strives to teach the individual skills required to progress as a baseball player, but we emphasize the importance of sportsmanship, fair play, and teamwork. We are not a baseball academy, but a volunteer run. community based program that will teach your child many life lessons in a safe and fun environment.”
Little League is sure to provide your child and your families with many lifelong memories and friendships.