Freshly lined fields, and the smell and sight of perfectly manicured grass at North Community Park in Coral Springs can only mean one thing, its spring baseball season for North Springs Little League once again. The league has its opening night festivities set, which includes the parade of teams, for Friday, Feb. 27th and opening day play starts after the sun rises the next morning.
NSLL President Mike Hendrix is excited about his program commemorating its 20th anniversary this season and feels the league’s history is an integral part of its longevity.
“This really gives us the validation on what we’ve done here over the years and it’s still a thriving, viable league in a, somewhat, declining Little League market,” Hendrix said. “We’re still able to grow and it’s great to see the newer, younger kids developing while they start to fall in love with the game of baseball.”
The two decades worth of play have seen hundreds of players grow up through the NSLL system and many players come back from one year to the next. The league is home to numerous district, sectional, regional and state titles, in addition to two Southeast Regional Championships. According to Hendrix, aside from the players’ talents, the consistency of highly-dedicated volunteers has been paramount for the league’s successful operation throughout the years.
“We couldn’t survive without our volunteers, honestly,” Hendrix said. “They help our league stay successful. We don’t have any issues with getting people to step forward and as we do continue to stay successful people want to keep being a part of it.”
In fact, there will be more than 150 volunteers participating in NSLL’s 2015 season in some type of capacity. The need for the volunteers comes from the impressive amount of players, more than 300 this season. There are several different age divisions, starting at 7-years-old and going up to the older teen age divisions.
Although it is a recreational program and every player gets assigned to a team, all players are required to undergo a preseason evaluation to guarantee that each team has a fair balance of players. Once the regular season concludes for all age levels, the playoffs start.
“The regular season is a lot about the players working on their individual game and the coaches teaching them how to do so,” Hendrix said. “Then the playoffs become more about what’s best for the team, and it’s great to see what the players have learned, then watching them use those skills to rise to the occasion during that exciting playoff atmosphere.”
It may be thought of as just another ordinary season of play on the horizon for North Springs, but continuing to uphold the high standards of organization, professionalism, comfort and safety for all involved is essential for Hendrix and his board of directors.
“We have a nice, new group on our board, in addition to some veterans. I’m happy to bring my energy to add to that,” Hendrix said. “It can help give new perspectives, new ideas and help keep up with what North Springs Little League is all about.”
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