Opening Day will begin with a parade along Lake Road to Liberty Field at 10am;
followed by the Opening Ceremonies at Liberty Field.
All Players should be dropped off at the corner of Belleville and Ashland at the following times:
9:15 AM – Majors
9:25 AM - Minors and Softball
9:35 AM - Internationals
9:45 AM – Rookies
Parents FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILDREN:
When you bring your kids for drop-off, please come in on Mulberry (one road south of Belleville), take a left on Lily and a left onto Belleville. You will drop your kids on the corner of Belleville and Ashland and proceed onto Ashland. This road winds around back to Belleville, and you can turn left onto Lily and back out to Mulberry. This will provide the kids with the best safety from moving cars.
You can park along the side streets near Liberty but THERE WILL BE NO PARKING AT LIBERTY UNTIL AFTER THE PARADE SO THAT THE PARKINGLOT WILL BE SAFE.
PLEASE DO NOT EVEN TRY TO PARK AT LIBERTY, THE POLICE WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO!!!!!!!!
Tee Ball parents can park and walk with their kids to the field so they can participate in the opening day festivities ... AGAIN TEE BALL MEET AT LIBERTY FIELD!
The schedule of pictures for Tee Ball and Rookies will be sent separately.
9:15-9:45 AM - Parade participant accumulation @ Belleville Avenue
9:55 AM – Parade Line-up
10:00 AM - Parade Leaves Belleville Rd for Liberty Field
10:20 AM - Parade ends at Liberty with teams lining up in the outfield
10:25 AM – National Anthem
10:30 AM – Introduction of Guests
10:40 AM – Introduction of NVCLL Board
10:45 AM – Address by League President
11:00 AM – Activities begin
NVCLL Weather Policy
In the midst of this week of rain, I thought it a good time to review our weather policy:
The league’s policy on inclimate weather is as follows:
Practices are canceled solely at the discretion of the team manger.
b. Games are canceled on a field by field basis. Discretion to cancel a game rests with the Division director, whom will consult with the President or the Executive Board. Games are not canceled based upon weather forecasts, only actual weather conditions. Furthermore, a board member will go to each field to determine the playability prior to any cancelations being made.
c. When weather is questionable and league officials do not cancel games:
Players and volunteers for all teams scheduled are expected to go to their respective fields at their normal times
Umpires and managers/coaches will inspect the field conditions and determine if the playing conditions are safe
If conditions for that field are not deemed safe the umpire will cancel the game at that time.
d. In cases of extreme weather, NVCLL may cancel all games scheduled for that day:
Notice will be posted on the home page of our website.
An email announcement will be sent to the league's distribution list
Coaches of teams that are scheduled to play will be notified so they can call their teams
Any or all of these steps will be completed as soon as possible.
e. In cases of special events (e.g. Opening Day / NVCLL Day / Tee ball Day) there are a lot of moving parts and decisions on canceling these events must be made 24-48 hours in advance, which means we have to base our information on a forecast. Sometimes it is the right decision, sometimes it is not, but we will generally err on the side of caution.
Thanks for reading, and stay warm and dry tonight!
*** REVISED*** OPENING DAY POSTPONED *** PLEASE READ ***
***After the email earlier tonight, I was advised that a substantial number of players could not make May 14, due to First Communion at Saint Paul's, therefore we are moving NVCLL DAY up by one week to May 7 ***
Due to the forecast of cold, wind, rain and snow for Saturday the board deliberated most of the day and eventually decided to put off Opening Day. I have been told every other Little League in Rockland that had a ceremony this Saturday already postponed theirs, we were the last one holding out hope.
Please know this is not a decision made lightly, but in order to provide the best possible experience for all of the kids of NVCLL (and parents too) we decided to not have everybody standing around on a cold blustery morning.
The date to move it to was also debated and we settled on May 7 for NVCLL DAY (no need to call it opening day at that point). By setting the date several weeks out we can ensure that we can still have a parade (since we have to file for a new permit) and on May 7 it will tie in directly with Rookie/Tee Ball Picture Day.
So where we are right now is:
1. This Saturday just has 3 Majors games scheduled (times remain the same). No parade/No ceremony/No Pictures!!! Games still could be canceled due to weather/field conditions, but as of now they are on!
2. Majors/Minors/Internationals pictures are moved to NEXT SATURDAY (April 16).
3. May 7 will be NVCLL DAY and Rookies & Tee Ball pictures.
4. We will confirm when managers can pick up uniforms at Liberty.
There is a common misconception that NVCLL and Little League end after your kid's 12 year old season in Majors. In fact, we keep going with the JUNIORS program. Juniors is for kids 13 and 14 to keep playing baseball. The NVCLL Juniors teams play against other leagues from Rockland County. The games are set up so as to AVOID conflict with school teams as much as possible. So even if your child aged-out of Majors last year, register them at NVCLL.org and keep the baseball going. Plus, they get really nice uniforms ...
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