“We are particularly excited about starting the 2021 season at our regular start time in May,” said North Tonawanda National Little League President Rick Dentinger. “As a League we enjoy seeing brand new players (4 and 5 years old) out on the field for the first time learning the basics, as well as seeing returning players as they build on their skills each year.”
While gameplay is arriving on time, COVID-19 safety guidelines will be maintained. Dentinger explained, “We anticipate that many of the facial covering and social distancing rules and other recommendations published by New York State, Niagara County Health department, CDC and Little League Baseball will remain in effect. We anticipate that all normal game rules will be used on the field of play during the games.” In addition, dugouts have been extended to promote social distancing between players while off the field.
The NTNLL will be comprised of 41 baseball and softball teams this year. “This is comparable to the number of teams in the 2020 season,” said Dentinger. The league will make a few extra spots for teams within the new “Machine Pitch Division”, encouraging participation from softball players ages 6-8.
Dentinger said the NTNLL is great for building character in local youth. He discussed the advantages of participation, stating, “We believe that youth sports has a positive impact on kids by building friendship, development of social skills, the enhancement of individual physical skills and fitness as well. All while learning how to accept both the success and the challenges of the game.”
Sponsorship opportunities are still available with the NTNLL. While helping keep player costs low, Dentinger says it is a great way to display a company’s support for the community. To learn about sponsoring a team, Click Here: NTNLL.com.
Additionally, the enrollment period for local youth to join the NTNLL has been extended. Walk-in registration will be held on March 20 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 550 Wheatfield St. in North Tonawanda.
FEATURE PHOTO: NTNLL Board Member and Coach Todd Skoczylas (kneeling in blue) with the ‘Rockhounds’ from the Squirts Division during a previous season.