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Founded in 1954 with 6 teams, RLL has grown and prospered in their 50+ years. RLL serves over 1000 boys and girls in Ridgefield on over 140 teams ~ from T-ball to Majors and the Holland Division.
RLL Annual Mtg - President's Message

Ridgefield Little League Annual Meeting

President’s Message

October 27, 2014

 

A call to order for annual meeting of the Ridgefield Little League.

 

Thank you all for coming this evening as we celebrate the conclusion of our 60th year of Ridgefield Little league!  We enjoyed a terrific season and I would like to spend a short time this evening in review.

          The 2013 season saw 648 children registered for Little League.  That number was on par with 2013 and excludes the Softball.  This said, we fielded about 63 teams from baseball and the Holland Division. We fielded an additional 5 Travel teams.  Our Fall Ball program had 165 players, 14 teams.  We had over 200 volunteers in support of the program from Board Members to managers, coaches, concessions workers, field crews, team moms, fund raisers - you name it - without whom we could not survive.  A heartfelt thank you to all who gave your time and talent to Little League and we look forward to your continued support to make our program a success again in 2015!!!    Let me give you a brief tour around the league.

          Our enthusiasm at our 60th Opening Day ceremony could not be dampened by the rain this year.  We did a little improvisation and the clouds kept their water.  We were honored by our guest speaker, First Selectman Rudy Marconi, and a proclamation of the day by Senator Toni Boucher.  We honored former HS Coach Tony Wilmont who passed away unexpectedly this past year and had the first pitch thrown out by his wife, Kristina.  We also featured a first pitch by long-time Little Leaguer, Dave Scott, who wore a uniform reminiscent of opening day when he was a kid! It was a great start to our 60th season!

The Holland Division, which provides a baseball opportunity for children with special needs, had another terrific year.  Holland celebrated its 10th season this about 15 players ranging in age from 6 to 16.  They were again assisted on the field by volunteer buddies from the Freshman, JV and Varsity high school baseball teams, thanks again to the initiative started by Coach Tony Wilmot prior to his passing.  We played games each week against the surrounding towns – teams such as Stamford, Fairfield, Norwalk, Greenwich and Darien.  The Holland team again finished the season undefeated, running its 10 year record to an incredible 92 and 0!

          Baseball continued to move forward this past season in terms of the quality of play.  It has been a goal for the past several years to provide fun with an appropriate level of competitiveness while improving the overall program.  Look, baseball is hard.  You need to catch, throw, hit, run and field all while being aware of all the rules and nuances of the game.  9 players pulling together, each with a specific job, to create a collective good.  The program itself provides different rules at each level of play as the kids progress.  We alter the rules at the younger levels and move those rules more towards traditional baseball rules as we progress. 

We continued to supplement and support the managers and coaches, once again, offering training both on and off the field.  Using the adopted guidance of Joe Espinosa from Baseball Plus, we held clinics for managers and players.  We continue to use on-field games, especially in the Fall, to provide live game situational play to help improve baseball IQ as well as skills.  We hope in the future that these sessions are better attended by all.

The Spring season saw 10 teams at the Majors level, 12 teams in Minors, 10 teams in AA, 10 teams in A-ball, 8 teams in Coach Pitch and 12 in T-Ball.  The future success of our program is tied to our ability to make baseball fun and interesting for our youngest of players.  For them, we not only compete with soccer, lacrosse, hockey and football but also with video games, computers and iPhones.  This is an issue not only for Ridgefield but for Little Leagues around the country.

We had 4 Post-season teams this year, 49 players, sending our all-stars to compete in the District Tournament.  Two of the teams advanced to the District Playoffs and we finished with a .500 record.   Our 9-year old team won the Monroe Tournament and finished 2 -2 in the Fairfield Tournament.   The 10’s played in the Shelton Tournament going 1 & 3 and the 11’s won the Trumbull Tournament.  We also sent one 12’s team to Cooperstown who finished 3-2-1.

The post season continued with the Friendship League.  We fielded teams from the 7’s to the 11’s this year.  We use this opportunity to provide players with a summer outlet for baseball, fielding players recommended by their managers.  There is still some conflict here as other towns enter their All-Star teams into the league, which was not the original intention, but we have stuck to our plan.  We added the Rt-84 League to our summer program this year fielding teams from 9 through 12’s.  Rt 84 ran like Friendship with the addition of an All-Star game and playoffs.  The teams finished 24 & 36 in our first foray.  Feedback was very positive and we would like to continue in this league IF it exists next year.

We had one 50/70 division geared towards 12 and 13 years olds that paly full baseball rules on a field that has a 50ft pitching mound and 70 foot bases – a mid-step dimension to a regulation 60/90 field.  We sent one team and they were able to play a handful of games.  With some improvement, we hope to field teams in this division and are looking towards the pool of players who may not have made a Travel team this year.

Our Fall Ball program just finished this past weekend with whopping 165 players on 14 teams.  It is terrific that kids want to play on into the Fall in preparation for their next level of baseball.

Finally, the Travel program continued in 2014.  Travel players try out in the Fall for the following season and begin training over the winter.  We had just over 100 kids try out this year for 4 teams.  One was an experiment for in a B-level league with the 11’s that we hope will be there next year.  Our 9 year old team actually won their Division!  Kudos to them.  And we again sent a team of 12 year olds up to Cooperstown for a tournament.  Our teams hovered around .500 overall which we consider successful.  Our goal, since its inception 4 years ago, is to field competitive teams at this higher level of baseball that is challenging and rewarding for the player. 

Travel also presented some controversy this year because people thought it should be expanded.  Join the club!  We have learned over the past few years that the league we are currently playing in for Travel is really only meant for top players and, when we blended in more kids, it was very difficult for the kids to compete.  We decided to limit the number of A-level teams and to strive to find a new league to play in at a lesser level of competition to be able to expand play for more kids.  Despite what you may have heard, that type of travel baseball does not readily exist.  Travel, by its definition long before we began to participate, is very competitive and shows no mercy.   Our goal is to put kids in the best position to succeed.  And, while we know the current limitations are disappointing to some, we feel it was the correct move for the players.  This said, we continue to look for opportunities.  To this end, we have been working on a District 1 and District 2 travel program.  This could be a great option to meet both A-level and B-level play and we hope it comes to fruition.

 Our financials for year-end (9/30/2014):

Revenues $272k

Expenses $305k

Net $-33k

 

Cash on hand is $18k

 

All bills finalized.

 

Other items to note:

2014 net Loss was ($33k)

2012 net income was $29k

2011 net Loss was ($34k)

 

          Our Pancake Breakfast fund raiser this year delivered us a profit of $3,065.  It was a beautiful day and it was well marketed and supported so we ended up serving about 2,000 meals, not only to Little League families but to the community.  People come every year out of tradition, remembering when their kids played in the League.  Kudos to the Pancake team and we look forward to ways that can keep this event going forward profitably for LL and as a community event.

So, overall, I think we had another successful season in 2014 and, again, thanks for all the support. 

          We would also like to thank all of our Sponsors for supporting Little League.  We know they have choices and want them to continue to partner with us.  We continue to look for ways to enhance their sponsorships with field banners, new uniforms and hats, newspaper mentions and logos on our website.  They are our neighbors and friends and we hope you all will support them.

2014 was my final year in Little League.  I spent 13 years here with the last 7 years on the Board of Directors.  It has been an honor and a privilege to serve a both Vice President and President.  I am ever so grateful to the Board members who have worked tirelessly to make Little League a reality for the families in town.  I ask you to remember that Little League is a volunteer organization made up of people who do their best in service to the league.  I hope you will continue to support them in their efforts and work with them to continually better the RLL.

I want to thank you for your time and hope we can count on your continued support of the oldest established sports league in town.

Thank you.

Patrick

Patrick Misciagna

President, RLL


by posted 10/28/2014
BOD 2015

 

 

RLL held its Annual meeting Monday night, October 27th and elected the following individuals to the Board of Directors for 2015.  There were 34 folks who stepped up to help and the Nominating Committee made it clear that there can be a place for all who are interested in volunteering either in one of the appointed positions or on committees.  RLL is grateful for the outpouring of support!

 

The new Board will vote for its Officers and other positions on or before November 10th, which is the next regularly scheduled Board Meeting.

 

Thank you to all who participated.

 

Patrick Misciagna

 

Ferrandino

Livingstone

Leonard

Gardos

Hunter

Rapp

Scalzo

Greene

Bucciero

D'Antonio

 

LoGiudice

Berger

Dean

Cordano

Brown

Castelluccio

Kristofferson

Briody

Callaghan

Capilli

 

 


by posted 10/28/2014
Voting Procedures

RLL Annual Meeting Voting Procedures

 

Elections for the 2014-2015 Ridgefield Little League Board of Directors will be held on Monday, October 27, 2104 beginning at 7PM.

 

The election procedure outlined here was prepared by the District 1 Administrator Perry Pierce and reviewed by Pat Holden as meeting the guidelines set forth in the Constitution of Ridgefield Little League is outlined below.

 

Canvasing Membership / Creation of the Little League Board Member Slate

  • Those wishing to be considered on the ballot should have been interviewed by the Nominating Committee.  If there is further interest, please contact Stephen Scalzo ( ) by October 23, 2013 at 11:59pm

  • Those wishing to be placed on the ballot do not have to be active members of Ridgefield Little League and can, additionally, be nominated from the floor at the meeting.

  • The ballot will be finalized and posted to the RLL website.

  • One member, one vote.  There is a list of approved members that will be validated and posted on the website.

     

    Absentee Procedure:

  • Proxy voting is allowed.

    • All official proxies must be signed with full name and address listed and must specify to whom the proxy will be given and be brought to the meeting.  If incomplete, they will not be counted.

    • No member can present more than 5 proxies.  Additional proxies will not be counted.

    • In addition to the hard copy brought to the meeting, all proxies must be confirmed by the each individual wishing to give their vote to someone else in an e-mail to with a copy to Perry Pierce, District Director  

 

October 27th – Election Day

  • 7pm – meeting called to order. 

  • All present must sign in.  Those who sign in and are active members will be given a ballot.

  • Approximately 7:15pm –

    • President’s address

    • President or designee asks for any other nominations from floor

    • President or designee closes the nomination process

    • Voting begins. Ballots will no longer be handed out

    • By the Constitution, we are voting for a list of volunteers of Board Members – those wishing to serve in any capacity.  Any additions to the Nominating Committee list will require a vote to change the number of Board Members.  If the new Board list is uncontested, then a motion and second can be made to accept all members by acclamation.

    • Subsequently, the new Board will elect the Officers and select members for the additional roles at the first Board Meeting.  BOD can run for more than one position after each Officer is elected.

  • Voting closes (as soon as everyone hands in their ballots)

  • Election results announced.  Only the names of those elected will be shown, in alphabetical order.

  • The required number of members receiving the most votes will be elected.  In the case of a tie for the last slot, another round of balloting will occur until resolved.

 

Other Notes about the ballot

  • Voting for more than allowed number of board members will invalidate the ballot, if you vote for less than the required number that is ok

  • Not printing your name and signing the ballot (proxies and ballots on election night) will invalidate it.  This is to ensure that only active members cast ballots.

 

Procedural items

  • Ballots will only given to those signed in and confirmed as active members

  • Ballots will be tallied by the District Administrator (Designee) and RLL Secretary

  • Ballots cast will be confirmed to be by an active member – ballot counters will compare their member lists to confirm no one has voted more than the allowed number of times.  If found, all ballots cast by that member will be invalidated.

  • If an invalid ballot is cast by a member (more than the allowed number of votes, not signed, etc.), it will not be counted.

 

Questions should be directed to the Nominating Committee through Stephen Scalzo.  Should any updates be required to this document, it will be communicated to the membership electronically.


by posted 10/21/2014
Registration Payment Policy
PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION PAYMENT POLICY
 
Payment is due at the time of registration.  Please have your credit card ready.  Non-payment will result in your child being waitlisted.  Waitlisted players will not be placed on a team until payment is received.  Past due balances from prior seasons will preclude your child being placed on a team.  You can view your account by selecting "Edit My Account" on the website homepage.  If you have questions regarding your account please contact Patti Capilli, RLL Administrator at

by posted 10/17/2014
Logging into your Personal Account

Did you know you can log into your personal account on our site?  If you click the "Edit My Account" tab on the lower left menu and then enter your email address only, it will send you a password for your account. 

You can then go in and add or change your email address, edit the options available, such as text messaging, e-mailing notification regarding games, pubic/private/roster viewing of your info (please use Roster if not a coach), etc.  This screen also links to all members of your family as well.

While at this screen, you are also able to update your contact information so RLL always has the most up-to-date info.  If you want multiple emails on your account, please put a semicolon ";" after the first email and then enter the second email.


posted 07/08/2014
Backpack Bat Bag

 

 

Order your Backpack style bat bag here!   Your choice of with name for $50.00 or without name for $45.00

 

Click here to place your order Bat Bag Order Form and Payment 


by posted 04/30/2014

Ridgefield Little League

PO Box 287

Ridgefield, CT 06877

info@ridgefieldlittleleague.org

 

PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION PAYMENT POLICY
 
Payment is due at the time of registration. Please have your credit card ready. You will have 15 minutes from the time of registering to complete payment or your registration will be dropped.  Past due balances from prior seasons will preclude your child being placed on a team.  You can view your account by selecting "Edit My Account" on the website homepage.  If you have questions regarding your account please contact Patti Capilli, RLL Administrator at info@ridgefieldlittleleague.org

Did you know you can log into your personal account on our site?  If you click the "Edit My Account" tab on the lower left menu and then enter your email address only, it will send you a password for your account. 

You can then go in and add or change your email address, edit the options available, such as text messaging, e-mailing notification regarding games, pubic/private/roster viewing of your info (please use Roster if not a coach), etc.  This screen also links to all members of your family as well.

While at this screen, you are also able to update your contact information so RLL always has the most up-to-date info.  If you want multiple emails on your account, please put a semicolon ";" after the first email and then enter the second email.

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