Community Press ReleaseUpdated Friday October 27, 2017 by Northampton Baseball & Softball.
October 26, 2017 - for immediate release;
Northampton Baseball & Softball League (NBSL) is excited and proud to announce a convergence and unification of sports organizations in our community. After careful thought and consideration the Board of Directors for both NSBL along with the Northampton Cal Ripken Baseball League have voted to formally unify as a single sporting organization beginning with the 2018 season. Additionally, we have created an independent travel team hereafter called, Northampton Baseball Club (NBC).
The new NBSL Board of Directors will form in early November and be charged with working with the two National Organizations to help bring the best possible youth baseball experience to our players and families. Players from both organizations will merge to form a unified town league as has been piloted at the eight and under (Rookies/Coaches pitch division) level for the last two seasons.
Over the last few years our two organizations have successfully worked hand in hand in the management and operation of the Rookies/Coaches pitch division which led to an engaged, thoughtful and thorough discussion on this unified collaboration for all our ages/divisions with both Boards voting to make this happen for the 2018 season.
Northampton Baseball & Softball’s vision for youth baseball & softball includes the following core principles.
The League will be open to players of neighboring communities subject to the rules of the National Organizations. It will be launched with spring training for all. The regular season will follow and include regional play. The summer schedule will likely include participation in national All Star tournaments as well as other independent and local tournaments. It is also expected that summer ball/sandlot games will continue.
We are also proud to announce the formation of the Northampton Baseball Club (NBC) at the 12U and 10U levels. These will be a try out teams for those interested in enhanced training and additional game playing opportunities against a variety of teams in the region. These teams will also compete in select independent tournaments. Members of these teams will participate in NBSL spring training, play on a NBSL regular season team, be eligible to try out for all stars, but have additional training and games that extend through the summer. The NBC schedule will coordinate with the NBSL schedule to avoid conflicts and help protect against arm overuse. Further, the NBC is committed to delivering an extraordinary baseball plus experience to our families at a reasonable cost compared to other independent teams in the area. More information, including cost structure, will be made available soon.
The convergence of philosophies, the flexibility of the National Youth Baseball Organizations and the desire to draw on best practices from all toward a unified Northampton baseball & softball program motivated the formation of this new and inspiring league.
We look forward to a great 2018 season.