cal ripken / little league

cal ripken / little league

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laughing out loud

Medford, MA

#1 Feb 10, 2012
seriously little league took over cal ripken,
this is what really happen they didnt merge they took them over they forced ripken to combine
the president from little league thinks he can run all youth sports, he felt slighted cause he was bounced from the vp position from the MERGER of the 2 pop warners so he went out and took over another weaker baseball organization so he can feel in powered. I think this sad, in my eyes this should never of been aloud. And to credit little league of doing something wonderful for the city is just totally wrong.....
the pop warner situation was and is a totally different situation they have 100 yrs of combined service with 100 yrs of fighting and splitting of the city these 2 baseball league are diferent in every aspect they could never of played each other both have totally diferent rules that they have to follow. There was no reason to combine or take over these groups
it is just man that thinks he is the best for all youth programs and thats it sorry this is just my opinion
dont like whats going on in this city whats next little league going to take over softball too come on get real check your ego at the door......
EBR

Westwood, NJ

#2 Feb 10, 2012
I personally think that this is a great idea for the kids of Everett. All kids get to play with their freinds. Isn't this what it is all about anyway? Both leagues were hurting from loss of players. Merging and making a stronger and bigger league makes sense. ELL lost 2 teams last year mine was one of them, and CR only had 4 major teams. Now the newly formed ELL will get both major league teams back as well as increase their minor program farm program and tee ball. Why don't look at the big picture. Its about KIDS playing baseball. Good luck to the newly formed league.
not a merge

Everett, MA

#3 Feb 12, 2012
Call it was it is. It's not a merge it's Little League taking over. There are no Cal Ripken rules going over to Little League. Kids that played for Cal Ripken were fun going and not too competitive. Little League is a very competitive league and I can tell already that the kids that don't play too well will be spending a lot of time on the bench.

The kids that played at Cal Ripken were not afraid to play, and I know a couple of kids that will not play for Little League. LL taking over was inevitable anyway so it really doesnt matter but just don't call it a "merge" because it's NOT.
Bill

Jersey City, NJ

#4 Feb 12, 2012
I agree with it is not a merge. It was going to happen at some point. Same thing with football eagles took over football and they keep saying merge. It was ready to happen with football and now baseball.
jeffrey ingrando

Everett, MA

#5 Feb 12, 2012
my name is Jeffery Ingrando. I am the Tball director for ELL. I just posted on face book under my name, a plan for first 2 weeks/6 practices of the time assigned to the Tball teams. it would incompuss entire level and each child getting a practice like never before. Well i need help, what i have now is minimum #'s 26 coaches/volunteer. i need between 35-40. Go on facebook look up my name, everything is public there, look over plan. Freind me, write note on board,anyway you can contact me. then come down and help, get intouch first because we have to check everyone out. I, WE, the KIDS need vou to volunteer. ty Jeff
EBR

Westwood, NJ

#6 Feb 13, 2012
not a merge wrote:
Call it was it is. It's not a merge it's Little League taking over. There are no Cal Ripken rules going over to Little League. Kids that played for Cal Ripken were fun going and not too competitive. Little League is a very competitive league and I can tell already that the kids that don't play too well will be spending a lot of time on the bench.
The kids that played at Cal Ripken were not afraid to play, and I know a couple of kids that will not play for Little League. LL taking over was inevitable anyway so it really doesnt matter but just don't call it a "merge" because it's NOT.
There are no Cal Ripken rules going over to Little League because they play under Little League National rules. The one big difference you havn't looked at is this. In Cal Ripken only 11/12 yr olds play in the majors where in Little League 9-12yr olds play in the Majors. This does make for a competitve league as you said but it also gives kids who are advanced a more challenging game. This doesn't leave the rest of the kids out as the minor league program will be built backup and this is where the talent should and will be built. All it takes is a few good coaches to step up and volunteer their time.

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#7 Feb 13, 2012
I say this all the time if you people do not like how these leagues are run then step up and do something about it. Until then shut up. I think these people that volunteer their time should be commended. Whether it be Eagles Huskies Little League or Cal Ripken they do alot for the kids if you like them or not. I am sure they have somehow helped your kid at one point or another. Lets face it you sit on here complaining, do nothing to help out these leagues you just trash them and hope they fail. And unfortunately it looks like they are going to grow stronger from these mergers.
not a merge

Everett, MA

#8 Feb 13, 2012
Just Saying2011 wrote:
I say this all the time if you people do not like how these leagues are run then step up and do something about it. Until then shut up. I think these people that volunteer their time should be commended. Whether it be Eagles Huskies Little League or Cal Ripken they do alot for the kids if you like them or not. I am sure they have somehow helped your kid at one point or another. Lets face it you sit on here complaining, do nothing to help out these leagues you just trash them and hope they fail. And unfortunately it looks like they are going to grow stronger from these mergers.
Wow. It's people like you that are the reason the number of kids paying youth sports is diminishing. You have an anger management issue and if you are a coach I have no doubt that you are one of the loud mouths reliving your own childhood through youth sports and takes it out on the kids.

No one is complaining, trashing anyone and no one wants the league to fail, just stating a fact that it's NOT a merge! You telling people to shut up is trash, and I bet you speak to the young the same way. Keep it up and the numbers will just keep diminishing until there is no more baseball in this city.
Pleasantview Resident

United States

#9 Feb 14, 2012
As a parent of a 10 year old ELL player who is by far a "superstar", nor a coaches child, can say this all children talented or not plays in ELL. ELL helped break my childs shyness, and taught him that you win some & you lose some. As long as your having fun, thats all that matters! Those were the EXACT WORDS VERBATIM from several coaches! My child is looking forward to this season, and is excited for the upcoming season.

Bring on spring, cant wait to see what this season is like!
Everett

Medford, MA

#10 Feb 14, 2012
Pleasantview Resident wrote:
As a parent of a 10 year old ELL player who is by far a "superstar", nor a coaches child, can say this all children talented or not plays in ELL. ELL helped break my childs shyness, and taught him that you win some & you lose some. As long as your having fun, thats all that matters! Those were the EXACT WORDS VERBATIM from several coaches! My child is looking forward to this season, and is excited for the upcoming season.
Bring on spring, cant wait to see what this season is like!
I'm glad that you have had positive coaches but not all the coaches feel that way. Having fun is the last thing they would say. Winning is everything to certain people (names withheld).
Everett resident

Everett, MA

#11 Feb 14, 2012
Years ago when my youngsters were of this age, they all played T-ball and then on Everett Youth League -- because they ALL played, each had a turn at bat and in the field....I had heard about ELL being so competitive even years ago, we stayed away from that league. They had excellent coaches, some not so excellent, etc - but isn't that what happens in the real world ??? Some relatives great, others not, some neighbors terrific, others not so much...That's life...and they all grew up to be well-adjusted parents and citizens....
parent

United States

#12 Feb 14, 2012
Everett resident wrote:
Years ago when my youngsters were of this age, they all played T-ball and then on Everett Youth League -- because they ALL played, each had a turn at bat and in the field....I had heard about ELL being so competitive even years ago, we stayed away from that league. They had excellent coaches, some not so excellent, etc - but isn't that what happens in the real world ??? Some relatives great, others not, some neighbors terrific, others not so much...That's life...and they all grew up to be well-adjusted parents and citizens....
I agree , in ELL every child has an at bat&they also play at least 1 inning (most cases they all play at least 2 innings). I have found its the parents that NEVER stay for practices or show up for practice, or drop their child off at games (if they even bring the child for the game) that has the most complaints. Or its the parents who force their child to play baseball that complain. Some of these parents think their kid is the next David Ortiz, Derek Jeter, or Marino Rivera, they seem to forget they are kids NOT SUPERSTARS!!! Let them be, let them play baseball & have fun. Let them learn how to be a part of a team! Teach them that if your sick, injured whatever you show up for practices & games even if your child cant play and route for your team!

But I believe Everett as a whole is an EXTREMELY competitive city in my opinion. Look at the Mayor & residents always comparing to other cities, nothing ever seems to be good enough in this city! From ELL to Pop Warner to High School Football! What happened to take pride in your city? Be proud of where you live, where you go to school, what team you play on. As long as you try your best, thats all we can ask for
For Everett

United States

#13 Feb 14, 2012
Just to set the record straight, competitive or not Little League Baseball has rules that state each player in the Majors must play a minimum amount per game. 6 consecutive outs and at least 1 at bat. So every kid on every team should never feel left out no matter what their talent may be. Please just let kids be kids. Everything else will take care of itself.
Kathy Tarlowski

New York, NY

#14 Feb 15, 2012
For Everett wrote:
Just to set the record straight, competitive or not Little League Baseball has rules that state each player in the Majors must play a minimum amount per game. 6 consecutive outs and at least 1 at bat. So every kid on every team should never feel left out no matter what their talent may be. Please just let kids be kids. Everything else will take care of itself.
Very well said. Kids need positive energy with sports programs. Let's try that for a change. There is a lot of hard work to make this league the best it can be and try our best. So at least give our league a chance to make changes each year and grow to make things better for the kids. Every league has problems, but we strive to make it better. Welcome to our league and let's enjoy the season all together.

Thank you,
Board Member
KICKER

Malden, MA

#15 Feb 15, 2012
Kathy Tarlowski wrote:
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Very well said. Kids need positive energy with sports programs. Let's try that for a change. There is a lot of hard work to make this league the best it can be and try our best. So at least give our league a chance to make changes each year and grow to make things better for the kids. Every league has problems, but we strive to make it better. Welcome to our league and let's enjoy the season all together.
Thank you,
Board Member
WELL SAID KATHY
sounds good

Medford, MA

#16 Feb 15, 2012
Kathy Tarlowski wrote:
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Very well said. Kids need positive energy with sports programs. Let's try that for a change. There is a lot of hard work to make this league the best it can be and try our best. So at least give our league a chance to make changes each year and grow to make things better for the kids. Every league has problems, but we strive to make it better. Welcome to our league and let's enjoy the season all together.
Thank you,
Board Member
But don't let the coaches play favorites with their kids and their friends kids. That's pretty disheartening especially when those favored kids don't even play as well as the other kids! And the other kids don't get better because all they get is the minimum playing time so the favored kids can play more. That is NOT fun.

And I do appreciate the time the coaches take to do this but not everyone has the schedule to be able to take this on.
jmho

Cambridge, MA

#17 Feb 16, 2012
sounds good wrote:
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But don't let the coaches play favorites with their kids and their friends kids. That's pretty disheartening especially when those favored kids don't even play as well as the other kids! And the other kids don't get better because all they get is the minimum playing time so the favored kids can play more. That is NOT fun.
And I do appreciate the time the coaches take to do this but not everyone has the schedule to be able to take this on.
I agree with you. My personal experience with both leagues were the coaches that coached their own children...and even though their children were not that athletic, they received the most playing time on the field, and even pitched.

I would like to see in the future (wether it's just in Everett or a Little League rule) that you can not coach your own children. It's distracting and not fair to the other children on the team. My observation is coaches seem to get more angry at their own and really want them to succeed.

And before the blowhards jump to the defense, I think both leagues do an overall good job. I am sad to see the Cal Ripken league go, it was a unique style, but understand about decreasing numbers. It was probably time for this to happen and have one good baseball league in the city. I'm sure it's for the best and hope the baseball league does well.

One thing I do not understand....we just gave the school department 1.5 million dollars for exploding numbers of children living and going to school in this city. It doesn't make sense that the schools population is increasing so dramatically, but sports numbers are going down every year. Are these kids living in Everett or what?
EBR

Westwood, NJ

#18 Feb 16, 2012
jmho wrote:
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I agree with you. My personal experience with both leagues were the coaches that coached their own children...and even though their children were not that athletic, they received the most playing time on the field, and even pitched.
I would like to see in the future (wether it's just in Everett or a Little League rule) that you can not coach your own children. It's distracting and not fair to the other children on the team. My observation is coaches seem to get more angry at their own and really want them to succeed.
And before the blowhards jump to the defense, I think both leagues do an overall good job. I am sad to see the Cal Ripken league go, it was a unique style, but understand about decreasing numbers. It was probably time for this to happen and have one good baseball league in the city. I'm sure it's for the best and hope the baseball league does well.
One thing I do not understand....we just gave the school department 1.5 million dollars for exploding numbers of children living and going to school in this city. It doesn't make sense that the schools population is increasing so dramatically, but sports numbers are going down every year. Are these kids living in Everett or what?
Baseball as a whole is a declining sport. This is happening all across the country and not just in Everett. I see it in Babe Ruth leagues where kids are joining AAU for what they think is a better program. A program is only as good as the people running it. Think about that before you think that the grass is greener over there. I too agree that the merger between Cal Ripken and ELL is a good thing. Make one strong league instead of 2 leagues fighting for players. Good luck to them.
ELL Parent

Boston, MA

#19 Feb 16, 2012
I think the merger was necessary and is a great thing for the city. ELL is a very well run organization, in my opinion. I have been involved with ELL for over 5 years. I am not a board member or friends with any board members. My kids were not coached by their own parent and they saw plenty of playing time. If it was a rule that parents could not coach their own child then we would lose the majority of coaches, so that idea would never work.
laughing out loud

Medford, MA

#20 Feb 16, 2012
ELL Parent wrote:
I think the merger was necessary and is a great thing for the city. ELL is a very well run organization, in my opinion. I have been involved with ELL for over 5 years. I am not a board member or friends with any board members. My kids were not coached by their own parent and they saw plenty of playing time. If it was a rule that parents could not coach their own child then we would lose the majority of coaches, so that idea would never work.
Ok like i stated in my first post this is no merger i heard little league took no coaches from cal ripken and only 1 board member so again lets stop calling it a merger it was and is a take over. If this was a merger dont you think there would be more ripken people involved, the people running everett little league have just big egos some more then others

As far as little league being a much better run organization is false i too have been involved in both leagues with my children while in little league i have witnessed coaches throwing bases at umpires, presidents rolling around in fist fights with parents, coaches attacking each other over wins and loses it is and will aways be win at all cost league
My time with cal ripken was much much more relaxed it seemed the coaches and the president were there for the right reasons, i have 2 children still involved and NOT looking forward to this take over. Sorry again my opinion

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