Lee Little League vs Rome Cal Ripken

Lee Little League vs Rome Cal Ripken

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time to fly

Rome, NY

#1 Feb 15, 2014
Time to go back to Lee Little League. The inner workings of the Cal Ripken league have ruined Rome youth baseball. Iím well aware of all the politics that go on in all youth sports, but this league takes the cake! Donít get me wrong, there are some REALLY GREAT people that volunteer ALOT of time for the league and I tip my cap to them. Unfortunately, that doesnít come close to outweighing the negative aspects of the ruling majority of the league. There are too many adults who are only in it so their kid gets taken care of. Those who are or have been in the league know what I mean. It often seems as though the league is only in place to provide revenue for the River Rats travel teams. I wish I didnít have to take my kid to Utica to be on a travel ball team. So many kids moved from Lee Little League for the 70 foot baselines that provide a better transition for the jump to 90 feet in Modified baseball, which is understandable. Now theyíre heading back to Lee in large numbers. Cal Ripken downsized last year by dropping a major league team and may have to do so again this year due to players going back to Little League. In the past season, they had to bring up kids that were too young and too small or just not ready for the upgrade from the minors to the major league division. It was scary to watch some of these kids play with 12 year olds who also played Modified baseball. Very unsafe for some of those kids. Lee Little League now has 50 foot mounds and 70 foot baselines as well, but there are age requirements for the larger field. Players can also play until theyíre 13 compared to 12 in Cal Ripken. The rules of Cal Ripken favor better players and coaches who want to develop certain kids rather than all kids. There is a very minimal playing time requirement in Cal Ripken. I donít think they have to even get an at bat and only have to play 1 inning in the field. That being said, most coaches donít limit playing time that much for most, but they can when they need to for a win! Little League requires 3 innings in the field and at least an at bat. I could be slightly off with the specifics, but the fact is that one system doesnít require all kids to be treated equally, the other does.

Obviously, Iím not alone as the Lee League is getting bigger as Rome Cal Ripken is getting smaller.
True

Windham, NY

#2 Feb 16, 2014
time to fly wrote:
Time to go back to Lee Little League. The inner workings of the Cal Ripken league have ruined Rome youth baseball. Iím well aware of all the politics that go on in all youth sports, but this league takes the cake! Donít get me wrong, there are some REALLY GREAT people that volunteer ALOT of time for the league and I tip my cap to them. Unfortunately, that doesnít come close to outweighing the negative aspects of the ruling majority of the league. There are too many adults who are only in it so their kid gets taken care of. Those who are or have been in the league know what I mean. It often seems as though the league is only in place to provide revenue for the River Rats travel teams. I wish I didnít have to take my kid to Utica to be on a travel ball team. So many kids moved from Lee Little League for the 70 foot baselines that provide a better transition for the jump to 90 feet in Modified baseball, which is understandable. Now theyíre heading back to Lee in large numbers. Cal Ripken downsized last year by dropping a major league team and may have to do so again this year due to players going back to Little League. In the past season, they had to bring up kids that were too young and too small or just not ready for the upgrade from the minors to the major league division. It was scary to watch some of these kids play with 12 year olds who also played Modified baseball. Very unsafe for some of those kids. Lee Little League now has 50 foot mounds and 70 foot baselines as well, but there are age requirements for the larger field. Players can also play until theyíre 13 compared to 12 in Cal Ripken. The rules of Cal Ripken favor better players and coaches who want to develop certain kids rather than all kids. There is a very minimal playing time requirement in Cal Ripken. I donít think they have to even get an at bat and only have to play 1 inning in the field. That being said, most coaches donít limit playing time that much for most, but they can when they need to for a win! Little League requires 3 innings in the field and at least an at bat. I could be slightly off with the specifics, but the fact is that one system doesnít require all kids to be treated equally, the other does.
Obviously, Iím not alone as the Lee League is getting bigger as Rome Cal Ripken is getting smaller.
...I would also add that one of the Lee senior league teams won the championship two years in a row. They don't need any help from Rome thanks.
idc

Hamilton, NY

#3 Feb 16, 2014
Personally Rome's baseball league and aau basketball teams not to mention the hockey program and indoor soccer program in Westmoreland is all about who you know or how much money you have in your pocket. Its all political... they play the "name" kids that had fathers that played etc. Doesnt matter if you can shoot a 3 pointer all day or play the best defense in rome or hit off a major league player... if you dont have the name... dont waste your money in Rome and go to Lee. Bettr r off and the kids all play and learn. I wish they had their own everything... I would sign my kid up for everything and tell rome to stick it.
Well said

Blossvale, NY

#4 Feb 16, 2014
Agree! Has been fathers in Rome now coaching and forcing their kids ahead of every other kid regarless of their skills. Big time joke of a program in Rome.
Travel ball

Rome, NY

#5 Feb 18, 2014
What about travel teams in the Rome area? I've heard of the Rome Indians and River Rats. Does Lee have a team? Can my 10 year old play up on an 11U team? Who are the coaches for the 11U teams in the area and where will my son get the best instruction? Any help figuring out the best team for my son would be helpful. Thanks.
Been there and done it

East Syracuse, NY

#6 Feb 18, 2014
Travel ball wrote:
What about travel teams in the Rome area? I've heard of the Rome Indians and River Rats. Does Lee have a team? Can my 10 year old play up on an 11U team? Who are the coaches for the 11U teams in the area and where will my son get the best instruction? Any help figuring out the best team for my son would be helpful. Thanks.
. Rome Indians by far , class act
Please go

Chittenango, NY

#7 Feb 18, 2014
Blah, blah, blah.....same ol same ol, so sick and tired of the finger pointing, parents just shuffling their kids around cause they are too damn lazy to get up off of their butts and do something about it. Rome has had open seats on their board for years, yet parents take the easy way out and let others put together a program FOR THEIR KIDS instead of helping out. Be a man, step up and volunteer your time to grow a program and show your children how to make a difference instead of blaming others and showing them the easy way out. Absolutely pathetic all of you are hiding in some obscure forum.
Lee center all stars

Rome, NY

#8 Feb 18, 2014
Lee
LOL

Rome, NY

#9 Feb 19, 2014
There's openings on the board because everyone knows you have NO say on that board. Problem with Cal Ripken is it's been hijacked by a few people who control everything that goes on. Being on the board would get you nowhere! Except greater insight as to what really goes on. Go ahead and join the board. Then you come back and tell us what we already know about how it works.
11U coaches

Rome, NY

#10 Feb 21, 2014
so who is coaching the 11U team this coming season? Are they good coaches? New to the area and need good info to choose a team. Thanks for the help.
JUST LOOKING FOR INFO

Rome, NY

#11 Feb 22, 2014
I know some travel teams probably have already started indoor workouts. How do I find out who the coaches are for the River Rats and Indians 11U teams (still not sure if Lee has a travel team)? And how well they know the game and develop players.
Any help is appreciated.
Thanks for the help.
Haters

Groton, NY

#12 Feb 22, 2014
Rome River Rats, is by far the best!! Rome Indians, in not a class act! People always bitch and hide behind the computer and complain!! Rome has had some of the best coach's!! Jealousy, will get you nowhere. Some kids are naturally born athletes!!
So who are they

Rome, NY

#13 Feb 22, 2014
Can't anyone just name the coaches for this years 11U teams? People are talking about how bad or good they all are but nobody can give any info about how or why they are/are not good coaches. That's great if you had some good coaches in the past on each of these teams but I'm interested in the 11U teams for this upcoming season. Coaches often move up with their children so the next coach may not be as good as the last for a given age group. I'm just trying to make an informed decision about the teams in the area for my child. But I seem to be getting more info about the AREA we just moved into rather than the baseball organizations. I was trying to stay closer to home but maybe I should branch out to nearby areas as well.
Been there and done it

Syracuse, NY

#14 Feb 22, 2014
Haters wrote:
Rome River Rats, is by far the best!! Rome Indians, in not a class act! People always bitch and hide behind the computer and complain!! Rome has had some of the best coach's!! Jealousy, will get you nowhere. Some kids are naturally born athletes!!
. Guess you don't know any of the Indian coaches. Way more experience then any of the Rats . As far as class , try going to their games and see !
the best rats in rome

Ithaca, NY

#15 Feb 22, 2014
I have been to several rats games an seen nothing but good from the players and COACHES. And I think the ones writing all this stuff are the Indian coaches DELUTIS AND MECCA because they are very jealous of are rats coaches because they are THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!
Lee or Rome

Syracuse, NY

#16 Feb 22, 2014
Lee or Rome, it does not matter. Rome being controlled by a few people or Lee being controlled by one person. It depends on who you are and how good your kid plays.
This season

East Syracuse, NY

#17 Feb 24, 2014
If Rome is soo good to play for then why has quite a bit of Rome players signed up to play in Lee this season. Looks like Rome will have to fold another team this year.
This is a shame

Chittenango, NY

#18 Feb 24, 2014
Only one loser here, that is the kids, YOUR KIDS. I would not play in either of these organizations with parents like you
So no one knows

Rome, NY

#19 Feb 28, 2014
So everyone seems to know everything about the 11U travel teams. But no one can tell me the names of the head coaches and what there level of expertise is?
a concerned father

United States

#20 Jun 5, 2014
the wrong American League has taken a turn for the worse not only are the ball club members more concerned about money but they're also turning are young children and a small salesman for them today Greg Olinger and his little buddy told me that my son can play baseball last their tickets are sold over about 40 teams and players and teams $50 a piece you do the math and tell me they didn't make enough money this yearnow my son can't play because he didn't sell all 10 tickets that they had for $5 apiece are they after the money or after the fundamentals of children learning baseball

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