Watseka Little League Baseball

Watseka Little League Baseball

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Disturbed

Sun City, CA

#1 Feb 16, 2010
I know there are a lot of competing factors pulling our kids in different directions these days, but I think it's a little sad that participation in Little League Baseball has dwindled significantly in Watseka over the past 20-30 years. Is it something Watseka is doing wrong, or is this a general trend everywhere?
I Know

Schaumburg, IL

#2 Feb 16, 2010
I agree kids just do not play baseball like I did as a kid!
Too funny

United States

#3 Feb 17, 2010
From what was on the news the other night, it is all over the US. They think it is due to all the video games that kids sit and play all day long.
Disturbed

Sun City, CA

#4 Feb 17, 2010
Too funny wrote:
From what was on the news the other night, it is all over the US. They think it is due to all the video games that kids sit and play all day long.
That's why so many kids are overweight and out of shape anymore.
Somethingother

Sun City, CA

#5 Feb 17, 2010
Look at the cost to play. The Little League games use to be broadcasted on WGFA, by Mr Bill Bailer. This guy from WGFA would ensure he announced all the players name's. Bill loved the support. Every day you could read the box scores in the Times Newspaper. Remember the game of Five Dollars, probably not! However, I remember it well, and seeing kids playing ball at Peter's Park.
Today the kids are afraid to get on the field, as they may be yelled at. Nice field, but is it for everyone.
i wore

Sun City, CA

#6 Feb 17, 2010
peters park out in the late 70s early 80s... little league was free then,,, and there were some very good players. The lack of interest comes from the entry cost and the equiment cost. Some of the best players years ago were from the other side of the tracks, now they simply dont play. I would be willing to help out with a fundraiser to help kids play that cant afford to. To some 50 bucks is nothing, to others it's paying a bill on time. Watseka runs a pretty good league, but it's too bad they don't try to get everyone involved. Hell, the next Nolan Ryan's parents may have lost their jobs so consequently he sits at home and plays video games.
oldtimer

Wood Dale, IL

#7 Feb 18, 2010
i played against rete pose and dickey nantle and rod mariser way back when dilfor was a samll mown and the height skool had no dunnuing vater.nam was teht gret fund amd den i gruuate from de skul wift honouarys dugree. god skol teet dat nilford.
No kids are turned away

United States

#8 Feb 22, 2010
I know for a fact that if anyone is not able to pay....or if they need time to pay, or need to make payments Watseka Little League will let the kids play! This is a great league and we have a park to be proud of!
If you read in the Kankakee news paper Watseka actually is the cheapest Little League in our district. Some of the Kankakee area kids have to pay $100.00 or more!
sad

North Richland Hills, TX

#9 Feb 22, 2010
I remember going to Peter's Park to watch my brothers, Doug Low and Allan Richardson play ball. 1st up the hill and then on the regular field. Being in a family of 6, it would have been very costly for us to pay for them to play ball. How did they offer it free so long ago? The concession stand? Fund raisers?
Disturbed

Sun City, CA

#10 Feb 24, 2010
But does Watseka Little League let people know that if they can't afford it they will work with them? I doubt many people would go to sign ups and ask if they can go ahead and sign their kid up if they don't have any money, so if that is an option the League should include that information in the paper when they advertise the sign up day.
No kids are turned away wrote:
I know for a fact that if anyone is not able to pay....or if they need time to pay, or need to make payments Watseka Little League will let the kids play! This is a great league and we have a park to be proud of!
If you read in the Kankakee news paper Watseka actually is the cheapest Little League in our district. Some of the Kankakee area kids have to pay $100.00 or more!
yeah

Sun City, CA

#11 Feb 28, 2010
exactly, the league may pay if someone says something. But I too have never saw it advertised that there is help with the cost. Most have too much pride to go to sign ups and say could someone help me pay the 220 dollars for my four kids to play ball.
crazy

Glendale Heights, IL

#12 Mar 1, 2010
You got that right my kids brought the sign up forms home from school but no where did it say anything about help or making payments for the fees i have three kids and they wanted to play but i couldnt afford the sign up cost or even equipment if they needed it...its unfortunate as someone said that for us parents that cant afford it our child may have been the next baseball star
Cant never did anything

Wood Dale, IL

#13 Mar 2, 2010
If you people can't afford it why don't you do something positive like volunteering to help with the program and organizing fundraisers to help reduce the cost of providing such a program rather than bitching and moaning on the Internet about what you "CAN'T" provide for your kids. I doubt very much Nolan Ryan or his parents were the type to sit around and whine. No, I would bet they were motivated, go getter's, who made things happen. That's what the successful people in life do.
Cant never did anything

Rockwall, TX

#14 Mar 2, 2010
I think you miss the point. We didn't sit around and whine, and my mother was 1st in line to volunteer at the concession stand, my dad was the coach or manager each year. The point is, give these folks the information that there are options available for payment. Open the door a crack to allow dignity for folks that have cash flow problems.
May I remind you of an old saying,'The devil finds time for idol hands". Are you aware of any problems in Watseka with the youth? Any drug problems or such? It's important for the community to invest in it's youth. Chances are tax payers going to pay for idol hands one way or another.
Finally, I close with the confusion. I wasn't aware that Nolan Ryan or any other major league baseball player came from Watseka. What's the point? It's about the kids, having fun, and team sports.
Cant never did anything2

Rockwall, TX

#15 Mar 2, 2010
It sure would be interesting if a community leader would fund a team of players who didn't have the funds to pay to play. Get a dedicated coach...and watch interest in the sport soar.
I haven't live there for 30 years, but I bet Jim Jones would be a great place to start got advise on where to begin. A name for the team...a name??? The Bad News Bear-Jones.
confused

United States

#16 Mar 3, 2010
It would be impossible for them to advertise that help is available. They would have 200 parents trying to work the system and would have to hire someone to keep track of who paid and who has not. I just know that the help is available.

But, money must not be too tight.....you have internet access??
stupid peopl

Glendale Heights, IL

#17 Mar 3, 2010
ok smart a** did you ever think that the parents who cant afford the fee actually dont have internet access the library is free guess your not so smart huh....
help

Rockwall, TX

#18 Mar 5, 2010
Rather than give up on the youth and possible future of Watseka, I'm sure the Little League Board has an application system for these parents/youths who need a little help. A little fine print is all that is needed to let folks know help is available.
Heck, WGFA might be able to do a "Little League" fund raiser.. Kid's and their parents would assist seniors with snow/yard work in return for funds. It would only take a person who is responsible and willing to take charge. It takes a village and people willing to find a way rather than people pointing fingers.
Somethingother

Sun City, CA

#19 Mar 7, 2010
Has anyone mentioned the fact that we have these other cute things, we call our daughters. Little League funding is needed, but why can't we support our daughters also. I know the girls can play in T-Ball and little league, however, very few ever show up on a down hill team. I have nothing against softball, it is a good sport, but a close look at the fields are an indication.
Help

Rockwall, TX

#20 Mar 7, 2010
I remember being ok with girls in the dug-outs and playing when my sons were young. Then one year a couple of girls began putting on make-up in the dug. One girl came up to bad, batted her eye's at the older boy umpire and wiggled her bottom.. This changed my mind.. Boys will be boys and girls will be girls.

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