Niagara Gazette — Extending the baseball season to the fall is just one of many ideas Hyde Park Babe Ruth Baseball’s new Board of Governors has brainstormed to revive the league.
“The new board wanted to start the season off on the right foot,” Cafarella said.” We wanted to let everyone know that this new board is eager to take this league back to the level and respectability it once had, so we started a new tradition at Hyde Park.”
The new tradition Cafarella hopes to attain for the league includes a highly competitive level but with less stress on winning. He hopes the Fall League will help achieve that goal.
“We don’t want to stress on winning and we don’t intend to make it look like all we care about is winning,” Cafarella said. “But we’re trying to get back to the same level where the competition level is high, as well as the sportsmanship.”
The league has also been coordinating new events that involve both parents and players in an attempt to unify the league and help it grow.
“We also wanted to get the parents more involved, so this year we had a mandatory fundraiser that all players were responsible to participate in,” Cafarella said. “We were finally able to upgrade much needed equipment, improvements to the park and better playing jerseys for the kids. We also had our first-annual ‘Fun Day’ which consisted of team and individual pictures followed by the baseball Olympics. It was three events; fastest runner, farthest hit ball and throwing accuracy.
“The following week, we had our opening ceremonies which included a parade for all the teams. This was the first time in three years the city allowed us to have our parade and it wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work from our new president Erik Sootheran and first time Board Member Eric Archie.”The Fall League runs from August until mid-October. Registrations for children ages 7-12 are currently being held at the Hyde Park baseball concession stand Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. More information can be found on the league's website, www.hydeparkbaseball.com.