The crack of the bat, the perfectly played grounder, a slide into third…all part of America’s pastime…baseball. Doesn’t it just make you think of green grass, hot dogs and home runs?
Spring training may still be a few weeks off, but Beach Little League is just about ready to begin their season and they could use some help.
Our Fort Myers Beach Little League season runs from late February to mid-May. The program serves about 100 boys and girls from age 4-18. A fact that may surprise a few in our community — Beach Little League, an all volunteer organization, has been teaching boys and girls how to play baseball and softball here since 1955, when the first volunteers created the fields they still play on at Bay Oaks Recreation Center – over 60 years of Beach baseball.
Registration is now available online at FMBLL.com. This year the fee is just $50 and as always, scholarships are available. Players need to provide their own glove and cleats. Practice begins in early February for most teams.
The Little League program needs a little bit of help from the Island community. They could use some volunteers to help umpire, run the concession stand, keep score or help coach. Most games are played on Saturdays. Even if you’re a snowbird retiree who heads north in April, Island kids could use your help.
Sponsors are also needed. Whether you can sponsor one child or a whole team, Beach Little League asks local residents and businesses to consider being a part of the great tradition of baseball and softball on Fort Myers Beach.
If you have a few hours to spend helping kids play baseball or can help sponsor a child or a team, contact League President Shannon Orlandini at 239-285-5015 or Vice-Presidents Tim Cherry 239-839-8950 or Charlie Whitehead 239-233-1018.