It's cold, but baseball is in the 'WORKS'
by Ed Wendell
Jan 10, 2018 | 608 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The ground may be frozen and covered in snow, but beneath all that ice is a baseball field waiting for some sun and some players, and it won’t be long before we have both.

WORKS Little League is currently holding open registrations for the 2018 season, a local tradition for young boys and girls stretching back to the 1950s. Formerly known as Rich-Haven, WORKS stands for Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and South Ozone Park.

WORKS will be holding registration at 84-01 Jamaica Avenue (on the 2nd Floor above the bank at the corner of Forest Parkway) on January 11, 12, 19 and 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If you have questions, you can contact someone from WORKS Little League at (718) 847-9633, (646) 522-3526 or You can also find out more information at, or if you are on Facebook, you can search for WORKS Little League.

Teams are available for boys and girls from four to 16 years old. There is also a girls’ softball division and the Challenger Division for children with special needs. The registration fee is $110 ($75 per family for the Challenger Division) and includes the uniform and hat.

To be eligible, your child must legally reside in the following zip codes: 11415, 11416 and 11417 (east of Cross Bay Boulevard), 11418, 11419, 11420, and 11421. A copy of the child’s birth certificate and a copy of proof of residency that shows the zip code are required.

Although it might not look like it outside your window, baseball season is lurking right around the corner. The first pitch is thrown at the beginning of April, just over 75 days away.

When your child becomes a member of WORKS Little League they will be able to take part in Team Picture Day, which is usually in March. This is a hugely popular event where the young ballplayers get to pose with their team, or take individual pictures that can be printed on collectible items, such as baseball cards.

And the big annual WORKS Little League Parade will be on a Saturday in April. Hundreds of players, coaches and parents will march down Jamaica Avenue and up Forest Parkway to the Forest Park Bandshell.

It is all part of the wonderful experience of playing in a team sport in your community that so many of us grew up with.

Over the past few years, I have gotten so many questions from parents looking to sign up their little boy or girl for baseball, yet those questions always seem to come when the season is almost over. The thing parents need to realize is that the season doesn’t start in May or June, the start is right around the corner!

Besides the obvious benefits of exercise, playing in organized ball teaches your child the value of teamwork and working together with others. Through WORKS Little League they will make friends and enjoy experiences that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

If one doubts that, just ask anyone who played in Little League as a child. Even an old-timer such as myself can remember in great detail the parades, the sunny days on the ball field in Forest Park, and the kids I played alongside, some of whom I still call friends these many decades later.

WORKS Little League has thrived for over a half-century because of strong local sponsorship and because of active parent participation. Additional sponsorship is always appreciated. Contact the league if your business is interested in sponsoring a team. Your business name will be proudly displayed on your team’s hat the entire year.

As for parent participation, unfortunately that has been in slow decline over the years. So if you are interested in coaching your child’s team, you will find very willing partners in WORKS Little League.

So to all potential players, coaches and sponsors, don’t pay attention to the frost on the grass because there are sunny days ahead, and they’ll soon be filled by the crack of a baseball bat and the chatter of young ballplayers. Don’t get caught on the sidelines. Play ball!

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