Start of ball season in the WORKS
by Ed Wendell
Feb 05, 2020 | 1771 views | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The mild winter so far makes it easier to start turning our thoughts to spring, and for a lot of kids around Woodhaven that means getting ready to play baseball. Opening day is April 19, just about 70 days away!

WORKS Little League is currently holding open registrations for the 2020 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.”

The league offers T-ball, baseball, girls softball, and a Challenger league for children with special needs. Boys and girls from ages four through 15 are welcome to join.

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, or 11421. A copy of the child’s birth certificate and a copy of proof of residency that shows the zip code are required.

WORKS will be holding registration at 84-01 Jamaica Avenue on the 2nd floor above the bank at the corner of Forest Parkway for the next few weeks. Here is the schedule:

• Friday, February 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

• Thursday, February 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

• Friday, February 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

• Saturday, February 22, 2-4 p.m.

• Friday, February 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The registration fee is $100 per child for all divisions with the exception of the Challenger Division, which is $75 per family. Please make sure to bring proof of your child's age (passport or birth certificate) and proof of residence (cable bill, rent or maintenance charge receipt, utility bill, etc.).

WORKS Little League only accepts cash, check or money order. If you have questions, you can contact someone from WORKS Little League at (718) 847-9633 or workslittleleague@gmail.com.

If you wish to register online instead, visit workslittleleague.org.

We are always looking for more volunteers and coaches. If interested please email us.

The season starts next month with Team Picture Day, where the players 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 held 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 an organized sport teaches your child the value of teamwork and working 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 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 left on the sidelines. Play ball!
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