A Look Back – Southside Rangers win City Championship!

As the August days come to an end, it’s a great time to look back at a great season of Southside Little League Baseball.  On June 28th, Southside hosted the Minors Division City LIttle League Championship, a double-header that started with games at School #12 and Marie Daley Park and finished with the Championship Game under the lights at our home field.  In an amazing Minors season, our three Southside Teams, the Rangers, Cubs, and Creepers, all managed to advance to the semifinals of the 8 team tournament that also featured teams from Eastside and Genesee Valley Little Leagues.  Our own Southside Rangers defeated the Southside Creepers in the semifinals by a score of 16-8 and went on to win the Championship over the Southside Cubs by a score of 6-3.  Overall, it was a great season that showed that in our 60th year, Southside Baseball is Back!

 

A victorious Southside Rangers squad celebrates their city championship.

A victorious Southside Rangers squad celebrates their city championship.

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Southside Little League Family Picnic – Friday, June 27th

Thumbs Up to a Great Season!

Thumbs Up to a Great Season!

Celebrating 60 years as a Little League here in Rochester, NY, Southside Little League is excited to announce our family picnic, taking place on Friday, June 27th.  This will be a great celebration of the season we have had this year.  Here are some key details for what to expect for the Family Picnic:

  • We will meet at Marie Daley Park at 5:30pm (160 Gregory Street) where coaches and players will gather together.  We will then parade up Gregory Street and then down South Avenue to our fields at School #12.
  • RSVP’s that include food order (Hot Dog/Burger/Veggie Option) need to be in to Jen Galley by THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 20TH.  Our Southside Players eat free but parents/siblings/other family members are $4/person.  You can pay the night of the picnic but we need to know numbers for ordering so please RSVP as soon as you can.
  • Families are asked to bring a dish to pass: Tee Ball/Rookies Baseball families are responsible for Sides and Salads, Rookies Softball families are asked to bring drinks, and Minors/Juniors families will take care of Desserts.
  • Presentation of Teams and Awards will take place after we eat.
  • And for a special treat, we will have a Coach Softball game at 8pm under the lights at our main field.  This will be a great opportunity to have some fun and for us all to cheer on the great coaches who made this such a wonderful experience for our boys and girls this year.

A Response to the D&C’s “A Salute to SOTA” Softball Article

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The following letter is in response to the recent online article by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle’s Jeff DiVeronica.  You can find the original article, titled “A Salute to SOTA and an idea: county softball can help city girls” online.

Dear Jeff,

Thank you for highlighting the excellent School of The Arts softball team in your recent article. They are indeed impressive, no matter how their season ends in the sectional playoffs. However, coming from the perspective of a local chartered Little League—Southside Little League— representing the Southeast section of the City of Rochester, we feel strongly that your plea at best missed the mark and at worst, is a classic example of the negatively focused journalism that plagues even the smallest of accomplishments of RCSD students. Instead of seeing the undefeated record of these SOTA Silverhawks and asking and pursuing why they have been so successful (I’ll give you a hint: it’s directly due to an excellent youth softball program put out by our colleagues at Eastside Little League over the last decade), you stooped to a biased, lazy answer that doubts their abilities and the need for a group of suburban programs to swoop in to “save” city softball. I think further investigation would find that we have robust and growing Little Leagues on the Eastside and Southside of the city, which both include softball programs for young girls. We have good equipment, great coaches, and some sharp uniforms. However, what many city programs lack is access and opportunity. If you look harder, and partner with us, the stories are there, from the Rochester Youth Baseball Coalition’s work to get more City children involved in playing baseball and softball, to the return of Genesee Valley League after years of dormancy on the city’s west side, to the spirited ballplayers of our own growing Southside Little League, whose diversity reflects the vibrant neighborhoods that we serve, including Highland Park, Park Ave, and the South Wedge. Over this past winter, we were able to offer for our Little Leaguers indoor instruction over the winter months for the first time in the history of Southside Little League. However, we needed the power of partnership to pull this off, from Turf Time, who offered both a reasonably priced indoor space and connection to varsity level instructors, to local businesses Cypherworx, Inc. and Cobblestone Capital Advisors, LLC, who provided financial support. Our winter program is clearly paying off in both results on the diamond and social connection and camaraderie for our players. Despite the struggles that some families and children experience in our fair city, the last thing we need is outsiders coming in with the kind of patronizing attitude that you display in your article. What we do need, however, is investment: investment at the city, county, and state level in fields and facilities to grow the sports of softball and baseball, investment from local businesses and foundations to help expand opportunities, including off-season programs and instruction, and investment from our local media to help spread the word of both our needs and the amazing experiences our city youth softball and baseball programs provide for all of our athletes.

We would love to invite you to experience what our Little League softball and baseball programs have to offer in the City of Rochester, and maybe even a chance to sit down with our Co-president and lead of our softball programs, Meghan Delehanty Reddington, a former All-County and Division 1 softball player or with Robin Wagstrom-Arnone, who heads up the amazing youth softball programs at Eastside Little League.

Sincerely,

Southside Little League – www.southsidelittleleague.comsouthsidelittleleague@live.com

Co-president – Sean Hanna

Co-president – Meghan Delehanty Reddington

Communications Director – Craig Cypher

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Thanks to Our “Shed Cleanup” Volunteers For a Fresh Look for 2014

On Saturday, March 23rd a dedicated group of volunteers consisting of Southside Little League parents and board members spent a frosty afternoon to work on cleanup and improvements to our equipment shed.  This group provided some much needed organization and put in built in shelving to help keep all of our field maintenance and sports equipment in great shape for the upcoming season.

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Minors Baseball “Skills Assessments” – Saturday April 5th from 2pm to 4pm

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On Saturday, April 5th at our home fields at School #12 (999 South Avenue), we will hold a special “Skills Assessment” for all Minors Baseball players.  This special session, run by our Minors Coaches, allows us to meet the Minors Baseball players and ensure that we set up teams that are fair and equitable for the 2014 Season.  The session will take place from 2pm to 4pm, “Rain or Shine”, with the Gymnasium at the adjacent South Avenue Recreation Center serving as an alternative if the weather does not cooperate.  All players are asked to bring a glove and to be prepared to have some fun and get a little dirty.  We will spend time throwing, fielding, baserunning, and hitting to get ready for the season.  Hope to see you there! 

Attention All Coaches! 1st Meeting of the Season April 3rd.

Retro Little League

Retro Little League

Was that sunshine we saw today?  That means Spring is coming, and along with it, the start of the Little League season.  Our first coach meeting of the 2014 Season will take place on Thursday, April 3rd at 7pm. The location is  the New Life Presbyterian Church at the corner of Monroe Avenue and Rosedale Street in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood (243 Rosedale Street).  The meeting will provide a chance to meet your fellow coaches, learn about resources for practice and game planning, and receive your equipment for the new season.  Please use the contact form below to RSVP or you can EMail our Coaching Coordinator directly to let him know if you will be able to attend.

Special Movie Event!

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Sign up for Southside Little League and stay to watch a family baseball classic!

Saturday, February 8th – SPECIAL MOVIE/REGISTRATION EVENT:

  • RegistrationTime: 11:30am to 1pm
  • Location: The Cinema – 957 South Clinton Avenue – Rochester, 14620
  • Details: Southside Little League is sponsoring a special event.  Come on down to register for Southside Little League and then stay for a FREE showing of kid and family friendly baseball movie “Angels in the Outfield” at 12:30pm.  Anyone who registers on February 1st is also welcome to attend!

2014 Little League Registration – February 1st and February 8th

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It may be cold and snowy now, but baseball season is around the corner.

Registration for the 2014 season is almost here!  Sign-ups for all divisions will take place on Saturday, February 1st and Saturday, February 8th.  This year Southside Little League will offer:

  • Tee-Ball (for 4 through 6 year old boys and girls)
  • Rookies Baseball (Coach-pitch baseball for 6 and 7 year old boys and girls)
  • Minors Softball (Kid-pitch softball for 8, 9, and 10 year old girls)
  • Minors Baseball (Kid-pitch baseball for 8, 9, and 10 year old boys and girls)
  • Majors Baseball (Kid-pitch baseball for 11 and 12 year old boys)

Saturday, February 1st:

  • Time: 10am to 1pm
  • Location: South Avenue Community Center – 999 South Avenue – Rochester, 14620
  • Details: Come on down to the South Avenue Community Center – adjacent to J.P. Duffy School #12 on South Avenue.  For directions, click HERE.  And please be sure to bring your insurance card.

Saturday, February 8th – SPECIAL MOVIE/REGISTRATION EVENT:

  • Time: 11:30am to 1pm
  • Location: The Cinema – 957 South Clinton Avenue – Rochester, 14620
  • Details: Southside Little League is sponsoring a special event.  Come on down to register for Southside Little League and then stay for a FREE showing of kid and family friendly baseball movie “Angels in the Outfield” at 12:30pm.  Anyone who registers on February 1st is also welcome to attend!

Questions?  Drop us a line!:

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