WPCNR PRESS BOX. From White Plains Little League. November 1, 2003: The White Plains Little League introduces Instant Online Registration for the Spring baseball/softball season beginning today on the internet at the all-new WPLL website: www.eteamz.com/WhitePlainsLittleLeague. The Online Registration period is from November 1 through December 14th.
December 14 is the deadline for registering for the 2003 season.Parents may register online using a credit card, saving themselves a trip to the inperson registration scheduled for December 12 and 14.
Inperson Registration will be conducted 2 days only at Ridgeway School, White Plains in the cafeteria on Thursday evening, December 14 from 6 PM to 9 PM, and Saturday, December 14, from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Ages 5 to 15 Can Play. Must register by December 14.
Parents wishing to register their children from ages 5 to 15, in Tee Ball, Instructional 1, Instructional 2, Machine Pitch, Minors, Major, and Senior baseball and softball are required to register by December 14, otherwise they will be placed on the Waiting List and run the risk of their child not being able to participate.
Parents will have the opportunity to meet league officers, and have their questions about league play answered at the in-person registrations on December 12th and December 14.
Fees for 2003
Due to continuing increased costs for uniforms and equipment, WPLL is announcing an increase in its registration fee. The fee for Tee Ball, Instructional I, Instructional II and Machine Pitch Divisions will be $75.
The fee for the Minors, Majors and Seniors baseball and softball divisions will be $90. The higher fees for these three divisions is due to an increase in umpiring fees.
Multiple Child Discounts! Late Registration Penalty.
Parents registering three or more children will pay a flat fee of $200. A late fee of $25 per child will be assessed for those registering after the December 14 deadline, and a $25 late fee only for a family registering three or more children.
Uniform Costs, Equipment Upgrades Contribute to Fee Increase
Although league sponsors help offset the cost of uniforms and equipment, WPLL continues to maintain one of the lowest registration fee rates in Westchester County. Other towns charge $100 per participant on average. Additionally, assistance scholarships are available. WPLL has never turned away anyone due to financial difficulties. Each player receives a major league replica baseball cap, uniform shirt, pants and socks.
Opening Day April 5, 2003
The Spring 2003 season Opening Pitch will be officially thrown on Saturday, April 5, with the annual WPLL Opening Day Parade and Opening Day Games. The spring season runs through June 22, and includes a 12-game regular season schedule, and a single elimination playoff format for the minors, majors and seniors divisions only. Games are played weeknights at 6 PM, Saturdays beginning at 9 AM with games schedule through the day, and Sundays, beginning at 11 A.M.
Registration Moved to Provide Better Team Preparation
Newly elected WPLL President, Billy Ward, said the registration period was moved up to December 2002 for the upcoming 2003 season, by necessity, to insure uniforms would be ordered and distributed to all teams by March at less cost.
He said the December 14 deadline, it is hoped, will result in timely tryouts in the minors, majors, and seniors divisions, allowing the league to complete its draft process in a timely manner. The objective is to form teams by mid-February enabling more team practices and clinics starting shortly thereafter.
Trying out for the big leagues? NO PROBLEM. Moneyback if you make a Middle School, JV, Varsity team.
WPPL League Information officer, Billy Wooters, advised parents that players expecting to tryout for the middle school and private schools junior varsity and varsity school teams that if they make another team and choose not to play WPLL, they would receive a full refund.
However, Ward and Wooters indicated it was necessary if they thought they were going to play in Little League, that their parents must register them before the December 14 deadline.
Board of Directors elected
The all-volunteer 2003 White Plains Little League Board of Directors was officially elected on September 26, 2002. WPLL Board of Directors positions are in place for a required period of one year only (calendar year October 1 through September 30) as per Little League Headquarters, Williamsport, PA.
A safer, more big league Little League
WPLL announced it would continue to enhance the quality of uniforms and equipment with an eye to safety and durability. WPLL has also indicated it would continue to insure the safety of all participants with its continuing efforts with the City of White Plains on field improvements. A significant amount of field improvements have been made over the past few years and will continue going forward. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact e-mail the league at email@example.com.