Published : Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 7:50 AM
The Pasadena Southwest Little League is looking for a few good players.
Registration for Pasadena Southwest Little League (www.pswll.com) 2020 Spring Season has opened. The league is open to boys and girls ages 5-14.
Last year, PSWLL enrolled over 400 players and assembled 34 teams. But this year, PSWLL is looking to increase enrollment.
“We’ve been providing an outstanding youth sports program for children in our community for over 60 years,” said Southwest President George Hasbun. “I’m a big proponent of youth sports. Kids learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and build friendships that can last a lifetime.”
Hasbun is on a mission to get kids outside and playing on teams. He thinks it’s important that kids get off the couch and out onto the fields.
“We provide excellent coaching and a quality Little League experience for boys and girls of all skill levels,” Hasbun said.
While Pasadena Southwest Little League had approximately 400 kids last year, Hasbun said he’d like to get 500 this year.
“We’re also trying to get more of an Internet presence because that’s how people learn about events in their community nowadays,” he said.
In order to register, Hasbun said people should go to the website (www.pswll.com) to sign up. The can also follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/
The future of Little League
There has been a decline in Little League nationwide, Hasbun said. And it’s because of a variety of competing activities.
“Kids are busy participating in so many activities,” he said. “Baseball has gone by the wayside and kids prefer to play video games or play other sports. One of the things that’s happened is enrollment has declined. Other leagues in the district have had to combine and merge so they can form enough teams.”
“Little League is a great learning experience,” Hasbun said. “It’s great to be part of a community and what’s nice about Little League is they restrict your enrollment to the boundaries of where you live or go to school, so you are truly playing with friends and neighbors in your community.”
Hasbun said declining enrollment is offset by getting kids involved when they’re younger.
“Our league had an increase in enrollment in the last few years because we’ve worked hard to develop a family-friendly T-ball program at Grant Park ” he said. “Many families enjoy the experience so much they continue playing.”
Seeing the Value in Playing Youth Sports
But Hasbun is hopeful people will see the value in playing youth sports.
“Playing in the outdoors is important,” he said. “And we do our best to create a family-friendly atmosphere where kids can develop their baseball skills from our positive coaches.”
Registration information, including fees, age and residency verification is available on the website (www.pswll.com). All levels of ability are welcome. Boys and girls 5 through 14 years of age who attend school in the borders or reside within the boundaries are eligible to participate in the Little League programs.
To find out where the children should play, go to www.littleleague.org/
PSWLL is planning the following divisions: Juniors: 13 and 14 year olds, majors in the 12 year olds group with some 11 year olds; AAA Minors in the10 year olds with some 11 and 9 year olds; AA Minors in the 8-9 year olds, coach-pitch, transitioning to some kid-pitch; Farm in the machine pitch with 7 and 8 year olds, with some 6 year olds and T-Ball: 5 and 6 year olds.
For more visit the Pasadena Southwest Little League at www.pswll.com .
Registration for the 2020 Spring Season is for boys and girls ages 5-14 .