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Quick Survey on Scarsdale Little League - 4 questions -

Your input is greatly appreciated. Please read the explanation below about the potential addition of Travel teams in the spring, and click on the link to answer 4 short questions.  We erred on the side of more information than less. But the survey/poll should take no more than 1 to 2 minutes to complete. 

Survey is found at the link below or on the home page of the website:

Following a successful summer program, many Scarsdale residents have expressed interest in additional travel baseball teams.  Traditionally, SLL has fielded travel teams for 5th grade and up (through 8th) during the spring season. The travel program has been complemented by the “in-house” Scarsdale Little League program for all grades: K-8.

During the fall, we have historically fielded only travel teams for 7th and 8th grade.  (“13U”)  This fall, based on strong community demand, we have expanded the program to include travel teams for 5th grade and up.  Specifically, we added 10U, 11U, and 12U teams, in addition to the in-house program for 4th through 6th grades.

We are in the process of soliciting approval for travel programs to include the 3rd and 4th graders – not only in the fall for 2015, but also in this spring.  This process involves making a presentation to the Parks and Recreation Committee of the Village of Scarsdale (PRC).  Their current policy permits 4th grade travel teams with the PRC's approval and currently does not allow for 3rd grade travel programs.

As many of you know, travel programs are more competitive and require higher player commitment.  Players are asked to participate in an evaluation, with not all participants making a travel team.  Evaluations are conducted by a neutral, 3rd party professional organization. We believe that having more travel teams allows more players the chance to play.     



Of course, it would be a parent’s choice whether they wish their son or daughter participate in an evaluation.  Of note, these additional travel programs would have no effect on any of the Village’s inclusive in-house leagues, as well as the development clinics that SLL began offering two years ago.

It is the view of SLL that additional travel teams have proven to be a great experience for our players – a high quality, lower cost option which helps build our Scarsdale baseball program within the community without having to rely on outside programs.  

Many of you have requested SLL to provide this programming to avoid having to incur higher cost and longer travel times and to allow their son or daughter to continue playing with their friends.  In addition, we have seen that once some of these players go to outside programs, some do not return to play for Scarsdale travel programs. This hurts competitiveness, number of players and quality of the overall experience. 

From a baseball perspective, getting to know the players and building a cohesive team at earlier ages also allow Scarsdale to compete on a level playing field with neighboring towns that begin their travel programs at earlier ages.

Please take a minute to give us your feedback which will be helpful for us in evaluating new programs as well making an informed and inclusive presentation to the PRC)



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