AAU baseball is back in South Florida.
The organization recently announced that the Florida Gold Coast District will host a new travel league and several tournaments over the winter and into spring.
Coaches meetings will be held on December 17, with the travel league running from January 17 to May 22.
The travel league is 14U, with registration starting January 9. It will consist of a regular season and a playoff tournament.
Tournaments include the Presidents Day AAU Super Regional, the March Madness National Championship Qualifier, and the Bringing the Heat International Championship Qualifier.
Visit http://www.playaaubaseball.com/florida-gold-coast for more information.
Walker, Louisiana to Build Ball Field for Special Needs Youth
A field for children with special needs in Walker, Louisiana should be completed by as early as next year.
In partnership with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, the city of Walker is designing a ballfield tailored toward children with special needs at the Sidney Hutchinson Park.
The city has raised nearly $90,000 in pledges and donations for the field, which will cost approximately $422,000.
Currently, 80 children with physical and mental disabilities participate in the Walker Recreation Department’s Challenger Division, and the field would allow more than double that number, with children from other parishes being able to participate.
Curtis Granderson Mentors Chicago Kids at Baseball Camp
Despite his Mets beating the Cubs in the National League Championship Series, Curtis Granderson is still well-liked in his native Chicago.
Granderson held a youth baseball camp recently in Chicago’s West Side with over 200 youngsters where campers, among other questions, asked how he could beat the beloved Chicago Cubs.
“Because I don’t play for the Cubs,” he responded.
Granderson also donated half the funds to build a youth stadium in Chicago that bears his name.
He holds the camp yearly to promote baseball among inner city children. He said the interactions with the kids are just as important to him as teaching the fundamentals.