Almanac

Sports - December 29, 2010

Banner year for M-A Little League

Submitted by Carla Posthauer, board member of Menlo-Atherton Little League.

Menlo-Atherton Little League wrapped up the 2010 season with more than 500 registrations, the largest ever. This represents 15 to 20 percent of eligible kids within the League's boundaries.

The league is proud of its many accomplishments during the season. Several are listed here.

• In the spring, the League was one of four sports leagues in the nation to receive the "Honor the Game" award from the Positive Coaching Alliance. This award recognizes leagues that promote good sportsmanship by parents as well as players.

• Each year, the winning Majors teams (11-12 year olds) from the M-A and Alpine Little Leagues play for the "City Championship." This year M-A's Mike's Cafe won the title, the first time in five years that an M-A League team won the game. In addition, the tradition has been extended to the AAA level (9-10 year olds), and an M-A team, the Volcanoes, also won the "City Championship" title this year.

• Player development opportunities with non-league professionals were offered to all players throughout the season. The League strives to round-out traditional coaching with clinics to help fine-tune skills.

• The League provides "real situation" coach training, which includes a session with professionals from the Positive Coaching Alliance. In addition, there is a session for parents on how to promote positive support from the stands.

• At the second annual Hit-a-Thon at Burgess Park, players swung the bat for fun while supporting the League.

• In the spirit of offering baseball to all, the League is dedicated to it's Challenger Division, for children with disabilities, and Juniors Division, for players age 13 and up (beyond the traditional Little League years).

• To better serve the youngest players, the League implemented a first- and second-year level of T-Ball play.

• The League increased communication through newsletters, its website, and announcements of events and award winners in local papers.

• Due to the efforts of a few M-A Little League board members, all fields the League uses, from Las Lomitas to Burgess, were given high levels of grooming and care above and beyond their regular maintenance.

• Finally, the League received a 90 percent-plus satisfaction rating in its online survey of parents and players.

Boys and girls between the ages of 5-1/2 and 16 (by April 30, 2011) are eligible to participate in the 2011 season. Registration will begin in mid-December. The M-A Little League boundaries are west of U.S. 101 and east of El Camino in Menlo Park (incorporated area only), and all of Atherton.

Visit www.m-all.org for more information.

Registration

Spring registration is now open for the Menlo-Atherton Little League. The league offers six levels of play for boys and girls ages 5-1/2 to 16, who live in Menlo Park, from U.S. 101 to El Camino Real, or in Atherton. Go to m-all.org to sign up. Deadline for registration is Jan. 17.

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