By Connor Linske
Montgomery Little League is in dire need of volunteers. Specifically, the league is looking for team managers, coaches, equipment managers, umpires, field maintenance staff and board members.
“It’s going in the direction that could possibly disband by the end of September,” Town of Montgomery Deputy Supervisor Ron Feller said regarding the status of the league.
Feller, who has served as a coach and a board member for the league, added that they have struggled to attract players. The league once touted approximately 600 players and now only has about 300.
The Walden and Maybrook Little Leagues also had trouble drawing players and volunteers, which ultimately led to their dispansion. In recent years, Walden has run Cal Ripken Baseball and Softball Leagues, which will be disbanded this year. Walden’s players will join Montgomery Little League in an effort to give the athletes the opportunity to play.
Feller noted that it is important to maintain Montgomery Little League because of its benefit to the local economy. After games, parents take athletes to local restaurants, which bolsters their sales. He added that the league also provides children exercise.
“It’s really good for the kids to get them out of the house to play,” Feller said.
Those interested in a volunteer position with Montgomery Little League can contact Dustin Brundage, their incoming vice president, at 845-649-5269. Late registration for the league’s baseball program is open until Saturday, April 10. Additional information regarding player enrollment and team schedules can be found on the league’s website (https://montgomeryllny.com/home).
The Village of Montgomery Little League has been around for 62 years and offers baseball and softball programs for all children ages 4-16 who reside in the Valley Central School District.