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North Reading Little League has opened registration for the 2020 spring season. We offer fun, instructional, and competitive baseball leagues for boys and girls ages 4-16, and welcome returning players, new players, and those who’ve taken a year or two off from the game. We want to see you playing ball at Benevento Park next spring.
NRLL is offering a special preseason price of $205 (until Jan. 31, 2020) – that’s a savings of $45 off the regular price for our Instructional, Farm, Minors, Majors, and Big Diamond leagues. Tee-Ball (ages 4 and 5) is just $125 and NRLL is again offering a “thank you” price of just $45 for all 16-year-olds. Sign up today to take advantage of this discount.
Learn more about North Reading Little League and all our programs by visiting www.nrll.org.
In addition to registering your son/daughter, you can volunteer to coach by clicking on the link.
Note: To coach, you must select volunteer or we won’t know you are interested. This is separate from the background/Sex Offender process. That link is sent once the Board approves all the coaches.
Tryouts for North Reading’s 2020 Middlesex Big Diamond League Select Team – open to all of the town’s seventh and eighth graders – will take place Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Hood School.
North Reading is a founding member of the MBDL, a competitive Big Diamond league that features several local towns, including Wilmington, Woburn, Wakefield, Stoneham, and Lynnfield. The season features 12-14 games and runs from early April through the end of the May.
All players chosen for the Select Team will also play in the MBDL Senior Division.
Those 13s who aren’t chosen for the Select Team, or decide not to tryout, will be placed in the MBDL Intermediate Division, a 50/70 (50-foot pitching distance, 70-foot bases) league facing those same towns. The 14s not chosen or who don’t tryout will play in the 60/90 Senior Division. These are sign-up leagues open to all NRLL players.
MBDL schedules are designed to avoid conflicts to allow players to participate in both leagues.
In addition, 12-year-olds who are playing in NRLL Majors are eligible to play in the 50/70 Intermediate Division.
For more information about the North Reading MBDL tryouts, contact coach Marco Vittozzi at
(978) 857-8534. For more info about the MBDL structure for next spring, contact Ed Cady at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Reading Little League/North Reading Diamond Club fall baseball program — for youngsters who will be baseball ages 5-8 in 2020 – will begin Wednesday, September 11, and run through Wednesday, October 23.
Registration for the NRLL program (cost $125) is online at: https://northreadinglittleleague.sportssignup.com
The Diamond Club is also running fall programs for youngsters ages 9-12 and 13-16.
For more information on these programs, contact NRLL Player Development Director Marco Vittozzi at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you on the baseball diamond this fall!
Five players from North Reading Little League were part of the American/Italian youth team that captured the 2019 Sala Baganza International Baseball Tournament earlier this August in Italy.
Nick Ciardiello, Ryan Baker, Jared Macdonald, Sam Morelli, and Zach Rosatone played for the squad — which was coached by NRLL Player Development Director Marco Vittozzi and NRLL Board member Jim Demetri — that capped its title run with a 12-6 victory over the Czech Republic in the final. Also on the squad was Claudio di Ronza, who played for Team Italy in this year’s Little League World Series in Williamsport.
Accompanying the team on the trip was former North Reading high school baseball coach Frank Carey.
Pictured are: (Back row, left to right) Jim Demetri (assistant head coach), Marco Vittozzi (head coach), Nick Ciardiello, coach Vin Bonano, Leonardo Gattelli (Italy), Ian Visnick, Dominick Gabardi, Ryan Baker, Jared Macdonald, Sam Morelli, Francesco Roero (Italy), Marco Armillei (coach from Italy) coach Frank Carey, coach Sergio Coviello; (Front row) Linda Pelletier, Luca Gabardi, James Churchill, Matteo Casadio (Italy), Matt Elwell, Zach Rosatone, and Claudio DiRonza.
The North Reading Little League Hornets put on their game faces on August 3 and brought home the 2019 Jimmy Fund 9/10 Year-Old District Championship title by defeating the Wilmington Wildcats, 13-8, on a beautiful morning for baseball at Weafer Park in Woburn.
Inspired while lined up on the infield before the 1st pitch by a stirring rendition of The Star Spangled Banner over the loudspeaker – and following an epic win-or-go-home extra-inning battle two days earlier – this resolute team of gamers completed another stunning comeback in front of some raucous home-grown NR traveling fan support.
Sparked by gritty pitching and a lock-down defense, the stymied offense was allowed just enough opportunity to come alive over some tense middle-innings that saw emotions run high, with solid contributions up and down the lineup and aggressive running on the base paths to turn an early five-run deficit into the five-run margin of victory.
This hard-earned “W” capped a fun summer of baseball for the nearly 100 North Reading kids ages 8-12 who competed in three separate divisions against neighboring towns through the Jimmy Fund Little League regular season and playoffs. NRLL also ran the Jimmy Fund Sandlot Series for nearly 50 young ballplayers in the 4-7 year-old range – all while supporting a great cause that is still taking donations through September 13 to help Take a Swing at Cancer.
Thanks for all your support!
A HIGH BENCH MARK — Members of NRLL’s 9/10-year-old Jimmy Fund team show their game faces prior to knocking off Wilmington for the District title on Aug. 4. Pictured are (left to right) Ryan DiCarlo, Ian Baker, Harry Wells, Mikey Corvino, Lucas Carbal, Cole Verdonck, Hendrik Schomp, Brendan Nelson, Jackson Merrill, Anthony Giordano, Gavin Griffith. Most Valuable Vacationing Players: Damien Pagliuca and Vincent Pagliuca,