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Castaic-area Little League skips season in bid to regroup

Posted: October 7, 2013 11:58 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2013 11:58 a.m.
Little League player Lukas Berger in the 2012 season. Courtesy photo Little League player Lukas Berger in the 2012 season. Courtesy photo
Little League player Lukas Berger in the 2012 season. Courtesy photo

The Santa Clarita Valley Little League, formerly Castaic Little League, will take the 2014 fall season off in hopes of regrouping and coming out stronger in the spring, its president said today.

“We’re undergoing a restructuring process — we’re going to skip a year,” said President Tom Frohling. “When we get into the spring we’re going to hold a series of clinics and a series of sand lot days to reintroduce ourselves to the entire valley.”

Established in 1997, the league has seen dwindling participation in recent years, Frohling said. Its early years saw more than 200 players participating. However, only 65 players participated in the 2013 year, all or most of them from Castaic.

“We’ll be back in June,” Frohling pledged.

The league has suffered from lack of name recognition, too few fields to play on and a perception among many SCV residents that Castaic is too far away to bother driving to, he said.

“It’s five minutes (away from the rest of the Santa Clarita Valley), but perception-wise we might as well be in Ventura,” Frohling said.

“One of the things we’re going to do is to try to play more games down in the Newhall and Stevenson Ranch areas,” both Santa Clarita Valley communities that are closer to Castaic than to parts of Santa Clarita, he said.

The league hopes to attract players from Stevenson Ranch, Newhall, Saugus, Castaic and West Ranch.
Its Board of Directors plans to secure more playing fields by working with Santa Clarita and Castaic school districts as well as Los Angeles County supervisors.

Frohling noted the Santa Clarita Valley also sports a PONY league, which plays on fields near central Santa Clarita. But he said the purpose of Little League is different than that of PONY league.

“I just want the boys and girls to play the game and learn the game and have fun playing the game,” he said.

The Santa Clarita Valley has another Little League that is longer-established and better-known than the Santa Clarita Valley Little League. Canyon Country Little League plays on its own fields at 16054 Sierra Highway in Canyon Country.

Santa Clarita Valley Little League is chartered as Castaic Little League with Little League International, a spokeswoman confirmed.




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