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Calexico Little League parents want level field

January 10, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Before the Little League season begins in March, parents of the ball players here vowed to make sure the teams are even strength and the fields are clean.

At a meeting of more than 20 parents Wednesday night at the Camarena Memorial Library, it was clear that those were two big problems last year.

At the end of the hour-plus meeting, Wilfredo Real, Little League board president, said he will not be able to continue as 2002 president because of scheduling concerns.

He apologized for any perceived competitive imbalance last year.

"What's done is done," he said.

Sign-ups for the 2002 season are taking place at the Calexico Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday this month.


After the kids are signed up they will be divided into 22 teams; majors, minors and T-ball.

What happens after the sign-ups concerned a few parents.

They asked Real and some of the future board members gathered in the library's back room to consider new ways to divide the teams because some teams in the minors division were stacked.

Real said that was not the case in the majors division.

Before the meeting was ended at 7:40 p.m., there was general consensus the new board and coaches of the various teams needed to make sure the minor teams were as evenly matched as possible.

Some parents stuck to their guns, however, and said the big skill-level differences in the teams last year could be attributed to the dedication of the respective coaches.

In other league news, board vice president Maricela Arambula said there will be the same number of teams as last year, even though national Little League officials in Williamsport, Pa., are considering requiring Calexico to split the majors division into two leagues because of population increases here.

She said the league plans to stick with the same number of teams despite national officials grumbling because Calexico was barely able to fill the upper division teams it fielded last year.

T-ball teams, on the other hand, are always full, she said. Parents interested in getting their child in a T-ball league should register early.

As for the condition of the fields, the parents said they would step to the plate and clean up even if the city isn't able to help.

Mayor Victor Carrillo has been vocal in his support of the city's Little League but some of the parents said they have had a hard time contacting city Public Works employees regarding the condition of the grass and infields.

Registration is $45 for this season. Arambula said that money goes toward insurance and uniforms.

The league ran $2,712.15 in the black last year, according to numbers provided at the meeting.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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