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A Coupeville softball player works on her swing. (Jennifer Marzocca photos)

Chloe Marzocca’s mitt, perfect for the Age of Coronavirus.

“Two outs, one swing to win it all.”

Bring your bats, gloves, and masks.

After a spring lost to Covid-19, Central Whidbey Little League is back in business, with plans to play games between April and June.

There are some pandemic restrictions in place, but the hope is to get a complete season in the books.

Schedules have been set for Minors and Rookies Baseball, as well as Minors and Juniors softball, all of which can be found below.

The T-Ball season is set to run from May 10 to June 18, but the schedule is still being tinkered on.

There is a MANDATORY parent/family meeting Saturday, April 17 at Rhododendron Park (1 PM) for everyone involved in T-Ball.

CWLL is also still seeking T-Ball coaches, and umpires for Juniors and Minors Softball and Minors Baseball.

If interested, contact centralwhidbeyll@gmail.com.

 

Schedules:

 

BASEBALL – MINORS:

Mon-April 12 — South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Mon-April 19 — @ South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Sat-April 24 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (11:00)
Mon-April 26 — South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Sat-May 1 — North Whidbey 3 — (11:00)
Mon-May 3 — @ South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Sat-May 8 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (2:00)
Mon-May 10 — South Whidbey 3 — (6:00)
Mon-May 17 — @ South Whidbey 3 — (6:00)
Sat-May 22 — North Whidbey 1 — (1:00)
Wed-May 26 — South Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Mon-June 7 — South Whidbey 2 — (6:00)

 

BASEBALL – ROOKIES:

Wed-April 21 — @ South Whidbey 1
Fri-April 23 — @ South Whidbey 4
Mon-April 26 — South Whidbey 3
Wed-April 28 — South Whidbey 2
Mon-May 3 — South Whidbey 1
Wed-May 5 — South Whidbey 4
Fri-May 7 — @ South Whidbey 3
Mon-May 10 — @ South Whidbey 2
Fri-May 14 — @ South Whidbey 1
Mon-May 17 — @ South Whidbey 4
Wed-May 19 — South Whidbey 3
Fri-May 21 — South Whidbey 2
Wed-May 26 — South Whidbey 5

 

SOFTBALL – JUNIORS:
* = Doubleheader

Mon-May 3 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 8 — @ South Skagit 2 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 10 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 15 — @ South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 17 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-May 22 — South Skagit 2 — (11:00)*
Mon-May 24 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Wed-May 26 — @ North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-June 5 — @ South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*
Mon-June 7 — North Whidbey — (6:00)
Sat-June 12 — South Skagit 1 — (11:00)*

 

SOFTBALL – MINORS:

Tue-April 13 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 16 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-April 20 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 23 — North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-April 27 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-April 30 — North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-May 4 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 7 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-May 11 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 14 — @ North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-May 18 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-May 21 — North Whidbey 1 — (6:00)
Tue-May 25 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Tue-June 1 — @ South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-June 4 — @ North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)
Tue-June 8 — South Whidbey — (6:00)
Fri-June 11 — North Whidbey 2 — (6:00)

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Central Whidbey Little League players hope to return to action in March. (Jackie Saia photo)

Do a little work, eat a little pizza.

In anticipation of a new season, Central Whidbey Little League is holding a work party this Saturday, February 27.

Things kick off at 10 AM at Rhododendron Park, which is located at 502 West Patmore Road in Coupeville.

Jobs include installing the outfield fence on two fields, hanging sponsor banners, and cleaning and prepping the concession stand.

Food and drinks from the Coupeville Pizza Factory will be provided for the volunteer workers.

With COVID-19 restrictions being eased, CWLL currently plans to start its baseball and softball seasons in mid-March.

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Central Whidbey Little League players are revved up and more than ready to return to the diamond. (Jackie Saia photo)

The fate of Central Whidbey Little League is in your hands.

As registration opens for a potential spring season, the search for a new generation of volunteers to run things is at its most-crucial point.

Virtually every member of the current CWLL board has a child who is about to “age out” of play, meaning new parents (or aunts and uncles, or grandparents, or just community-minded folk) will need to step up to keep things going.

There is a genuine potential that if enough new volunteers don’t surface, the league might vanish next year, leaving Coupeville kids with the choice of traveling to Oak Harbor or South Whidbey to play baseball or softball.

“We are in dire need of volunteers in every capacity,” said CWLL President Gordon McMillan. “These include managers, coaches, umpires, concession stand workers, food handlers, scorekeepers, and board members.”

For those on the fence about volunteering, the league invites them to join its next open board meeting February 1 at 6 PM to “ask questions, give your input, and to see how you can help CWLL be successful.”

With everyone still living in the Age of Coronavirus, CWLL is approaching registration with “excited” caution.

The league is working with little league officials and Island County’s Health and Parks departments to plan for a “safe and successful season with proper mitigation in response to the virus.”

Current plans, if county and state health department protocols can be met:

March 3 — Practices start
March 6 – May 29 — Minors and Majors baseball and softball season
May 1 – June 15 — T-Ball season
May 22 – June 30 — Juniors baseball and softball season

But with so much uncertainty, CWLL won’t collect any money at the present time.

Instead, each registered player will be placed on a hold list. Once there is definitive confirmation of a season, emails will be sent out with instructions on how to finish registration and pay.

To register a player, obtain a volunteer application form, or nab the link to the board meeting, pop over to:

Home (centralwhidbeylittleleague.com)

 

For questions, email Gordon McMillan at centralwhidbeyll@gmail.com or call him at (206) 550-7146 between the hours of 12-4 PM.

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Teagan Calkins (left) and Mia Farris celebrate during a softball win. (Jackie Saia photo)

Onward and upward.

After losing a season to COVID-19, Central Whidbey Little League is moving forward with plans to play in 2021.

The league issued the following letter Thursday morning:

 

Dear CWLL Families!

As we begin planning for the 2021 baseball and softball season, we are reaching out to you to advise that Little League International and our local District 11 have requested that all leagues begin preparations for the 2021 season, subject to current COVID-19 safety protocols.

Accordingly, CWLL is planning our 2021 season, that will include:

T-Ball, Rookies and Minors: 4-11 years of age
Majors: 10-12
Juniors: 13 -15

Players will be placed in a division age-appropriate and commensurate to their skill level, subject to our Player Agent’s approval.

We anticipate commencing with sign-ups early January, 2021.

The district has proposed the following schedule, again subject to the COVID-19 situation and the availability of fields in other District 11 leagues:

T-Ball, Rookies and Minors: Practices beginning early March, with games starting the end of March, and ending the latter part of May.

Majors: Practices beginning mid-late March, with games starting early April, and ending the end of May.

Juniors: Practices beginning the end of May, with games starting the second week of June, and ending July 10-11.

As with all volunteer organizations, CWLL’s growth, much less its continuation, is solely dependent on the number of volunteers engaged in its activities.

CWLL finds itself in a unique and challenging position at this time.

The vast majority of our board, volunteers, umpires, and some of our coaches are presently serving their last year of participation.

Most have kids or grandkids that are ‘aging out’ after the 2021 season.

In our opinion, it is imperative if CWLL is to continue, we need parents, grandparents, family members and/or your neighbors to join our league.

To learn how we operate and how we, you, can continue offering all the kids of Central Whidbey the opportunity to play little league baseball and softball and make lifelong memories!

Regardless of your level of knowledge, CWLL will teach you … coaching, umpiring, concession stand, scorekeeping, administrative, fundraising.

Please consider helping us out so our kids can enjoy this beautiful game for years to come!

If you have any questions or have any interest in ensuring CWLL’s continuation, we can be reached at centralwhidbeyll@gmail.com

On behalf of the 2020/2021 CWLL Board Of Directors, thank you for your consideration.

Regards,

Gordon D. McMillan
CWLL – President

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Central Whidbey’s John Rachal fires the ball back in during a playoff game. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Celebrating during a run to the state tourney are (l to r) Madison McMillan, Allison Nastali, Chloe Marzocca, and Savina Wells. (Photo by Jackie Saia)

Central Whidbey Little League finds itself at a crossroads.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic prevented any games from being played this spring, and the future is hazy.

While CWLL is moving forward with the hope of returning its players to the diamond in 2021, a looming crisis involving a lack of volunteers could become a major issue.

Despite being the smallest league in the region, with 90-100 players, Central Whidbey is required to have the same compliment of board members and volunteers as bigger leagues.

North and South Whidbey, Anacortes, La Conner, Sedro-Woolley, and Burlington have larger parent bases to draw from, while CWLL has had to scramble to fill all of its positions in recent years.

That may get harder very soon, unless a new generation steps up.

“CWLL finds itself in a very challenging position,” said President Gordon McMillan. “Probably not unlike many other non-profits and youth organizations in these unique times.

“And we are facing another huge challenge; the majority of the current board and volunteers have children (or grandchildren in my case!) that are “aging out” of little league in the next year or so,” he added.

“We have very few volunteers that have younger kids playing; with no line of succession, it is clear, in my opinion, CWLL may very well not survive.”

If Central Whidbey is unable to fully staff up, its players might have to try and latch on with North or South Whidbey in the near future, something which could prove difficult – especially if those organizations decide they can’t handle the influx.

“This would be tragic,” McMillan said.

The league president would hate to see Coupeville’s ballfields sit silent.

“CWLL has by far the most beautiful setting,” McMillan said. “I like to call Rhody Park our “Field of Dreams.”

“Island County Parks have been very accommodating and generous in their support of CWLL and it should be duly noted. Rhody belongs to all of us … and the county should be recognized!”

Baseball and softball have a place deep in McMillan’s heart, a big part of the reason he and others have worked so hard to make CWLL the success it is today.

“Little League has touched so many of our lives, the vast majority in a positive manner, I believe,” he said.

“Not every child can play football or basketball, but I venture a guess that every child has picked up a ball, a bat, a glove, and played some sort of baseball/softball/Wiffle ball … neighborhood … sandlot … school PE … or little league.”

For McMillan, little league made an impact on his life, first as a player, then as a coach and official through two generations of his offspring.

“Little League has been a passion of mine since 1956, when I first “made the team” in North Vancouver, BC,” he said.

“I have coached three of my kids and one granddaughter (Madison) and only hope they have, or will have, the same warm and wonderful memories as I have, and look back someday, not remembering the wins and losses, but the fun, camaraderie, and life lessons

“Then, and only then, did we, as coaches, umpires, administrators, concession operators, field maintenance crews, score keepers, spectators, etc. do a good job!”

 

If you’d like to become a volunteer, or have any suggestions for CWLL officials as they navigate the waters ahead, contact McMillan at centralwhidbeyll@gmail.com.

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