FCCJBL in the News

April 8, 2005 - Jewish Ledger
Fairfield Jewish Baseball League Seeks Players 
by Stacey Dresner 


Courtesy: The Jewish Ledger

APR 8, 2005 - FAIRFIELD The Fairfield County Jewish Baseball League is looking for a few good ballplayers.

The league, which last year included players from three area synagogues, is reaching out to synagogues all around Fairfield County this season in hopes of attracting more players and expanding its number of teams.

"This year we have tried to reach out to all of the shuls from the Greenwich line out to Fairfield.," said Seth Marlowe, league organizer. "It has gotten harder and harder to field our teams over the past few years. More and more kids are playing in the city leagues which are becoming somewhat more understanding of Shabbat observance."

The Fairfield County Baseball League is open to Jewish boys and girls from kindergarten through seventh grade and games are played only on Sundays. The three divisions include t-ball for grades K-1; "juniors" for kids in grades 2-5; and "seniors" from grades 4-7.

For the past five years, the league has had teams that are shul-specific.

Last year the league had a t-ball team from Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford and a combined t-ball team from Temple Beth El of Stamford and Congregation Ahavath Achim of Fairfield. The league also had four junior Baseball League teams, two from Congregation Agudath Sholom (which included a few kids from Young Israel of Stamford), one from Temple Beth El and one from Congregation Ahavath Achim. 

This year, said Marlowe, whose two children, Sarah, 11, and Noah, 8, have been playing on the league for several years, they hope to mix the teams up a little.

"The biggest difference we hope will be an influx of additional kids from other areas of lower Fairfield County," he said. "With that, we plan to mix the teams so they are no longer shul-specific. This should be great for the kids. They will get to meet new kids outside their immediate community and make some new friends."

Already, Marlowe said he has been receiving inquiries from interested players, and has signed up four kids from Temple Israel in Westport who will play in the senior division.

Try-outs are scheduled for April 17.

"All kids who sign up will play," Marlowe said. "We are introducing tryouts this year so the coaches can assess the kids' skills so the teams can be as balanced as possible."

Marlowe said that having a baseball league for the area's Jewish children is important.

"First, for the kids from many observant families, city Little League is not always an option because of the Saturday games," he explained. "But also, our goal is for the kids to have fun and learn the game in a less competitive environment than the city leagues offer.

"We want the kids to get out there away from the Gameboys and Playstations and play the game for real. Let them learn by doing and have some fun at the same time."

For more information about the Fairfield County CT Jewish Baseball League, visit http://www.fccjll.org or sethmarlowe@yahoo.com.

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