After the pandamic caused the only canceled season in Rockaway Little League's 67-year history, the RLL Board is anxious to get our kids back onto the field in Fort Tilden where they can get the social interaction, physical activity and fun they so desperatley need.
"While everyone would agree with us that baseball is the perfect sport" said former RLL board member Paul King. "It is the perfect sport as we transition out of the pandemic." Experts consider baseball and softball to have limited risk when it comes to COVID-19. There is very little physical contact and great space between the players where they are exerting themselves.
RLL has been working closely with the National Park Service Public Health Office and Gateway NRA Realty Specialist to craft an effective COVID Safety Plan. RLL's plan is consistent with the CDC's Toolkit for Youth Sports and Considerations for Youth Sports and will meet or exceed the requirements of President Biden's executive order regarding wearing masks on Federal Property. The RLL Board is grateful for Gateway's contribution to it's safety planing.
Each year between 500 and 700 local boys and girls participate in Rockaway Little League. There are nine divisions -including the Challanger division - that serve the children from four years old to 13 years old. The older divisions are competitve and include playoffs and chanpionships. The younger divisions are strictly developmental with a focus skill building and fun.
As an organization, RLL is committed to the principals of the Positive Coaching Alliance. All leaders, coaches, parents and athletes are expected to respect all aspects of the game, most especially teammates and the competition. these are the principals that will serve our girls and boys as well when they become adult citizens.