Little League kids dissed

11/17/2010:

What was all the money for then?

Parents & Kids dumbfounded at Hoboken Little League Awards Night…

Last night was the annual Little League Awards Night at the Hoboken Elks Club at 10th and Washington.

For the past 30+ years, this awards dinner honored the hundreds of boys and girls (aged 7 to 12) who participated in the summer baseball and softball leagues. And for all those years, all kids received some kind of trophy or participation award in addition to the open hot dog or pizza party. The city administration had always funded the annual event as part of the community service it used to provide. All equipment and uniforms are paid via private sponsors of each team.

City charges families for first time but cuts back

In 2010, the city administration instituted a $25 charge per child who played on one of the youth baseball or softball teams (probably a hidden tax to help fund raises for the Zimmer appointees).

However, the over $10,000 generated from these fees – services provided by the city were dramatically stripped from the program:

  • Instead of all children receiving some trophy or certificate – only the 70 kids who made the championship game received one (winners & runner ups). This left 350 players leaving the awards night empty handed. Trophies only cost a few bucks when bought in bulk.
  • The kids were “restricted” to one slice of pizza and a single can of soda. Never before were openly communicated “food rations” put into place.
  • Since practically nothing was given to the majority of the participants – the coaches of the leagues (who volunteer their time) – bought Hoboken Little League Hoodies for all the kids – out of their own pockets. Way to save the day, guys! A commendable action to make up for poor city government.
  • The city even stripped away the shuttle bus transportation to the annual all-star game this year too! That was a major legal blunder on their part, because the administration was advised that under National Little League rules – the city was liable for anything that may have happened during the commute to the game.
  • Lastly – what was the $25 fee for?

Some Hoboken residents I spoke with feel as if some kind of “class warfare” has been instituted against many of the long-time born-and-raised families who take part in community events like this. While I can’t confirm this – you can be sure the city has some other pre-prepared justification for this major let-down (“we couldn’t afford it,” etc.)

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58 Comments on "Little League kids dissed"

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

Years ago there never was a charge for any little league function .A trophy means a lot to kids of 9 and 10 yrs old, Before the nebbes came here,hoboken had traveling teams and American Legion teams..13 14 year old teams kolfax mantle leagues,,on to high school not to mention the pee wee football.Coaches gave their time for free..We had one person a police officer that was in charge of all these kids.There were buss’s to take the kids all over..Our kids even went to russia in 88 89..When the kids 15yr olds went to puerto rico the parents paid their own way and same as in Texas,,There was money in the kitty at the sports dept then.Ray from Stans donated a lot…Parents helped out.those days are over..It is what it is,The first girl player was thei pepe kid but the best all around female player was is Angela Zampella,,so good last I heard playing pro basketball in italy…Know what your talking about.

blahblahblah
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blahblahblah

The Hoboken Little League is probably the best LL in the tri state area. Its georgous fields and views, its atmosphere and the outstanding play of all the children are something to witness. The coaches and managers along with the board of directors put forth the best environment for these kids to play in. Every game has a live broadcaster and the kids get excited about hearing their names announced prior to stepping to the plate.
This past season had some remarkable plays by various individuals. All teams displayed great pride and determination. Of note, the HFD LL team won 18 straight games, the young dems have a pitcher who still has one year left and will be in the high 60’s low 70’s for a fastball. The all-star teams have come a long way since the 2 and out theme. The coaches really teach the fundamentals and instill pride and sportsmanship in these children.
There is a tremendous amount of talent in this league and on any given night during the spring and summer you can stop by and wtiness this for yourself. It truly is the best league in the area. See you at the ballfield.

escaped68
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ALL little league players,coaches, and managers are the greatest regardless of where they are located and play. Any coach or manager will tell you how great the kids are but,and its a big but,its the adult that suck. You can’t let anyone use these good kids as a political ploy. It can be some smuck that is running for dogcatcher or a mayor and her bobble headed flunkies they MUST NOT use the kids for any type of political statement. Some one must grow a pair and tell her HANDS OFF.[quote comment=”200253″]The Hoboken Little League is probably the best LL in the tri state area. Its georgous fields and views, its atmosphere and the outstanding play of all the children are something to witness. The coaches and managers along with the board of directors put forth the best environment for these kids to play in. Every game has a live broadcaster and the kids get excited about hearing their names announced prior to stepping to the plate. This past season had some remarkable plays by various individuals. All teams displayed great pride and determination. Of note, the HFD LL team won 18 straight games, the young dems have a pitcher who still has one year left and will be in the high 60’s low 70’s for a fastball. The all-star teams have come a long way since the 2 and out theme. The coaches really teach the fundamentals and instill pride and sportsmanship in these children. There is a tremendous… Read more »
sagemike
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sagemike

Dperez, have you not read the entire thread? The kids got memories, experiences, friendships, exercise and apparently, a slice of pizza. Compensating or rewarding the volunteers pretty much takes the ‘volunteer’ out of volunteering and just makes them very poorly compensated workers. I really hope that someone volunteering for a season of LL isn’t basing their decision to do so on what they are getting out of it, other than the same things the kids got, listed above.

Dperez
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Dperez

Yes, I read the thread! I believe that volunteers should be acknowledged. All I believe is that a reason is owed to the parents, kids, etc. for all the sudden changes. Nothing unreasonable![quote comment=”200222″]Dperez, have you not read the entire thread? The kids got memories, experiences, friendships, exercise and apparently, a slice of pizza. Compensating or rewarding the volunteers pretty much takes the ‘volunteer’ out of volunteering and just makes them very poorly compensated workers. I really hope that someone volunteering for a season of LL isn’t basing their decision to do so on what they are getting out of it, other than the same things the kids got, listed above.[/quote]

hobll
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hobll

In response to all that chatter going on about our trophy night.

The Hoboken Little League thanks the Mayor, the City Council, and the private citizens of the city of Hoboken for their support. I want to thank director Leo Pelligrini, and the Recreation Department in setting the affair up, the Hoboken Elks for the use of the lodge, and also the volunteer coaches who give so much of their time in helping the children of this City. Visit us on our web site leaguelineup.com/hobll , or email us at hobll54@optonline.net

Ben Rotondi
Vice President
Hoboken Little League

Dperez
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Dperez

Mr. Rotondi,
I think an explanation is owed to the children,the parents, and the volunteers as to why the awards ceremony was changed so drastically. EVERY child should get SOMETHING for participating. Every volunteer should be compensated and rewarded, otherwise you will lose volunteers. This is just overall very poor![quote comment=”200210″]In response to all that chatter going on about our trophy night. The Hoboken Little League thanks the Mayor, the City Council, and the private citizens of the city of Hoboken for their support. I want to thank director Leo Pelligrini, and the Recreation Department in setting the affair up, the Hoboken Elks for the use of the lodge, and also the volunteer coaches who give so much of their time in helping the children of this City. Visit us on our web site leaguelineup.com/hobll , or email us at Ben Rotondi
Vice President
Hoboken Little League[/quote]

Rise From The Ashes
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Rise From The Ashes

Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. …
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volunteer

The attitude of entitlement is exactly what started the thread —-

[quote comment=”200215″]Mr. Rotondi,
I think an explanation is owed to the children,the parents, and the volunteers as to why the awards ceremony was changed so drastically. EVERY child should get SOMETHING for participating. Every volunteer should be compensated and rewarded, otherwise you will lose volunteers. This is just overall very poor!

[/quote]

Hoboken17
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Hoboken17

Hobll…dont even waste your breath with this one. There is absolutely no reason in hell EVERY player should get SOMETHING for participating. And why should every volunteer be compensated?? They’re called volunteers for a reason. If they were compensated for doing this it would be called a job. Let me guess, you want to turn America into a socialist country as well…..[quote comment=”200215″]Mr. Rotondi,I think an explanation is owed to the children,the parents, and the volunteers as to why the awards ceremony was changed so drastically. EVERY child should get SOMETHING for participating. Every volunteer should be compensated and rewarded, otherwise you will lose volunteers. This is just overall very poor![/quote]

Litteredboken
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Litteredboken

As a random addendum to this Little League story, Geraldo Rivera wrote a short story about Hoboken resident Maria someone, who was the first girl to play in Little League. What with the gorgeous field, and the cool history attached to Hoboken LL, why wouldn’t the city to try leverage these things for a little positive advertising?

Hoboken17
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Hoboken17

Probably because the letter didnt come in an envelope stuffed with cash[quote comment=”200183″]As a random addendum to this Little League story, Geraldo Rivera wrote a short story about Hoboken resident Maria someone, who was the first girl to play in Little League. What with the gorgeous field, and the cool history attached to Hoboken LL, why wouldn’t the city to try leverage these things for a little positive advertising?[/quote]

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