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Legion 89ers: 'Excited to Take East Haven Baseball to a Whole New Level'

Beginning this year the East Haven Legion Baseball Program will organize clinics, year round, to teach consistent fundamentals to our East Haven kids

The followng is a press release from the East Haven American Legion Baseball Program.

With Spring just around the corner, the East Haven American Legion Baseball Program is pleased to announce ground-breaking changes for the game of baseball in East Haven.

“We are excited to take East Haven Baseball to a whole new level,” said Lou Ciaramella, the Vice President of the Legion’s 89er Baseball Program, “With the institution of this new program, 2013 will be heralded as the year baseball in East Haven changed forever.”

“East Haven has always suffered from the factures in our baseball community,” said Ciaramella, “Momauguin has Little League, Foxon Recreation refused to cooperate with Momauguin and instead play baseball as a “rec” sport where they are more interested in having fun than they are in teaching even the most fundamental of baseball skills. The Annex in New Haven has Little League players from East Haven. There are a dozen or so Travel Team (AAU squads) which are anchored by our East Haven kids. None of these organizations work hand in hand to develop the game of baseball for our kids nor our Town. We are going to look to change that.”

Beginning this year, the East Haven Legion Baseball Program will organize clinics, year round, to teach consistent fundamentals to our East Haven kids.

In addition, the program will provide, free of charge, regular Coaching Clinics, to assist the numerous volunteer coaches in our community who are asked to coach teams, and offered little, if any, direction in doing it.

We need our Coaches to stay on top of methods that are successful and to give Coaches help when they need it.

Our location in New Haven County affords us wonderful access to a wide range of knowledgeable, skillful coaches who have agreed to assist us in undertaking this Community Mission.

Beginning in February, we are asking that parents of any kid interested in playing baseball contact us. Beginning with kids age 6 and through and including players aged 18.

We will begin the process of evaluating every player and then giving them an opportunity to regularly and consistently work on the fundamental baseball skills and their baseball knowledge.

We are excited with the potential this expansion has to change for the better, the face of baseball in East Haven.

If your child is between the ages of 6 and 18 and they play in Foxon, Momauguin, the Annex or with Travel Teams, we ask that you take advantage of this unique opportunity that presents itself. Call Coach Lou today, (203)-467-4811.

Cronk January 20, 2013 at 06:23 PM
American Legion Baseball, still doing it better than anyone else!
Rosie January 20, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Have no idea why such a supposed respected coach would talk badly about another league in this town, but I have to make a comment. Perhaps it's attitudes like his that has caused the "fractures in our baseball community". Foxon Rec is a fantastic league, that not only teaches the fundamentals, but also teaches that America's game is for everyone, not just the "elite". Every talent level is welcome at Foxon Rec, where the kids not only learn, but also have a good time doing it. It is a community, where lifetime memories and friends are made. I am thrilled that my family decided to "play at the pit"!
Mickey dee January 21, 2013 at 02:39 AM
The legion has it right
Mickey dee January 21, 2013 at 02:48 AM
I have seen it first hand coach's sons play full game when there are better players on bench also awards given out the same way I'm not saying there all like that but from what i seen there is plenty of this going on.as far as teaching basics forget it what i seen was a few kids getting a lot if attention and the others were on there own we all want to win but a lot of times the kids who need help do not get it and there lucky if they get the any more playing time then required by the rules. Sounds like the legion may know this and is trying to help they should be thanked for there efforts
Ric Raffone January 21, 2013 at 03:06 PM
I have known Lou Ciaramella for many years and would have to believe that his comments were taken out of context. Foxon Rec adheres to a different philosophy than Momauguin Rec does. They are not in opposition and it is not a matter of cooperation. As the older, larger and more established league, it has continued to prosper in this day of high priced travel teams that do not cater to every level of player. A look at the high school boys and girls rosters shows that all the leagues mentioned are well represented. Not all coaching methods and philosophies work for all. Foxon Rec will continue to teach the fundamentals and the importance of keeping it fun at a very reasonable price.

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