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Old 07-10-2007, 11:48 AM
 
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This might sound like a dumb question but I have a ten year old boy who is very into playing baseball. He's used to a small-town environment where baseball is taken seriously (he has pitched competitively since second grade, and he's an excellent pitcher and third baseman) but where having fun is the main goal. I've found limited information about boy's baseball in Lexington and wondered if anyone can give me more info. Is there a choice or does it depend on where you live?

My realtor didn't know exactly but she said that a couple of the leagues (I think she said the SW or SE side, I can't remember which) are large and extremely competitive with parents actually yelling at kids and getting into fights... but that other leagues are more "sane". Any info would be much appreciated. If we need to take this into account when determining where to buy a house, we will -- it's that important to us. Thanks!
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Old 07-10-2007, 12:29 PM
 
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This might sound like a dumb question but I have a ten year old boy who is very into playing baseball. He's used to a small-town environment where baseball is taken seriously (he has pitched competitively since second grade, and he's an excellent pitcher and third baseman) but where having fun is the main goal. I've found limited information about boy's baseball in Lexington and wondered if anyone can give me more info. Is there a choice or does it depend on where you live?

My realtor didn't know exactly but she said that a couple of the leagues (I think she said the SW or SE side, I can't remember which) are large and extremely competitive with parents actually yelling at kids and getting into fights... but that other leagues are more "sane". Any info would be much appreciated. If we need to take this into account when determining where to buy a house, we will -- it's that important to us. Thanks!

I played little league in Louisville many years ago and it was extremely competitive. We would travel and play teams from Lexington, Cincy, and Indy. I wish I could recall the two leagues in Lexington, but yes they are on the southern end of town and they are very competitive. It seems most youth sports leagues are VERY competitive in KY, but I think Lexingtongal or someone with children in Lexington may be able to help you more.

Here in Louisville, a nice new league franchise started called i9, and it is a league designed to allow all children equal playing time with an emphasis on fun, teamwork, and sportsmanship over "winning." Here is the league website mission:

http://www.i9sports.com/getpage.asp?contentid=37&sport=5 (broken link)
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Old 07-10-2007, 12:57 PM
 
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Thanks stx. Our team here, although small, is actually fairly competitive and they have played fast pitch and positions (not rotating) and tournaments since 2nd grade, because that's just the way baseball in this rural area has been played for generations. It's really just the parent pressure thing that I am trying to avoid. I detest the whole concept of parents pushing their kids too much and wanting them to be "the best" and getting into arguments about games and that kind of thing.

Here it's very small town and laid back, baseball and hotdogs on summer days etc. In a league where they travel a lot and winning is the most important goal my son (who is very quiet, sensitive, and not competitive) is not going to have fun, even though he'll do fine since he is a fabulous ball player. I hope I am making sense. Any recommendations as to good schools/leagues where we might find something similar would be great. We love baseball but it has to be fun. After all he's only 10.
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Old 07-10-2007, 03:07 PM
 
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SouthEast is the more competitive league.
They have been world champs and it is very serious business. They play at Veterans Park.
Ecton Park has a very active league, Eastern Little League, but it isn't quite so serious. They are competitive but not quite as much as the other league.
I know families in Southeast Little League that have their kids taking batting or pitching lessons year round (there is an indoor baseball facility on the south side of town).
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Old 07-10-2007, 04:13 PM
 
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SouthEast is the more competitive league.
They have been world champs and it is very serious business. They play at Veterans Park.
Ecton Park has a very active league, Eastern Little League, but it isn't quite so serious. They are competitive but not quite as much as the other league.
I know families in Southeast Little League that have their kids taking batting or pitching lessons year round (there is an indoor baseball facility on the south side of town).
Thanks lexingtongal... I'll check these leagues out. This is very helpful!
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Old 07-10-2007, 04:18 PM
 
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SouthEast is the more competitive league.
They have been world champs and it is very serious business. They play at Veterans Park.
Ecton Park has a very active league, Eastern Little League, but it isn't quite so serious. They are competitive but not quite as much as the other league.
I know families in Southeast Little League that have their kids taking batting or pitching lessons year round (there is an indoor baseball facility on the south side of town).
So SouthEastern is the one that covers Ashland Park, Chevy Chase, etc.? (looking on the map on their website)
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Old 07-10-2007, 04:21 PM
 
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I know some of the coaches and I agree that SE is certainly the most serious and competitive.

Gardenside seems to have a good program - they play off of Versailles Rd and include a lot of the west/southwest parts of the city. Their website is here:
Gardenside Little League, and they should be able to help you figure out residential boundaries.
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Old 07-10-2007, 04:52 PM
 
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SouthEast is the more competitive league.
They have been world champs and it is very serious business. They play at Veterans Park.
Ecton Park has a very active league, Eastern Little League, but it isn't quite so serious. They are competitive but not quite as much as the other league.
I know families in Southeast Little League that have their kids taking batting or pitching lessons year round (there is an indoor baseball facility on the south side of town).
Yes, Southeast is the really competitive one! I knew it had southern something in its name, its been awhile
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Old 07-10-2007, 05:33 PM
 
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Thanks everyone; you all are very helpful! As always!
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Old 07-10-2007, 05:51 PM
 
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I believe Eastern is the one that most Ashland/Chevy Chase families do.
I will verify this with a neighbor; my son doesn't play baseball.
I do know that Ecton Park is a very social league. The parents seem to like it as much as the kids
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