WESTFIELD, NJ — Next month, the Westfield Baseball League will launch its first annual summer in-town Beach City Baseball League for kids.
“This gives the kids the opportunity to play baseball since it is the only professional sport to run in the summertime,” said Jay Berger, summer/fall in-town director. “Summer goes with beach — this is why we chose to include this type of theme … The children from the town go to the shore this season, so instead of being called the Dodgers they can be called something exciting like Seaside Heights.”
Other Jersey Shore-inspired team names may include Wildwood, Asbury Park and Cape May.
Teams will play two games Monday through Thursdays each week from July 6 through July 27. So that participants can head to the actual beach, there will not be practices or games on weekends.
Teams are being formed for children entering Kindergarten through fourth grade, and possibly older children, too.
“We sent an email to our families to see if any other older kids who will enter grades seven through 10th in the fall would be interested. If we get enough kids, we'll have a league for them as well,” said Berger. “These kids are always combined, so seventh will play with 10th graders.”
Kids entering Kindergarten and first grade will play at Wilson and McKinley schools, while kids entering second through fourth grades will start at Tamaques Park and end at Gumpert. All games will start at 6:15 p.m.
“We plan to have three divisions that include first grade and fourth grade. This should make it a fun little three-division league,” said Berger.
The cost is $60 per child. The deadline to register is July 1. To register, click here.