Mendham and Chester Baseball and Softball Programs Agree to Merger
Players to Participate in Newly Combined League in 2016
We are excited to announce that Mendham Little League and Chester Baseball and Softball have agreed to merge our two leagues into a single youth baseball and softball program for boys and girls in the Mendhams and Chesters.
Both organizations have a proud history of serving our community’s youth baseball and softball players for many years. While the idea of merging the two leagues had been discussed by both leagues over the past few years, board members of both leagues spent a considerable amount of time discussing how a newly merged, single program could best serve the boys and girls of our communities, which resulted in this merger.
While a merger of any kind has logistical challenges, we look forward to the many benefits a combined league will provide to more than 700 players and their families, such as:
opportunities for players to enjoy baseball and softball with a larger group of players (most of whom will be their classmates in Mendham High School);
opportunities to have more narrowly defined age groups playing against each other (vs. current need to sometimes combine multiple age groups in order to have enough teams in a division);
multiple travel teams for several age groups, providing more opportunities in both the “A” and “B” levels of play;
more competitive summer/travel teams at each level;
sharing of best practices;
more field options; and
increased resource sharing and cost savings.
Ultimately, our new organization will help even further advance the commitment to provide opportunities for all players, regardless of their experience or skill level.
Please know that our newly combined single board is working diligently to iron out details around a host of items to ensure a coordinated, effective transition as we move into our first season as a single entity. We will welcome your feedback, and will seek it as well, as we work through the process.
Registration for the 2016 spring baseball and softball seasons will begin in December, 2015. An email with a registration link will be forthcoming on that date. Registration will then officially close on February 21, 2016.
We look forward to our inaugural season as a single program with great enthusiasm and excitement!