College Station Little League Makes Changes

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Some praise it, others aren't so keen of it. Either way, changes are coming to the College Station Little League.

According to the CSLL website, the new name for the league will be the Brazos Valley Baseball Association and play will be sanctioned under Nations Baseball rules. Nations Baseball is different from Little League in that players with be playing in groups according to their talent level, not age like Little League does.

Little League is also a non-profit organization and according to CSLL President Craig Reed, so will be Brazos Valley Baseball. Reed told News 3 he is in the process of acquiring Brazos Valley Baseball's non-profit license.

Another big change will be who can participate. The new league opens up play to everyone in the area, not just College Station residents. Proponents say this is needed with enrollment number dwindling thanks to more specialized and competitive leagues around the state.

Some parents don't want the change and Greg Bennett, a professor at Texas A&M and Administrator to the College Station Twelve Baseball Academy says he understands why CSLL is changing but wishes Little League could stick around.

"I understand the resistance and the feeling to get rid of Little League. But I also would say we need to keep Little League and it would be a wise decision to provide for these young men the thing they need to get better on the baseball field. It's very simple and Nations is just one example of a group that can do this for these boys." said Bennett.

A meeting regarding the changes is scheduled for Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at the College Station Conference Center.

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