After more than 40 years, the four-team Flanders Little League has shut down.
In a message to its members on social media, the league’s officials wrote that the league will be disbanded in 2014 due to “the lack of support and turn out during registration flanders little league.”
“[We would] just like to thank everyone past and present who helped keep and try to keep this league alive for so many years,” the statement reads. “Each and every year we have less kids and less of an interest … Thank you coaches and parents that we have had the privilege working with over the years.”
Riverhead Little League president Tony Sammartano said Flanders players are eligible to join Riverhead’s league.
Registration for the league for kids ages 4 to 9 is open until Friday, but for older players from 10 to 12, the deadline to register is today, Wednesday. That way, prospective players can still attend tryouts this week.
Mr. Sammartano said that while the Little League’s shut down was surprising, he thinks the merger will be a beneficial thing for his league and the players.
“The kids go to school together they should play together,” he said.
For more information on how to sign up, visit the Little League’s website.