Little League baseball preps for new season in Stoney Creek

The Stoney Creek Optimist Little League isn’t letting a deep freeze get in the way of the 2009 summer baseball season. The league is set to run its winter clinics, which are open to registered SCOLL players from T-Ball to Major Ball.

The clinics will be done in two age groups. Group 1 will consist of T-Ball and Rookie Ball players (ages four to eight) while Group 2 is for Minor and Major Ball players (ages nine to 12).

The winter clinics will be held indoors at Valley Park starting Saturday (Jan. 17) for Group 1 and the following Saturday (Jan. 24) for Group 2. Cost of each clinic session will be $5.00. The clinics will provide players with instruction on the proper mechanics of hitting, catching, fielding, pitching and teamwork. Registration forms for the clinics are available on the league website at

T-Ball and Rookie dates are: Jan. 17, 31; Feb. 14, 28; March 14, 28; April 11. Minor and Major dates are: Jan. 24; Feb. 7, 21; March 7, 21; April 4, 18. Clinics for both groups will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., except for Minor and Major group on Feb. 21 when it will run from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Registration for the 2009 season at SCOLL is available online at the league’s website. Children ages four to 15 who live within the SCOLL boundaries are eligible to enroll to play T-Ball to Junior Ball. Dates and times for in-person registration will be announced in the coming weeks.