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Baseball: West Valley League is now complete

In an era of dwindling funds for athletics, it's pretty amazing that each school in the six-team West Valley League has now completed refurbishing its baseball field, with Taft unveiling its newest creation at today's alumni game.

That means Chatsworth, Cleveland, Birmingham, El Camino Real, Granada Hills and Taft all have fields with open backstops. That costs lots of money, time and effort to change, but the current and future players will benefit because of the commitment of coaches, parents and the community.

Of course, it would be great if other schools in the City Section could afford their own makeovers, but there's a passion for baseball in the San Fernando Valley like in few other places, and it's reflected in Valley teams that have won every City championship in baseball except one since 1974.

-- Eric Sondheimer

 
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Busy Parent

Are you kidding. Do you know how much fundraising we did to get our field to look as good as it does. What a joke our field was. The LAUSD was concerned that our new field wasn't safe, can you image from what we played on before. They were concerned about the water the kids drank. It is an awful shame that the school doesn't do anything. Shame on LAUSD. Congrats to Taft Baseball Players - you guys rock!!!

DP

Eric,

Again, you miss the mark. The valley schools have to do everything themselves to the fields. Fundraising is on the backs of the players and parents to get this stuff done. It just does not magically happen. The other schools have abilities as well, they choose not to do anything about it. Our sons have the pride necessary to sell trees, sell coupon books, get banners sold for the outfield fences, and in some cases are fortunate enough to have their parents pay for them. The Valley schools should be proud of their fields and their playing surfaces. Most of them double as the football and soccer practice fields, so the fact they are in as good of shape as they are is a testiment to the dedication of the players, parents, coaches and communities!

The school certainly does not pay for any of it!

#7

T-HOUSE!!!!!

WE HAVE A BOMB FIELD, ITS SO SWEET. THE ALUMNI GAME WAS A GREAT WAY TO BREAK INTO THAT NEW FIELD. GOOD JOB PARENTS AND COACHES AND PLAYERS FOR GETTING ALL THE MONEY TO DO THAT WE WORKED REAL HARD

calabasaskid

Thank you Coach Osder for the will and drive to raise $75k for the Taft program....not bad for an "inexperienced pony coach"....how'd the fund raising go for all those old veteran head scratching coaches?....

kc

Money?...Schools like Birmingham rent out their facilties to schools like Crespi and Viewpoint who don't have their own fields and that is what pays for all the upgrades!

David

What are open backstops?

At my school, we play baseball on the same field as football and soccer. Track and field shares the facility. We already had to cancel our first home game because district maintenance crews have not cut out the field our installed a backstop.

There is plenty of passion about baseball from our coaches and players, but we need big time help from the admin., community, and parents.


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