Baseball, softball combine; join new league
April 26, 2013 · Liz Neff, Lisbon Parks and Rec
There will be a few changes to the Lisbon Parks & Recreation summer baseball/softball program for those in third through sixth grades this summer.
The program was analyzed initially, due to Mount Vernon and Lisbon searching for a new league. Upon review of the program, the data indicated this program was losing a substantial amount of money.
Registration numbers have dropped each year. In 2012, there were 25 boys and no girls registered. The parks and rec board believes numbers have decreased due to the popularity of private, competitive baseball/ softball organizations. Although there is no one particular organization or person that has created competition for the parks and recreation programs, it has resulted in the need for change.
The Mount Vernon and Lisbon parks and recreation directors and their respective boards feel strongly that this concern should not restrict children in the community from playing baseball or softball, which is why the new MV-L teams were created.
These teams will be made up of children from Lisbon and Mount Vernon. Teams will be 3rd/4th grade or 5th/6th grade, which is exactly how the age groups have been separated in the past. Players, coaches, umpires and other pertinent volunteers will be from both towns.
The MV-L teams will also have the opportunity to play in a new league consisting of: Center Point, Central City, Springville, Anamosa, Alburnett and Vinton (no travel to Vinton).
The Lisbon Parks & Recreation board realizes this will be an adjustment, but appreciates the communities' support of this change.
The solution will provide Lisbon children the opportunity to play parks and recreation baseball/softball, and also the added prospect of a new league. The goal of the parks and recreation department is to create programs that promote fun, fundamentals, teamwork, and sportsmanship and made the most fiscally responsible decision for the City of Lisbon.
For more information please refer to the FAQs section located on Lisbon's Park and Recreation portion of the city's website: www.cityoflisbon-ia.gov.