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A Letter to the Membership of Serrra LL and Sunnyvale Southern

Little League Families -

It seems like we just wrapped up the 2016 Little League Season, but 2017 is on the horizon. With the new year, comes an exciting announcement regarding Little League Baseball in Sunnyvale , Los Altos and Cupertino . After more than 50 years operating as independent leagues, Serra Little League and Sunnyvale Southern Little League are merging to form the new Sunnyvale Little League!

Our new league will begin play in the spring of 2017 and will serve under the former boundaries that used to make up Serra and Southern's boundaries, which cover most of west Sunnyvale , and parts of north Cupertino and east Los Altos .

The Board of Directors for both former leagues entered into discussions about a merge last year, and after months of planning, Little League Baseball Incorporated approved the merge on December 2nd. We have been holding the announcement until we had this approval in order to ensure that registration could be opened for all under our new league. This email is also intended to announce that registration for the 2017 Sunnyvale Little League Season is officially OPEN.

Representatives from both former leagues have joined forces to create a new combined board, and have been working together for a couple months. One major benefit of this combined board, is that we've been able to adopt the best processes from both former leagues to form what we believe is the best league in the South Bay.

In anticipation of the question we expect to be asked the most, the decision to merge leagues was necessitated by the decline in participant numbers over the past few years. Little League Baseball is in competition with other competing baseball leagues, as well as other youth sports. As families have more youth sport options, Little League Baseball has suffered. In order to maintain a league that offers appropriate development and competitive opportunities for our participants, we need to maintain a healthy league membership.

There is still much work to be done before we throw out the first pitch on Opening Day in March, so some details of the league are still being worked out. Rest assured that the new Board is working hard to position our league with our youth participants' best interests in mind. Little League has been a prominent part of our community for over 50 years, and we believe that we have an obligation to maintain some of the heritage that Serra and Southern helped establish here in the South Bay .

We are extremely excited to get the 2017 season underway, which starts with registration. We have presented some preliminary information our new website, which can be found at:

http://www.sunnyvalelittleleague.com

You will find content which provides more details on the new league, including a section which addresses the more frequently asked questions that we receive from you, our membership. That content can be found here:

http://www.sunnyvalelittleleague.com/news/2016/16-1201-01.htm

As we mentioned, Registration is OPEN. A $25 early bird discount is being offered through January 21st. Registration details are available on the website at:

http://www.sunnyvalelittleleague.com/gen/registration.htm

If you have any questions related to registration, please feel free to send an email to:

registration@sunnyvalelittleleague.com

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact one of us at:

president@sunnyvalelittleleague.com

You may find a complete list of our new Board of Directors on the website at:

http://www.sunnyvalelittleleague.com/gen/bod.htm

In addition to the website, we'll soon be sharing information on our Facebook account at:

https://www.facebook.com/SunnyvaleLL/

on our Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/SunnyvaleLL

and on our Instagram account at:

https://www.instagram.com/SunnyvaleLL/

We look forward to seeing you out on the baseball diamond in 2017. Please feel free to email either of us if you have additional questions.

Regards,

Jean Roberts & Mike Lee
Co-Presidents
Sunnyvale Little League

http://www.sunnyvalelittleleague.com



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