For those of us who have boys playing travel ball on Long Island, there are a few leagues to choose from...
NJBL, Baseball Heaven, Boys of Summer, PAL, Town of Brookhaven, Nassau Baseball, NCYAA, EBL...
Each one has it's pros and cons. Is there any one league that you prefer to play in? Why or why not?
Is there any one league that stands out above the others in terms of competition, scheduling, fields, price...?
I have only played in NCYAA so its hard to compare but I would put it ahead of others because of the variety of teams you play. I think there is good competition in all these leagues but with NCYAA you play teams from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island and all games are easy to get too. Most are in Long Island and its not a problem for those teams because there are 0 leagues in queens. Edge goes to Baseball Heaven in terms of fields.
For teams interested in Nassau County, the best run program I have been affiliated with has been Connie Mack. Ages 13-18 and very well run. Complete season scheduling with the ability to provide block dates for tournaments. They also get bids to NABF & AAABC national tournaments. Their pricing is fair and is all inclusive - insurance, baseballs, umpires, allstar games and playoffs. No extra fees for rainouts and best of all no money on the field. Competition is very good as well.
Any comments about Nassau County Baseball league now that the spring season has ended ?
I see your 13U was in Nassau county baseball this season.
We had good experience in NJBL and agree but planning to play in NC
this summer hoping for good fields and new competition.
LEVITTOWN LIGHTNING said:
NJBL by far. Any and all problems get taken care of right away. Scheduling is done properly. There are no no-shows. Website is the best by far also. Price, competition, and professionalism has not been matched so far on the Island.
Have coached in NJBL and BOS: Fields for BOS are better than NJBL...competition level is also better than BOS with exception of NJBL 'A' division. Also...post season with BOS has allstar games at ducks stadium and citi-field, playoffs at college fields....double elimination playoffs are played to completion. Huge turnoff with njbl last year was playoffs had a drop dead date regardless of rain. Championship game, in some cases was decided by a coin-toss or something along those lines....are you kidding me??? running of njbl is a cut above BOS but bos is closing in fast now that they are in their 4th or 5th year...
Boys of Summer is probably the most competitive but most of the above mentioned leagues all have something to offer. I think it's most important to look at where the team currently stands and pick a league that will provide good challenging competition. If the games are too easy move the team to a stronger league. Most of all see that the kids are having fun. As the kids get older the competition gets more serious. Still fun, but more challenging.
The problem with NJBL is that it's run by someone who knows nothing about baseball whatsoever and doesn't even know the rules of his own organization. While the responses are prompt, don't expect any common sense or baseball knowledge to be involved in any decisions. You may as well be discussing volleyball.
We've been solely with NJBL and have competed in the American Division which offers the best competition their league can offer. It's competitively priced, the umpires are never no shows and are punctual and professional. I agree the fields are not the best and could warrant an improvement but the convenience of not having to drive out East and remain local is a plus. Overall, we've been satisfied with NJBL.
NCYAA at it's best!!! Competition is as good as it gets, playoffs & championships every season. More bang for your buck.