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Snow doesn’t stop South Tahoe National Little League tryouts

Anthony Gentile
agentile@tahoedailytribune.com
Youth baseball players play on a snowless diamond during South Tahoe National Little League tryouts last Sunday at Al Tahoe Baseball Complex. The field was covered with snow earlier in the day, but board members and volunteers cleared the infield and a section of outfield to ensure tryouts went on as planned.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Tahoe National Little League held its tryouts outdoors last weekend — and didn’t let one of the biggest storms of the winter season get in the way. Board members and volunteers kept inches of snowfall from being a factor, clearing the field while ensuring the tryouts went smoothly.

At the start of last week, no significant precipitation was predicted and temperatures had been warm. As a result, STNLL decided to have tryouts outside to provide a better experience for the kids and coaches.

The tryouts were scheduled for 10 a.m., but were rescheduled for the afternoon when snow and colder temperatures were predicted — tarps were placed on the fields from home plate to shortstop as a preventative measure. Small amounts of snow fell lake level Saturday — but by Sunday, several inches covered the tarps and fields.

Instead of cancelling the tryouts, board members arrived at the fields early Sunday morning to remove the tarps. After hours using shovels and snow blowers, the field was deemed ready for baseball, and the league decided its tryouts were on for that afternoon.

During the session, board members and their volunteer recruits donated snow removal equipment and labor, heaters for the dugout, self-activated hand warmers and provided hot chocolate and tea to make sure the process went smoothly and the kids stayed warm and comfortable. It turned out to be a much nicer day than initial forecasts indicated.

While it was snowing lightly just before start of tryouts, the sun came out right after they began and it turned out to be a great day. There was a turnout of about 50 kids that didn’t seem to care or notice the less-than-perfect conditions — they were evaluated on fielding fly balls in the outfield with throws to third, fielding ground balls from shortstop with throws to first, hitting and running.

The STNLL Board said tryouts wouldn’t have been possible without volunteers who came together to turn a potentially less-than-promising day into a great success. It also gave credit to the players and their parents for coming out with Tahoe-tough attitudes and a willingness to make the best of the mountain conditions.

STNLL’s next — and last — tryout sessions are Sunday at either 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. outside at the Majors Field at the Al Tahoe Baseball Complex on Lyons Avenue and Rufus Allen Boulevard. Those attending are encouraged to arrive at least 20 to 30 minutes early to sign in and warm up — and not forget to set their clocks ahead the night before.

Questions can be directed to tahoebaseball@gmail.com and more information can be found at http://www.tahoelittleleague.com. South Tahoe National Little League is also on Facebook.