Ewing Township Little League (ELL) has decided to cease operations as a Little League at the end of this year, and Hopewell Valley Baseball & Softball Association (HVBSA) will be absorbing their assets and membership into a re-named, combined league, the Ewing/Hopewell Baseball & Softball Association (EHBSA), in a similar fashion that we successfully acquired the assets of the Ewing Babe Ruth League back in 2014 to create the current Ewing/Hopewell Babe Ruth League.
This decision comes at a time when leagues across the state are seeing declining enrollment, and while HVBSA's financial condition is strong and enrollment has been steady, this merger helps to ensure that the game of baseball remains firmly rooted in the Hopewell Valley community. And thanks to our dedicated community of volunteers, we'll continue offering a dynamic, fun and competitive environment to play baseball, while expanding the opportunity to play to as many young players as possible in the local community.
You may be aware that Ewing residents are already eligible to participate in HVBSA's Cal Ripken League (i.e. Ewing is within the territorial boundaries of our existing Cal Ripken League charter) and Ewing players have played in HVBSA for many years. By ELL ceasing operations, this means that our combined league will grow by some 200+ players. Ewing parents and guardians who have players registered in the combined league will be eligible to volunteer as trustees and committee members of the combined organization as well, just as any other parent/guardian of a registered player is eligible to volunteer.
What does this means for current HVBSA players and families?
This merger will strengthen the organization for years to come, and it serves our mission of teaching and growing the game of baseball in Hopewell Valley and promoting a positive learning environment for our players. In fact it's that reputation that we've earned since our founding in 1952 that will also help us draw even more new players into the league in the future
We'll be back in touch quickly with announcements related to this endeavor as we near the opening of 2018 registration in mid-December, and thank you for your continued support of HVBSA.
The Trustees of HVBSA