Dear HVBSA Families:
On October 26, HVBSA announced its intent to acquire the assets of the Ewing Little League (ELL) and merge operations for the 2018 season. As is customary for an acquisition of this nature, the deal was subject to significant due diligence by HVBSA, and contingent upon a variety of terms and conditions being met by both ELL and HVBSA before formally merging operations, which was expected to occur on or before December 1, 2017.
We are writing to let you know that, at a November 20, 2017 meeting of the Ewing Township Recreation Board that was attended by both HVBSA and ELL, the Board voted to reject a critical component of the terms of our proposed merger that would allow the combined league access to various Ewing Township fields for league play beginning in 2018. And in fact, the Committee failed to endorse the merger in any form, saying in an email to HVBSA that they had “concerns for the short- and long-term well being of the league and Ewing players”.
As a result of this vote and the resulting inability of ELL to meet this critical term of our merger, we notified the Ewing Little League last night of our decision to terminate the proposed merger, effective immediately.
This surprising and unexpected outcome happened even though HVBSA had been approached three times by ELL board members since 2015 to consider a merger due to declining enrollment in ELL, and despite a detailed presentation by HVBSA representatives to the Ewing Recreation Board at the November 20 meeting demonstrating our strong financial condition; detailed plans to integrate the leagues in time for the 2018 season; and reiterating that HVBSA has a stable organizational and operating structure to support the anticipated addition of 200-plus Ewing players in 2018. We are deeply disappointed in this outcome.
So, what does this mean for HVBSA moving forward? It’s pretty straightforward:
We felt strongly that this acquisition was in the best interest of the Hopewell-area community to help promote the game of baseball and make it available to as many players as possible. Unfortunately, the Ewing Township Recreation Board did not see the proposed merger in the same light. We wish ELL a successful 2018 season as they continue as an independent Little League-affiliated organization.
We’ll be back in touch after the Thanksgiving holiday with updates on travel team rosters and 2018 spring registration dates, and thank you for your continued support of HVBSA.