Naugatuck Baseball Coach Wants to Start Youth Travel League

Baseball players between the ages of 7 and 14 would be invited to play.


Naugatuck High School baseball coach Tom Deller has been hearing for the past few years that Naugatuck children are going to other towns to play travel baseball.

But Deller believes those players would look better in a Naugatuck uniform, and he plans to do something about it.

Deller wants to start a travel program for Naugatuck baseball players between the ages of 7 and 14.

A meeting about the travel program will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Goodyear Lecture Hall at Naugatuck High School.

Anyone with questions may call Deller at 203.768.2149 or email him at nhsbaseballcoach@yahoo.com.

brutus November 19, 2012 at 04:02 PM
this is a great idea. but first, this town needs to unite our two leagues. as someone not originally from Naugatuck, I don't understand the west side/union city split. aside from town unity, I can't for the life of me understand why we would choose to have two struggling leagues (particularly Peter J Foley) when we can have one thriving league.
Dan November 23, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Also not originally from naugatuck.I asked a umpire from ucll the same question his reply was it's political.Like every sport u have your DADDY coaches.It is just a bigger problem here than other towns.The umpire also said they couldn"t decide on a name if they combined both leagues.His suggestion was to name it Naugatuck Little League.LMAO
Dan November 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Some parents have been talking about this saying it is a great idea kep ur home grown in town.Let's see who gets pick to coach this team,then we will no if Mr.Deller is serious.Should be someone that has no ties to either program and no past history with any of the boys.
Tom Deller November 25, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Thanks alot for your input - we are definately serious about this. It is my understanding is that we are not able to combine Little Leagues because of a National Little League rule that designates the number of leagues in a town according to the population. Wether or not that is true I believe that both our Little Leagues and our Babe Ruth Leagues are an important part of our town and the rivarly or whatever you want to call it is a healthy thing that has been here for years and should be something that is fostered not eliminated. What we are trying to do really has nothing to do with the East side or the West side of town, the babe ruth league or the little leagues but the town of Naugatuck as a whole. What we want to do is offer a competive - year round - affordable baseball program for those people currently going outside of Naugatuck because that option is not available to them here. We are currently meeting with repesentaives from the in town leagues to establish some ground rules going foward and will begin tryouts and get Managers and Coaches in place shortly after the year new. We are holding an informational meeting for all parents of prospective players and anyone interested in Managing or coaching December 12th @ 7:00pm in the Goodyear Lecture Hall at Naugatuck High School. Please, if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me at 203-768-2149. Again, Thanks alot for your imput. - T. Deller
brutus November 26, 2012 at 05:04 PM
this is great. I just want to add though that my suggestion at combining the two leagues in town was not for no reason. I agree that a healthy rivalry is a good thing. but this can only be the case if both leagues are thriving, and Peter J Foley most definitely is not. there are simply not enough kids signing up, and it's a domino effect where kids don't bother or they quit because they are put where they don't belong (i.e. a 5 year old being put in coach pitch because there aren't enough kids to make t-ball teams). this has nothing to do with what you're trying to do, which is great!


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