City of Florence Baseball moves to Little League
The City of Florence will bring all our existing youth baseball leagues under Little League Baseball beginning in January 2022. The City believes that the most efficient, effective, and equitable way to serve all city residents and youth participants is through this conversion of the City's programs which now play at Maple Park, McLeod Park and Northside Park.
Over the past several months, the previous presidents from Maple Park, McLeod Park, and Northside Park (PALS) have met to work through the transition and develop the new board of directors which includes members from all three parks. This process was completed on November 18, 2021 as the new board, which includes five members from Maple Park, five members from McLeod Park, and three members from Northside Park (PALS), voted on and adopted the directives for Florence Little League.
The 2022 season will be a transition year for the baseball program as the City continues to move forward with the construction of the new Florence Sports Complex. Once completed, the Complex will have a Stadium Field for the newly named Florence Flamingos, a regional Track & Field Facility for the Florence Track Club, and 6 youth baseball fields for Little League Baseball players 5 to 16 years of age.
During the transition in 2022, the games for Florence Little League will be conducted at Maple, McLeod and Northside Parks with practices held at additional facilities. In 2023, most Little League games will move to the Florence Sports Complex, but teams will continue to use Maple, McLeod, and Northside Parks mainly for practices as well as a few games.
"Little League® Baseball and Softball is played in approximately 6,500 communities across more than 80 countries around the world, but regardless of where they are played, each of them shares the same core mission. Little League believes in the power of youth baseball and softball to teach life lessons that build stronger individuals and communities. Joined together by one common goal, every local league is part of One Team. One Little League."