Little league opening day: by the numbers and smiles

Downtown Little League is now the largest single chapter little league program in the United States, and to illustrate that, here are some numbers and even better, photos by local pro Claudine Williams, whose studio specializes in fine art portraits as well as professional branding. (I’ll note this is a family affair: her husband, Randy Williams, is also the co-president of the league.)

1150: number of kids registered, the largest to date
86 teams overall, with 8 added this year
65 in coed baseball
20 in softball
1 Challengers Division for autistic kids
5 to 18: ages of the kids
300 volunteer coaches plus another 50 parents who help organize uniforms and events
20 volunteer board members who run the league
4: number of local elected officials who welcomed kids this weekend, including Gale Brewer, Margaret Chin, Deborah Glick and Brian Kavanagh, as well as baseball fans BJ Jones from the Battery Park City Authority and Madelyn Wils from the Hudson River Park Trust.
and 1 Olympian, Alana Blahoski, who won a gold medal for the US in ice hockey and who threw out the first pitch


Finally, the biggest little number: 11, for the locations used across the city for field space, including Battery Park City, Pier 40, Pier 25, Rockefeller Park, Coleman Oval, Corlears Hook Park, East River Park and Governor’s Island. To this last point, DLL former president Andrew Zelter added this: “While this may seem like quite a few, it is not sufficient to meet the demand from the community. DLL is not able to place every child that registers on a team, resulting in lengthy waitlists. Additionally, we do not have enough field time to provide each team with dedicated weekly practice time. In most cases two or more teams are practicing on a field at the same time.”

Can’t resist: a shout-out to the Tribeca Citizen Tigers. Go team.



  1. As the original founder and first president of the Downtown Little League I have watched our dirt lot transform into the best run parent sport in the country. I am honored to have served the community and over joyed with the success of the DLL. This is our 26th year. PLAY BALL!
    Dr Lewis Gross

  2. The Citizen is an enjoyable part of my morning routine. Keep putting pen to paper!
    Also cant help but give a cheers out to todays front page photo. GO GATORS!