By ALEXANDREA BAILEY
Raul Loera, local little league president of 14 years and assistant district administrator for little league baseball, is excited to announce that registrations for this season are now open, after having to cancel the last two seasons due to Covid-19.
This will be Loera’s 33rd season with the league. He was appointed Little League President in 2004. His oldest son, who is now 39, started playing T-ball with the league when he was five-years-old, and ever since Loera’s family has been heavily involved. All four of his sons have participated in the league and are current board members and his wife runs the concession stand. “Without them, it would be impossible to do what we do for the kids,” admitted Loera.
The 2020 season was canceled due to the lockdown mandate, but it was optional the following season in 2021, however he made the decision to wait, because he did not want to risk the lives of the children. “It was a big void in our life,” said Loera. He feels confident in opening up the league this year after the release of the vaccine.
Loera says it “feels awesome” to be able to re-open the league for the 2022 season. According to him, the only thing he is worried about is not having enough kids return to the fields as a result of the two canceled seasons. “It is hard because we are starting from zero,” he explained.
Loera says it’s important for children to get out of the house and be active for the benefit of their health. He believes playing a sport also has a positive effect on the children because it teaches them social skills. Loera hopes the skills the kids develop while participating in little league stick with them as they grow into adults. Also that they can teach these life lessons to their own children someday, as well as give back to the community, as the community has done for them.
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