The Bridge City Little League, 2009 Texas East State Champions, is well ahead of 2009 registration numbers, according Jerry McInnis, board past president.

The league has registered more than 450 children to play baseball and softball in 2010, McInnis said.

Brigg Patterson, league president, said he thought the rain on Saturday may have slowed down the turnout to register, but was pleased to have a large number of people brave the weather to be sure their children were signed up.

“This should be a banner year in our program because for the first time in three years, we have not had our league damaged by storms,” Patterson said. “All of our assets can be used to move the league forward. We have several improvements planned, and are looking forward to improving our parks and facilities.”

Another BCLL registration is set for this Saturday at the Bridge City Community Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The registration fee is $65 for the first child, $20 for the next two children in the same family, and any other children in the family can play free. 

Required also is a concession stand fee of $20 per child, which will be returned if a parent signs up to work in the concession stand. A boy’s playing age is his age on April 30, 2010. A girl’s playing age is her age on Dec. 31, 2009.

Baseball is offered to boys ages 4-16, and softball to girls 4-15. BCLL also offers a Challenge program for disadvantaged children.
Baseball is free to the participants of the Challenge League.

Boys that attend Bridge City, Orangefield, West Orange-Cove and parts of Little Cypress-Mauriceville school districts are eligible to play at the BCLL complex. Girls from all over Orange County are eligible to play at the complex.

After Saturday’s registration, children will be required to pay an additional $20 late fee to register with BCLL. Children signing up late may be placed on a waiting list.

For more information, call Patterson at 697-1440. The league’s Web site is