Reed City Little League eyeing summer season

REED CITY — Summer sports leagues can be a positive way to give kids and families a chance to enjoy exercise and outdoor time, and one Reed City organization is looking forward to their upcoming youth baseball program. 

Following COVID-19 canceling the 2021 summer season, Reed City’s Little League (RCLL) organizers are looking to make a return to play and are inviting families to enroll and volunteer to make this year a success. 

RCLL was founded in 2001 and was formerly called Reed City Youth League. The name officially changed to Reed City Little League in 2009 after being chartered with Little League International.

Tammy Holmes, president of the RCLL, said the opportunity for kids to be able to participate in summer sports is important. 

“(Little League) gets the families out there together,” Holmes said. “The kids are learning to work as a team and to help each other out. It's getting them away from their TV screens and their electronics. They learn a sport and they're getting exercise.”

“It's bringing families together with other families,” she added. “You're learning to have friends, and probably in a lot of unexpected areas, because some of these kids go to Trinity. Some of them go to Reed City, so they don't usually see each other.” 

RCLL hosts fundraisers during the year to raise money and bring awareness to the organization including partnering with local establishments for group events. 

Holmes said the volunteer participation and sponsor support is a vital part of being able to support the programs they provide for kids. 

“We have been working hard on getting more people in the community involved with being on the board,” Holmes said. “We now work with T Mobile and they do grants to help our youth be able to play if parents can't afford it. We also work with Dick's Sporting Goods, we apply for grants there and they donate equipment. Sometimes they give us gift certificates so we can go pick up equipment. So we’ve been reaching out trying to get the program a little bigger and getting some better equipment.”

The organization also hosts special fundraisers to support the summer seasons. 

“We have a fundraiser coming up at Sunny's, and we have a fundraiser coming up at Buffalo Wild Wings,” Holmes added. “We do clean up on Earth Day and we clean up the fields and we help clean up the city along with a couple of other groups that help. We also do a parade for our kids that day.”

Holmes explained that the season can be made more challenging if the organization doesn’t have enough help with volunteers, which is a key aspect of getting the programs to run smoothly. 

Yearly costs for the league often include replacing bases, upkeep of fields, and purchasing of equipment. The work also includes finding coaches and people to help run the games during the summer. 

“We don't only need board members, we need coaches,” Holmes said. “We need assistant coaches as well, and anybody that's willing to help out their child and the other children is welcome to come and check it out.” 

Feedback from families and parents has been overwhelmingly positive, according to Holmes, and the organization hopes to see more kids joining teams this summer. 

This season, the organization is allowing participants to try on new season uniforms before they are purchased in bulk. The event will be hosted from 6-7 p.m. March 20 at the Reed City Depot located at Pere Marquette Trail. 

Homes said the organization is looking forward to bringing little league back to Reed City residents safely.

“We’re just really looking forward to getting out there and to be able to have some fun and enjoy (the season) without COVID-19 being involved, we have no restrictions to share so far,” Holmes said. “We have the all-stars at the end of the season for the older kids, the travel kids.”

There are several ways to support RCLL, the organization accepts donations and has sponsorship opportunities throughout the year.

They are also currently in search of willing volunteers to take on roles with coaching, field clean-up, umpire work, and equipment maintenance. 

For more information on the RCLL and how to donate, volunteer, or see sponsorship opportunities, visit the organization’s webpage at