September 21, 2018
DERBY — The baseball field at Bradley School has scored a major league improvement.
That’s thanks to The Boys of Summer, a competitive baseball program that helps hundreds of young players get to the next level, which has gifted the city with $10,000 for a field facelift.
“We have built a great partnership with the City of Derby by utilizing their fields and bringing a travel baseball to many Derby and Valley families,” said Boys of Summer Executive Director Paul Gordon, in a news release. “While using many of the Derby facilities, we found that Bradley field could use some attention.”
Gordon said the organization reached out to one of its professional contractors, Diamond Landscapes & Athletic Fields of Fairfield, to see what could be done to improve the field’s playing surface. The contractor told Gordon the field would benefit from $10,000 to $12,000 in upgrades to the infield playing surface to include new clay, field conditioner, resetting the bases and edging the field.
“This would improve the field for all that use it,” Gordon added. “With the new field and new bases, we would also like to provide storage for the new equipment. As always we would share this with the other City of Derby teams that use Bradley School, including but not limited to Derby Board of Education, Derby Middle School and Derby High School sports.”
Steve McLoughlin, managing director for The Boys of Summer, said the organization is based out of Derby/Shelton/Stratford and has players enrolled from a dozen area towns. Helping Derby out with the field improvements is something the organization felt very strongly about.
“The city of Derby has been a great partner and very accommodating over the last couple of years,” McLouglin said. “We've made Bradley our home so we wanted to do something to show our appreciation while providing an enhanced baseball experience for our players. This wouldn't have been possible without the support of our donors who contribute generously to The Boys of Summer.”
Mayor Richard Dziekan was recently contacted by members of the organization about the donation.
“I am elated that The Boys of Summer have decided to show their appreciation for the continued use of the facility up at Bradley School,” said Dziekan. “Their donation will benefit all the youth and adult teams that utilize those fields and for that I am grateful. On behalf of the city of Derby, I’d like to thank The Boys of Summer for their generous contribution.”
Dziekan’s Chief of Staff Andrew Baklik, who was equally grateful for the generous donation, said the field, while in relatively good shape, needs some work to address some safety concerns “like small dips in the outfield that could potentially result in injuries.”
By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, New Haven Register. Click here for full story.
As travel baseball in our area has continued to expand, two well respected programs - Mudcats Baseball and The Boys of Summer - have decided to merge, creating one of the most dominant baseball development programs in Connecticut.
This merger enables us to fulfill our mission of providing young baseball players as many advantages as possible to not only succeed on the field in baseball, but to also be successful in life. Please note that this decision was not taken lightly and certainly not an effort to grow for growth sake. Following many discussions with the leadership of both programs, it was obvious that we have a shared vision and similar coaching philosophies. The combination and collaboration of our resources creates a baseball program that will be unparalleled in the state.
With teams that will now range from age 8U to 18U we feel the combined organizations will provide greater exposure and opportunities for players and furthers their long-term progression in both baseball and personal growth. Additionally, our combined program will now include players from several counties and almost a dozen towns. The broader talent pool will allow us to create opportunities for our kids to compete at multiple levels including local-based teams and regional/national showcase level teams.
We will continue to partner with top notch facilities such as The Valley Batting Cages, Break-Out Athlete, and NYA. We will continue to stress the importance of off-season training and are in the process of finalizing Winter Workout plans that will build on what we have done in the past. We will also be looking at making Academic Advisory, Performance Training, Recruiting Educational programs, and specialized baseball training (e.g. pitching, catching, hitting) available to our families.
Some other exciting program news. The Boys of Summer was recently approved as an official 501c3 charity organization. This certification enables considerable fundraising efforts which will assist in bringing more resources and opportunities to our players while keeping the costs as low as possible. All teams under the combined organization are beneficiaries of the Boys of Summer charity.
The new and improved Boys of Summer Baseball program will continue to provide a unique travel team experience offering the highest quality coaching, instruction, and consulting to young ball players. The goal is to develop the youth baseball player in every aspect of the game for long term athletic development and collegiate opportunities while providing the coaching, teammates, families, and environment to thrive.
Our Commitment to Player Development: