An agreement between the Maryvale school district and two local amateur baseball groups – one of which has ties to New Era Cap Co. – is being touted as an endeavor to provide young ballplayers with more opportunities to hone their skills.
The deal involving the district, Inferno Baseball Inc. and the North Cheektowaga Amateur Athletic Association, or NCAAA, involves shared use of facilities, improved playing conditions, sporting goods and clinics for coaches and players.
The one-year agreement permits Inferno Baseball to use district-owned youth baseball diamonds located next to a Tops supermarket on Union Road at George Urban Boulevard in Cheektowaga.
Inferno Baseball is a part of one of several New Era Park locations and provides baseball and softball skill development, professional instruction and training for young athletes.
The arrangement is similar to others in the area: New Era already works with seven local school districts and youth organizations in Western New York and plans to add two more in 2016.
“This is part of our commitment to a program that Major League Baseball initiated, and that New Era Cap Co. supports, to aid and grow the sport at the youth level,” the proposal from Inferno states.
The agreement means that the ballfields will be busy for more days of the week than in the past.
Inferno will make improvements to the ballfields, providing a safer and more professional-appearing facility. The NCAAA will provide routine maintenance and scheduling options from which Inferno can set up player camps, games and tournaments.
NCAAA’s busiest days are Monday through Thursday. The groups will jointly manage “idle time” Friday through Sunday.
“It’s going to benefit our kids, our coaches, our grounds, our program,” said Maryvale Superintendent Joseph R. D’Angelo. “It’s a good arrangement.”
Under the arrangement, Maryvale will receive 100 New Era caps designed by the school for its baseball program.
Discounts to use the indoor facilities at New Era Park, located on Broadway in Depew, will be provided to the NCAAA. Inferno will also provide a free coaches clinic and personnel for field maintenance to supplement the NCAAA staff.
“They’ll be prepping the diamonds during the week and the weekends,” School Board President Craig T. Meyers said. “For their work, they’ll get to use those diamonds, and NCAAA gets to use their facility, for example if there’s a rainout.”