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Little League Enrollment Strong, League President Says

McKinney Little League’s registration period is going better than expected following several months of turmoil and uncertainty with the city.

Little league president Lonea Gilbert said in an email this week that almost 100 athletes have registered for the spring season.

She said there is usually only “a handful” of players who sign up during the early registration period in December, and over the last week, the league has been averaging once per day signing up for a team.

Gilbert said more accurate numbers will be available next week, though.

Little League Baseball in McKinney was saved in December following weeks of uncertainty, with serious allegations of money mismanagement against former President Ed Leps.

The league also cancelled its fall season, which Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Director Lemuel Randolph called a “poor decision.”

Despite the allegations and the loss of the fall season, McKinney City Manager Jason Gray allowed the league to return for the spring season, but under probationary terms.

Randolph said the league had to meet self-imposed registration deadlines, and must report to the city if they were unable to continue with the fall season.

The league is continuing its efforts to reorganize the management of the league and align itself with Little League International.

The Sports Authority, located at 3190 South Central Expressway in McKinney, will be holding an in-store registration Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

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