United We Stand, Divided We Fall

As we approach the 25th Anniversary of the Memorial Day Tournament, let’s take a step back and remember the sacrifices made by the Founding Fathers of the NYESL. At the same time, let’s contemplate what we as a league and as individuals need to do in order to “chip in” to the overall success of the best Stickball League in the United States of America. In light of recent events reverberating throughout our league, let’s take some time and reflect.
Tolerance
Tolerance in all aspects of life is essential to the advancement of a particular goal. The goal of the NYESL board, teams and players is the continuation and betterment of Stickball in New York and beyond. Life teaches us that it may not always seem fair, but the only way to continue to focus on the goal is through tolerance.
Do your own research and study other societies, cultures and communities and notice how those that tend to focus on the their differences do not advance. Those societies who choose to constantly point to the mistakes others, usually harm themselves in the process by not advancing their own cause. So, history teaches us that if we tolerate others, then others will tolerate us.
Confrontation
Now, how we deal with certain situations is the key to the advancement of the overall goal. If we choose to fight every battle and take a stand on every issue, then this will distract from the goal we set out for ourselves. It’s natural that an organization of this size and magnitude will have differences of opinion, but the key is to work together to come up with a satisfactory solution that can make both parties feel like winners.
Moving Forward
We need to look forward as we deal with current events and remember why we’re here. Stickball is a sanctuary. It allows us to bond with our brothers, sisters and friends, while at the same time allows us make friends out of strangers. Once you embrace the game, the game (and it’s members) will embrace you. For those of you that have been around the game for a while, think back when you first joined and how the magic of Stickball filled your hearts. How you forgot about everything else…at least for 7 innings. So, as we move forward let’s get back to those times.
Forgiveness
So, how do we forgive and move forward? I believe forgiveness is a choice we make through a decision of our will.
The Bible instructs us to forgive as the Lord forgave us:
Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 
Stickball. Not Just a game…a Tradition!
Let’s focus on how we can take this league to new heights and new frontiers. Let’s work together to keep a strong foundation that our children will be able to build upon and enjoy the game we all still very much enjoy. With tolerance towards one another, avoiding confrontations, looking forward toward the same goal and being forgiving, Stickball will continue to grow and provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for players, fans and more importantly our kids. We have a tradition to uphold, so take some time to reflect on what YOU can do for Stickball and not what Stickball can do for you!
                                                                       -NYESL Board Members