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Neartown Little League ("NLL") was founded in 1996 by a group of concerned citizens who sought to bring baseball to a part of hte inner city of Houston that had no organized baseball programs for children. In 1999, Neartown Youth Baseball League became a Little League affiliate to help expand membership, allow for interleague play with other Little Leagues, and provide better training opportunities for coaches and umpires. At this time, its official name was changed to Neartown Little League. The 1999 season saw NLL fielding a total of six teams -- 2 Tee-ball, 2 Minors machine pitch, and 2 Majors kid pitch. The total number of players was 83.
During 2000, NLL experienced a 20% growth in the number of players who participated, increasing the number of teams from 6 to 9, and fielding its first 11-12 year old All-Star Tournament Team. NLL has continued to grow, and in 2006 fielded 21 teams, with a total of 285 players.
Since its inception, NLL has used the ballfield at Ervan Chew (formerly Dunlavy) Park. When NLL first began playing at Ervan Chew Field in 1997, the park had a reputation for being a haven for drug users and the homeless. Largely through the efforts of its former president, Dr. Will Weber, NLL obtained "Adopt-a-Field" status, which allowed leverage in improving field facilities. Under Dr. Weber’s leadership, NLL has overseen/poured over $125K into field improvements and renovations that have benefited not only Ervan Chew Field, but the Park and surrounding neighborhood as a whole. The Field was named by the city of Houston to be "Will Weber Field" in 2010.
In 2006, construction of the Eric Hilton Field was completed, making another baseball facility available for NLL teams. Hilton Field has since been admired and complimented by many player families and game attendees—besides the beauty of the field itself, the downtown skyline provides a fabulous backdrop from the stands. NLL/Hilton Field was proud to be selected as a host site for District 16’s 2007 Tournament Team competition, which was held in late June 2007.
Many of the league's founders remain active in the league's affairs, and several continue as members of the NLL's Board of Directors.
Neartown Little League is located in the heart of Houston, just west and southwest of downtown.Boundaries are as follows, starting at Highway 59 (Southwest Freeway) and Shepherd, go north along Shepherd to Allen Parkway, on Allen Parkway go east to Interstate 45, on Interstate 45 go south to Highway 59, on Highway 59 go south to the Highway 59 and Highway 288 interchange, starting on Highway 288 go south to Herman drive, on Herman drive go west to Main Street, on Main Street go north to Highway 59, on Highway 59 go west back to Shepherd.
We have an agreement with Post Oak Little League that boys and girls age five to twelve who reside in the zip codes 77098 and 77019 West of S. Shepherd Dr. be allowed the option to play in either NLL or POLL for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.