Dragons du Val d’Europe: From Youth Champions to Senior Baseball Team

Dragons du Val d’Europe: From Youth Champions to Senior Baseball Team

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Published on June 24, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. See my news Follow La Marne

More focused on leisure activities through softball, a variation of baseball, the Dragons du Val d’Europe (Seine-et-Marne) now want to move up a gear.

“We are going to create a senior baseball team for next season.” They plan in particular to rely on a generation which is making the club’s heyday from the youth categories.

“The current under-18s are future competitors,” says Stéphane Horta, president of the club. They are kids who love competition and the game. They were undefeated champions of Seine-et-Marne two years ago, among the under-15s. They will continue to contribute to the club,” he adds.

For now at the project stage, the Dragons’ next senior baseball team should be based on the same functioning as the other sections of the club.

“All our teams are independent and self-sufficient. There is no agreement at the club although this is quite common, particularly in Seine-et-Marne.

For example, Lagny-sur-Marne, Meaux and Roissy-en-Brie collaborate on certain categories of young people. Our objective is to remain within the framework of our association. An agreement is two teams working on their own and only meeting up for matches on the weekend.”

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The team will then aim to reach the regional level as quickly as possible in order to compete “with the best teams” and “rise in level and skills”.

A season without playing at home?

As with other sections of the club, the leaders of the Dragons club encounter problems in terms of infrastructure. “We have a real problem with installations even if the Bailly-Romainvilliers town hall found us land. You can play it with young people or to practice softball, but not to participate in under-18 or senior championships, explains Stéphane Horta. The football field is not really up to standard and is a little too small in one part.”

He does not rule out the possibility of playing home matches on neutral ground or even traveling to their opponents throughout the season: “This year, we found a fallback ground in Villeneuve-le-Comte. Next season, if we don’t have the necessary infrastructure, we will go directly to the opposing teams and we will not play at home. We will also look for land in other municipalities.”

For the president of the Dragons, the ideal would still be to “work with the town hall of Bailly-Romainvilliers” in order to “gain thirty or forty meters and respect the standards”.

However, he recognizes the complexity of such a project: “Our members coming from Bailly-Romainvilliers represent 25%. Investing land in a community that only represents a quarter of the membership is complicated. We also find ourselves facing Val d’Europe Agglomération which does not necessarily build land and which does not manage sport. We are truly a local club since our members come from all the municipalities of Val d’Europe, almost in equal proportions: Bailly-Romainvilliers, Magny-le-Hongre, Chessy, Serris, etc. »

While waiting for possible changes, time to prepare until March 2025, the date of the launch of the baseball championships…

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2024-06-24 16:13:13
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