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Opening Day Activities
A few player spots available, registration Saturday 12:15-4:00
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Picture Day is February 24th
  PICTURE DAY IS February 24th at the field. bishopphoto.com   YOUR...
GGNLL Opening Day
GGNLL Families, Mark your calendar our opening day will be Saturday...
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Longtime Naples youth football ref, baseball umpire awaiting kidney...
Umpire Carmine await Kidney
Football ref, baseball umpire from Naples awaits kidney transplant Liz...
Opening Day Activities



Bring the family and come celebrate the great American pastime as we kick off our 2018 season.



When:  Saturday, February 24th 8:00am-4:30pm

Where:  Golden Gate Park Baseball Fields


Schedule of Events

8:00am-10:30am Team Pictures (Check ggnll.net for your team time.)

Please don’t be late, we want every player in the team picture.

8:00am-10:30am Home Run Derby

$10 to enter.  A $100 cash prize will be awarded to winner.

8:00am-10:30am Throw, Slug & Steal

Free for all players.  A $20 concession stand credit to winner in each Division.

9:00am-10:30am Collier County Helicopter

50/50 Raffle – All Day 1 Ticket for $1, 10 for $5.00 or 25 for $10.

Drawing will take place at end of day, no need to be present to win.

Crime Dog McGruff will make an appearance

Miracles Mascot Sway will make an appearance

Hula Hoops

8:00am-10:30am The Following Booths Will Be Onsite

EPN Urgent Care

Gulf Coast Charter Academy

Il Primo Pizza

ProSport Apparel – They will have batting gloves, armbands, lokai bracelets for purchase.  A percentage comes back to GGNLL.

GGNLL will also be selling GGNLL rubber bracelets $2 and GGNLL cinch bags $5.

(Please note all players will receive a swag bag with the bag and bracelet included.)

10:45am-11:30am Opening Ceremonies

11:45am Opening Pitch Thrown By T.B.A.

11:45am-4:30pm Baseball Games

Culvers Ice Cream $2.00

(Please note all players will receive an ice cream voucher in swag bag.)

12:30pm-2:30pm Face Painting by Spiderman Baseball Player $1.00

After your game dunk a Coach $1.00 a throw, $3 for 5 and $5 for 10.


Our biggest fundraiser of the day is our concession stand.  We will be selling grilled hot dogs $2.00 and hamburgers $3.00.  Please support your league and have lunch at the park.

by posted 02/16/2018
A few player spots available, registration Saturday 12:15-4:00

We have a few player spots available.

1 in Tee Ball (Ages 4-6)

I will be at fields Saturday 12:15-4.  If you don't see me I'll be on Field 4 watching my son.

All other Divisions are closed.



by posted 02/06/2018
Picture Day is February 24th


PICTURE DAY IS February 24th at the field.



YOUR LEAGUE CODE IS: goldengate18


by Dawn posted 02/06/2018
GGNLL Opening Day

GGNLL Families,

Mark your calendar our opening day will be Saturday February 24th.  Team Pictures will start at 8am that morning with opening ceremonies starting at 11:30am with games following at 12pm for all teams.


by posted 01/22/2018
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Longtime Naples youth football ref, baseball umpire awaiting kidney transplant dies



Carmine DeCianni, the longtime youth sports referee battling kidney failure, died of an apparent heart attack Sunday morning.

“It’s a loss to the whole community,” said Robb Mackett, an assigner with the Greater Naples Officials Association. “It’s a sad day.”

Kidney failure plagued DeCianni, 57, for three years, requiring nightly dialysis. His courage as he battled kidney disease and hoped for a transplant were profiled in the Naples Daily News in September.

It was still an unexpected death, said Mackett, who had a drink and watched football with the longtime official less than 24 hours earlier.

DeCianni was on the road away from the nightly dialysis machine after a girls softball coach introduced him to the chief of the kidney transplant program at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Since summer DeCianni has spent time working with doctors to find the best match and prepare for a transplant. DeCianni’s cousin Joseph Livorsi in New York City was picked as a living organ donor.

“His cousin was going up to (Washington, D.C.) sometime next week,” Mackett said. “Carmine was hopeful the transplant would get done in 2018, maybe in March or April. But unfortunately, his health kept declining.”

Despite failing kidneys, DeCianni never let his health trouble his officiating, on the football field or the baseball diamond.

“He never made excuses,” Mackett said. “He never played it up. He just continued to do officiating. We’re in an era where you can’t find people to officiate, but this guy loved it and embraced it. His favorite time was when he was around the kids.”

DeCianni had put many years into officiating — 18 years of Little League baseball and softball, in addition to high school baseball and 14 years of high school football.


“He’s spanned three generations of my family,” said Billy Sparacio, coach of the First Baptist Academy football team. “My son was a catcher and just moved to college. He remembers him as a good guy with a kind word. My dad would always seem to end up talking to him at the sidelines. Two old Italian dudes talking about the Yankees or whatever.”

Coaches liked to see DeCianni on the field as much as the man loved officiating, said Bill Kramer, Naples High School football coach.

“I was always happy if I saw him on the crew,” he said. “He always loved the sport. He had fun officiating, and he never seemed stressed. I know he’ll be missed. He was liked and brought light-heartedness. That’s huge, to be an official and not be stressed by it.”

DeCianni is survived by his wife, Patricia. The two have no children.

“The kids he officiated are his children,” Mackett said.

by posted 01/14/2018
Umpire Carmine await Kidney

Football ref, baseball umpire from Naples awaits kidney transplant



Carmine DeCianni has an outsized heart and bad kidneys.

The longtime referee for youth sports in Southwest Florida has a game plan in the works: a kidney transplant.

The 56-year-old has endured kidney failure for three years, a life-altering disease that requires dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. He was diagnosed with diabetes 15 years ago. It’s an unforgiving family trait, he says, that’s passed along with the proud Italian heritage.

A cousin back home in Queens, New York, says he will donate a kidney, even if it means the organ goes to a stranger. That way DeCianni can get matched with another living donor. In essence, it’s an organ trade so patients can get matched as soon as possible.

The legion of kids and parents, coaches and spectators at games would never know DeCianni suffers from kidney failure. The disease can bring a psychological battle of despair and fear. DeCianni fights back with a relentless schedule on the field with an upbeat, not-a-care-in-the-world attitude.

He’s considered a legend in Naples for keeping the fun in the game. He deftly navigates treacherous waters of driven coaches and aggressive parents. A friendly banter — and respect — is his not-so-secret weapon.

“They all know me by name,” DeCianni said. “They know I’m fair and I’m easy to get along with, and I’m always happy to be on the field. I always tell people there are two places I’d rather be, on a baseball field or a football field.”


He’s been an umpire for Little League baseball and softball, in addition to high school baseball, for 18 years. When that wasn’t enough, he began refereeing high school football 14 years ago. Weekday night and weekends, he’s a fixture on the field among the kids. The brutal summer heat doesn’t stop him.

“I love the kids. I’m tired when I get home from work, but the kids rejuvenate me,” said DeCianni, who works as a medical courier in Fort Myers. “I remember when I was a kid how important it was to have an umpire out there.”

DeCianni leaves an indelible mark on the kids, from the first time they step up to the plate as anxious 6-year-olds — where he helps calm them down —  and all through their glory days as high school athletes.

“He’s an institution,” said Robb Mackett, an assigner with the Greater Naples Officials Association. “The kids love him, the parents all love him. He has done thousands of games.”

Part of his strategy is a quick sense of humor that serves as a shield against questionable calls. Coaches simply can’t get mad at him, Mackett said. On Saturday nights when officials gather after games at Beef ’O’ Brady’s on Radio Road in East Naples for beer and munchies, people always come up to him to share a few memories.

“He’s like everybody’s uncle out there,” Mackett said. “His passion is to be out there with the kids.”


But DeCianni’s ailing health is starting to take a toll. He religiously puts himself through the rigors of 10 hours of home dialysis every night. Cases of medical supplies are stacked 4 feet high in his East Naples home. He gets by on three or four hours of sleep.

“I’m up every hour, hour and a half,” he said about nightly dialysis. “It doesn’t drain, so I sit up on the edge of the bed to let it drain and then I sleep for an hour.”

He is matter-of-fact about his circumstances that others admire.

“He never complains,” Mackett said. “He never makes excuses.”

DeCianni’s wife, Patricia, 51, has urged him to cut back on his game schedule. Only recently has he started to listen.


“He has slowed down a lot for him,” she said, adding that people come up to them all the time at restaurants. “They recognize him right away.”

It’s DeCianni’s dedication to youth sports that opened the door for a transplant when prospects were bleak.

He tried a few years ago to get on transplant lists at hospitals in Tampa and Orlando, but the endless trips back and forth were too much. He got listed at Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers, but that door slammed shut when the living donor program was shuttered two years ago. He saw no out from daily insulin shots for his diabetes and being tethered to a dialysis machine every night for the rest of his life.

Then a few months ago, the gods smiled down at him at in the middle of a girls softball game in North Naples.

It was a hot day, and a coach, Troy Melancon, remembers encouraging everyone to drink more water. That's when DeCianni told him he was on dialysis.

Melancon's brother is transplant surgeon at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. The brother also happens to be the chief of the hospital's kidney transplant program.

“It’s a small world,” DeCianni said. “He set me up with his brother.”


A month ago, DeCianni went to Washington to meet with the surgeon and to start the process of getting listed. His cousin, Joseph “Joe Joe” Livorsi, submitted initial paperwork to be a living donor.  Even though DeCianni left Queens in 1996, the two cousins talk daily.

“We were very close growing up,” Livorsi, 55, said. “I don’t know what I would do without him.”

DeCianni and his cousin have different blood types. That will mean the “trade” organ approach, where transplant candidates and their living donors trade organs for the candidates to get matched, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, UNOS, based in Richmond, Virginia.

“If there is anything I can do for him, I’ll do it in a second,” Livorsi said.

Nearly 97,000 people nationwide are on waiting lists for kidney transplants, according to UNOS. About 6,000 transplants are done each year with living donors, but it’s difficult to measure potential living donors.

“Adults in good overall physical and mental health can be evaluated by transplant centers if they are interested in being a living donor,” said Anne Paschke, a UNOS spokeswoman.

Diabetes is one of the main causes for kidney failure, followed closely by kidney damage due to high blood pressure, she said.

The Naples officials association is planning to hold a fundraiser for DeCianni to help with expenses that will not be covered by his insurance, Mackett said. It will be scheduled closer to when DeCianni and his wife have to leave for Washington.

“The sports community will rally around him when he is hopefully called soon for his kidney transplant,” Mackett said. “I think you will see a lot of people step up to help.”

A transplant could happen pretty quickly if his cousin gets the OK to be a living donor, DeCianni said. He will need to stay in Washington for several weeks afterward to make sure his body doesn’t reject the kidney he receives. He admits the transplant will be a scary time.


“If I wasn’t, I’d be a moron,” he said. “I’m nervous. I know it has to be done.”

He doesn’t want a fundraiser until he knows the transplant is scheduled.

“If there is any money left over, donate it to Little League,” he said. “That is where I would like it to go.”

by posted 01/14/2018
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