There’s a buzz in the air, and I’m not refereeing to the bees. It’s ball season at the Recreation Department for youths in kindergarten through sixth grade with t-ball, coach pitch, girls slo-pitch, boys baseball, and for adults, there’s a men’s league and a co-ed softball league. Listen to some of the conversation throughout town and you’ll see what I mean, “a buzz is in the air.”
For t-ball, coach pitch and girls slo-pitch leagues the fee is a nominal $39 per player which includes a ball cap and shirt. For the boys baseball league, the fee is $52 per player as this group additionally receives baseball pants. You might ask, how can the Recreation Department offer a player rating clinic, uniforms, and officials for games, for such a nominal fee? Offering these leagues takes a community wide effort which requires cooperative efforts from volunteer coaches, sponsors and a dedicated Landscape and Recreation Department staff.
Youth players rating clinics will take place April 8th through 11th. Player rating clinics are not mandatory; however they do provide assessment of player’s skills to divide the teams up with children of diversified skill levels. The idea is to provide a fun atmosphere for all the children. The goals of these leagues are to build skills, allow all participants game time and to have fun.
To sponsor a 2013 youth ball team is $300. Each sponsor’s name will be printed on the player’s team shirts. Individuals interested in coaching or sponsoring a team or if you need further clarification on anything associated with these leagues, your best point of contact is Sports Coordinator Tay Deering at 293-9254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult league play functions entirely different from the youth leagues. Players sign up as a team and get their own sponsors. Individuals interested in forming a team should attend the managers meeting to be held Tuesday, April 9th at the Recreation Department Office at 900 Arizona Street at 7pm for the Men’s League and 8pm for the Co- Ed League.