Friday, April 6, 2012

Young ballplayers are getting ready to play

Rec Leagues taking sign-ups

It won't be long before Wood River Valley baseball and softball diamonds will be dry and ready for youngsters participating in the Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) baseball and softball leagues.

Players, coaches and volunteers are preparing for a great season with plans for spring training when fields dry. Registration is underway.

The BCRD is sponsoring pitching clinics for boys ages 8-12 Mondays and Wednesdays, April 2, 4, 9 and 11 from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in the BCRD gym.

Wood River High School coaches and players are leading the clinics, all proceeds from the $25 per player fee going to WRHS baseball. No pre-registration is necessary.

The equipment swap is Thursday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Nelson Field, Hailey. Sports equipment retailers will bring trailers full of baseball and softball gear, for sale. Tables will be set up for donations.

BCRD's youth programs also provide businesses with an opportunity for sponsorship. Your baseball or softball sponsorship for $350 helps support the overall program and you get your business name on the jerseys along a special team photo and plaque. Call Brad Musbach at 578-5458 for details.

BCRD leagues are divided into Youth Baseball (ages 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12), Youth T-Ball (ages 5-6) and Youth Softball (7-8 coach pitch, 9-11 machine pitch and 12-14 player pitch). Each league has its own player evaluations and season dates.

Registration is underway. Sign up online and save money.

Baseball 9-10 and 11-12 (player pitch): Practices begin Monday, April 16 and are held Mondays and Wednesdays, only. The season ends the week of June 11. Cost of $60 per player includes hat, shirt and instruction. The cost increases to $75 after April 12. Mandatory player evaluations are Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m. at Nelson Field. Team sponsors and volunteer coaches are always needed.

Baseball 7-8 (coach pitch): Practices begin Wednesday, May 2 and are held Mondays and Wednesdays through June 20. Cost is $60, or $75 for late sign-ups. Mandatory player evaluations are Thursday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at Nelson Field. You will have the opportunity for a Hailey or Ketchum team during check-out.

Youth T-Ball: Open to all boys and girls of all abilities, ages 5-6, most games and practices at Woodside Elementary School for the Hailey/Bellevue kids and at Hemingway Elementary School for Ketchum kids. Practices begin Wednesday, May 16 and the season runs Mondays and Wednesdays through June 20. Fee of $50 includes hat and shirt. The cost rises to $65 if you sign up after May 4. There are no tryouts for the program.

Youth Softball: For 7-11 year-olds of all abilities featuring coach pitch for the 7-8s, and machine pitch for ages 9-11. Mandatory player evaluations are Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. at Nelson Field. The seasons run Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 1-June 21. Cost is $60, or $75 after April 24.

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