If you want to spend the spring and summer playing baseball or softball, there’s still plenty of opportunities to get on a team.
Sign-ups are being held all around the county, with only the McMinnville Youth Baseball and Softball Association registration nearing its deadline. Community softball sign-ups at Morrison, Midway and other locations are expected to continue into late March.
Terry Beard, athletic coordinator for the MYBS league, is urging families to get to Three Star Mall this week if they want their kids to play at the Civic Center this summer. Late registration kicks in Monday and the final date of sign-ups will be Saturday, March 8.
A $10 late fee will be applied to all sign-ups this week. The league is expected to begin April 22 and run through June. Girls games will be played Monday and Thursday and boys games will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays.
While players cannot request to be on teams, the league has taken steps to help this year. Through the efforts of the league and volunteers, equipment is available for those who need it and financial assistance can be requested.
Beard also wants potential umpires, scorekeepers and coaches to circle Thursday, March 7 on their calendars.
“We’re joining TYBA this year and they have a mandatory meeting for anybody who plans to be on the field,” said Beard. “If you are planning to work for the leagues or coach – whether it’s head coach, assistant or dugout mom or dad - you need to be at the meeting.
“If you can’t make it to Thursday’s meeting, you’ll have to attend one of TYBA’s other meetings in surrounding areas.”
The meeting will be held Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Park Theater.
Beard said sign-ups have been a little slow, though he saw an increase late last week. He’s hopeful the numbers continue to grow in the final week.
At Midway, officials were planning to meet over the weekend to determine when to hold sign-ups. They could start as soon as this week. The information will be listed in ‘Sports Briefs’ as soon as it becomes available, along with on the Midway Softball Facebook page.
Morrison has been holding registrations on Saturdays since February 16. Those sign-ups will continue this Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Morrison Ruritan Building. The cost Saturday, for boys 2-20 and girls 2-21, will be $35.
The Morrison Ruritan league will hold late sign-ups Saturday, March 16 at the same location from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., though cost will go up to $40 on the final day.
League organizers have been pleased with the registration numbers thus far, with the expectation of 45-50 teams being formed before opening day Saturday, April 27. The league is especially happy to be offering leagues for 2-year-olds, which has been quite a draw in the last two years.
Other county leagues can send their registration information to email@example.com.