By Eric Bourque
The Yarmouth & Area Minor Baseball Association is getting ready for another season and players will have a chance to sign up for the 2012 campaign during a registration session to be held Saturday, April 14, at Canadian Tire.
Scheduled to go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this is the only such session planned, although those who cannot make it still will have a chance to register for this year’s minor ball season.
Registrations will be accepted until May 18 at Yarmouth Recreation.
Albert Moore, president of the local minor baseball association, emphasizes that players must have registered by that date in order to be part of the association’s programs for 2012.
“We’re trying to get it out there in big, bold letters that there will be no registrations accepted after May 18,” he said.
The association ran into some issues last year by taking registrations into the month of June, he said, so this season’s sign-up deadline is firm.
“May 18 is it,” he said, “with the majority of the programs starting June 1.”
The Yarmouth minor ball association had about 300 players in 2011, he said, adding that this was an increase of around 20, 25 per cent over the previous year.
While it remains to be seen how many there will be this season, he said, the association is preparing for about the same number as it had a year ago.
“We had rep teams in most of the divisions,” Moore said, referring to the 2011 season. “We expect the same this year … There was an increase in house teams too. There’s a good group of kids coming through there, I’d say from age nine to 13, in mosquito and peewee, where the numbers are pretty strong.”
The association’s programs include ball school for the youngest players (four-and-five-year-olds), along with little league, rookie ball, mosquito, peewee and bantam divisions.
The association is accepting registrations for midgets too, but Moore says this is a tough division to find players for, given that midget-aged players can be busy with other things like summer jobs.
Generally, though, he says baseball seems to be in pretty good shape in the Yarmouth area, the number of participants having come up again.
“There’s a few people that put quite a bit of work into this, getting it back to where it is now,” he said.
Referring to the season ahead, he said, “We’re pushing for everybody to get out and have some fun and play ball.”