By Tina Comeau
Registration for minor baseball will take place on Saturday, May 4, at the Mariners Field on Forest Street.
And there is no chance of it getting rained out.
“If it is nice out the field will be set up for the registering players to have some fun,” says Albert Moore, president of the Yarmouth and Area Minor Baseball Association. “If it is a rainy day we will set up by the canteen where we would be sheltered.”
Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registrations after May 4 will be accepted at Yarmouth Recreation, located in the Yarmouth municipal building in Hebron. After May 18 a $10 late fee will apply to any registrations.
To help things run more smoothly this minor baseball season there will be a director in place for each division – Little League, rookie, mosquito, peewee, bantam and midget – for both the house and rep teams.
“The directors will be responsible for helping coaches and team helpers get organized to run productive practices and make the summer much more fun for the kids,” explains Moore.
Last year the minor baseball association did have some struggles with not having enough volunteers, coaches and team helpers. This left the association’s executive with having to look after organizing many of the teams, outfitting them with gear and working out schedules. Things didn’t always go off without a hitch, Moore says, and for that the association apologizes. Which is why the association is striving to ensure things are much better organized this year.
Looking ahead to the season, following last week’s annual general meeting rep team coaches were close to being set. Moore says a focus of the season will be ensuring that kids playing on the house teams are having fun and look forward to coming to practices and games, while at the same time developing their skills.
“We plan to bring local talent to the fields to work with the coaches and team helpers and players, as well as set up a few skills development days throughout the season, whereby players are taught necessary skills in pitching, hitting, throwing, base running and fielding,” says Moore.
As is always the case, volunteers are important to the success of any minor baseball season and the association is looking for anyone who is interested in helping out with house teams this season.
“We would like to have three to four parents per team to become team helpers that are willing to work with the players,” Moore says. “Division directors will help out in providing practice drills and goals for the season, as well as scheduling.”
Minor baseball is also looking for sponsorship for the house and rep teams. Letters will be going out to businesses explaining what’s included in sponsorship.
Anyone interested in helping out and supporting minor baseball this season can contact Moore at 749-7276 or by email at [email protected]. The minor baseball season will batter up at the end of May.