Sports

Late registrations being accepted

YMCA hosting 3 age divisions for baseball, softball leagues

The newly opened Washington YMCA will coordinate with Kalona and Wellman to host three age divisions of softball and baseball leagues this month. (Doug Brenneman/Union)
The newly opened Washington YMCA will coordinate with Kalona and Wellman to host three age divisions of softball and baseball leagues this month. (Doug Brenneman/Union)

WASHINGTON — Although the registration deadline was June 22, it is not too late to sign up for a YMCA Pickup League.

A late fee of $10 will be charged but $30 registrations are still allowed. It is open to all, not just YMCA members.

The abbreviated season will be held July 6 through July 30.

“We are doing a structured pickup league for 8U, 10U, and 12U boys and girls (Coach pitch, Baseball and Softball),” YMCA sports director Ryan Harris said. “Essentially each group or division will meet at either Wellman, Kalona, or Washington twice a week. We will split the groups up, form teams, run a few drills and then scrimmage.”

Here is the link to the registration form: https://washingtony.org/softball-baseball-tball-8u-10u-12u

Players sign up to play in this drop in league. Scrimmage games will held with umpires and volunteer coaches. Each night will offer playing time for participants. Participants are required to bring their own helmets, gloves, cleats (non-metal), and baseball pants.

Age Divisions:

6-8 yrs. (8U)

9-10 yrs. (10U)

11-12 yrs. (12U)

Age by July 1

YMCA leagues are known to build winners in life, one child at a time. The philosophy is simple: “Everybody Plays. Everybody Wins!” The Y emphasizes good sportsmanship, fitness, fair play, fundamentals and fun implementing core values of caring, honesty, respect responsibility and faith.

The Y strives to enhance every child’s personal growth and development through the program. Fair play, sportsmanship, values, and a sense of teamwork are incorporated throughout the season.

Participants will work on fielding, throwing and hitting. Players will improve their skills during this program. Children will be participating in a program that is designed to improve fundamental softball or baseball skills and develop confidence through teamwork.

Coaches will teach participants the basic fundamentals to develop each child’s game. Players also will have the opportunity to develop social and leadership skills each week working with their teams.

“We had a meeting to go over the all the specific COVID-related changes,” Harris said. “I know that we will be making sure we have different procedures in place that will insure that everyone stays as safe as possible with hand sanitizers, bringing their own equipment to avoid sharing, no handshakes with the opposing teams, etc. As far as prepping, it’s just another layer to take into account while putting a program together.”