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Put me in, coach!

Published 12:20pm Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Children can have a ball with Alexander City Parks and Recreation spring sports sign-ups.

Baseball, softball and soccer sign-ups will be available for ages 3–15. The cost is $65 for each sport, and the dates are as follows: for soccer, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 from 5–8 p.m. and Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon; for baseball/softball, Feb. 1 from 5–8 p.m. and Feb. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Baseball for the 3-year-old age is something new this season.

“We’re tying to offer something for the younger age group,” said Sonny Wilson, Parks and Recreation director. “Hopefully we can get them out at a young age and get them involved in something and get some exercise.”

For each sport, children will be divided up by age group.

In baseball and softball, 3- and 4-year-olds will be grouped together to create teams. Wilson said they won’t keep score in this age group.

“The parents can get out on the field with them,” Wilson said. “It’s more just to get them out there and get them used to the game.”

The 5- and 6-year-olds’ team will be the first age group to play competitively. The 7- and 8-year-olds’ team will use of a spring-loaded pitching machine, in accordance with Cal Ripkin rules and regulations, and “kid pitch” will begin at ages 9–10, Wilson said. The addtional age divisions are 11–12-year olds and 13–15-year-olds, the latter of which, Wilson said, will begin when high school and middle school ball are over.

Soccer age divisions are similar, featuring 6u, 8u, 10u and 12u – or 6-years-old and younger, 8-years-old and younger, and so forth – divisions.

Children ages 6 and younger will play indoors – 3–4-year-old on a half court.

“This fall we had a 10u group that won the state,” Wilson said. Though Alexander City teams play each other during the regular season, an all-star team will be created to play in the district tournament, with a win leading to the state tournament. Baseball and softball all-star teams that win district and state may also go to a regional tournament.

“We’ve had a few groups in baseball and softball that have won state,” Wilson said.

Registration for each sport will be held at the Sportplex gym on the aforementioned days and times listed.

ACPR is also seeking volunteer coaches for each sport. For more information call 256-329-6736.