Area rec softball/baseball to join Babe Ruth League

By DAVID GRAVELY

sports@southwesttimes.com

 

The Pulaski County Parks and Recreation Department will join forces with several other local rec departments to join a new youth softball and baseball organization during the 2018 season.

 

Pulaski County Parks and Recreation, Blacksburg Softball Association, Christiansburg Parks and Recreation, Radford Parks and Recreation, Pembroke Recreation, Pearisburg Recreation and Narrows Recreation will all join forces to compete under the auspices of the Babe Ruth Softball organization.

 

Initially organized in 1984, Babe Ruth Softball has become one of the premier softball programs in the United States. It emphasizes education, skill development, participation and fun for all players involved.

 

Leagues will be available for 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U age divisions, with an age deadline of Jan. 1, 2018, for all players.

 

Montgomery County and others have previously participated in the Dixie Softball program.

 

“We’re excited about the possibilities that the Babe Ruth Softball program will offer our athletes,” John Myers, Pulaski County East Sports Coordinator said. “This will take our softball players into a new level of competition that should help prepare them for the next higher level of play.”

 

To this point, Pulaski County has been a member of a loosely structured Southwest Virginia Girls Softball League that included Galax, the Town of Wytheville, Wythe County, Grayson County and Floyd County. At the end of the season each year a tournament was held to name a league champion, but there were no further games after that.

 

With the Babe Ruth Softball program, teams will compete for district, region and state championships, as well as chances to compete in the national tournament each year.

 

The 2017 Babe Ruth League media guide reports 1,009,825 participants, 56,970 teams and 9,780 leagues around the world. It has been recognized by government, educational, civic, religious and recreational organizations throughout the world. It also boasts over 1,400,000 volunteers who help keep the organization moving forward.

 

Babe Ruth Baseball was founded in 1951 to create an opportunity for players to use standard 90’ diamonds under official rules used by Major League Baseball.

 

 

Christiansburg Parks and Recreation, Blacksburg Baseball Association, Montgomery County Parks and Recreation, Narrows Recreation, Pearisburg Recreation, Pembroke Recreation, Pulaski County Parks and Recreation and Radford Parks and Recreation will also be joining Babe Ruth Baseball League for players ages 13-15. The age deadline date for Babe Ruth Baseball players is May 1, 2018.

 

Two age groups, the 8 to 10 and 11 to 12-year old baseball players, will remain a part of the Dixie Baseball organization at this time.

 

Younger players who participate in T-ball (5 to 6-year olds) and coach pitch (7 to 8-year olds) will continue to play in smaller local leagues to allow a safe and fun learning experience.

 

Registration for youth baseball and softball in Pulaski County begins March 1, 2018, and runs through March 23, 2018.

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