So here we are, smack dab in the stone cold dead of winter. We are so desperate for good weather that even a brief 40-degree day seems like a heat wave.
But cheer up, folks.
Last week I saw a ray of hope. It was the first sign that winter does not go on forever.
Along the road sticking out of the tundra like a solitary crocus was a white sign. It was advertising registration for Little League.
Registration for spring sports has a way of sneaking up on us like that. After asking around a bit I was amazed to find so many baseball and softball opportunities in this area. Now is the time to register for most of them.
Although the first day of sign-ups in Enon was Jan. 26, do not despair. There is another day to register.
This coming Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon at Enon Elementary School, is the last day to sign up for Enon Girls Softball.
Enon Girls Softball registration is only for girls who live in the Greenon School District, said President Jackie Totter, 937-903-4726.
This league starts with T-ball and introduces the girls to fast-pitch softball as they grow. Games are played behind Enon Elementary. Registration forms and more information can be found on the Enon Softball Facebook page.
Groundhog’s Day, Feb. 2, is also the last day to sign up for Enon Little League, ELL, and not pay a late fee. Little League registration is at Enon Elementary from 9 a.m. to 12 noon that day. Late registration with an extra $30 fee will be accepted at ELL late registration Feb. 9 at the Fire House on Main Street in Enon. (Please note - This extra registration day is for baseball and not softball.)
“We are the only sanctioned Little League in the area,” explained Enon Little League Vice President Seth Perdue. If local players dream of playing at Williamsport, they will need to be on a Little League sanctioned team.
All Enon Little League players must come from the carefully outlined area on the boundary map that includes most of Mad River, Bethel, and Pike townships and parts of German, Moorefield, and Green townships. The league boundary map is on the website if a prospective player wants to double-check. www.enonlittleleague.com.
According to Perdue, organizers will try to get players who live a distance away onto the same team for carpool purposes, if asked.
The league will also work with parents who work or are out of town on registration days. Parents need to call the league president, Dave Chapman, at 937-477-2309 before the deadlines, however, to make arrangements.
New Carlisle registration for baseball and softball recreation leagues will be starting on Feb. 2. This is one-stop registration for softball and baseball. The New Carlisle Baseball Softball Association will accept registrations from all over the area.
“We have no boundary limits as long as parents are willing to drive to the field,” Perdue said.
For the first time registration will be held at Great Hope Community Church at 111. N. Adams St.. Registration will go on for six Saturdays, but each has a different time scheduled in hopes of fitting into parents’ schedules. Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Feb. 9, from 2 to 6 p.m.; Feb. 16, from noon to 4 p.m.; Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 2, from noon to 4 p.m. and March 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.
A co-ed slow-pitch league is being formed this year and will start at the beginning of June. Interested players over the age of 18 years need to register on the same dates as the kids.
Visit the website at www.ncbsa.webs.com or call league president Kevin Holt at 937-405-4759 for more information.
The New Carlisle baseball and softball seasons will start on the first Saturday in May with a parade through the town to the fields.
Med Lake will hold registration for softball and baseball players between 5 and 16 years old at the Styer Park Building, the former Med Lake Lions Club building, 11200 Gerlaugh Road. Registrations will be on Feb. 16, Feb. 23 and March 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the evening of Feb. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information contact John Mead at 937-718-8930.
Donnelsville will hold registration for its league at the cabin at Donnelville Park 151 North Hampton Road in Donnelsville. Dates and hours will be posted at the school soon.
Once we get the kids registered for baseball and softball, can spring be far behind?