Gem, one of the mascots for the Dayton Dragon baseball team, helped kick off the softball season in New Carlisle a few years ago. Staff photo/Marshall Gorby

Commentary: Baseball, softball sign-ups is reminder spring is near

In the middle of February it may seem like winter weather will go on forever. However I’m here to report that there are signs, solid proof, that spring is just around the corner.

How do I know?

I know because it is time for young athletes in our communities to register for spring and summer sports. In fact registrations have been well underway for weeks.

I was surprised to learn that Enon’s Little League registration is already over, really it is.

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Things like this tend to slip past those of us who are hibernating. You may be watching for ice on the sidewalk, but you’ve got to have spring on your mind if your child wants to play sports. Write yourself a reminder note and tell your child’s former teammates. Registration is almost over.

Enon Girls Softball has only two more opportunities to sign up.

On Wednesday Feb. 20, Enon Girls Softball registration will be at the Enon Library from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition to signing up, parents will have a “meet and greet” opportunity with the new board members; President Nick Skafec, Vice President Jeremy Thomas, Secretary Nikki Renk, and Treasurer John Hartsock.

Skills Assessment will be at Enon Primary School on Saturday Feb.23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Late registration will also be accepted at that time. Girls will need to bring a glove and fielder’s mask. The assessment will not include batting.

Thomas is enthusiastic about the league.

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“We have a new board and we are getting everything headed in the right direction,” said Thomas. “We are keeping everybody informed and making constant posts on Facebook.”

The Facebook page is titled “Enon Girls Softball League” and provides a link to the website.

Thomas also believes that the league’s new website at will also help to get the word out. Parents can register their daughter online if they cannot come in for registration. I would not wait until the last minute just in case that is not working correctly as online registrations sometimes do.

Thomas says attention will be given to making sure all the players work on basic drills. To build skills veteran players will be paired with those just starting the sport.

All levels of players will be welcome but there is a definite need for more ladies for the U 12 - U 15 team, according to Thomas.

A fundraising quarter auction is set for March 22 at the Enon VFW.

All three of our girls played Enon Softball and all returned to do some coaching later on. It has always been such a nice program and I’m happy to see the teams continuing with improved fields.

New Carlisle Baseball and Softball Association teams still have one Saturday, Feb. 23, to sign up.

Registration will be held at The Dwelling Place Church, 111 North Adams St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be two registration time slots on the same day at First Baptist Church 8870. E State Route 571. Times are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Online registration is at Call 937-925-1526 for more information.

Finding the New Carlisle Baseball and Softball Association on Facebook is easy since it just reduces the long name to initials NCBSA. Prices, age groups and requirements for registration can be found on this page.

So as we scrape the car windshield this week, we can take heart that spring is getting so closer. Before long we will be getting out the sunscreen and sipping lemonade. And that is a comforting thought.

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