Youth baseball ready for its opening day

NEIGHBORS

March 28, 1994|By CINDY PARR

Spring is here and boys and girls of all ages are gearing up for the start of America's favorite pastime -- baseball -- and there are plenty of excited Carroll County youngsters preparing for seasons that start next month.

"This is the time of year when baseball and softball go wild," said Jeff Degitz, a bureau chief at Carroll County's Recreation and Parks Department. "We expect that this year there will be somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 kids playing in all programs throughout the county."

That's one big bunch of kids pitching, catching and hitting balls on playing fields.

What an increase from last year, when statistics from county recreational leagues showed that about 3,100 youths participated in baseball and 1,200 youngsters played softball.

"The numbers tend to mirror the population in the county. These statistics are strictly from recreational programs," Mr. Degitz said.

It takes a lot of parents and coaches volunteering their time to make the recreational council programs a success.

"Most programs are still looking for coaches and assistant coaches," Mr. Degitz said. "Most councils usually need help in all areas.

"Many communities have concessions, which need volunteers to help operate the stands, and there is always a need for people to line the fields and prepare for the games."

If you are interested in coaching or helping with baseball season, contact the Department of Recreation and Parks for the number of your community recreational council. Information: 857-2103.

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The Carroll County Farm Museum is seeking people willing to give their time to help with museum programs.

As the museum prepares to open for tour groups next week, a number of volunteer opportunities exist.

For those who enjoy working with children, like to give tours, have a skill to share or have spare time, the Farm Museum needs you.

4 For more information, call 876-2667 or 848-7775.

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If you enjoy painting and drawing, don't miss a seniors' art class sponsored by the Westminster Senior Center beginning next Monday.

The class will be taught by local artist Shirley Lippy from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays through June 27.

Openings are available, but you must register.

For information or registration, call 848-4049 or 876-3363.

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At 7 p.m. Wednesday, "Baseball Cards: Past, Present and Future" will be presented for grades one through adult at the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

Guest Ray Beaumier of Tighe's Collectibles in Westminster will talk about the history of baseball cards and discuss what the future may bring for the popular collectibles.

Registration is required.

Information: 848-4250.

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More volunteers are needed for the Carroll County Family YMCA's youth sports program, which kicks off this weekend for girls and boys 5 to 9.

Tee ball and baseball programs will begin Saturday and last for eight weeks.

The YMCA baseball program teaches children the importance of team concept and good sportsmanship, and helps them develop and improve their baseball skills.

The first three weeks of the program are focused on skills. Games will be played during the remaining five weeks.

Children 5 and 6 will practice and play from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays.

Children 7 to 9 will practice and play from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

The Y program's success relies on volunteer coaches and assistants. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the Carroll County Family YMCA.

The first organizational meeting for coaches will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the YMCA.

Information: 848-3660.

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