Girls planning on playing spring and summer softball now have only one option — fast pitch.
The slow pitch leagues sponsored in past years by the town parks and recreation department will no longer be offered. Instead, Little League fast pitch — which debuted successfully last year — is now a fixture on the youth sports agenda.
While there is some debate on the values of each, Lady Longhorn coach Will Dunman has said he favors fast pitch because it better prepares the fledgling players for high school competition.
Others argue that pitching dominates fast pitch and young players have few chances to work on their hitting skills because they don’t yet have the skills to hit the pitches or they are looking for a walk.
Local Little League volunteer Felicia Moore agrees with Dunman, “Now is a great time for girls to get involved in fast pitch, the same game played at both the middle and high school levels.”
Those who wish to play may register from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National Bank of Arizona or on Saturdays in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium during youth basketball games.
Also, a special registration is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at sign-up tables located in front of Safeway and Walmart.
“In an effort to raise much-needed funds, a bake sale will also be held during the sign-up session,” Moore said. “Come on by and get your kids signed up and buy a few treats for your Valentine sweeties.”
Also to raise funds, Little League is hosting a raffle, which has as a grand prize a 42-inch plasma television — sponsored by Rim Sight and Sound.
Tickets, which may be purchased at National Bank of Arizona, are $10 each or three for $25.
Moore is anticipating even more raffle prizes will be announced soon. Winners will be drawn during Little League’s opening day ceremonies.
You do not have to be present to win.
The registration fee for Little League play is $75 for the first child in a family and $70 for each addition child. The softball league is open to girls 6 to 16 years of age. Also, a birth certificate must be provided.