The Granite Falls Baseball Association is starting a new youth summer baseball program for this year’s third and fourth graders and this year’s fifth and sixth graders.
“We’ve been talking about getting something like this started for years now. What Summer Rec does is great, but we were looking at getting the kids involved in a more competitive and organized league,” said Brett Almich the new leagues advocate.
Almich says they want to run the league as an addition to the already successful Summer Rec. program and will be encouraging kids to participate in both. “For myself, I know my kid loves baseball. Can’t get enough of it. So he’ll do Summer Rec. during the day and play in this program at night,” said Almich.
Almich hopes that 12-20 kids will join the program for each grade level. Players from the entire Yellow Medicine East school district are welcome to join. As for how games will be conducted, the third and fourth graders will use a pitching machine while the fifth and sixth graders will have their first chance to pitch in organized baseball and will pitch to themselves. Both practices and games will be held in the evenings with games beginning in early June and running through July.
The fee for the program will be $40 a player and will be used to purchase a full uniform and cover other league fees. Almich says the Granite Falls Baseball Association is already planning fundraisers to cover the cost of equipment and travel.
“When I started looking into this, to find some more baseball for my own kids to play, it turned out we’d have to travel to Marshall or Willmar. There is already a league called the 212 League, but they thought a team from Granite Falls would be too far west for travel. Finally this year we got together with Dawson-Boyd, Canby and Minneota, they had the same interest and now we’ll be in a four-team league to start,” said Almich.
A parent and coaches meeting for the program is scheduled for Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Kilowatt Community Center. Information on the program will also be posted on the Granite Falls Kilowatts Baseball facebook page and in the Advocate Tribune.
“Kids love playing baseball. I don’t think they could ever get too much it around here,” said Almich.