As reported last week, youth baseball and softball leagues in Flaherty and Brandenburg are planning to have a season this year, after being forced to cancel last season due to the pandemic.
One big change for this upcoming season will be for the girls who play slow pitch softball. The Meade County girls slow pitch league, which has been playing at Meade Olin Park, will move to Flaherty Community Park for the 2021 season. The league struggled to find volunteers to help run it which led them to reach out to Flaherty for help. This past Sunday, it was voted on at Flaherty’s first meeting this year to take in the league so that any child/teen who wants to play ball has the opportunity, whether it be in their baseball, fast pitch softball or now, slow pitch league.
Flaherty Community Park will host its signups on Saturday, Feb. 13, 20, and 27 from noon until 4 p.m at the Flaherty Firehouse. Baseball and fast pitch will be for ages 4-16. Slow pitch will be offered for girls ages 4-18. Signup fees are $60 for one child, $100 for two children and $35 per child more for each additional child for families with three or more children (per household). Flaherty will also be having a drawing on the first weekend of signups, Feb. 13, in which every child that is enrolled in the league will have their name entered into a drawing. First prize will be for a free signup this year ($60 value), second prize will be for two-thirds off a signup fee ($40 value) and third prize will be for a third off signup fee ($20 value). This will only be offered for those who sign up on the first weekend.
Brandenburg girls fast pitch will begin their signups this weekend, Feb. 6, at the Stuart Pepper Middle School commons. Their signup days are Feb. 6, 13, and 20 from 9 a.m. until noon and Feb. 17 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The signup fees for this league are $65 per girl for ages 4-16.
Brandenburg youth baseball has already begun its signups online only, and they will run through Feb. 28 for ages 4-15. Signup fees are $65. The website to signup is: meadecounty.siplay.com.
Safety will be a top priority for both parks. Their governing bodies are continuously monitoring COVID regulations, speaking with local leaders ranging from the Lincoln Trail Health Department to Judge/Executive Leslie Stith, and using these resources to develop guidelines for the respective parks that will allow the youth of Meade County to return to thr diamonds safely. For parents that are curious what those regulations will look like, the parks ask for patience and cooperation. A firm list of guidelines for athletes and families will more than likely not be released until it gets closer to thr time to take the fields, due to the constantly changing nature of this pandemic. The one thing both parks and the health department have agreed on is that Opening Day parades and games will not take place this year. The way it looks as of right now, teams will exit the preseason practice period and go straight into season games. There is just no way to safely bring large portions of the community all together at once, with all the teams close together, and be able to safely have an Opening Day Parade with big crowds.