More players needed

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 29, 2003

With only two days remaining for youth baseball and softball registration, the Troy Parks and Recreation department is a little concerned.

Youth sports director Vaughn Daniels said the first few days have not gone as well as he hoped.

"It has been slow for a Monday and a Tuesday," Daniels said. "We would like to increase our participation in every league, but registration has been slow so far."

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Registration is scheduled to end Saturday at noon, and Daniels said he would extend the deadline if it was necessary, but the extension is not likely.

Daniels is reluctant to extend the deadline because baseball tryouts are only two weeks away. The baseball teams will be chosen Feb. 15 and Daniels does not want to force a conflict by moving the tryouts further into February.

"We have to make the lists of players in each league and call the coaches and let them know who is playing," Daniels said. "If we push registration back, that gives us less time to get organized for tryouts."

The girls' softball tryouts will be one week later, Feb. 22.

In addition to players, Daniels also said the league desperately needs coaches. Many coaches in older leagues have returned, but the teams in the younger leagues need coaches.

"We especially need them in our younger softball leagues," Daniels said.

All age groups need coaches. Although many coaches follow their teams through each age group, many either stop coaching, move or are generally missing this year. Therefore, coaches interested in helping children learn about baseball or softball at any level are encouraged to submit a volunteer application.

"We need volunteers," Daniels said. "We want to have adults out here who have baseball experience and who have experience being around children."

Volunteers have to submit to a background check and, therefore, have to apply at the office on Elm Street.

Players can register by either visiting the office or by visiting the Troy Parks and Recreation Department Web Sit