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Boston Youth baseball registration opens for season

BOSTON — The Boston Youth Baseball organization has begun its registration process for the upcoming 2013 athletic season.

Registration forms will be accepted, through the end of March. An early registration discount offers $5 off the normal fee, per player, for all registrations postmarked or received by Feb. 28. According to organizers, it is important for interested parties to register early, so the league may balance the teams and plan the various aspects of the season.

League Coordinator Scott Overhoff encouraged parents to sign their kids up, for the upcoming season. “Baseball is a very unique sport that requires patience, attentiveness and hand-eye coordination,” he said. “It is a challenging sport for the children in our culture, since there is so many video games available, which do not cultivate these skills.

“It is well worth the efforts of the coaches and youth to continue teaching the skills of our national pastime of baseball,” Overhoff added. “Our goals are to help the kids improve their baseball skills, promote camaraderie, teamwork and, of course, to have fun!”

Boston Youth Baseball consists of six divisions: T-ball, for children aged 4 – 6; Rookies, for kids 7 – 8; Minors, for kids aged 9 – 10; Majors for ages 11 – 12; Senior A, ages 13 – 14 and Senior B, for kids aged 15 – 16.

“We are one of the few recreational baseball leagues which does not have a public school system in the town in which it was formed in,” Overhoff said.

This league is open to any players of the appropriate ages. “Players do not have to live in Boston and we welcome players from any surrounding towns,” Overhoff said. “Our T-ball and Rookies divisions play an ‘in-house’ league, meaning they only play other teams from Boston. This season, our Minor and Major divisions will be competing against teams from the village of Hamburg, and our Seniors will be competing against teams from the town of Hamburg.”

New additions this year include two baseball clinics, sponsored by The Brinkerhoff Foundation, and staffed by Buffalo Baseball School instructors. Clinics for hitting, fielding, pitching and more, will be held. These are scheduled for late March and early April. An indoor batting cage will be purchased and used for winter workouts, in the newly-remodeled Boston Valley Elementary School.

The Boston league is also accepting any volunteers, who wish to help with the upcoming season. According to Overhoff, league organizers, as well as the participating athletes, would be very appreciative of any help.

Opportunities to register, as well as additional league information, are available at www.townofboston.com, under the “happening now” link. For more information, call Overhoff at 861-7160.
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