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Registration open for SYI sports

SPRINGVILLE — Registration for Springville Youth Inc. spring baseball, soccer and softball programs has started for the 2014 season. The regular deadline for baseball and softball registration is March 9 and the deadline for soccer is March 22.

Families can register using SportsSignUp, via the SYI website at syionline.org or springvillebaseball.com. More information regarding age divisions and program fees can be found on the SYI website, as well. Two walk-in registration sessions will also be held at the Springville-Griffith Institute High School library on Feb. 26, from 6-8 p.m. and March 1, from 9 a.m.-noon.

“With the cold and snowy weather we have been having, most families may not be thinking about baseball or soccer, but it is important to register soon, to help volunteers organize our leagues,” said SYI Board Member Chris Cerrone, who added that the board encourages prospective players to sign up as early as possible.

Last year, late registrations caused some divisions in soccer and baseball to have large teams, which Cerrone noted is less than ideal for developing skills, teaching and cultivating enjoyment of the sport, for the young participants. Cerrone added, “SYI has a low fee structure for our programs, to enable widespread participation, but the increased number of late registrants in recent years has made it difficult for our volunteers to organize teams and recruit coaches, along with ordering equipment and uniforms. We encourage families to register early online or drop by for our walk-in sessions.”

SYI has increased its late registration fee and may use a waiting list for late registrants, depending on numbers in each division.

Baseball and softball programs are available for children ages 4-16 and soccer is available for ages 4-18.

“Our baseball division is excited to enter a second season offering the Challenger Division, for children ages 4-13 with cognitive or physical challenges, as an alternative to traditional baseball,” Cerrone added.

SYI is also seeking volunteers to help organize spring programs, coach teams and assist in game-day set-up. Each sport also needs referees and umpires to officiate the youth programs.

Visit SYIonline.org, for more information.
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