Little league tryouts this weekend
With the grass finally beginning toﾠ turn green and the smell of spring in the air, the Pocahontas County Little League is ready to take to the field and play some ball.
League President Stephanie Barkley said the teams are shaping up and getting ready for the season.
ﾓSign-ups will end Friday and tryouts will be Saturday at Marlinton and Sunday at Green Bank,ﾔ she said. ﾓThey only ones that have to try out are the nine to 12 year olds with the major league kid pitch team.ﾔ
Little league consists of three age levels, T-ball for four-to-seven-year-olds, coach pitch for seven-to-12-year-olds and major league kid pitch for nine-to 12-year-old boys and softball kid pitch for nine-to-12-year-old girls.
The major league teams start the season in mid-April and the younger teams will start the first weekend in May.
Each player needs to pay a $35 registration fee which covers insurance and uniforms. The players will also have to provide their own cleats and gloves.
With the teams getting into shape, Barkley said the league is in need of volunteers.
ﾓWe need volunteers for concession stands, coaches for the younger kids and umpires, thatﾒs the big thing we need,ﾔ she said. ﾓWe donﾒt have very many umpires throughout the county.ﾔ
To become an umpire, the volunteer has to attend an umpire clinic at Tygarts Valley High School in April.
To volunteer to help the Little League, contact Barkley at 304-456-5551 or Matt McPeak, League Vice President, at 304-799-6664.