By TYLER MASK
With the spring season closing in on us quickly, it is about time for Little League to begin. Despite the name, however, Little League is no small venture in Mineral Wells and the surrounding communities.
Last year there were around 370 kids signed up to play ball on Mineral Wells Little League teams, with a total of 72 teams, including those from the surrounding area towns such as Millsap, Graford, Perrin and Brock. And this year, things should only get bigger.
When asked what the goal was for this year’s sign ups, Troy Huseman, Vice President of Baseball Operations for Mineral Wells Little League, said, “we hope to get up to 400 kids from Mineral Wells this year.”
However, the desire to grow does not stop there.
To add to the excitement, MWLL is also committed to revamping all the fields this year. In the past year, MWLL completely redid Fowler Field.
This year, the Little League has plans to revitalize all the infields in Minerals Wells with Diamond Pro infield material. These renovations will have teams from all over jumping for joy, as Mineral Wells is home base for the Little League games in the surrounding area.
Moreover, with the great success of last year, the energy and excitement of Little League is sliding into this year.
Huseman said, “We definitely want to keep building the program, giving every kid over the age of four a chance to play baseball or softball, and become more competitive on the district level. We take several All Star teams to district in Fort Worth each year.
“It has been a few years since a baseball team has moved on from district,” Huseman said. However, he has high hopes to break out of district and head to sectionals and beyond.
When discussing softball, Huseman pointed out that the MWLL All Star softball teams have been competitive on the district level and have moved on the sectional tournament the last two years, but there are fewer kids signing up for that sport. Nevertheless, MWLL would like to see significant growth in softball numbers year after year.
In closing Huseman said, “the pinnacle for Little League All Stars is to play in Williamsport, Pennsylvania at the Little League World Series. We definitely want to keep pushing towards building programs that can compete at the next level of tournaments each year with the ultimate dream of having a team play in a Little League World Series.”
All registrations for the 2014 Spring Season will be held in the Chamber of Commerce building on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday Jan. 18, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Late registration will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A $5 extra charge will be incurred for all late registrants.
Eligible registrants are girls and boys between the ages of 4-14. Age determination dates are Apr. 30, 2014, for both T-Ball and Baseball and Dec. 31, 2013, for Softball.
The cost for registration is $75 for T-Ball through CP2, and $85 for Minors and above.
Cash, checks and credit cards are all acceptable forms of payment; however, a $3 fee will be charged on all credit card transactions.
For more details on registration and other information, consult the MWLL Facebook page, visit www.mwll.net, or call Troy Huseman at 940-445-1100.