Watauga County Parks and Recreation accepts registration for Spring and Summer Programs.

Spring is surely around the corner right? The snow fall today is one way of ensuring that winter is not over yet. Even though winter may not be over, Watauga County Parks and Recreation is accepting registration for Spring and Summer programs. Some registration deadlines are this Friday, March 7th, so don’t delay in signing up your children for their specific sports program.

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Major I and Junior League Baseball: Major I Baseball is for children ages 11 and 12 and Jr. League is for children ages 13 – 15 (age as of 4/30/14). In these leagues, the fundamentals of baseball are continued to be developed, competition is introduced, team skills are developed and sportsmanship is stressed. New for 2014, Major I players will play on a larger field with 70’ base paths and 50’ pitching distance and will be allowed to take leads. Junior League will continue to play on a field with 80’ base paths and 54’ pitching distance. The season runs approximately 3 months. At the end of the season, all-star teams are formed. Teams meet 4 times each week for practices and games. Placement drills are required for all players. The registration fee is $55. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on Friday, March 7, 2014. Click here to download a registration form and information sheet.

Major II Baseball: Major II Baseball is the first level of player pitch baseball for children ages 9 and 10 (as of 4/30/2014). Fundamentals of baseball are taught and developed. This is the first level of competitive play in which score is kept. All players are in the batting lineup. The program runs approximately 10 – 12 weeks. Teams meet 4 times each week for practices and games. Placement drills are required for all players. At the end of the season, all-star teams are formed. The registration fee is $55. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on Friday, March 21, 2014. Click here to download a registration form and information sheet.

Machine Pitch Baseball: Machine Pitch Baseball is offered to children ages 7 and 8 years of age (as of 4/30/14). Team work, sportsmanship and baseball fundamentals are taught. A reduced-risk factor ball is used. All players are in the batting lineup but only 10 play defense each inning. The season runs approximately 8 – 10 weeks. Teams meet 3 times per week for practices and games. No score is kept. When able, teams are formed by geographical location. The registration fee is $33 per child. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on Friday, March 21, 2014. Click here to download a registration form and information sheet.

Tee Ball: Tee Ball is the first level of baseball offered to youth ages 5 and 6 (as of 4/30/14). Baseball fundamentals, team work and sportsmanship are taught. A reduced-risk factor ball is used. All players bat every inning and all players play defense every inning. Players hit off of a tee for the first part of the season. At the end of the season, those players who want are allowed to hit coach pitch. The season runs approximately 8 – 10 weeks. Teams meet 3 times per week for practices and games. No score is kept. When able, teams are formed by geographical location and practices are held at the local elementary schools. The registration fee is $33 per child. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on Friday, March 21, 2014. Click here to download a registration form and information sheet.

Major I and Major II Softball: Major League Fast Pitch Softball is offered to girls in Watauga County to teach and develop the fundamentals of softball. Major II Softball is offered to girls ages 9 and 10 (as of 12/31/13) and is the first level of kid pitch softball offered. Major I softball is for girls ages 11 and 12 (as of 12/31/13) and offers the opportunity for girls to continue to develop and master softball skills. Teams typically play games against recreational teams from surrounding counties, so some travel on weekends may be required. All participants must attend three scheduled league practices in late March in order to divide teams based on skill level. Teams meet up to 4 times per week. The registration fee is $50. All participants must be registered with Watauga County Parks and Recreation no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 7, 2014. Click here to download a registration form and information sheet.

Machine Pitch Softball: Machine Pitch Softball is offered to girls ages 7 and 8 years of age (as of 4/30/14). Team work, sportsmanship and softball fundamentals are taught. A reduced-risk factor ball is used. All players are in the batting lineup but only 10 play defense each inning. The season runs approximately 8 – 10 weeks. Teams meet 3 times per week for practices and games. No score is kept. When able, teams are formed by geographical location. The registration fee is $33 per child. All participants must be registered by 5:00pm on Friday, March 14, 2014. Click here to download a registration form and information sheet.

Junior League Softball: Junior League Fast Pitch Softball is for girls’ ages 13 and 14 (as of 12/31/13). Watauga County Parks and Recreation is looking to expand softball in this area and is currently accepting Interest Forms for Junior League Softball. With enough interest in Girl Junior League Softball, a league will be formed. Teams will play approximately 12 games with any combination of playing other recreational department teams from surrounding counties, recreational tournaments, and/or travel style tournaments. Some weekend travel will be required. Interest Forms will be accepted through April 11, 2014. After this deadline, registration will only be accepted with a $20 late fee if space is available on a team. Click here to download an interest form and information sheet.

Junior Tennis: Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department’s Junior Tennis program is for children ages 9 – 15. The program will begin the week of June 2nd, or the first regularly scheduled practice day in June after public school releases for the summer. Practice will be held at the Recreation Complex Tennis Courts every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday through July 25. Three levels of lessons are offered: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Beginners start by learning and mastering the basics of tennis while intermediate and advanced players learn strokes and strategies. This program allows children to advance at their own pace. In addition to lessons and practices, tennis matches for advanced players are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the season. The intermediate and advanced players on the Tennis Team will play matches against opposing county recreation leagues (transportation is provided). Registration is being accepted now and will continue to be accepted throughout the Junior Tennis Team Season. The registration fee is $80 per child. Click here to download a registration form and information sheet.

Quick Start Tennis: The Quick Start Tennis Program is being offered to allow younger children to develop an interest in tennis and to learn and succeed at a faster rate. To accomplish this, our program will tailor equipment and courts to child’s size so they can develop skills and have fun! The standard court size for 5 – 8 year olds is 36’ X 18’ (instead of the traditional 78’ X 27’ court) and the traditional ball has been replaced by a reduced bounce ball. All equipment is provided as part of the program fee. To be eligible, a child but be between the ages of 5 and 8 as of June 1, 2014. The registration fee is $80 per child. The class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Recreation Complex Tennis Courts beginning the week of June 2 (or the first regularly scheduled practice day in June after public school releases for the summer). The program concludes on Friday, July 25. Click here to download a registration form and information sheet.


Comments

  1. Susanne Harer says

    Hi, my husband and I will be entertaining our 2 1/2 year old grandson for the weeks of June 16, and June 23. I would love to know if you know of any activities that he would enjoy during that time. He has a five-year-old brother who will not be with us, but this older sibling makes the younger one seem older than two. I would especially like to find a mother-child activity. We live in Valle Crusis and would drive anywhere in the Boone/Blowing Rock area. If you have any ideas, please let me know. Thanks SO much! Susanne