UNION COUNTY — As March draws to a close and basketball winds down, the Union County Recreation Department prepares for baseball season. Athletic Director Sam Phipps plans to provide children from ages 3 to 7 with an outlet during the summer months while emphasising local league play. In order to accomplish his goal, Phipps will need some assistance from the community.
“We’re looking for at least six volunteers to coach the teams,” he explained. “The main purpose of the program is to give the kids a chance to learn the basics and have fun. In order for that to happen we need some community members who are willing to give their time.”
The scaled-down diamond that is offered by UCRD baseball is designed to meet the physical development of the growing child.
As of Tuesday, the UCRD had approximately 216 children registered to play either T-ball or Coaches Pitch, roughly 18 teams total.
“It’s so important to get the kids involved in something to keep them busy over the summer,” Phipps noted. “Baseball is a good way for them to learn discipline and rules while they’re having fun, staying active and making friends. At this level, we’re trying to get them familiar with the game. They’ll get more advanced when they move on to Dixie or Elite baseball but with T-ball and Coaches Pitch, the focus is on hitting, catching throwing and running the bases.”
While it provides the players with a recreational outlet and the tools they’ll need to compete at the next level, UCRD baseball also offers entertainment for its fans.
“If you’re having a bad day, go watch a T-ball game,” said Phipps. “You’ll forget your troubles for about an hour.”
Anyone interested in participating as a coach in the UCRD’s baseball league is encouraged to contact Sam Phipps at (864) 429-1670 or stop by 211 Thomas Street and fill out an application. Background checks will be performed.