After decades of running their own summer baseball leagues, the city of LaFollette and the town of Caryville are combining forces to build a countywide program.
Prospective coaches got a chance to meet organizers and board members of the newly formed Campbell County Dixie Youth Baseball League during a Sunday afternoon get-together at the CCHS Baseball Field House.
“I’d like to make our program a countywide program,” CCHS baseball coach Brad Collette said when addressing the coaches in attendance.
“I think that would be help our baseball program at the high school and middle school level.
“It would make our league more competitive, it would make our all-star teams more competitive, and it would ultimately make our high school team more competitive.”
LaFollette teams had played Little League Baseball the past 50 years, while Caryville had been involved with the Dixie Youth Baseball organization since the early 1990s.
Both local leagues had seen declining participation over the past few years in the upper elementary age divisions, so consolidation made sense.
Members of the new Campbell County Dixie Youth Baseball Board of Directors are president Jerry Foust, vice president Brian Miracle, Wade Lawson, Greg Brackett, Jeff Ford and Billy Cox.
Games will be played on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and possibly Fridays at six different fields: Asbury Park in Carville, Liberty Park, East LaFollette, Pine Park and Lonas Young Memorial Park at the White Bridge.
Registration has been set at $30 per player, which would cover the cost of insurance. Coaches and board members are currently exploring several options concerning the purchase of uniforms.
A meeting for head coaches-only has been scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. in the old West LaFollette School cafeteria.
Player registration forms will be available soon at all local elementary and middle schools, as well as the high school. League games are expected to begin around the middle of April.