The City of Mountain Home is starting its own youth baseball league, and the current Mountain Home Youth Baseball League may have to find a new place for its games and practices. The Mountain Home City Council Parks and Recreation Committee approved the new City of Mountain Home Youth Baseball Recreational League at its meeting Thursday night.
The new baseball league will be for ages 9 to 15. There will also be a coach-pitch league for ages 6 to 8 and a T-ball league for ages 4 and 5.
Mountain Home Mayor Hillrey Adams says the new league will provide more chances for everyone to play.
At this time, the new city baseball league will not be sanctioned by a national organization, such as Babe Ruth or Cal Ripken Baseball, but options are being considered.
One of the driving reasons for the new league is changes being made by the Mountain Home Youth Baseball League. League officials have announced they are moving to an academy style of league where players will have four-to-five weeks of instruction in baseball fundamentals, followed by four-to-five weeks of inter-squad games with no umpires.
Mayor Adams says the city's leagues will have top priority when it comes to use of the city-owned fields, including the ones at Clysta Willett Park where the Mountain Home Youth Baseball League has played its games for many years.
So what does the change mean to the Mountain Home Youth Baseball League? League President Tom Czanstkowski:
Czanstkowski says their league just wants kids to have a place to play.
Registration for the new city baseball league begins Saturday morning at the L.C. Sammons Youth Center.
The Mountain Home mayor says the city is also looking at other sports and the possibility of the city starting leagues for softball, soccer and basketball.
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