The boys and girls of summer will hit the ball fields of Sturtevant this week when the Sturtevant Youth Baseball (SYB) season gets underway.
More than 250 kids are participating this year, down by about 50 from 2010, but a significant increase from when the league started three years ago.
"When we started we had around 175 children playing," said Stephanie Waiss, lead coordinator for the program. "We are really happy with the growth."
Sign-up was earlier this year, coaches are in place, and teams are set, but volunteers are needed to work the concession stands.
SYB is affiliated with Racine County Youth Baseball, and a boys baseball double-elimination tournament is set for the first weekend in June.
"Yeah, it's 31 games so it's a lot of baseball," Waiss said. "We start early and stay late, but it's a ton of fun." SYB is also the host for junior and senior girls' softball and boys major baseball all-star games.
Here's the general schedule:
- T-Ball: Saturdays at Village Hall Park
- Coach-pitch: Mondays and Wedensdays at South Park
- Girls fast pitch: Mondays through Saturdays at Firemen's Park
- Boys baseball: Mondays through Saturdays at Firemen's Park
"Games are scheduled almost every night of the week through May, June and half of July," Waiss said. "Visit any park in the village and chances are you'll stumble on a game so grab some peanuts or a hot dog and cheer."