HRC announces plans for kids summer ball programs

The Hillsboro Recreation Commission has announced details for its 2005 summer coach pitch, T-ball and blastball programs for children ages 4-8.

Blastball is for boys and girls age 4 by Sept. 1, 2005, and will be played on Tuesday and Thursday nights in June with a $15 fee per participant.

Blastball will help introduce the games of baseball and softball to children using a “honking” base. The goal of the activity is to hit the ball off a tee and run to the base before the fielders stop the ball and yell “blast.”

Participants will also attempt to throw the ball to a coach or adult volunteer after fielding it.

Meant to develop hitting, catching, fielding, throwing and base running, the game is fast paced and should help keep the children’s attention, according to HRC director Matt Dalke.

T-ball is for boys and girls ages 5 (by Sept. 1, 2005) and 6 and will be played on Mondays and Thursdays in June with a $15 participation fee.

T-ball is designed to help prepare children for the more advanced levels of baseball/softball. Points of emphasis will be hitting, throwing, catching, fielding and base running.

The children will be introduced to positions on the field and taught simple game strategies.

Separate divisions for boys and girls will be offered if interest warrants.

Coach pitch is for boys and girls ages 7 (by Sept. 1, 2005) and 8 and will be contested on Tuesday and Friday in June with a $15 participation fee per player.

All games will be played in Hillsboro.

Participants will learn how to hit a pitched ball with each player allowed five pitches to hit a fair ball and run the bases. If the child is unsuccessful after five pitches, he/she will hit off a tee.

Goals for participants are to acquire self-confidence in hitting a pitched ball, obtaining knowledge of defensive positions and being prepared for the traditional forms of baseball and softball.

Entry deadline for participation is April 22.

For more information, contact the HRC at 947-3490 or by e-mail at

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