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T-ball season opens June 6

Perry League, Yellow Springs’ fascinating and phenomenal T-ball program, opens its 2008 season Friday night, June 6, 6:30 p.m. at Gaunt Park.

We’re the village’s non-competitive beginners’ baseball program for girls and boys ages 2-9. Two- and three-year-olds are welcome if accompanied on the diamond by an adult. There are no fees, no sign-ups, no registrations, nor any requirement to play every week. Come when you can, when you will. We will play on ten consecutive Friday nights, June 6 through August 8. You can begin on any of those nights, up to and including the final potluck trophy night, August 8.

Do you have one of those remarkable creatures in your life, one of those vibrant, vivacious, vigorous, and volatile beings – also known as a toddler, pre-schooler, kindergartner, or kid in his or her most remarkable middle childhood? Can that child frequently be found flinging himself violently about; or is she known to roar around in raptures adults can barely begin to fathom; or do they resemble, as often as not, a rocket fired off on the 4th of July, veritably exploding with an over abundance of something – zeal? passion? early dementia? We may have just the antidote you need: an exuberant, joyous and, some say, mildly demented T-ball program.

We try to keep it simple, and are serious about keeping it non-competitive. There are no outs in T-ball, no runs, no scores. And no one ever strikes out in the Perry League: you get a thousand strikes in t-ball. We do every thing we can to make it fun for everyone, male or female, boy or girl, man or woman, gay or straight, Republican or Democrat, Anarchist or Green, black, brown, red, green, white or yellow.

Every child gets a chance to field and a chance to bat a couple of times each Friday. The first 100 or so kids showing up will get a free cap and a chance to buy the stupendously beautiful 2008 version of the always glorious Perry League t-shirt.

We’re a Yellow Springs Recreation Board program. United Way funds, which come through the good work of Yellow Springs Community Council, get us started every summer. Then the sale of t-shirts, donations from generous parents, loving grandparents, awesome aunts, ugly uncles, and the many marvelous, exceptional, stupendous, and unparalleled friends of the program – like the Yellow Springs Lions’ Club which has paid for the children’s trophies these past eight years – and gifts from the children themselves, allow us to pay back the Rec Board and pay for the program ourselves.

We welcome all the community’s children regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, ability or disability. And we work at being tender, patient, kind, and loving to them all.
For more information you might call Jimmy Chesire, 767-7300, or Chris Murphy, 767-7408. Or you might not.

*Jimmy Chesire teaches writing at Wright State University and is the t-ball coach.

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