Deale Shorebirds Baseball Returns to South County
Deale Shorebirds Baseball hasn’t been happening for the past two years. It wasn’t so much the death of the league. It was more like restful sleep. But Bryce and Beverly Duvall are reawakening it. They want to bring back the sport under the banner that has served up baseball to South Countians for 35 years.
The Duvalls have four years of experience running the South County Youth Athletics (SCYA) baseball program. They resigned their positions there and will be starting Deale Shorebirds this fall under the Stuart Schmidt league banner.
The league will include baseball for ages four to 14. In addition, they will work with Southern High School to prepare players as a feeder organization.
Teams will be made up of players playing T-Ball, Machine Pitch, 8U Kid-Pitch, 10U, 12U and 14U. There will also be Deale Shorebirds travel teams, tournament teams, winter workouts and summer clinics.
They have a new Deale Shorebirds website, with registration for fall baseball open until Aug. 4, 2012. For registration, use your child’s age as of May 1, 2013.
The fee will be $50 for coach pitch and $85 for 8Ut to 14U. The fee includes the player’s uniform. Families with multiple players should inquire about available discounts.
The league has already elected a president, Margaret Butler, vice president, Cherie Gibson and Secretary/Treasurer, Karen Murray.
The fall season will run from Sept. 9 to Oct. 28. Practice will begin in late August. All fall games will be played on Sunday afternoons. This should allow players to qualify for dual sports in autumn. There will be one practice each week, which is not mandatory.
They will be offering separate summer baseball clinics—the Deale Dawgs program—for High School players ages 14 and up. These are Junior Varsity or Varsity players on the Southern High School Baseball teams. Email Deale Dawgs for more information.
The Duvalls are also seeking energetic coaches and assistants to begin this fall, here is what they are looking for:
Have you ever thought about being a baseball coach or an assistant coach? Seeing the progress a child makes under your guidance? Seeing their smile when they hit that first baseball or catch the first fly ball? Felt the pride of knowing you are the one that devoted your time to helping a child learn how to play the game? If so, you are at the right place. Please email Beverly and Bryce Duvall.