Wright youth baseball leagues need volunteers, board members

Bringing softball to Wright will be one of the important topics at Monday's meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Subway. (RJ Morgan/County 17)

The Wright Little League and Babe Ruth baseball leagues will host their end-of-the-year meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Subway. With signups for the new season just around the corner, volunteers and board members are urgently needed and those possibly interested are asked to attend the meeting.

“We currently have three board members and would love to get three or four more to take some burden off come next baseball season,” League President Rebecca Walden said. “We also need more coaches. Last season three of our four board members we’re also coaches and ran concessions. We were spread very thin.”

Volunteers are vital for the survival of any small program and the Wright community could use a few more this spring.

At Monday’s meeting, the board will go over the budget and what, if anything, should be done differently this coming season.

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Another part of the meeting will be dedicated to discussion regarding bringing softball to Wright. It’s the newest sport to be offered to girls in public high schools which completed their first season last spring.

“As far as softball goes, I’ve been in contact with a Gillette representative and we could mirror (their program) but we’re very new to it and would need more help and to fundraise a lot,” Walden said. “I don’t know if we’re even capable of doing it, but we have had a lot of girls interested, so I just want to see if it’s a possibility. It cost a lot compared to our other programs. That is my main concern.”

To get softball off the ground it’s estimated that $2,500 would get the team into four tournaments. There will also be individual costs, which is where fundraising will be critical if the idea becomes a reality.

“The girls would have to have all their own equipment,” Walden said. “That’s a lot to ask, so the more we could possibly make the better. This is a point we have to discuss starting Monday.”