The Baker Fraternal Order of Police has taken on the challenge of renewing the once thriving Baker Little League program.
Off-duty Baker police officers, volunteers from Miracle Place Church and members of the community have been making building renovations and field repairs to the facility and playing field at 2640 N. Magnolia Drive in Baker, Police Chief Mike Knaps said.
“For 76 years, little league has been bringing families together to enjoy our nation’s pastime, providing a safe, fun and healthy setting for boys and girls to play baseball, softball and T-ball,” Knaps said.
Baker Youth Little League will provide an opportunity for area children to learn the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and dedication while being a part of the world’s largest youth sports organization, Knaps said.
An informational meeting was held Feb. 28 at the ball field next to the Baker Civic Center for those interested in supporting the league and sponsoring a team.
Knaps said a board of directors has been elected, and members were present at the February meeting for parents with questions.
The league will host baseball, softball and T-ball games for boys and girls ages 4 to 12 who live in Baker as well as surrounding communities.
A registration event for the league’s 2015 season will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. March 14 at the Little League field on North Magnolia Drive.
Registration fees are $35 per child. Parents are asked to bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate and proof of current address when registering; however, Knaps said neither is mandatory the day of registration.
“We don’t want these two things to prevent children from playing ball,” Knaps said. “We will work with parents. A birth certificate and proof of address will be needed, but not absolutely required on this day.”
Hot dogs and refreshments will be served during the event.
Baker Youth Little League anticipates beginning its 2015 season in April with an opening ceremony, Knaps said.
For information concerning volunteering for the league or at games, or for questions, call Michelle Lewis at (225) 315-0610.
Knaps said Baker Little League’s motto is: “It’s our goal to keep youth off the streets and in their cleats.”