Colville Valley baseball gears up for spring
Tryouts slatedlater this monthThe Colville Valley U-12 Baseball League in Colville and Kettle Falls is gearing up for the season.Despite the cold temperatures and snow on the ground, the league, which serves youngsters in Colville, Kettle Falls, Northport and Inchelium, has started its registration process for both Colville and Kettle Falls teams, according to sponsoring Colville Kiwanis Club spokesman and league commissioner, Bob Meshishnek.Colville and Kettle Falls players are reminded that the registration deadline is March 23. Registration fee is $25 ($35 after March 23). Completed registration information and fees can be turned in at Clark’s All Sports or to the appropriate school secretary.Pick up registration information at area schools and at Clark’s All-Sports.To be eligible to play in the Colville Valley Major League, a youngster has to be 12 or under by April 30, 2012. Major League tryouts for Colville players will be Thursday, March 29 at the Colville City Park baseball field. Tryouts will start at 3:30 p.m.Major League tryouts for Kettle Falls players will be Tuesday, March 27 at the Kettle Falls baseball field (adjacent to the city pool). Tryouts will start at 3:30 p.m.Minor League players in Colville will have tryouts on Friday, March 30 at the Colville City Park field (3:30 p.m.). Minor League tryouts in Kettle Falls will be held Wednesday, March 28 at the Kettle Falls field (next to the swimming pool). Those tryouts will start at 3:30 p.m.To be eligible to play Minor League baseball in the Colville Valley U-12 League, players must be 10 or under by April 30, 2012.According to Meshishnek, tryouts are necessary only for players who are “new or moving up to a different league.”Meshishnek added that all players will be placed on a team.Practices for both Major and Minor Leagues will start April 9. Games will start on April 30.The league’s Rookie League (ages 7-8) will start their season on April 23. To be eligible to play Rookie League, players must be age seven by Sept. 1, 2012. There are no tryout sessions for Rookie League players. Those players will be placed on a team and notified by their coaches by April 18. The Colville Valley Little League typically ends its season in mid-June.Baseball team hats and socks are the responsibility of each individual player, Meshishnek said. They are not provided by the league. For more information, contact Meshishnek at 684-2525 (Colville Police Department).