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Welles Park to Debut Girls Softball in 2014, Registration Begins Jan. 1

By Patty Wetli | December 30, 2013 8:17am
 The Welles Park Parents Association is forming a softball league for girls ages 8-10.
The Welles Park Parents Association is forming a softball league for girls ages 8-10.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Girls are getting a league of their own when softball debuts this summer at Welles Park.

Though still welcome to play youth baseball, girls ages 8-10 now have the option of playing softball.

Online registration runs from Wednesday until 5 p.m.  on Jan. 8 for returning players (Those who played youth baseball in 2013) and their siblings. All returning players and their siblings are guaranteed a spot in the league.

New players will be chosen via lottery after pre-registering online between Jan. 9 and 5 p.m. on Jan. 16.

The lottery is Jan. 17, and will be conducted by the Welles Park Parents Association. Notification is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the Welles Park Field House, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave., where parents will be told whether their child has received a spot in the league or been placed on a waiting list.

Parents must bring a copy of the child's birth certificate on the Jan. 18 in order to register their youngster for the league.

The softball league will include a maximum of eight teams in its inaugural season.

To qualify for the league, girls must be 8, 9 or 10 years old on Aug. 31, 2014. Girls who choose to play softball are ineligible to compete on a Welles Park baseball team.

Cost is $148. Practice begins in April; games will be scheduled for May through July.

Registration for youth baseball, which enrolls children ages 5-18, will follow the same dates listed above.