Baseball is perhaps the oldest and most beloved past time. From the Majors all the way to local recreational programs, the sport is played by millions and millions the world over. Here in LaGrange and Troup County, the sport continues to be a big hit, with our community producing some incredible baseball talents over the years. This past Thursday night, February 8th, the Troup County Parks and Recreation Department held its annual evaluations session for coaches and players to come together and begin deciding the teams for the year.
The evaluations give players the opportunity to show off their skills for the coaches as they prepare to move up into the next league of play. These evaluations are for players that are moving into a different league than they were in the previous year. This year, practices begin on Thursday, February 26th with Opening Day/Pictures scheduled for Saturday, March 17th. Games will be played on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights as the season rolls through to the beginning of June. There will once again be Old State Qualifier Tournaments for 9/10 year olds, 11/12 year olds, and 13/14 year olds at the end of the season.
This evaluation is to teach many different principals to the kids including the basic skills of baseball, the offensive and defensive principles, instill discipline and sportsmanship, and most of all, to have fun. The Parks and Rec Department is continually providing not only a baseball program, other sports including soccer, tennis, football, and many, many others. You can keep up with all of their happenings on their website or by following them on Facebook.