Watauga Park and Recreation: Spring Ball Registration Info

Posted on Mar 12, 2015

YOUTH BASEBALL Registration Deadline:

Friday, March 6

Major 1 Ages 11 – 12 Junior League Ages 13 – 15

Registration Fee: $65
Age is determined as of 4/30/15

GIRLS SOFTBALL Registration Deadline:

Friday, March 6

Machine Pitch* Ages 7 – 8 page1image9576$33 Major 2 page1image10040Ages 9 – 10 $50 Major 1 page1image10640Ages 11 – 12 page1image10976$50

Age is determined as of 12/31/14

* Registration deadline for Machine Pitch Softball is March 13.


Try Outs:

Thursday, March 19
5:30 pm at WHS Softball Field

Coach: Caroline Yates

Registration fees of up to $100 will be collected from those who are selected to the team. Travel to games will be required.

YOUTH BASEBALL Registration Deadline:

Friday, March 13

T-Ball Ages 5 – 6 $33 Machine Pitch Ages 7 – 8 $33

Major 2 Ages 9 – 10 $55 Age is determined as of 4/30/15

ADULT SOFTBALL Registration Deadline:

Monday, April 6

3 Men’s Divisions, Church, and Women’s Leagues are offered.

Must be 16 years of age or older and a resident of Watauga County to participate.


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Good news for Boone! Commissioners to explore indoor baseball facility.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015

Team effort

 Friends of Watauga Pioneer Baseball and Softball ‘got on base’ with county commissioners Tuesday evening in gaining its support of an indoor baseball practice facility at Watauga High School.

The board was unanimous in its decision to commit to sit down with the Watauga County Board of Education at its upcoming budget retreat to discuss the possibility of making the project come to fruition.

Proponents of the project said the ability to practice indoors would level the playing field with schools at lower altitudes that don’t have to contend with colder temperatures. Harsh High County winds and extreme temperatures – like the ones that have already robbed both respective programs of practice time this week – have annually plagued the programs as much of the preseason workouts commence during the height of winter, explained Jay Jackson, who made the presentation to the board on behalf of supporters of the project.

He wasn’t the only one who went up to bat for the facility and benefiting players.

Donning dark and light blue Pioneer colors, members of the baseball and softball programs filled the board room and spilled out into the adjoining lobby to demonstrate to commissioners the breadth of the facility’s impact on current and future generations of players.

Commissioners made no concrete commitment to funding the project, but showed a positive reception to the idea of an indoor facility and willingness to collaborate with the school board.

Already, various community partnerships, including continued support from the Will Dicus Foundation, has raised $70,000 for the project and are asking for an additional $125,000 to complete it.

Last week, the school board voted unanimously to endorse the project with the commitment to collaborate with the county on upcoming discussions of budget allocations for the project, said Jackson.

A similar facility, affectionately referred to as a dimly lit Quonset hut, was used at the old high school until its closing.

Plans for a similar facility were included in drawings of the new high school, but were later scrapped for the prioritization of other needs, said Jackson.

“It’s important to note how the old building was used and how this will do the same in the future,” said Jackson. “It will benefit those looking for individual work with coaches. It (the old facility) has benefited individuals not affiliated with the current teams, parks and recreation teams, All-Star teams and travel teams were able to use the Quonset hut.”

With proper netting and flooring, the high school’s golf team, for example, could also take advantage of the facility’s weather shielding attributes.

Although commissioners were in support of going forward with collaborating with the school system on the project, they did have concerns.

Citing that “sports is a great diversion” to area youth and helped players “learn team play and all kind of skills and thinking processes” through team sports, Commissioner Billy Kennedy noted that the county must “run a tight ship” in budgeting needs and was concerned the initial project estimate didn’t including plumbing, electrical and HVAC needs.

Referencing to a growing childhood obesity rate in the county, Kennedy said he is “committed to this project.”

Commissioner Perry Yates, who made the initial motion to further explore the indoor facility, said the facility would be more than just a place where children would go to learn about baseball, but would also serve as a safe and nurturing environment.

“As parents, we try to spend all our lives raising our kids, but at certain times, coaches and teachers spend more time forming our kids than we do,” said Yates.

“When you look at the board of education funding, our funding, there’s no reason we can’t bring this up, take care of it and build it and be on the way. We need it. We need it for the children and we need it for the community.”

With this, the dozens of supporters in the audience erupted in applause and yells.

Commissioner John Welch seconded his motion.

“It’s about time to upgrade our recreational infrastructure and find ways to support (students) not only in the classroom, but also extracurriculars,” said Welch. “This is something that is a no brainer for us. There is a way to do it.”

Commissioner Jimmy Hodges said he would like to see more specifics on the project and asked the county attorney direction on any type of bid process.

“We will be committed, but we need to get some details,” said Hodges.

Photo and News Article by Jesse Campbell.

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Watauga County Commissioners Mtg TONIGHT: Proposed Indoor Baseball Facilty on the Agenda

Posted on Feb 17, 2015

Come out tonight at 5:30 to the Watauga County Board of Commissioners mtg to make your voice heard regarding the proposed indoor baseball facility at WHS.

The Watauga County Board of Commissioners will hear a request to provide funds for the construction of an indoor baseball facility to be located at Watauga High School.

“Previous discussions with the group have indicated their desire for monetary support from the county commissioners. It is unclear as to the exact dollar amount based on the information submitted. However, staff believes the monetary amount will be in the range of $100,000 to $125,000 with the potential request to include the use of county personnel,” according to a memo to commissioners from Geouque.

In a letter from the Friends of Watauga Pioneer Baseball and Softball, the facility would allow the ball teams to “prepare adequately for their seasons” during the winter-weather months.

This letter was attached to the meeting packet and was dated April 23, 2010. The facility was initially included on the construction plans of the new Watauga High School several years ago but was eliminated from the final plans because of budget constraints.

The building footprint is 50 feet by 100 feet. Early this month, the group received an estimate from Mountain Steel Buildings for the building in the amount of $175,750, which doesn’t include fees for permits, plumbing, electrical or HVAC.


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Fall Sports Deadlines – Sign up Now!

Posted on Aug 8, 2013


Parks and Rec – Deadline for sign up is Friday, August 9th

Equip (Mt Vernon Baptist) – Starts Monday, August 12th

High Country Soccer – Starts Monday, August 26th


Parks and Rec – Deadline for sign up is Friday, August 9th

Equip (Mt Vernon Baptist) – Starts on Saturday, August 10th


Equip (Mt Vernon Baptist) – Starts Saturday, August 17th

*Links to these groups can be found under Recreation tab on our website

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Watauga County Parks and Rec Baseball and Softball Registration Extended Through End of March

Posted on Feb 25, 2013

Major 1 Little League Baseball

Baseball for children ages 11 – 12 is open for registration until Friday, March 1st. Registration fee is $55. Registration forms available here.

Junior League Baseball

Junior league baseball open for children ages 13-15 is open for registration until Friday, March 1st. Season runs for approximately 3 months with team meetings 4 times each week for practices and games. Registration fee is $55. Registration forms are available on Watauga County Parks and Recreation website.

Girls’ Little League Fast Pitch Softball

Teaches girls age 9-12 the fundamentals of fast pitch softball. Girls play approximately 12 games in a season and meet 4 times a week for practices and games. Softball clinics are held by ASU & WHS girls fast pitch softball teams for participants in this program. The registration fee is $50 per participant. All participants must be registered with Watauga County Parks and Recreation no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 1, 2013. Registration forms available here.

For more information, visit Watauga County Parks and Recreation.


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Register for Equip Spring Baseball, March 29 Deadline

Posted on Feb 1, 2013

EQUIP Sports Baseball
Register Now!  Registration Deadline March 29.

Our Spring baseball is a total instruction clinic/camp style season. Clinic days and times are determined by number of kids in each age division. Baseball camp style practices will be the format of most all meeting.  Kids may play in a game format at the end of each clinic.  Games will be scheduled as coaches evaluate sessions.

Challenge team players will pay and additional fee to cover cost of tournaments and uniforms. Challenge Teams are determined by tryouts.

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