The Richmond Hill Recreation Association has voted to add a Little League Baseball affiliation to the city's GRPA (Georgia Recreation and Parks Association) baseball and softball program in the 2009 season.
This will mean some changes for the 9-12 year old boys program and possibly the girls softball program in the near future.
The Recreation Association is adding this to the program to help develop the players and offer more challenging baseball for those interested in a higher level of play, as well as continue to offer quality recreational baseball for everyone in all levels of the program. The players will be drafted to either a major or minor league team.
The minor league teams will continue to play each other here in Richmond Hill. The major league teams will play other Richmond Hill major league teams as well as travel to Statesboro, Effingham County and Pooler. All 12 year olds will automatically play be placed on a major league team (Little League rules) and other from the 9-11 ages will be placed on the teams according to ability.
This will offer a higher level of play in the major leagues and give the average player more playing time and a chance to shine in the minor league system.
This is the first time any area recreation departments have elected to bring Little League baseball to south Georgia.
RHRA wants to be one of the leaders in the area and that’s another reason for joining Little League at this time.
The RHRA will be joined in this new adventure by Statesboro Recreation, Effingham County Recreation and Pooler Parks and Recreation.
RHRA will offer a Senior Boys Baseball League for ages 15-18 in Spring 2009!
RHRA has expanded the program to include a new Senior league for boys ages 15-18.
These players will play local Richmond Hill teams as well as travel to surrounding recreation departments to inter-league play. The senior baseball program will be based at Devaul Henderson Park on the new field opening there this spring.
Registration for this new league will be through Feb. 9. The cost is $100.
RHRA will have extended registration without a late fee for baseball, softball and t-ball until Feb. 9.
Note: Registration for RHRA soccer is currently ongoing. For information and registration go to rhrasoccer.com or call 756-4075. It is available for children who turned 4 before Aug. 1, 2008 and cannot have turned 14 before July 31, 2008. U6-U8 fee is $35; U10-U14 is $55. Fees do not include a uniform.