Coordinators ‘excited’ for new year in sports

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sports coordinators said they are excited about what this new year will bring in youth sports.

Andalusia will be kicking off 2014 on Saturday, when it will hold its annual wall-to-wall opening day basketball tournament at the high school.

“The City of Andalusia hopes to bring some new and exciting options to youth sports programs this year, while continuing to grow our facilities so we can support the needs of our adults and youth throughout the community,” City of Andalusia Youth Sports Coordinator Caitlin Shipman said in a statement.

For the City of Opp, Parks and Recreation Director Willie Edwards said youth basketball will kick off on Jan. 13.

“We’re very excited about the new year,” Edwards said. “As a matter of fact, we’ve been doing a lot of work on our ball field.

“We’re looking for a good turnout hopefuylly with the kids,” he said.

Opp’s youth basketball program now has three teams of 7-to-8-year-olds for the first time ever, Edwards said.

Soon after basketball gets going for Andalusia sports, the city will be holding baseball and softball registration from Feb. 1-15. Opening day for baseball and softball is Sat, April 5, or Mon, April 7.

In addition to city rec sports, Andalusia will host three high school tournaments March 7-8, 14-15 and April 4-5.

On April 12, the City of Andalusia will also host a travel ball tournament, a softball tournament at the Dwight Mikel Sports Complex and a baseball tournament at Johnson Park. Tournament age groups will expand from 8U, 10U and 12U after high school baseball and softball ends.

The Miracle League of Covington County will get its season going on April 22.

Registration for tennis, golf and swim will be held May 1-15.

After summer action ends, fall sports will begin.

Soccer and football will get going for the City of Opp in September.