WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Major League Baseball Playoffs start next week but here in Wichita Falls, the YMCA has just begun their baseball Fall League.
After a few years of not having a fall baseball season, the YMCA decided to restart their program.
President and CEO of the YMCA in Wichita Falls, Brandon Brown, says it just adds another opportunity for them to connect with the community.
"It's about keeping kids engaged in the programs and so not everyone is interested in baseball...I mean basketball or football, soccer. So we wanted to offer baseball in the fall just to provide that programming for all kids," said Brown.
According to Brown, Wichita Falls has been providing baseball programs since 1944 and this was another way to add to that after a successful spring season.
Every Saturday, boys and girls aged 5 to 13 years old play two games.
The season runs for 6 weeks through mid-October.
While Fall League is already underway, the YMCA is looking ahead to Spring League baseball.
Spring League has a bigger participation with around 80 teams and Brown says that coaches are still needed to coach these teams.
"The most that we can do is to keep kids engaged provide the programs for the adult mentors to be there and it's all about having that adult mentor in a child's life," Brown said.
Spring League runs from April through mid-June and sign ups start next year.
Whether it's Fall or Spring League baseball, Brown says any YMCA program has one goal in mind.
"Parents come together, kids come together, and teams come together. Yeah everybody likes to win, it's fun to win but it's not about that as much as it's about starting something, finishing something. Showing up on time somewhere, giving the kids responsibility, self-worth," said Brown.