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Practice begins for free Mini-Ball season / July 22, 2020

Kids have the opportunity to play ball again as the Clarksville Dixie baseball and softball organizations began practices last week at Shaver Field for a free Mini-Ball season.

After having to cancel their spring season due to COVID-19, the Dixie organization decided it still wanted to offer some kind of play. At the time that Clarksville Dixie made the decision on the regular season, an alternative was always being explored.

Jeanie Jones, executive board member, said the first week of practices have gone well. “Practices are going great and players are still welcome to come out,” Jones said.

Baseball teams include minors (ages: 9-10), t-ball (ages: 4-6), and coach pitch (ages: 7-8). Softball is offered for Sweeties and Darlings (ages: 4-8), Angels (ages: 9-10) and Ponytails (ages: 11-12).

Jones said that although the ball programs are free, coaches will be working with the players to develop their game skills.

Several other area towns are beginning to play ball again, too. Halifax Dixie baseball and softball have been playing games at the Day Complex in South Boston. In recent weeks several travel ball baseball and softball teams have been playing in tournaments in South Boston.

Clarksville also has a baseball team that is participating in the Halifax league.

Practice times

Boys: Monday: Minors, 6-7:30 p.m.; Tuesday: Tee Ball, 6-7 p.m.; Wednesday: Coach Pitch, 6-7:30 p.m.

Girls: Monday: Sweeties and Darlings, 6-7:30 p.m.; Tuesday: Angels, 6-8 p.m.; Thursday: Ponytails, 6-8 p.m.

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