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YMCA, league programs offer outlet for county athletes

SoVaNow.com / January 06, 2021
With high school sports on hold for now, local athletes have focused their energies on travel ball and league competition.

Since the summer, various programs in and around Mecklenburg have presented opportunities for youths of all ages to compete in sports. More than a few county student-athletes have played baseball, basketball and other sports in the past year with travel ball teams while their high school teams were shut down.

On the local front, one entity has been at the forefront of keeping young people and adults active physically and mentally since the onset of COVID-19. The Mecklenburg County YMCA, while subject to the same shutdowns that many businesses have endured, has continued to offer youth programs even as the U.S. battles the virus.

Though the “Y” had a couple of planned events canceled due to coronavirus concerns, the organization still delivered on several fronts. In step with their gymnastics and exercise programs, the YMCA held its first-ever adult kickball league this fall. The program was such a success that the YMCA was looking to offer it again this year.

Young archery enthusiasts were also able to experience the sport at the Y this winter. The first workshop quickly reach capacity limits, spurring plans for another.

Gymnastics resumed on Monday and the YMCA has several classes at the Chase City and Clarksville locations for youth and adults.

Over the past three years the YMCA has offered basketball camps in partnership with Bluestone High School. The Y also started a volleyball camp with Bluestone before COVID-19 hit, and while no announcements have been made hopefully those two camps will take place this year.

As for Dixie Youth sports in Mecklenburg County — both softball and baseball — there’s no official word yet, but optimism is on the horizon for young baseball players. This is especially exciting if you play with a team based out of the South Hill area.

South Hill Dixie Baseball offered a free ball season in the fall, after the traditional summer season was cancelled. In October, South Hill Dixie Youth reported that 191 players took part, making it the largest fall season ever.

The previous high number for the fall season was 103 players.

The South Hill league will hold meetings in January to set plans for the spring season.

On the opposite side of the spectrum was Clarksville Dixie baseball and softball. Each program had hoped to hold a fall season but that never materialized.

Still, spring is approaching and the hope is Clarksville Dixie, which merged with Chase City’s program a few years ago, will have something to offer.

As for spring sports at Bluestone and Park View, the future of the 2021 season is still up in the air. Spring sports will be discussed in February when the school board meets to make a decision of how to move forward.





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