WAXAHACHIE

With the champions of summer crowned, the Waxahachie Youth Baseball Association has opened registration for its fall season.

Baseball players ages 3—18 and softball players ages 7—16 are eligible for one of 10 baseball or four softball leagues that run six weeks, beginning Sept. 17. All games are played during the week except for blastball for the 3- and 4-year olds which is played on Saturday morning.

The season consists of six games plus a double-elimination tournament at the end of the season.

Online registration (www.wybonline.org) closes Sept. 2 for baseball. In-person registration is available from 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Optimist Field concession stand for both sports.

There will be no late registrations accepted.

Any potential coaches interested in managing a team or assisting can also register online. All coaches must register — even if he or she has coached previously.

"Our kids come from all over the area and not just Waxahachie," WYBA president Eddie Gilbert previously told the Daily Light. "Our league is open to all kids, no matter where they live. We have teams from Midlothian, Maypearl, Palmer and Italy almost every year."

Baseball divisions include Blastball (3-4), 5U t-ball, 6U modified t-ball, 7U and 8U coach pitch, 9U and 10U kid pitch, and 11-12U, 13-4U and 15-18 regular baseball.

Softball divisions include 7U coach fastpitch, as well as 10U, 12U, 15U and 16U fastpitch.

Blastball consists of boys and girls between three and four years old and allows for every player to hit and play all of the positions. The ballplayers learn to hit off of a tee, field and throw, and no score is kept. The first base even honks to let them know they've made it there safely.

T-ball and modified t-ball are also co-ed. Modified t-ball allows each batter to see three live pitches thrown by a coach before hitting off of a tee.

All baseball games will be played on one of the diamonds at Optimist Field, except for the 15-18-year-old division that will play at the Waxahachie Sports Complex. The softball leagues will play at the Waxahachie Sports Complex, as well.