Deadlines are approaching for the spring seasons of the Audubon Recreation Association (ARA) baseball and softball seasons. Registration ends on Feb. 28. Any players registering after deadline will be charged a $20 fee.
According to the ARA website, the league operates in age-appropriate divisions. Boys' teams are formed from Tee-ball, or those of age 5, to instructional leagues (age 6 on coach-pitch, age 7 pitching machine). At age 8 boys are considered "Rookies" and 9-year-olds are "Minors." Age 10 and 11 play in the American League and age 12 plays in National.
Girls' teams are Instructional for age 5 to 6 (coach-pitch), Instructional for ages 7 to 8 (pitching machine), Minors 9 to 10, Majors 11 and 12 and Senior Fast-Pitch for those 13 to 16.
Fees are determined by age group but range from $85 to $110. Boy players are given a hat, t-shirt/jersey and baseball pants for baseball. Girl players will receive a visor, t-shirt, socks and shorts. Each player is awarded a trophy at the conclusion of each season.
Home games and practices are typically held at the ARA Fields, at Audubon and Pawlings roads, Audubon. Occasionally there are inter-league play against other Lower Providence Township teams.
Evaluations for players in the advanced (competitive) leagues begin in early March (March 8 and 9, 2013), with Opening Day for all leagues to start the first or second weekend of April. The season will run into mid-June.
Volunteer coaches are also sought for the league's various levels. A background check is required for participation. Those requiring a background check can visit this site for materials.