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ARA Baseball, Softball Leagues Nearing Sign-Up Deadline

Local youth sports league will accept registrations through Feb. 28.

 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.

Both the boys' baseball and girls' softball leagues are in association with the Babe Ruth League. The boys' baseball teams follow Cal Ripken rules.

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.

For more information on the league, click on the ARA website. To register, click here for the ARA's Online Registration System.

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