Abington Little League Major Farm Commissioner Jim Walsh, who was asked to run the Minor Farm Fall Ball season this year, is trying to make baseball available to children who may not have been able to play in the past.
According to Walsh, there are several changes to the Abington Little League Minor Farm Fall Ball schedule for the upcoming season to make playing baseball more convenient for potential participants.
One of Walsh’s main goals in reworking the Minor Fall Farm Ball schedule was to allow children the opportunity to play both baseball and soccer in the fall.
The Saturday start time for the baseball games was changed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accommodate any players wishing to participate in Abington Soccer.
“Soccer is the sport of choice in the Abingtons during the fall,” he said. “A lot of participants have to choose one sport due to time constraints. We’re hoping to bring out more participants for fall baseball this year.”
The registration deadline is Aug. 10 and the season will begin Aug. 24, almost three weeks earlier than last year.
According to Walsh, this will be the fifth year for Minor Farm Fall Ball, a league for 7 and 8-year-old children.
Weather issues in the past also prompted Walsh to move the start of the season to earlier in the summer.
“The baseball fields are generally not used in July and August,” he said. “We’re trying to take advantage of the weather. “We usually would start as soon as school begins and play until around Halloween
“We’re trying to prolong the baseball season the best as possible. We have a fantastic complex with five baseball fields. There is no reason for them to sit idle during the summer months.”
A registration fee of $50 per player covers a hat and shirt.
Register on the league website at www.eteamz.com/abingtonll.