TCYAA President Charles “Buggs” Terrell announced the formation of the group and that its board will have authority over the operation of baseball and softball leagues at the Trigg County Recreation Complex. Once the complex board names a new manager to replace Jerry Radford, who is set to retire, that new manager will still be in charge of maintenance at the complex.
“There will be an agreement between the TCYAA board and the complex board that outlines the responsibilities of both,” Terrell said. “It’s not in writing yet, but we’re wanting the complex manager to be in charge of maintaining the fields and handling concession stands, and in return, we’ll be in charge of all baseball and softball operations. We’ll pay a per-child rental to the complex to pay for electricity, lining the fields and things like that.”
Terrell said the new organization came about after parents voiced a number of concerns last summer, citing problems that were leading some children to be entered into leagues in other locations, particularly Hopkinsville.
“They had a better, more organized product on the field,” Terrell said of leagues in Hopkinsville. “We talked to [complex board chairman] Ralph Thomas about it, and he was the first one to mention it in a fiscal court meeting about setting up a parent committee.”
Under this setup, Terrell said, a parent with a complaint about baseball or softball would go directly to the commissioner of that league – Ashley Plymale for baseball, Jeri Lynn Harris for softball – rather than the complex manager. If the complaint progresses further than the commissioners, the TCYAA board would be the final authority.
Terrell said leagues in other surrounding counties are operated by parent organizations.
“This allows those dedicated parents to get involved rather than just sitting on the sidelines,” Terrell said. “Everybody on the [TCYAA] board wants to see the complex thrive. We can put a better product on the field while taking some responsibilities off the complex manager and give him or her more time to bring more sports in.”
Beginning with the next spring season, all registration will be handled exclusively through the new group’s website, www.tcyaa.org.
Other changes include the following:
– the 9-12 baseball league will be split in two, 9-10 and 11-12;
– a 13-15 baseball league will be offered;
– all teams who win their league will be entered in the United States Specialty Sports Association’s state tournament;
– seasons will begin the second week of April and end in early-mid June;
– teams will be reorganized and redrafted each year, with tryouts and evaluations held in February.
In addition, girls participating in softball will advance to fast-pitch. After coach-pitch leagues at 4-6 year olds, girls will move on to pitching machines at 7-9, then pitch for themselves at 10-12.
Terrell said Trigg’s new affiliation with USSSA could also open the door for involvement in other sports. In addition, TCYAA is considering the addition of leagues in the summer and fall to supplement the spring league, which will still average about two games per week. TCYAA plans to play more Saturday games during the spring season.
“We’ll be playing during school for a lot of that, so we’ve got to make sure we’re getting kids home at a decent hour during the week,” Terrell said.
For more information on TCYAA, including contact information for board members and registration, visit www.tcyaa.org.