With the recent announcement that the Manchester Babe Ruth baseball league would cease to exist this spring, the Manchester Youth Baseball Association has expanded its age groups to include 13-16-year-old players, announced league president Dale Cooper.
Manchester Babe Ruth league, which was the local recreation baseball league for 13-15-year olds, cited a lack of interest as the reason to fold up shop. Cooper said his league, which starts with tee-ball at age 5, is glad to welcome older kids.
“Tennessee Youth Baseball Association already offered a 13-16 league but we weren’t going to offer that because of Babe Ruth but we will do that now,” said Cooper.
He added that, if interest is high enough, a league for 16-24-year-old players could be offered.
“All of that would be down at the old Babe Ruth Field,” explained Cooper. “We will set it up where there is a minimum of 12 games.
“Everything is kind of in the planning stages. We aren’t sure about a start date it just depends on how many kids we have sign up who are playing school ball.”
Cooper stressed that all age divisions are considered recreation league.
“Anyone who wants to play can play and compete in our league,” said Cooper.
Anyone wishing to sign up for older ages can do so by calling Cooper at 931-212-8657 or by picking up a form at CNC Building Supply at 44 Interstate Drive.