Area baseball players now have another option to help them hone their skills during the offseason.
The North Central Ohio Fall High School Baseball League (NCOFHSBL) is scheduled to begin play on Aug. 30 in Galion. According to organizers, the league is being operated in conjunction with the Galion High School baseball program and the Galion Graders baseball team of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.
Galion High School head coach Phil Jackson said the league is open to players who will be in high school (freshmen to seniors) for the 2015-16 academic year. League participation will be limited to 90 players, or six teams, with each roster having a maximum of 15 players. Per Ohio High School Athletic Association rules, no more than four players from one high school may be on each team.
“We will try to even up pitchers and catchers as much as possible,” Jackson said.
Rosters will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to submit registration forms is Aug. 22. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Galion Fall Baseball League page on Facebook or by contacting Jackson. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 419-295-3211.
The registration fee is $110 per player. The fee is non-refundable. Each player will receive a team shirt. Checks should be made payable to the Galion Baseball Parents Club, and should be mailed to the following address: Galion Baseball Parents Club, Fall Baseball League, 177 S. Horning Road, Mansfield, OH 44903.
“Coaches are needed, so if you or someone you know are willing, indicate on the form or text me,” said Jackson.
Games will be played each Sunday from Aug. 30 to Oct. 11 at the Tigers baseball complex at Heise Park and at the Peco Park field. No games will be played over the Labor Day weekend.
Games will begin at 12:15 p.m. each week with the final game of the day scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and be played under the lights. Jackson said each team in the league will have the opportunity to play under the lights, either at Heise Park or Peco Park.
Each game will be six innings and have a rigid 2-hour time limit, according to league organizers. Each team will be given cage time 45 minutes prior to the start of their game.
In case of postponements, dates and times for make-up games will be agreed to by both teams.
Andrew Carter can be reached at 419-468-1117, ext. 2048. Connect with him on Twitter @ACGalionSports.