MOUNT VERNON — On any given day of the week, a person walking through Memorial Park in Mount Vernon can hear the sounds of children at play, along with parents cheering them on.
The Mount Vernon Girls Softball League is winding down its spring league, with final regular season games and tournaments next week. The league has been a healthy activity for thousands of school-age girls through recent years. Despite so many alternatives open to kids today, the league is still going strong.
“We’re here for the girls to have somewhere to go to learn the sport and to have fun,” said MVGS president Greg Drabick. “The season’s going fast.”
MVGS currenly has 38 teams within the organization, with 11 to 13 players per team. The number of teams dropped slightly from 2012, but has remained fairly steady in recent years.
Many Little League and other softball recreational leagues around the Midwest have dwindled in participation recently. The emergence of travel teams is partly to blame, with promises of better-experienced coaches and stronger competition. The local economy and league mismanagement can also drive away players.
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