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Dixie Youth prepares for 53rd season

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Front row from left are Dixie Youth Baseball representatives E. Terry, Cam McIntyre, Olivia Terry, Logan McGinnis and Jonathan Rathman. Back row from left are Ray McIntyre, Ken Rathman, Paul McGinnis, Bailey Lyness and Skipper Fairbanks.

Dixie Youth Baseball is getting ready for its 53rd season. Registration will be held at the Henry Luken Sports Facility every Saturday in February from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We use baseball as a vehicle to teach them about life – about winning and losing, hard work, fair play and discipline,” said Paul McGinnis, president of Dixie Youth Baseball. “There’s good camaraderie. It’s a lot more than just winning, though we like to win too.”

The league is open to boys and girls ages 4-14 at a cost of $75 for one child and $160 for two or more children.

“We’re a big family,” said Ken Rathman, Dixie Youth Baseball president of the 5-6 and 11-12 age groups. “Kids come out here and have role models. It really changes a lot of lives.”

He said a lot more girls have become interested in the sport in recent years.

Those who are not able to pay the registration fee will still be able to play, said McGinnis.

“We try not to turn anybody down,” Rathman said.

The season runs from the second week of April to July 4.