SHEPHERDSVILLE – While a few details must be worked out on the usage of fields behind Roby Elementary, youngsters in the Shepherdsville area will have an opportunity to play baseball and softball this spring without traveling to other facilities.
The Blue Lick Optimist organization is working with the city of Shepherdsville to re-establish a youth baseball and softball program that has been dormant for years.
The work started a couple of years ago but didn’t become reality until early in 2023.
Mayor Jose Cubero, still an active baseball player, said told those in attendance at the Shepherdsville City Council meeting that youngsters should be able to play sports in their own community.
Revitalizing a baseball and softball program which has been inactive for at least 10 years is an important first step, said Cubero.
Blue Lick president Ken Elble said the first step would be to run programs at both the Challis Ford facility on Mud Lane and at fields in Shepherdsville.
This would include the need to get fields behind Roby Elementary and at Frank Simon Park on First Street ready.
Cubero and Bullitt County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Jesse Bacon met last week to discuss a lease on the Roby fields. This would allow tax dollars to be spent on the fields.
He expected an agreement to be finalized shortly but there is no problem with the city moving forward with plans to get the fields ready to play for this spring.
Eventually, Cubero said the plan is for all the Blue Lick teams to play in Shepherdsville and to eventually have a sports complex.
Signups are currently being taken for both locations.
Tommy Parker, who has been associated with the Blue Lick organization for years, said that play will begin at the Tee Ball level (ages 3) through the age of 18 for both baseball and softball.
While it is common to have a number of teams in the league for the younger ages, once the teams reach 8 or older, Blue Lick has had a team which travels to other facilities to play.
At its peak, Blue Lick had 700-plus baseball and softball players. However, Parker said that number dropped to about 200 last year. He is hoping that at least that many will sign up in the Shepherdsville area.
Signups are currently underway on-line at bluelick.sportngin. When you go online, Parker said registrants will have the option of signing up for either the Blue Lick or Shepherdsville programs.
In-person signups will be taken at the Mud Lane facility and in the Shepherdsville Government Center meeting room from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11.
Fees are $100 for T-ball, $135 for coach/pitch, $150 for machine pitch and $150 for baseball and softball starting at age 6.
Cubero said that it is important to keep the children in the community. That also keeps dollars in the community which could be spent at local businesses.
Elble said that the leagues will run Monday through Friday with tournaments held on the weekends.
The mayor said he hopes that the programs will both play in Shepherdsville after this season. And his long-term goal is to construct a sports complex in the city, which will allow for more tournaments which will generate more tax dollars.
The Blue Lick parade, held annually on opening day, will be held in Shepherdsville on April 29.
For more information on the programs, contact Elble at 502-442-9626 or Parker at 502-608-4477.