Beginning the last of week of March Collierville’s 15 baseball and softball fields will be alive with the sounds and sights of spring sports. From late March through May 29 over 1,000 youth ages 6-18 will play over 1,000 baseball, softball, T-Ball, and girls volleyball games combined. Believe it or not, just two people are the masterminds orchestrating this “Field of Dreams” puzzle of rosters and schedules. Brad Heacox and Mark Ellis seasoned veterans of the Collierville Recreational Sports Program Department put together year round recreational programming thousands of youth annually.
“Collierville’s Recreational Sports programs focus on building character, learning sportsmanship, the value of teamwork and acquiring basic athletic skills sets.” said Brad Heacox.
The venues are the 68 acre H.W. Cox Park, 271 acre W.C. Johnson Park and 16 acre Suggs Park. Collierville is known for having some of the most pristine parks in the Mid-South and the playing fields are maintained by an experienced team of Parks Maintenance employees who among their many other duties keep the ball fields in top playing shape. Much like getting a race car back on the track after a pit stop, the Grounds and Parks Maintenance Division crews cut the grass at the fields, drag the dirt infields, line the base paths and batter’s box and pick up the trash all in time for the next round of games.
During the first three weeks of March teams are using the fields for practice getting ready for “real games” that begin on March 20th and run through May 29.
“All 15 of our baseball and softball fields will be used every day from March 1-May 29 weather permitting.” said Greg Clark, Director of Parks.
On March 25th, the Collierville Parks will host a Recreational Baseball and Softball Opening Jamboree.
“The Jamboree is basically a ceremonial official opening of the baseball and softball season,” said Mark Ellis. “Every team will play a game that day, all of our fields will be in use and it will be a lot of fun for the teams.”
If you are interested in taking the family out for a day at the ball park, the schedules for all the recreational programs are on the Parks Department web site. Visit colliervilleparks.org/recreation-and-sports/recreational-sports and click on the specific sport’s schedule (volleyball, baseball, softball or tee ball.)