Bobbie Laws has seen baseball academies in large cities such as Norman thrive in its mission to provide tremendous opportunities for area youth to practice and participate in baseball games year round.
Now, she is looking to bring that same concept to Ardmore.
The first step of the process is to gauge the level of interest and see if it is something that will work in Carter County.
The Southern Oklahoma Baseball Academy will hold tryouts at 7 p.m. Monday at Cardinal Park and is open to players in T-ball through 14U. The Academy would like to meet with any coaches or parents interested in bringing a team or players. There is no cost to participate in the tryout.
Laws says that she was told about the inner workings of youth baseball academies by the mother of a player from the Norman Youth Baseball Academy while watching one of her grandsons play in a tournament in Purcell over the July 4th weekend.
Laws doesn’t have any experience in charge of running the day-to-day operation of a youth baseball academy nor does the Southern Oklahoma Baseball Academy have an executive board set in place.
Thoe are issues that would be tackled after the tryout.
Inexperience and all, her oldest son played collegiate baseball and has coached baseball for several years, in addition to having grandchildren who play currently play.
“We already have interest in forming a 9-and-under and an 11-and-under team,” Laws said. “We know these teams would probably have to play 10-and-under and 12-and-under in most tournaments, for now. But hopefully, if we can get enough interest, we can form teams from T-ball through 14-and-under, one for each age.”
Laws anticipates the cost for a player being a participant in the academy to be $100 per year.
The timing to form the academy in mid-July is perfect, she said.
“We want to start this academy now so that we’re strong by the spring so that we can hold our own tournaments,” Laws said.
For more information, call Laws at (580) 221-4659.