Children ages 9 to 14 have the opportunity to play ball through the months of June and July thanks to the Dunlap Recreation Association.


Children ages 9 to 14 have the opportunity to play ball through the months of June and July thanks to the Dunlap Recreation Association.

In the fourth year of summer and winter sports through the association, many of the children are returning participants.

“I think if I can go back through the registration forms four years, in the older group we would get a lot of kids that started the first year, or younger brothers that have done it,” Kathy Gullette, treasurer of Dunlap Recreation Association, said.

Baseball and softball clinics continue through July 1, and 62 area children are taking advantage of the personal coaching and fun.

The program began with Bradley athletic director Ken Kavanagh, but when he stepped down, Gullette volunteered to take his place.

“The board is run totally by volunteers. We have 10 to 12 board members now,” Gullette said.

“We all put in a lot of time to run the clinics smoothly, but we’re all very passionate about it.”

Fliers were sent home with students when school was still in session, as well as announcements in the paper and school newsletter to get students interested in playing.

“We may not be the elite, but we do our best. The whole rec board helps to get the kids involved,” Gullette said.

Many players said they have participated in the clinic multiple times.

“I did it last year,” Brock Jockisch, 10, said between warm-ups and practice.

Jockisch, along with the other nine players, is part of the minors traveling league, which is comprised of 9 to 10 year olds.

Six of the participants were missing because of other baseball camps.

“We have a lot of the kids missing because of other camps,” Chip Wooden, Dunlap Middle School baseball coach and Dunlap High School sophomore baseball coach, said. “I know a lot of the kids are at Bradley’s camp today.”

Wooden, with the help of Dunlap Valley Middle School baseball coach John Allison, teaches the players the essentials and also meets possible future middle or high school baseball players.

Gullette said she “totally believes in this program” because her son played through the association, and she said she believes it is a positive influence on the childrens’ lives.

“When I was growing up we played outside from the time we woke up until the time we went to bed. I think it’s good for them to get outside instead of being inside playing video games all day,” she said. “They’re out there for an hour and half two days out of the week.”

For more information, visit www.eteamz.com/dunlaprec/index.