BALDWIN – Laurie Platte Breza is the Lake County 4-H program coordinator and has reminded area residents of plans for the 2018 summer baseball and softball season.

“We’ve run this program as a traditional Little League,” she said. “This year we want to change it a bit. It’s more on skill development. The kids will come in and we have what we call five farms (skill levels). This will be for kids 5 through 14 years of age. Age is determined from January 1 of the given year.

“The kids will come and their coaches will do an assessment on their skill level at that point. They will then be place in a farm level. The kids will have a list of skills they need to learn within the farm. We’re taking the competition out of this. We will not have games on the road or try to compete with other teams.”

The thought, Platte Breza said, was to start at the ground level and teach the kids the skills.

The five skill levels, referred to as farms, are for boys and girls ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13 – 14. The role of a “farm," according to the 4-H brochure, is to provide  skill. experience and training to younger players as they advance through the levels.

“The kids will play against each other and we’ll have days for games, Platte Breza. “We’ll give the kids a chance to practice what they have learned.”

The program will start on May 8 and run through July 13. 4-H registration forms are available at the MSU Extension Office, located within the Baldwin Business Center, at 830 Michigan Avenue Suite 601, Baldwin or online at http:// msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/join_4_h. Registration is open through June 8.

The 4-H participation fee per youth is $20 or $60 per family (with three or more youth) per 4-H year.

4-H scholarships are available upon request. Return complete registration forms and participation fees to the MSU Extension Office on Thursdays from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. The fee will allow 4-H members access to 4-H clubs and project areas within Lake County during the 4-H year.

Platte Breza said more volunteers are needed and interested persons can contact the 4-H office at 231-745-2732.