BALDWIN — Lake County 4-H coordinator Laurie Platte Breza has been pleased with progress made with the youth baseball-softball program so far.

“Things are going well,” she said. “We’re picking up kids at almost every practice. We still would like more, but it is a start.”

The first scheduled dates were May 21, 23, 24, 30 and 31.

Practice dates in June are June 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27 and 28.

Dates in July are July 2, 9, 11 and 12 with the closing picnic.

Practices at Hollister Park are set 5-7 p.m. each practice date if six children or more are present.

“The 2018 season, which runs from May 16 through July 13, will be a different chapter for the Baldwin Youth Sports 4-H Program,” Platte Breza said. “Departing from the normal routine of past years, the Baldwin Youth Sports 4-H Program will offer a progressive instructional, skill-building ball program. Utilizing proven teaching techniques and cutting-edge training aids, including computer-aided diagnostics, individual development is emphasized.

“Each child, as a member of the Baldwin Youth Sports 4-H Program, will receive one-on-one instruction from trained volunteer 4-H coaches. Following a proven list of skills assessments, each coach will instruct based on the age and skill level of the youth. As the child becomes more proficient with the skills, the coach will advance the child to the next level. Each level will become increasing difficult and complex until the final level is completed.”