By Tony Adams Sports Editor
The dream of playing for the Belton Tigers Baseball and Belton Lady Tigers Softball teams start at the youth levels.
The process: It is not unlike you would see at the Major League Baseball level. Playdays, tryouts, scouting, player analysis, protected players, slotting and drafting: Welcome to the world of the Belton Youth Baseball Association and Belton Youth Softball Association 2016 spring drafts.
The BYBA and BYSA boards put in hundreds of hours of preparation for play days. The coaches and assistants attend the play days, where the players bat, run, field and throw to the best of their abilities.
The work starts again for the board once play day concludes. Players are slotted in draft order, while coaches sort through their notes and select their top prospects.
The BYBA and BYSA drafts took place at the Harris Community lastSunday, with BYBA drafting at the T-Ball, 8U Coach Pitch, Senior Midget (10U), Freshman (12U) and Sophomore (14U) levels and BYSA drafted at the T-Ball (6U), Coach Pitch (8U), Midget (10U), Freshman (12U) and Junior (15U) levels.
This season, the organizations will have different governing bodies. Texas Teenage Baseball will be the governing body for BYBA and Virtual Tournament Director (VTD) will be the governing body for BYSA.
The BYBA preseason tournaments will be Monday, March 28 through Saturday, April 2 (Divisions 6U and 12U at Heritage Park, 14U at Jaycee Field) and Monday, April 4 through Wednesday, April 6 (Divisions 8U & 10U at Heritage Park). Opening Day will be on Monday, April 11 at Jaycee Field for the Sophomore Division and Heritage Park on Tuesday, April 12 for all other divisons.
Opening day will be at Chisholm Trail Park on April 4 for BYSA.