There's a new baseball "game" in town for area youth. Dave Chubb, Tama, the organizer says a good description is as a "feeder program" for the South Tama school baseball teams and it also enhances the summer South Tama Recreation activities, as well.
Jason Kriegel, vice president of the South Tama Recreation program, says the organization fully supports Chubb's efforts.
Chubb says he has directed USSSA Tournaments "all over the midwest" and currently is fielding three teams here in age groups nine, 11 and 12 years old. Players currently are attending sessions in the former Tae Kwondo location in downtown Toledo and will move to the ball diamond at Oak Park in Tama with the onset of good weather.
Dave Chubb coaches Nick Jordan, 12, in pitching skills during a recent session in a building in downtown Toledo. Practices are being held three nights a week in anticipation of the upcoming tournament season.
Chubb says the new program is needed because there is no organized school baseball activities for youngsters and said under this guidance "its' amazing how well kids play and learn."
They practice three nights a week and will compete in tournament games in April, May and June at sites in Marshalltown, Grinnell and Des Moines. He said the teams will compete in 25-30 games to start out.
The program can target kids who need improvement and and "bring up their level (of play)," Chubb says. "We teach a lot of structure, self-esteem and performance reenforcement," he said.
Chubb says the level of tournament play in USSSA lets kids play "on a big stage" where there's added pressure with it all aimed at improving their abilities.
In addition to the program offered here, Chubb works directly with Game 7 and teacher Kevin Goodman in Marshalltown. Players work primarily on throwing and pitching through this expansion of the local offering.
Chubb is a Des Moines native. He played high school baseball at Des Moines East and played some semi-pro ball.
He has umpired for 30 years in addition to directing the USSSA tournaments.
Players pay a fee for 10-sessions in the program with all money directed back into it, Chubb says. In addition, the club has collected cans door-to-door and at Fareway and at a Rube's event.
To register youths for the program or more information , contact Chubb at 641-481-3382.
They will host a pancake breakfast at the Tama Civic Center on April 1.