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July 2, 2013

Get a Wiff of this: Golden Stick launches full youth program

People of all ages love to play wiffle ball — especially kids.

So the Golden Stick Wiffle Ball League is launching a full scale youth program on the North Shore in partnership with the recreation departments of Salem, Beverly, Danvers and Hamilton-Wenham.

The league will be open to youngsters ages 7-13, and the best part is they can form their own teams with as few as three players or as many as five. Teams will play in their own cities and towns, with winners vying for the 2013 Golden Stick Wiffle League Juniors North Shore Final Four championship. The huge extravaganza, called ‘The Open’, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Patton Park in Hamilton.

That event will take place after city championships and Comeback Cup games are held for teams in the bottom half seedings. Each city champ will then compete for the overall title, while all teams not winning local championships will be able to compete in the Junior Player’s Cup at The Open.

“One of the most beautiful things about the game is that it’s ageless,” said GSWL president Lou Levesque, who grew up in Salem, lived in Danvers, works in Beverly and now resides in Hamilton. “Our motto is ‘A backyard game taken way too far’, and we’re the first and only licensed league.

“Our adult leagues have been flourishing (established in Danvers in 2002), and this year we decided to concentrate on a youth program. Everybody loves to play wiffle ball, and we’re going to do everything we can to make it a fun time. We will have a promotional tournament first, and if something stands out that needs to be changed we’ll do it.

“I played when I was a kid and always loved it. The best thing is you can continue to play at any age.”

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