Hudson Kiwanis Baseball has named two new league commissioners for the 2020 season. Chris Mason will coordinate teams at the high school level while Ryan Wooley will oversee teams in the 13 and 14-year old age group.
Both Mason and Wooley are longtime Hudson residents and each volunteered as coaches in the program for several years.
“I wish I was young enough to play Hudson Kiwanis Baseball, but being commissioner is the next best thing,” said Mason. “The league gets the privilege of playing under the lights at the high school varsity field on warm summer nights and the tickets are free.”
"Hudson Kiwanis Baseball was such a positive experience for both myself and my son," added Wooley. "I'm looking forward to giving back to the program."
Hudson teams at both the middle school and high school levels will compete in the Twinsburg Baseball League for a second straight year. Teams from Aurora, Nordonia, Solon and Twinsburg were also in the league in 2019.
“The format of the league is perfect for kids in these age groups,” explained Wooley. “Teams from Hudson play in several other nearby cities and the entire season takes place in a two-month window.”
Teams in both age groups are formed in late April and practices for the 13 and 14-year-olds begin a few days later. Games for both levels begin in late May and the post season tournaments are complete by mid-July.
Also for a second straight year, Hudson coaches in the 13 and 14-year-old league will be permitted to bring a “core” of players with them who they coached the previous season. Similar arrangements are made in the high school league. This is a contrast with the younger ages in Hudson Kiwanis Baseball.
Registration for players ages 5 through high school is now open at www.hudsonkiwanis.com. 2020 will be the 42nd season of Hudson Kiwanis Baseball, which serves several hundred young people each year who play in the league, work as umpires or both.