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August 16, 2018 Wellman town ball numbers down
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The number of youths playing town ball in Wellman was down this summer.

Wellman YMCA Sports/Youth Director Talon McFarland reported to the city council that despite the smaller numbers, it was still a good year for town ball.

“Numbers were down this year,” McFarland said. “But improvements were made with scheduling and a weekly newsletter. And, we had 16 sponsors this year, which was more than last year.”

McFarland said adding a weekly newsletter helped avoid confusion.

“It went a long way with parents and coaches,” he said.

He added that he made an effort to be more visible and accessible to parents and coaches, especially on game days.

City Administrator Kelly Litwiller, who has a child who played town ball this summer, agreed.

“Being a parent this year, I thought things went really smoothly,” she said.

One change, McFarland said is in the works for next year, is to partner with Kalona so there will be smaller rosters, giving players the chance to play more.

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