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Bill Arp Park-based youth travel team goes to world series
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
June 13, 2012 11:01 AM | 1360 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Douglas County Bulls players Zeke Gilbert and Kaleb Wilson practice at Bill Arp Park in Douglasville last week.
From left, Douglas County Bulls players Zeke Gilbert and Kaleb Wilson practice at Bill Arp Park in Douglasville last week.
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At the young age of 10, the players of the Douglas County Bulls travel ball team are headed to the USSSA World Series.

Just starting play in August 2011, the Bulls have accomplished a great deal as they are only the second team to go to a World Series from Bill Arp Park.

Most of the players reside in Douglas County and began playing all-star or recreational ball through Bill Arp Park though two players travel from their homes in Stockbridge to play. With three practices a week and a total of 90 games, in three states, prior to the World Series, this has been a large time commitment for the coaches, players and parents.

Coach Bobby Fail, the other coaches and these players have done a come a long way for their first year and are looking forward to the tournament in Panama City Beach, Fla.

“When we were trying to put the team together, we knew we wanted to make memories for the kids. It has been an exciting season, a long season. We are excited about where we are and what we have been able to accomplish,” Fail said.

The Bulls actually qualified for the World Series three times; one by winning the USSSA Fall State Championship, other times by winning two different qualifying tournaments.

Fail also said he was thankful to the officials at Bill Arp Park.

“Bill Arp has been great, very accommodating. Especially Todd Pratt [park president]. Park Director Chris Little has been very instrumental as well.”

The team is asking for donations from the community and any local businesses that would like to back them.

“Anything would be outstanding. We are trying to be financially sensible for the parents,” Fail said.

Donations can be sent to the D.C. Bulls at Bill Arp Rec Club, P.O. Box 6425, Douglasville, GA 30154.

For any questions or information, email dc.bulls@yahoo.com.
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