By Melanie Patterson

The North Jefferson News




James Jett has had a vision for a long time, and he is about to see it come to fruition.

Jett, a Warrior City Councilman, is called “Coach Jett” by many in Warrior. He is well-known in north Jefferson County as a former baseball, basketball and football coach at Warrior, Mortimer Jordan and Hewitt-Trussville high schools. He is also a former president of Warrior’s now-defunct Little League program.

Jett said that at one time, there were as many as 41 youth recreation teams in the City of Warrior. For many years, he has wanted to see youth sports revived in Warrior.

Someone has finally stepped up to the plate and is working to do just that.

Jared Smith of Hayden has been quietly working behind the scenes to get the program off the ground.

Smith is soon opening recreation baseball and softball in Warrior for T-ball age through 11- and 12-year-olds.

Smith was formerly the Hayden sports commissioner and he is eager to bring his expertise to Warrior.

“This will give kids a place to play ball at home rather than going to other places to play,” he said. Warrior’s young athletes currently must travel to Morris, Corner or Hayden to join recreation teams.

“Our youth need something closer to home so they don’t have to travel so far to play,” Jett agreed.

He added that children from neighboring communities are welcome to play on Warrior teams.

“We just want to open it up and invite all kids to participate,” he said. “We just want to get our program going.”

Jett added that teams from neighboring cities who use Warrior’s ball fields will still be able to play there.

“We’ll just work out a schedule,” he said.

Warrior’s program will be as low-cost as possible, according to Jett.

“A lot of times there’s not a lot of kids that get to take part because of cost,” he said. “If we can keep the cost down, we can meet the needs of the kids in our community and other communities.”

Registration will begin in February. Smith will announce registration dates and fees in January.

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