Put them in coach, they're ready to play!

Especially now that members of the Palmerton Towamensing Little League now have new dugouts to call their very own.

Thanks to the efforts of volunteers and businesses alike, two new dugouts have been constructed at the Third Street field in Palmerton.

Complete with concrete floors, the dugouts were the brainchild of Ed Kupillas, president of the Palmerton Towamensing Athletic Association.

Kupillas said he suggested the project back in 2008. The planning process then began in the summer of 2009, he said.

The group then broke ground in 2010, and last summer, the dugouts were painted, said Kupillas, who added the new dugouts were sorely needed.

"The old dugouts were really worn down, and there were bees that were living in them and chasing the kids out," Kupillas said. "Everybody said they're much better than they used to be."

The PTAA is comprised of the Palmerton Towamensing Little League, Palmerton Youth Girls Softball League, and Palmerton Towamensing Babe Ruth League.

Kupillas said about 400 kids signed up; of those, he said about 200 are from the Palmerton Towamensing Little League.

In addition to the dugouts, a sign was erected that thanks all of the volunteers and businesses that made the new dugouts possible.

Kupillas said "since we can't return the favor to all the businesses, this is our way of thanking them."

The businesses that were recognized include Holland Masonry, Forest Inn Masonry, Szoke Iron Works, Jeff George Excavating, Fleisher Bros., Sikorsky Concrete Products, Country Junction, and Shea's Hardware.

The PTAA spent about $1,200 for the materials, said Kupillas, who added that everything else was donated. The borough donated several benches that were previously located in the borough park, Kupillas said.

"The Association couldn't have afforded this on our own," he said. "The volunteers are always willing to help, but the businesses were eager to help too."