TAMWORTH Softball looks set to hit a home run this season as more than double the registrations from last year are already signed up before the season tees off.
Two pre-season registration days have been attended by scores of kids and adults as the game climbs back from a few seasons in the doldrums.
The second rego day was held yesterday in conjunction with a past players’ reunion game attended by about 40 softball diehards.
Tamworth Softball Association secretary Mandy Brown said the game was far from serious as the players just had a casual knockaround and a laugh before retiring to the shade for a sausage sandwich.
Over 60 registrations had been taken halfway through the day, with the association expecting a few more as well as some at the start of the season in two weeks’ time.
The registration day also involved a Batter Up clinic for the kids to learn the basics and have some fun, whilst the “oldies” played softball’s version of a T20 where each team bats for 20 minutes to see how many runs they can get regardless of how many outs.
“Softball Australia is lightening the rules a little bit to incorporate more exciting and shorter forms of the game to suit different areas of the community – they are a lot of fun,” Brown said.
The day also produced some bonuses for the association, with a couple of coaches stepping forward as well as some season volunteers from the parents.
“It is great to get this kind of support. It really makes the season a lot easier and better for everyone,” Brown said.
The two kids’ age groups and two opens competitions all start on October 12 with registrations taken up until that day.
There is also interest in a men’s open social competition that will run for 10 weeks after Christmas.
The association has already secured three teams and is looking for more interested teams and players for the summer league.