TAMWORTH Softball Association president Richard Webb believes things are “pointing in the right direction” for the sport.
Numbers are steadily rebuilding.
“We’ve increased participation by about 60 per cent at senior level,” Webb said.
This season they’ll again be running two senior competitions on Saturday afternoon.
At the moment there’s four teams signed up for the competitive Riverside League competition and “five, possibly six” teams for the more social Riverside Cup.
In both there’s been an increase in the number of teams.
Last year there were three in the League and three in the Cup.
“We’ve had an increase of three (possibly four) teams on last year,” Webb said.
That’s a very promising result.
Webb though would love to see a few more for the Saturday morning mod-ball
They probably only had enough for two teams on Saturday.
Another 20 to 25 would enable them to get a competition going.
Mod-ball is targeted at kids in years 4, 5 and 6.
For the younger players there’s the Batter-Up
Softball’s version of Milo In 2 Cricket, skills are incorporated into fun little games.
They had a roll-up of about 25 kids for that but Webb would certainly welcome more.
“As many as we can get in that we’d love,” he said.
“That’s where they start and learn.”
He said for the seniors they’ve had quite a few returning players.
“A lot are ex-senior players,” he said.
They’ve had their families now and are looking to get back into it.
“The social grade players are coming from a variety of sources,” Webb said.
They had a bit of a hit-around/trial on Saturday.
The competition will start this coming Saturday at 3pm and 5pm timeslots.
Any interested players not signed up yet are welcome to come along.
o The TSA, in conjunction with Softball NSW, will be holding a Community Coach Course this afternoon (Tuesday). The sessions are open to any individual interested in being coaches with the Batter Up program. It will be held at the Riverside Softball Complex from 5.30pm.