GARRY Everson was flying some assorted flags when the Baseball NSW development officer arrived in Tamworth last Friday.
Not only was he in Tamworth to help out the local Tamworth Baseball Association but he was also part of the Tamworth Festival Of Abilities at Tamworth Sports Dome.
Baseball NSW is part of the Abilities Linked Program.
“We had a great time out there,” Everson said.
“We met with a whole variety of people.
“I also came up to do some coaching accreditations as well as speaking with Tamworth Baseball after today’s (Saturday’s) games.”
He’s been coming to Tamworth since the early ’90s and was great mates with the late John Carter.
“He and Chris Parsons had the place thriving back in the early ’90s,” Everson said.
“It’s sad to see things have dropped off a bit but things do change. We’re looking at running some more coaching clinics.
“Baseball NSW does have to go out and help in the regions but we do only have two development officers.
“We can come out and do stuff in the schools but the Tamworth Baseball Association need to follow it up too.
“That’s why we’re here talking to them about the many programs we do have that can help.
“I have already spoken to some keen people but we need to have more people involved.”
There is a need for more volunteers to help run the local competitions so that the hard working ones already running the Tamworth Baseball Association are’nt “burnt out”.
He was delighted to see Tamworth begin a special “charity league” on the weekend.
It showed the Tamworth association was looking at ways of promoting the game.
With the regular season suspended for a month, Tamworth drafted four new teams in a format similar to the Tamworth District Cricket Association’s successful Twenty20.
Those four teams also nominated a charity.
Proceeds from the various fines and prizemoney will go to the nominated charity of the winning team – Chandlers Tree Service, Psarakis Accounting, Mick Martin Electronic Security and Firefly Finance.