Off the mound

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A new mi­nor soft­ball pro­gram is off the mound in Carbonear. Youngsters are learn­ing how to pitch, catch, hit and run - all the ba­sics of the game of soft­ball - and they are hav­ing a bar­rel of fun.

The Carbonear Mi­nor Soft­ball Pro­gram is off to a great start, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­nizer, David Kennedy. The pro­gram got off the mound last Tues­day June 16 and al­ready has over 80 chil­dren reg­is­tered.

The pro­gram of­fers two field ses­sions per group each week, with ses­sions sched­uled from 5:30- 8:00 p.m. ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day. The be­gin­ners (aged 3-4) and 5-8 play from 5:30 to 6:30, while the 9-12 year olds play from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Kennedy ex­plained, the pro­gram is based on skill de­vel­op­ment and learn­ing the ba­sics of the soft­ball game.

One of the pro­gram co-co­or­di­na­tors, David Do­ran, said, “the turnout has been ex­cel­lent thus far and the chil­dren are prov­ing to be quick learn­ers and very en­er­getic.”

Each ses­sion is be­ing split with the first half fo­cus­ing on skill de­vel­op­ment, and the sec­ond part de­voted to game or game sim­u­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

Any chil­dren wish­ing to take part in the pro­gram are asked to at­tend at any of the above ap­pro­pri­ate times.

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