Sur­vey­ing the sum­mer sports scene

Plenty to do this sum­mer in Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion

The Compass - - OPINION -

Newly minted Bay Roberts Mi­nor Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent David Whe­lan is ex­cited for this sea­son’s ac­tion to get un­der­way, and for his “re­turn to the sport af­ter many years” away from the game.

Whe­lan be­came the new pres­i­dent on April 23 and is look­ing for­ward to be­ing “in a po­si­tion to sup­port and con­tinue to grow the mi­nor pro­gram in this area.”

The pro­gram ex­pe­ri­enced a suc­cess­ful 2011 sea­son af­ter see­ing some 250 young play­ers bat­ting soft­balls around fields at both the Wil­bur Sparkes Sports Com­plex and the Com­mu­nity Gar­dens. That was a huge in­crease over the 150 ath­letes who played in 2010.

“We ex­pect this num­ber to in­crease in 2012,” said Whe­lan.

The pres­i­dent said the as­so­ci­a­tion will be tak­ing in play­ers ages 5 to 18, in the be­gin­ners, mite, squirt, pee­wee, ban­tam and midget di­vi­sions. Two reg­is­tra­tion ses­sions took place last week.

Whe­lan has a long his­tory with soft­ball, hav­ing com­peted lo­cally, provin­cially and na­tion­ally.

“My pri­mary goal is to be en­gaged with all vol­un­teers, coaches and play­ers in all di­vi­sions as much as pos­si­ble and to pro­vide lead­er­ship wher­ever the op­por­tu­nity presents it­self,” he said.

“I hope to see the game grow­ing, the youth en­joy­ing the game, learn­ing the game and pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity to play at a com­pet­i­tive level,” said Whe­lan.

It’s one of many av­enues for both young and old to en­gage in or­ga­nized sports this spring and sum­mer.

The fol­low­ing is a sum­mary of some oth­ers:

year. May, with sug­gested do­na­tion to the St. Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety. Hop­ing for Ian Mar­shall to make one or two trips for clin­ics. Teams par­tic­i­pat­ing in New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

The Con­cep­tion Bay North Light­ning Soc­cer Club started its 2012 sea­son Satur­day, April 21 with a train­ing camp fea­tur­ing its new di­rec­tor of soc­cer op­er­a­tions, Gary Forsyth. Here, coach April Yet­man plays with a group of ath­letes.

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