Strong start to second season
North shore softball sees increase in registration
Softball is once again becoming the thing to do in small communities all along the Trinity and Conception Bay shores.
In Winterton, the Lower Trinity South Softball Association is in full swing and children are on the ball field every evening enjoying Newfoundland’s unofficial pastime.
Now, on the other side, the North Shore Minor Softball Association is all set to kick off its second season.
Based out of Western Bay, the association takes in interested players from Kingston to Caplin Cove.
The association has attracted players from nearby Old Perlican and as far away as Labrador City and St. John’s.
The association held registration recently and saw positive results.
Some 53 players have signed up for the 2013 summer season from ages 5 to 17. That represents a 25 per cent jump from last year’s numbers.
Organizer Edward Fahey anticipates that number could end up being between 35 and 40 per cent by the time the season is finished.
“I have a couple of more kids who want to sign up,” he said.
Wrecking the opposition
Taking its cue from local history, the association took a local approach to naming its teams.
All along the shoreline, the jagged rocks jut out, posing a serious threat to any mariner who does not know the coastline.
Taking that theme, organizers settled on the name Wreckers.
“It came from the shipwrecks in the area,” said Fahey.
Adding to the fearsome name, the Wreckers’ colours will be the classic combo of orange and black with the name emblazoned on the front.
Entering into a sponsorship agree- ment with a group of local business owners, as well as owners outside the area, for promotion in exchange for jerseys. The names of the business will be prominently displayed on the back of these jerseys.
Building the game
The association has also taken steps to help build the game the correct way.
Nine of people in the community took the time to become certified coaches, while another two took the umpiring course.
This will allow the athletes to receive coaching on proper technique and skills going forward, which will only prove beneficial in the long run as the game continues to grow on the north shore of Conception Bay.
Improving the field
At the conclusion of last season, the group did not rest on its lau- rels. Fundraising started immediately and the money raised will go toward improving the condition of the field.
Right now, Fahey s a i d the group is working on improving the infield with the hopes of putting down sand in the near future.
“We’re still trying to upgrade,” he said.
There are also plans to further hydro seed the outfield, as well as push the third baseline out further so that it meets regulation size.
Fahey admits that it has been a lot of work organizing and getting the children out on the field.
However, he said there is just something about the sights and sounds of a ballfield come to life.
“There is nothing better than to see ( the players) out on the field,” said Fahey.