Coaches needed for upcoming season
Softball has made a comeback in Cambridge, but parents and teachers are needed for it to continue.
Wayne West got a successful team out of Cambridge High School last year, with four players making the Waikato Under 17 team.
Year 12 student Cody Makuch was one them, along with Tyrone West (year 10), and two pick-up players from Ngaruawahia High School, Samuel Haehae (year 10) and Brayden Walker-Logan (year 9).
But West wanted to open the sport up to all schools to get juniors involved.
He had visited most schools in the area and had good feedback.
‘‘But we’ll just need parents and teachers to be able to facilitate it, each team will need a coach,’’ he said, adding that volunteers wouldn’t need softball knowledge to take up the challenge.
They would be taught the basics and help would be available.
Tom Voyle Park Sports Club, of which West is part of, was originally a softball club, but to keep the club going it branched into netball and football, and now even had a car club.
‘‘If some of the schools can’t quite get enough players for one team, we can always join them together and make a team through the club,’’ he said.
West was the Canterbury U17s and had been involved with the sport since he was intermediate age.
He was now the coach of the Waikato U17s. Cambridge three years ago and spent a while looking for softball clubs but Hamilton was the closest. Last year their son asked if they could begin their own team to encourage the sport to reignite, and that was what started the college team.
‘‘It was great having the college grade team last year but it would be great to get younger people into the sport because we have no one coming through from a young age at the moment,’’ he said.
‘‘It would be awesome if we could eventually build a skill set for these kids and then make some premier games.’’