Coach tasks Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion on reg­u­lar age-grade com­pe­ti­tions

Daily Trust - - SPORT - Tammy Dan­a­gogo

A coach, Ja­cob David, yes­ter­day urged the Nigeria Base­ball and Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (NBSA) to reg­u­larly or­gan­ise age-grade com­pe­ti­tions to de­velop the sport at the grass­roots.

He said in a chat in La­gos that such com­pe­ti­tions would pro­vide av­enue for the dis­cov­ery of budding tal­ents at the grass­roots.

David, Head Coach of Rivers Base­ball and Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, said that the just con­cluded Gov. Ahmed Ab­dul­fa­tah Na­tional U-15 Base­ball cham­pi­onship in Ilorin, Kwara, was an eye opener.

“The only way base­ball and soft­ball can thrive in this coun­try is for the NBSA to come up with reg­u­lar com­pe­ti­tions to en­gage young play­ers at the grass­roots.

“If we can have more com­pe­ti­tions like the just con­cluded U-15 base­ball cham­pi­onship in Ilorin, our young play­ers will have more op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their skills.

“Most of the play­ers at the com­pe­ti­tion were so de­lighted and I’m sure they are look­ing for­ward to more of these com­pe­ti­tions,” David said.

He called on the NBSA to ini­ti­ate a fol­low-up pro­gramme that would help to hone the skills of the tal­ents dis­cov­ered at the cham­pi­onship.

David com­mended the state govern­ment for spon­sor­ing the com­pe­ti­tion and ap­pealed to other states to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of the sport by part­ner­ing with the NBSA.

Kwara Dou­ble T de­feated Team La­gos by three runs to two in a six in­nings game, to emerge win­ner at the cham­pi­onship spon­sored by the Kwara State Govern­ment. (NAN)

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