Ball leagues need more diamond space
Baseball’s increasing popularity in this country is seeing a rise in softball and little league players and league organizers in Drumheller feel more playable diamonds are needed.
The town says its seen an increase of interest in the sports and recognizes the need for
We haven’t considered additional softball diamonds in the last ten years because we felt we haven’t needed it, but recently we’ve seen an increase in demand.” Paul Salvatore Director of Community Services
“We haven’t considered additional softball diamonds in the last ten years because we felt we haven’t needed it, but recently we’ve seen an increase in demand,” said Director of Community Services Paul Salvatore, adding that the town did however expand Newcastle to accommodate hardball in 2013.
With 23 teams in the league, rec slow-pitch organizer Amy Demille said additional diamonds could certainly be utilized.
“We’re struggling to find enough time,” said Demille, who said games are often called before the last inning because it gets too dark to play.
Drumheller Minor Baseball is feeling it, too.
“It would be good to look at the possibility of where a couple more diamonds could go,” said league president Lyle Cawiezel.
“There are some that are not maintained. They wouldn’t have to be full sized and could be smaller diamonds used by the younger players.”
Salvatore said there are a number of unused and unmaintained diamonds in the valley and in surrounding settlements which could be used in lieu of creating new diamonds. These include diamonds in Nacmine, at DVSS, and Lion’s Park on Highway 837.
“A potential partnership with schools or these parks is a win-win,” said Salvatore.
New diamonds could be developed in conjunction with the baseball and softball leagues, similar to the town’s partnership with the Drumheller Soccer Association, he said.
Salvatore said if area leagues are feeling in need for expanded diamonds to contact the town offices for consultation.
Area baseball and softball league organizers are struggling to schedule diamond times as they are seeing a rise in the sports’ popularity.