Softball has held a special place in Bradford West Gwillimbury for many years and the tradition is set to continue and grow for 2019. On top of the Bradford Minor Baseball Association's eight house-league divisions, a number of rep teams will be looking to build their teams this month.
For the second year, the association is proud to offer a Bantam Girls Softball Select team, giving female players a league of their own.
Coach Andrew McMinn said he is hopeful the team will continue to grow this year and the 2018 team did “an admirable job and improved with every game they played.”
It is encouraging to see the older girls mentoring the younger ones and hopefully the division will grow bigger as more female players show interest, he added.
Coach Mike Haddon will be looking to build a Peewee Fastball team of players born between 2005 and 2006.
In the past, the team finished in third place in provincials in 2017 and took bronze in their home tournament this past year.
Haddon said his love of coaching really comes from the little things, such as when he sees skills learned during practice being executed in games, the smile on the kids' faces when they play, and the comradery they build as a team over the years.
Peewee Select Fastball tryouts will be held Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 at the Bradford and District Memorial Community Centre from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on diamond No. 1.
Bantam Girls Softball Select tryouts will be held Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at the community centre on diamond No. 1.
Tryout fees of $20 can be made at the diamond in cash only. Pre-register online at bradfordstorm.ca.
- Submitted by Shawna Miller, publicity director of the Bradford Minor Baseball Association