Sechelt Minor Softball

girls and boys ages 5-19

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April 29th, 2006
April 29th, 2006

There are 2 weeks of games behind us

There are two weeks of games behind us, and the teams are beginning to gel. We always run into some interesting weather in April, and this year has been no exception. A few games were cancelled last week due to heavy rain and soggy fields, and two of the Bantam teams had a make up game in the sunshine on Saturday.

There have been some challenges this year, with T-ball players moved into Mini Mite and some of the older Mites moved into Squirts to create enough teams. This has resulted in their being a three-year age difference between some of the players, and as such is less than ideal. There have been some problems but for the most part the kids seem to managing well.

There have also been some challenges with late registration, as the board decided to limit team size to maximize children´s playing time during games, and to enforce the registration deadline to enable the timely distribution of players onto teams, recruitment of coaches and umpires, creation of schedules, distribution of equipment, and the like. Accordingly, people who signed up after the registration deadline were placed on a waiting list, pending a space becoming available on one of the existing teams.  Spaces only become available when a registered team player withdraws, vacating their spot, and thereby making room for someone on the waiting list to take their place. This has resulted in some disappointment among late registrants. Non-the-less, the board has decided to stand firm on their decision, and has offered to sponsor any parent who whishes to coach or organize a team to enter in a Lower Mainland tournament.  

We are excited to have former Olympic coach Mike Renney and his world-class SFU women´s team coming to Sechelt in early May. Mike will offer a coaching clinic, and there will be a weekend clinic for players with an exhibition/demonstration game by the SFU team.  There will be specialized training in various aspects of the game. This is an extraordinary opportunity for coaches and kids on the Sunshine Coast, and we have substantially reduced the cost for participants through the generous support of sponsors. You do not have to be a member of our league to participate, but you do have to sign up, and participation is on a first come first serve basis.

Our website has been updated again, and now under the heading "divisions" shows both the game schedules and the standings in the Mite through Bantam divisions. Thanks to vice president Sid Quinn for all his hard work on the website.

We will have several board members resigning next year, as their children will have, or have already, moved on to other things, or exceeded the age limit for this league. We will need others to step forward to take their place in order to keep this league running at its current standard. Thanks to Brock Mercer for stepping forward to manage practice time bookings and help with equipment.

If you have any comments or concerns feel free to contact me at timhayward@dccnet.com .

Tim Hayward,
President, Sechelt Minor Softball

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