The Nanaimo Minor Softball Association is doing its darndest to get kids in the game this coming season.
The association has begun its registration campaign for 2018, and is offering an unbeatable deal for five- and six-year-olds: free registration. Nanaimo minor softball will waive the $85 fee for the first 50 kids to sign up for U6.
“We’re just trying to promote health and self-esteem, being part of a team, dedication and some personal experience of belonging to something,” said Brian Cornborough, association president.
This past off-season, the group changed its name – it used to be the Nanaimo and District Minor Fastball Association; now it’s the Nanaimo Minor Softball Association.
“We just felt better represented what we do…” Cornborough said. “I think we’ve had some positive feedback from parents that now understand exactly what we do.”
Cornborough said as he’s been distributing posters around town, he’s heard that there are fewer children participating in sports and extra-curricular activities.
“We’re not getting kids out these days to participate in sports. I’m promoting softball, but it could be any sport in Nanaimo,” he said.
Nanaimo Minor Softball Association offers programs for children and youths from U6 to U19. Registration ranges from $85-125, depending on the division. Boys can sign up too and there tend to be a number of boys every year in the U6 and U8 divisions. The season runs from early April to late June and games are played mostly at the Beban Park Gyro Youth Sports Fields, but also at other city parks such as Bowen West field.