Softball starting up soon

The approach of spring brings with it registration for local baseball, softball and fastball leagues.

As mentioned in this space last week, the approach of spring brings with it registration for local baseball, softball and fastball leagues. We gave details regarding Nanaimo Minor Baseball last week, so we’ll turn now to minor fastball and softball…

We’ll start with the Nanaimo and District Minor Fastball Association, which is currently taking registrations from boys and girls ages 5 to 19 for league and clinic activities.

Brian Cornborough is the new president of NDMFA this year, with Jim Nichol the vice-president. Kelly Poystila is the secretary and Caprice Olsthoorn the treasurer. Also on the board are Tom Smith, Shannon Kenney, Laurel Ludlow, Dave Poystila, Jeremy Nickolet and Bruce Stevenson.

Very busy these days is minor fastball’s registrar Wendy Knoch. Online registration details are available at www.nanaimofastball.org. In-person registration sessions are also underway, with the next to be held this Saturday (March 14) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the fieldhouse at Beban Park’s Gyro Youth Sports Fields. Others will happen March 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at University Village Quality Foods and on March 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the RBC entrance to Woodgrove Mall. Fees for this year have been set at $85-$125 depending on age level.

Meanwhile, registration is also happening for the Nanaimo Breakers organization. Also known as the Minor Fastpitch Softball Association, the Breakers are headed up this year by Kevin Robillard. Ranj Fletcher is the secretary, Sandi Bassett the treasurer and Jason Belyea the past-president. Others on the board are Blair Franklin, Darlene Dorman, Mark Murray, Chris Berg, Dave Byrne, Barney Sharp, Keith Rodway and Chris Bassett.

Registrar for the Breakers this season is Suzanne Currie and several in-person registration sessions have already been held. Another one is on tap for March 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the Oliver Woods Community Centre. Boys and girls ages 5-18 are invited to sign up for house teams. As well, the Breakers plan to field competitive teams in the U12, U14 and U18 age groups. For more information, visit www.nanaimobreakers.com.

The local ball season is fast approaching, so it’s time to get signed up.

Whatever your sport, a reminder in closing to play your hardest, play fair, and show good sportsmanship.