JACK Brabham Park was overtaken by softballers this week when the Orange District Softball Association hosted its ‘softball’s a hit in the holidays’ program.
Run annually for the last five years, the two-day carnival gives kids between the ages of seven and 12 the chance to learn the basics of the game prior to the summer season commencing.
And if they enjoy it, the player then registers with the ODSA.
ODSA secretary Pam Kelly said the clinics proved a hit with youngsters.
“We’ve got about 45 kids here ranging from a third of the kids having not played the game before right through to our under 13s rep players,” Kelly said, with the ODSA offering tee-ball right through to A grade competition in 2013-14.
“It’s an enjoyable couple of days.”
Beginning on Monday, the ODSA had 11 of its junior players assisting, as well as five dedicated adults coaching the interested players.
“It’s sort of a come and try before the season starts type thing,” Kelly added.
“We’ve got a number of players who are trying the sport for the first time and those players then transfer into registrations before the season.”
The 2013-14 ODSA season commences on Saturday, October 12.