Manly Warringah Softball Association is again hosting their famous and incredibly popular “Come & Try Softball Day” at Abbott Road, Curl Curl.
Indeed so popular has it been that the 2022 day will run over two days.
The first one is on Sunday 28 August for Juniors and Women from 2.30pm – 4.30pm.
Then on Monday 5 September the Juniors run from 4.30pm – 6.00pm.
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Also on Monday 5 September, to celebrate Women’s Health Week, MWSA will host skills, game play and refreshments from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
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MWSA’s Come & Try Days are run by experienced softball coaches with assistance from junior representative players.
Officials are expecting a great turnout ahead of the ’22/23 season (starting in October) particularly after Softball’s appearance back in the Olympics after 13 years and the Aussie Spirit ranking fourth the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama in early July.
Already close to 50 have signed up with well over 100 expected – so what are you waiting for???
MWSA’s first Come & Try Day on Sunday 28 August is expected to be an event made more special with the appearance of MWSA’s representative players who competed at Tokyo and/or more recently for the national women’s softball team, The Aussie Spirit.
The skills taught and autographs given last year by Olympians Michelle Cox, Tarni Stepto and Jade Wall were nothing short of a once in a life time opportunity for the young teeballers and softballers alike. So needless to say, there is a huge amount to look forward to this year!
MWSA official Janine Rolfe urged girls and boys and women to “come along and learn about our fantastic sport – it is so inclusive!”
“Softball is a great team sport. Girls and boys from five years old are introduced to Teeball.
“All matches are played on a Saturday at the Abbott Road diamonds, North Curl Curl.
“New players are able to purchase gloves and helmets at a subsidised price, as we recognise the cost for families to transition to a new sport or add another sport into the mix.
“In addition, parents can apply for the Active Kids rebate.
“For children 3-5, a free program called Blastball is run by MWSA during the season – Blastball introduces girls and boys to the basics of teeball with throwing, catching, running and batting drills all conducted in a friendly and non-competitive environment. To express interest please email [email protected]
“And following on from our very successful Ladies’ Social Softball Series this winter, we are really looking forward to welcoming new women in our senior competition as well as returning players”, Rolfe explains.
“Also, our next mixed Slow Pitch competition will commence 2 September – Slow Pitch is a recreational softball program for anybody wanting to have fun, increase their physical activity and is looking for the social aspects of a team sport. It is a mixed competition for those >18 which caters for all skill levels. A softcore ball is used ad most importantly … no experience is necessary!” says Rolfe.
There are five clubs in the MSWA: Davidson, Warringah, Pittwater, Peninsula and Forest Allambie.
MWSA’s competition this season will run from 8 October through to March, with a break for the summer school holidays.
School teams are welcome and can play in their school’s sports uniform. Clubs can organise coaches for school teams.
“There is a local softball team and grade to suit all ages,” Rolfe promises.
“Magnificent” Margie Gruca, pitched before an A-grade game to celebrate a particular milestone – her 80th birthday!
At the other end of the age bracket MWSA couldn’t be prouder of its youngest … its U/10 Teeballers won the NSW State Championships in June – undefeated and showing what a team effort is all about.
So word on the street is don’t miss out – come along and see what it all about at MWSA. As Leanne Scott, long-time MWSA and State player who recently returned to wear the Blue Bloods uniform for New South Wales O/35s stated: “Softball is everyone’s game because everyone can have a go. No matter who you are, anybody can turn up and have some fun with your friends.”
So there you are folks – turn up and have some fun!!!
And to make it even more fun … bring some friends too…