NOOSA SOFTBALL INTRODUCES NEW AGE GROUP FOR UNDER 10s

Noosa Softball will introduce a new Under 10 age group for boys and girls to help them build stronger skills as they move from beginner level through the age groups.

Children previously went from Little League, where they learn basic ball and batting skills, straight to match play in Under 13s.

The new Under 10 age group will give younger children more time to develop their skills on the field before joining the slightly older players.

The younger 9 and 10-year-old kids are sometimes a fair bit smaller than the 11 and 12-year-olds, and although Little League gives them great training to prepare for match play, this will even things up for everyone.

It will make the games more challenging for the older ones, while the young players can get on the field and have some fun putting their Little League skills into practice.

The new Under 10 age group will run from this Saturday 10 November at the same time as the Under 13s – every Saturday from 10.15am to 11.30am at the Noosa District Sports Complex, Butler St, Tewantin.

Players are still welcome to register for this season of softball, with age groups for boys and girls from 4 years in Little League to Under 10, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17.

Senior softball is also played on Saturday afternoons for men and women of all skills from 15 years old. Beginner to experienced players are welcome, with matches for men’s, women’s and mixed social.

For information, register online (at right) or email noosasoftball@gmail.com



COME & TRY SOFTBALL | JUNIORS & ADULTS | MALE & FEMALE

Come and try softball this Saturday 27 October - free for juniors of all ages from 4-16 years, boys and girls, new and experienced players welcome! If you've already signed up for the season, bring a friend along to try it out.

Also games for adults - mixed social and Men's B Grade (adults $10 per game).


We play at the Noosa District Sports Complex, 31 Butler St, Tewantin every Saturday (break over the Christmas holidays).

Games for Under 13s, Under 15s, Under 17s, adult men and women, a mixed social game, and ball and batting skills for 4-10-year-olds in Little League.

It's not too late to try softball or sign up - coaching and gear provided.

Game times are:
LITTLE LEAGUE (4-10 years): 8.15am – 9.30am
UNDER 15: 8.30am – 9.45am
UNDER 13: 10.15am – 11.45am
UNDER 17: 10.15am – 11.45am
MIXED SOCIAL FOR ADULTS: 1pm
MEN'S B GRADE: 3pm

You can also sign up for the entire spring-summer season - see registration info at right.



MEN, WOMEN, TEENS INVITED TO 'ROCK UP' TO SOFTBALL

Noosa has been chosen to trial a new softball program, Rock Up Softball, aimed at getting new adult players and former players back on the field.

Noosa Softball will work with Softball Australia to run the trial during the summer season for male and female players from 15 years of age. Three divisions for Mixed Social, Women’s and Men’s aim to suit players of all levels.

Rock Up Softball’s Noosa coordinator Warren King said the program invites people to play on a casual basis so they do not have to commit to a full season or an individual team.

“Our Mixed Social Game is a great opportunity to play a sport with family and friends,” Warren said. “It’s one of the rare sports where mum, dad and teenage kids can play on the same team.

“Players of all skill levels are welcome – our current players range from absolute beginners to state and national level players, and our oldest to date is 73 years.

“The experienced players embrace the social focus and adjust their game to accommodate less experienced players, and are always happy to give a few tips when asked.”

He said a major difference between the new Rock Up Softball and other mixed softball games is that the ball can be pitched at varying speeds in the new format, depending on the batter’s preference.

“Most mixed games are played with a slow pitch being lobbed to the batter.” Warren said. “In Rock Up Softball, if you want to be challenged, the pitcher will throw a traditional fast pitch to you, or if you just want something easy to hit, the pitcher will slow it down.

“Anyone who has played softball knows that the balls aren't exactly ‘soft’ so we use a softer ball and have some slight rule modifications to reduce the chance of injury.

“Our idea of a perfect game is everyone hitting the ball, with no strike-outs and no walks – it's all about being social.”

Teams are generally made up on the day, based on who is available.

“If enough players are interested in forming mixed teams, we will look into playing scheduled mixed team games,” Warren said. “When you are ready to test yourself out a bit, our Women's and Men's games offer traditional softball games which are more competitive but still very social.”

Games are all played on Saturday afternoons at the Noosa Softball grounds in Tewantin. The cost is $10 per game or $160 for the 19-week season which started on 13 October.

To join Rock Up Softball or for more information, go to www.noosasoftball.com.au and register your name, your preferred division and when you would like to play, or call/text 0481 350 799.

“The online registration system allows us to know who is going to ‘Rock Up’ on the day so we can organise teams,” Warren said. “We'll find a team for you and we'll even find a softball glove if needed.”



NOOSA SOFTBALL SEASON STARTS SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER

The Noosa Softball season will start on Saturday 20 October after rain delayed last week's play. Come along to the softball grounds at the Noosa District Sports Complex to sign on, play softball or just come and try it out.


There are teams for boys and girls in Under 13, IUnder 15, Under 17, adult men and women, as well as ball and batting skills for 4-10-year-olds in LIttle League.

It's not too late to try softball or sign up. New and experienced players welcome - coaching and gear provided. Click here to register online  or email noosasoftball@gmail.com

Game times are:
LITTLE LEAGUE (4-10 years): 8.15am – 9.30am
UNDER 15: 8.30am – 9.45am
UNDER U13: 10.15am – 11.45am
UNDER 17: 10.15am – 11.45am
SENIORS: (15 years and over): 1pm

Please arrive 20-30 mins before the start time.



SOFTBALL CANCELLED SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER 2018

Due to the wet weather, our first day of softball for the new 2018/2019 season (13 October) has been cancelled, unfortunately.

The first day of softball is now scheduled for Saturday 20 October.

Thank-you to everyone who’s registered to play softball this season – it’s not too late to register if you missed our sign-on days and would still like to play, or have a friend who would be interested.

Hopefully we’ll see you there on Saturday 20 October when there will be casual games and “come and try” for new players – bring a friend along!! Competition will start the week after that (27 October), to give players a chance to settle into their teams.

GAME TIMES:
• Please arrive 20-30 minutes before the times listed below.
• If you haven’t yet registered, you can register online or arrive a little earlier on 20 October and sign-on before playing:
• If you’ve registered online but haven’t yet paid or received your team shirt, please arrive a little earlier on 20 October and see one of your club officals.

LITTLE LEAGUE (4-10 years): 8.15am – 9.30am
UNDER 15: 8.30am – 9.45am
UNDER U13: 10.15am – 11.45am
UNDER 17: 10.15am – 11.45am
SENIORS: (15 years and over): 1pm

REGISTER ONLINE HERE.



3 NOOSA PLAYERS IN STATE SQUAD AFTER U19 MEN'S TITLES IN NOOSA

Dylan Todd, William Todd and Riley Murrihy will go into camp with the squad at the end of October where the Queensland team will be chosen to compete at national titles in Blacktown, NSW in January.

Noosa hosted the State titles from 5-7 October, with 8 Queensland teams competing. Logan City who were undefeated throughout the titles won the grand final, defeating Caboolture 4-2.

Noosa District Softball Association president Richard Wakeham said the young Noosa team played well.

“Several of our players were competing in the Under 19 age group for the first time and will be back better than ever next year,” Richard said. “It’s been a great experience for them.”

Highlights included five home runs from Riley Murrihy, two from Callum Thiess and one from Dylan Todd, while Charles Schefe did well as catcher.

“We’re really proud of the entire Noosa team,” Richard said.

Queensland’s best under 19 men’s softballers competed at the championships, including members of the Australian team who recently won the World Championship in Canada, along with players from the NZ team.

Noosa’s summer softball season starts on Saturday 13 October with competition for boys and girls in under 13, under 15 and under 17 age groups, along with a senior men’s competition and social softball for men and women. Little League for boys and girls from 4-10 years of age teaches basic ball and batting skills.

Sign-on at the Noosa District Softball Association grounds at 31 Butler Street, Tewantin (off Cooroy-Noosa Rd) this Wednesday 10 October from 3.30-5pm or search for ‘Noosa softball’ online.



NOOSA HOSTS U19 QLD MEN'S SOFTBALL STATE TITLES

See some of Queensland’s best softballers in action in Noosa at the Under 19 Men’s State Softball Championships from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October at the Noosa District Sports Complex in Tewantin.

Teams from Noosa, Caboolture, Ipswich/Gladstone, Logan, Redlands, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Redcliffe/Hervey Bay will compete at the titles.

Players will include some of the Australian team who recently won the World Championship in Canada, along with players from the NZ team.

Noosa’s team includes William Todd, Dylan Todd Charles Schefe, Lewis Schefe, Ethan Lewis and Callum Thiess who have previously represented Queensland for softball.

Noosa District Softball Association president Richard Wakeham said the Noosa grounds were looking in top shape for the championships.

“These guys will play some good hard games over the three days and there’ll be some great action for spectators,” Richard said.

“The grounds are looking great and we have brand new facilities opening this week including new change rooms and bathrooms, all-weather cover and improved access for people with disabilities.

“Anyone who wants to see some great softball action should come along and watch over the three days in Noosa.”

Softball action starts at 8am each day. The preliminary finals start on Sunday 7 October at 10.30 and the grand finals from 3pm.

Entry to the grounds at 31 Butler Street, Tewantin (off Cooroy-Noosa Rd) is free, and canteen and bar facilities will be available.

Noosa Softball thanked Noosa Council for providing funding towards the event.



SIGN ON FOR NOOSA SOFTBALL – ALL AGES, NEW AND EXPERIENCED PLAYERS WELCOME

New and experienced softball players from 4 years to adults are invited to sign on for the coming Noosa softball season.

The summer season starts on 13 October, with softball played at the Noosa fields every Saturday for beginner to advanced male and female players.

New and returning players of all playing abilities are welcome to join in.

Little League for boys and girls aged from 4 to 10 years is a fun and safe place for them to learn basic ball and batting skills, or improve the skills they already have.

There’s mixed boys and girls competition for Under 13s, 15s and 17s, and a men's competition. There are also mixed social games for men and women.

Noosa’s three softball clubs, Dodgers, Slammers and Redsox provide mid-week training for beginners to advanced players. Team shirts and paying equipment are provided.

New facilities open at the grounds this season, thanks to a State Government grant which will provide improved access for people with a disability.

NOOSA SOFTBALL SIGN-ON - COME AND TRY:

When:

  • Saturday 13 October. 

    Little League: 8.15am - 9.30am
    U15: 8.30am
    U13: 10.15am
    U17: 10.15am
    Seniors: 1pm

Where:
Noosa District Sports Complex, 31 Butler Street, Tewantin (behind Drysdales Funerals)

Season starts:
Saturday 13 October 2018

Contact:

Click here to register online
noosasoftball@gmail.com or see www.facebook.com/noosadsoftball




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