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.”
Last Modified on 26/10/2018 12:45