Coaching is a great way to get involved. It gives you a deeper appreciation of the game, its skills and the rules. Many of our coaches became involved when their children were playing and kept coaching even though their children have moved on to older age groups.
There are online courses available for beginners to gain accreditation and our current coaches are able to provide advice that is of great use. If you would like further information on coaching please speak to one of our committee members. We also have coaching resources available in the Resources for Coaching section of our website.
Team Managers undertake the important role of ensuring that players are behaving themselves while sitting on the bench! This is especially important with under 13's (and some of the senior teams!).
They also ensure that players are keeping on the ball with respect to their position in the batting order and line up.
This is a great way for parents or other family members to take a hands on approach while not necessarily having to learn new skills.
Scoring is another way to actively participate in your child's team. While it may look complicated to a beginner it is quite simple to pick up. We have a number of qualified scorers that can introduce you to the standard way that softball is scored in Australia and there are a number of courses conducted throughout the year by CNSA and Softball NSW.
Throughout the year we conduct a number of fundraising activities in order to keep costs to players at a minimum. Fundraising events can include barbecues at Bunnings Warehouse, chocolate drives, and a variety of other events. We need help organising these fundraisers, including collecting for donations, cooking barbecues and manning cash boxes.
We also want to focus on raising funds through grants and sponsorship. If you have previous experience or special expertise in these areas, your help would be greatly appreciated!
We are also required to assist with maintaining the grounds at International Peace Park in order to get it up to scratch before the season starts.
During the season Cruisers will be required to help out in the CNSA Canteen. The duties involve helping with the sale of food and drinks, running the BBQ and any other assistance as required. We will circulate rosters once we have been advised of our duty days.
While it appears daunting at first umpiring is something that all players and parents should get involved in, as it helps with gaining an understanding of the rules of softball. As a parent it also gives you a better appreciation of what your children are doing on the diamond.
All clubs at CNSA are required to undertake base umpiring duties on a regular basis. While CNSA attempts to provide plate umpires for as many games as possible it may not be able to be done all the time.
CNSA conduct at least one training session each season that focuses on umpiring basics to assist players with understanding the rules. If parents are interested in getting involved in umpiring, coming along to one of these sessions is a great way to start.
Cruisers Softball Club is a very social club. We run a number of social activities throughout the year, for both junior and senior members.