Softball Victoria is pleased to announce its Junior Development program will be running again this year.
The program is designed for athletes under 13 years of age and will consist of six weeks of structured training aimed at developing the key skills young softballers need. At the end of the training period, athletes who are interested in competing at the Labour Day Tournament in Adelaide during the September school holidays will have the opportunity to be selected to represent Victoria.
Athlete & Coach performance manager Simon Blundell is excited about the program and is looking forward to seeing the future of Victorian softball on show.
“Softball Victoria is looking to provide a unified development opportunity for our junior athletes where they will be taught the fundamental skills and tactics of softball.”
“Development programs such as these provide development opportunities not only for our athletes but also for our coaches. Softball Victoria is looking to build a sustainable development model that will create a consistent development model for our community that can be replicated within Associations and clubs so that our coaches and athletes are delivering and learning the necessary skills in a consistent manner.”
The development program is looking to build on last year’s success where three of the four teams Softball Victoria Development Program teams that travelled to Adelaide made the Grand Final. In the Under 13 Girls competition, the Sapphires won the premiership, while the Diamonds finished in runner up.
The Softball Victoria Boys Development teams, Lightning and Thunder, finished first and third respectively after the preliminary rounds, with the Lightning coming runners-up.
The key dates for the program are as follows:
Sat May 19th 2:30 to 5pm – Venue: Casey Softball Association, Sweeney Reserve, Melzak Way, Berwick.
Sat May 26th 2:30 to 5pm – Venue: Sunshine Softball Association, More Park, Esmond St, Ardeer.
Sat June 16th 2:30 to 5pm – Venue: Glen Eira Moorabbin Softball Association, Bailey Reserve, East Boundary Rd, East Bentleigh.
Sat June 23rd 2:30 to 5pm – Venue: Casey Softball Association, Sweeney Reserve, Melzak Way, Berwick.
Sat July 21st 2:30 to 5pm – Venue: Maribyrnong Sports Academy
Sat Aug 11th 2:30 to 5pm – Venue: Dandenong Softball Association, Police Paddocks, Brady Road, Dandenong North
Sat Aug 18th 2:30 to 5pm – Venue: Maribyrnong Sports Academy
Sat Aug 25th 2:30 to 5pm – Venue: Keilor Park Softball Association, 81 Stadium Drive, Keilor Park.
Sat Sep 1st 2:30 to 5pm – Venue: Waverley Softball Association, Cnr Waverley Rd & Jells Rd, Wheelers Hill
Sat Sep 8th 2:30 to 5pm – Venue: Glen Eira Moorabbin Softball Association, Bailey Reserve, East Boundary Rd, East Bentleigh.
Sat Sep 15th 2:30 to 5pm – Venue: Sunbury Softball Association, Goonawarra Recreation Reserve, 155 Lancefield Rd, Sunbury.
Sat Sep 22nd 2:30 to 5pm – Venue: Northern Districts Softball Association, Mill Park Reserve, Morang Drive, Mill Park.
Labour Day Tournament – Adelaide
Tournament: Friday Sep 28th to Monday 1st Oct
Travel: Thurs Sep 27th to Tuesday 2nd Oct
The program is run by accredited softball coaches from within the Softball Victoria community and is open to existing member of the softball community, participants of Sporting Schools program, members of school softball teams, and children interested in learning softball. Any accredited coaches who are interested in being involved can also contact Belinda Ainslie or Tony Black via the information provided below.
Make sure you keep a regular eye on the website and the event for future updates.
To register for the program click here to go directly to the registration form or follow this link https://vicforms.softball.org.au/2018-softball-victoria-junior-development-program/
Registrations for the program will close Friday 4 May.
Any questions can be directed to Simon Blundell at Softball Victoria – firstname.lastname@example.org, or to the program coordinators:
Boys Program – Belinda Ainslie, email@example.com, or
Girls Program – Tony Black, firstname.lastname@example.org