By Nigel O’Brien*
WHILE football and cricket battle it out for supremacy as the number one participation sport in Tasmania, minority sports such as softball and baseball are offering up tremendous opportunities for young children to take a break from their computer games and get active.
Batter Up T-Ball League, a joint venture between the Southern Tasmanian Softball Association and Baseball Tasmania, is doing just that.
It may be a well-kept secret until now, but if you are looking for an exciting and fun sport for your child to try this summer, T-ball might well be the best sport you have never tried.
All of our T-ballers will learn how T-ball is played and how to throw, bat and catch using a mitt, all while improving their hand-eye coordination and having some fun in a team environment.
Your child does not have to be a supreme athlete to be a valued participant in this sport.
The new T-ball season will commence on Saturday 29 October and caters for girls and boys aged from four through to 13-years.
This season will include four age divisions – under-sevens, under-nines, under-11s and 13 and under.
These age groups are designed to gradually progress from having some fun and learning the basics in the youngest age group to hitting a live pitch in the oldest age group.
Our clubs are currently looking for additional players for the new age groups this season.
Enquiries are also welcome from any parent who is interested in becoming a coach – the League will assist with providing the appropriate accreditations.
With a low registration fee of $55, there is no harm in giving it a go. You and your kids will be pleasantly surprised.
For more information or to register interest, contact the Hobart Giants (catering to South Hobart, Mount Nelson and West Hobart) by emailing Jesse at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sully at email@example.com or the Banjo’s Orioles (all areas) by emailing Chris Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the upcoming ‘Come ‘n’ Try T-Ball’ dates, visit the Facebook page at Facebook.com/batteruptball.
*Nigel O’Brien is coordinator of the Batter Up T-Ball League.
Caption: Hobart Giants batter Tobias taking a swing at the ball.