LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- A revival of girls youth softball is under way after a long drought as the Lewisboro Baseball Association is reintroducing the sport to local youngsters.
According to LBA spokesperson Leah Pizer, several years without organized girls softball has made it tough for local high school junior varsity teams to field enough players.
"(John Jay Katonah-Lewisboro High School) was unable to field a JV softball team last year, so we believe that there is a need to get girls involved in softball at an early age at the town level," Pizer said.
The fall program, which is being organized by New Rochelle varsity softball coach Tim Collins, a John Jay graduate, is open for girls in Grades One through Seven and will include clinics, infield/outfield instruction, batting techniques, scrimmages and more.
"The ultimate goal is to give an opportunity to the girls here and in surrounding communities like North Salem, Somers, to learn the skills they need to play softball and to help build the feeder programs for the high school," Collins said. "This will be a good start for young players and will help others who have played before."
Collins has coached baseball, softball and football at all levels. In addition to coaching the New Rochelle varsity softball team for the last five years, he is in charge of the junior varsity and two modified programs for the entire New Rochelle School District, runs various off-season workouts and clinics, and works closely with Youth Baseball of New Rochelle to prepare future athletes for their program.”
The season is seven weeks, starting Saturday, Sept. 13 and running through Saturday, Oct. 25. All games/instruction/clinics are held on Saturday at times that should not conflict with soccer.
"I have the time during the fall when I'm not coaching to offer my help and with my third-grade daughter playing also, it's a win-win," Collins said. "We will teach the kids to handle a bat, field and make themselves better players."
The registration fee for the fall program is $95.
The LBA will also hold an introductory free clinic on Sunday, Sept. 7, to introduce the fall program.
For more information or to register for the softball program, log on to the Lewisboro Baseball Association website.