Alberni Valley Minor Softball Association president Cal Davies has put last season’s bad weather days behind him as the association prepares for the 2012 season.
This Saturday, March 31 is the final day for registration. Parents can register their kids in softball at the Echo Minor Fieldhouse (off Wood Avenue by Wood School) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Last year, rain hampered numerous games, including the squirt boys’ provincial championships. In an effort to gain some good-weather playing time, the association has extended its season to the July 14–15 weekend, Davies said.
“We’re very optimistic that we’re going to rebound and good things are going to happen,” he said. “We’re excited about this new year.”
Registration is down from last year, which is one reason for the late registration day, he said.
This year the league has 32 teams from T-ball right up to midget. Davies was hoping for 40 teams, but he’s liking the way things are shaping up.
“For the first time we’re going to have two midget girls (19 and under) teams,” he said. “That’s a positive stroke.”
The league usually sees more girls registering than boys, but the boys are bucking the trend this season—especially in the younger age categories, he said.
The association is busy redeveloping the ball diamonds at Echo Minor. They will start with Diamond No. 1 and rotate from there, giving each diamond a facelift.
While the season starts April 16, a number of tournaments are already lined up.
Uniforms and most equipment is provided. Families can apply for KidsSport assistance too.
For more information on registration, please call Ida at 250-724-1824 or go online to www.albernisoftball.com.