As men and women’s softball teams on Abaco began their training for the 2014 season, Abaco Softball Association (ASA) Vice President Mark Douglas gave an update on what players and fans can expect in the upcoming months.
VP Douglas and President Haziel McDonald will be featured in a live interview on Radio Abaco on March 1, so fans are encouraged to listen in. After winning the Bahamas Softball Federation’s National Round-Robin Tournament on Nov. 3, Creter’s Bulldogs has boosted confidence and excitement for the sport.
The Bulldogs will be among the teams participating in Spanish Wells for their tournament, and five players from the Creter’s Bulldogs have been selected to try out for the Bahamas National Softball Team. They are: Lyle Sawyer; Grant Albury; Andrew Albury; Tyler Russell; and Nigel Bootle Jr. Douglas said they will be attending a fundraiser to assist the Bahamas National Softball Team with their travel expenses on March 28 in Nassau.
On April 4, a team and manager’s meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Murphy Town Ball Field. Douglas reiterated that the deadline for player’s fees and team and sponsor’s fees is April 25. And all fees must be paid in full by that date. The team/sponsor’s fee is $500, while the player’s fee is $50 per player.
The player’s fee will include insurance coverage.
The 2014 softball season opening date for Abaco is May 9, followed by the All Abaco Softball Tournament from June 20-21 where all Bahamas softball teams are invited to participate.
Later on in the year, Abaco will be hosting the Round Robin Tournament in October, and the event is expected to be a big boost economically for the community.