An online survey of the community confirmed the idea of a youth softball program would be very well received. On February 11 the Little League held a community meeting and plans to have another early next month. Registration is open now and girls are starting to sign up.
“I’m pretty fired up about the new program,” said Cooke. “Our whole focus will be on fundamentals, having fun, and learning along the way. Right now we want to get the word out to parents and kids. We’re asking a bunch of girls to come play softball, and we intend to bring the sport to the kids in the right way by crossing all our t’s and dotting our i’s.
“If you have never played before, come give it a try. All levels of skill are welcome. I plan to coach one team, and we need more coaches as well as adult volunteers. You don’t have to be an expert; we’ll help you out.”
Dolan said they hope to get 48 girls to sign up which will be more than enough for the first year. The emphasis is on getting the program off the ground and starting player development, camaraderie, and competition at an appropriate level.
“We want the girls to enjoy the experience and be excited to come back the next year,” said Dolan. “The whole thing is like going through a maze. We made it through, and it has been smooth sailing so far. The main thing is letting people in the community know we’re offering softball and lining up our coaches and volunteers.”