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July 2, 2013

Get a Wiff of this: Golden Stick launches full youth program

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Levesque said an all-girls team from Danvers will compete; a few others will form co-ed teams.

If anybody wants to play but doesn’t have enough players to form a team, GSWL will help put one together. On each there will be a pitcher and three fielders with up to five in the batting lineup. The small numbers guarantee maximum participation.

Branching out

This is not the first experience for GSWL in running a youth program. Levesque said past experiences will be helpful in making sure everything runs smoothly.

“We’ve been working with the Danvers Park Department for many years, and each summer we offer a field trip for an all-day wiffle ball tournament at Great Oak School,” he said. “Last year we had three bus loads show up with 150 kids. We run it for free to thank Danvers for the use of the field. Now that we’ve spread out to other communities, we’ll probably do the same for them.”

Levesque has seen the sport grow and increase in popularity not only locally, but all over the country as well as internationally. In 2009 the champions from New York and Massachusetts were flown to Las Vegas for the national championship.

Now, he said, there are adult leagues in Georgia, Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Los Angeles. GSWL has also received the first licensing deal with Wiffe Ball, Inc., a second generation family-owned business and official maker of wiffle balls.

“We’re excited about our junior program,” said Levesque. “It was inspired largely because of our Youth Day in Danvers.

“The great thing about wiffle ball is we can fit 5-6 fields into the area of one baseball field. We roll into a soccer or baseball field or any open area, and turn it into multiple wiffle ball playing areas. For the big end of the season event at Patton Park, we’ll dress up the fields for the championship games and hopefully get a lot of people out to watch.”

 

 

 

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