|BG girls softball looking to grow|
|Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 02 August 2013 08:30|
The Bowling Green FastPitch Softball Association is looking to grow.
The association, formed in the early 1990s, hopes to increase its quality of play, number of teams, and community support.
"Our numbers have increased and now we are trying to elevate our quality of play," said Ryan Patton, president of the association.
Three years ago, the association had about 70 participants. Since then, that number has grown to over 100.
This past season, the organization had eight teams: three under age 8 teams; three under 10 teams; and two 12 and under teams. Roster spots, which are available for ages 6 to 16, used to be filled just by Bowling Green youth, but the association expanded to players from all around Wood County.
"It's all about teaching the fundamentals of softball, sportsmanship, teamwork and being part of the community," Patton said of the association's mission.
The teams compete in a weekly league and play against Maumee, Rossford, Perrysburg, Sylvania, Toledo and Otsego.
All three of the 10U teams qualified for the league tournament semifinals. The Halleck Auto Sales team won the tournament and concluded its season with a 10-1 record. The Bowling Green Eagles No. 2180 12U team took second place in the tournament.
With the momentum of a good showing at the end-of-season tournament, Patton said the organization is looking to expand playing opportunities for participants.
They want to enter weekend tournaments and be competitive.
"The association is also looking at offering spring and fall ball in the future. To do that we need sponsorship, community involvement and commitment from our parents," Patton said.
The association prides itself on keeping costs low for families.
"We try to have the costs stay with the association and not pass it off to the players," Patton said.
Sponsorship and parent involvement are keys to keeping costs low.
"We are trying to get our parents more involved in the business aspect of the organization so coaches can focus on coaching," Patton said.
Having additional coaching training is also a goal.
"We are trying to bring in some outside coaching clinics for our volunteer coaches and for our players," Patton said. "There are resources out there to bring speciality coaches in, but that costs money."
The organization is also seeking current and former softball players who want to help out.
"When they have a high school or college player coaching them it really inspires them," Patton said.
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