The Cache Creek Softball Association is gearing up for its fourth season, and chair Marcie Down says they have sponsors, as well as the support of Tim Hortons (through Softball BC) for the Timbits program for children aged five through 10.
Now they are looking for players, and registrations are being accepted for the 2019 year. “In the past we’ve had enough people for two adult teams, but not in 2018,” says Down. “And for children aged five to 12 we’ve had mixed teams. If we get enough players [at least 12] for a U10 team, then teams from Kamloops and Merritt have said they’d come and play here.”
Down says that players can be from all over the region, adding that Clinton is working on putting together its own team. She notes that for players in this age group, there is a lot of focus on teaching skills, which is where the Timbits program comes in.
“It’s for children under the age of 10, and is a learn to play program,” she explains. “We thought ‘A lot of our kids are going to Kamloops [to play softball]; why not have them come here?’”
Ashlene Minnabarriet is the Timbits program organizer this year, and says they applied to Softball BC to be part of the program. “They supply the T-shirts, a bag of material — balls, bats, helmets — and training material. It’s a nine-week program, and we hope to start in mid- to late-April.”
Down says that in addition to players, the Association is looking for volunteer coaches. A coaching clinic can be brought to the area if a minimum of 10 people are interested.
The cost is under $70 per child, which Down says compares very favourably with the rates in Kamloops. “We have T-shirts from different sponsors around the community, and hope to use the diamonds in Cache Creek, as well as in the surrounding area.”
For more information about playing or volunteering, or about the Timbits program, call Down at (778) 207-6957, or Minnabarriet at (250) 457-1499.