Softball Association elections set for October 30
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
The BVI Amateur Softball Association will elect a new executive body during
its Annual General Meeting at the Sports Division conference room during a
5:30 p.m. meeting on October 30.
The elections comes exactly two months after the 2003 championship series
ended and president Walwyn "GM" Brewley announced he would not seek
reelection to the post he has held since 1981.
Brewley says he's hoping for a better turnout and that a good president is
elected. As he leaves the sport, Brewley says the sport needs an infusion
of new players. He suggests the reintroduction of the sort at the Primary
and High Schools levels.
"If we can get that done, we'll have good talent feeding into the system
once more," he said, noting that the sport also got away from the 'village
concept' of playing softball. "When we had that, you had a greater rivalry
in softball," Brewley noted.
"All the guys in the Blue Wings were from Baughers Bay. With the Roots all
the players were from East End and East End actually had two teams. The
Byrds were from Sea Cows Bay. These guys grew up together and played
together. They were basically family," Brewley noted of the earlier teams.
"That is was really held some teams together and playing better than if you
had fellows scattered from all over the island. You never got that kind of
gel when we got away from the village concept."
Brewley would like to see games begin on time but says the biggest
challenge facing the sport is national pride. "Players see going to a
tournament as going on a tour," Brewley says. "It's not about doing the
best I can for my country."
Brewley said more double headers should be scheduled as well. "We need to
play more games during the daytime. I know most of the ballplayers will say
they don't want double headers, but the league needs to play more games.
You play 12 to 15 games and the season is over. We played a lot more than
that," Brewley said. "In those days, the ballplayers had more stamina and
they were fitter and we played double headers also."
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