Joel Fahie, 15,
submits his registration form to Sophia Brewley Massiah, while
Kimberly Johnson 17, and BVI Little League Baseball Association
president Terry Chinnery looks on.
Officials call on
parents to volunteer for 2004 baseball season
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
Registration for the 2004 BVI Little
League Baseball season began Saturday, with association officials
calling on parents to get involved with the association as
volunteers. The second registration period runs from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Saturday at the Old Recreation Grounds.
Officials registered 126 players
Saturday. They expect the majority of the estimated 400 players to
submit forms this weekend as several communities have already
completed the process.
"We need more people to come out
and be coaches, managers of teams and to come on the field and
be umpires," association official Simon Filmer said. "With
the young age group, you really don't need any experience, just
being willing to come out and spend some time with the kids."
Besides parents, Filmer notes that
there are many current and former softball players and others that
have some time they can donate to helping the development of the
sort. "We want them to come out and make a commitment even if
you don't know anything about the game, make a commitment to help a
coach manage a team" pleaded Filmer, noting they can make phone
calls and tell the players when and where games are going to be.
"Those are things we are looking forward to and looking for
more parents to volunteer and help us run the association, because
it's really about helping the kids."
Besides and urgent need for
volunteers, Filmer said the association is looking to build on last
year's success. "We introduced girls' softball last year and we
are looking to increase the numbers," Filmer pointed out.
"They had a lot of fun and we are encouraging girls who are
interested to get involved."
Like other sports, Filmer said
baseball too is plagued by player attrition as they get older. His
association is trying to hold on to the players they have. He said
they are looking for more players especially in the 13-15 age group.
"We didn't have a 13-15 league last year and that was only
because none of them came to register on time," Filmer pointed
out. "Eventually the president said, they had plenty of
opportunities to register and they didn't come, so we went with out
them. But now, we are looking for more players in all the age
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