Grand Bahama’s Legacy Baseball/Softball Association has released the dates for its Fall Development Camp to be held at the YMCA. Eugene Thompson, President, advised that the camp will begin on October 20th at 1:00 pm and will be held each Saturday thereafter through December 15. The camp is open for baseball to boys 4-18, and for softball to girls 6-18.
Thompson is urging parents to register their youngsters for 2013 season in either baseball and/or softball and ensure that they participate in the development camp.
“We’re pleased to have Coach Eric Albury together with Larry Russell and others spearheading this year’s development exercise that is geared to enhancing the skills of returning players, and teaching first time players the basics and fundamentals of the game.
“Our softball programme for girls gets going on the same date and again it is geared to new and returning players and is being coordinated by Miss Nerissa Lockhart and her coaching corp. Legacy’s softball programme has been adjusted with emphasis being moved to the schools softball season to ensure greater participation and development opportunities for young girls,” said Thompson.
The President also announced the reaffirming of Legacy’s partnership with the YMCA, one that will provide additional opportunities for Legacy players and coaches. High on the list is the availability to parents of the YMCA’s after school tutoring programme that will allow Legacy members to complete school assignments and homework under supervision before their team practices or games begin.
Mrs. Karon Johnson, Executive Director of the YMCA took the opportunity to congratulate the newly elected governing board of Legacy, noting, “I am confident that their expertise and commitment will not be wavered. The uniqueness that stands out with Legacy is the willingness of both administrators and parents working together for the betterment of the league, this in my mind speaks volume.
“The Y.M.C.A. is proud to have partnered with Legacy in its efforts to develop the whole child. Our after school programme is supervised with qualified teachers that will work to the ability level of each child, allowing them to progress at their own pace. The Y.M.C.A endorses Legacy baseball & softball and invites parents to register their little darlings today”.
“We’re pleased to have this facility available for our players”, said Mr. Thompson, “it is something that will help them from a young age to learn time management and more importantly, how to prioritize their activities.
“Other YMCA activities will become available for our players and coaches which will allow them to improve their skills.”
Nerissa Lockhart, VP Softball announced that effective October 20, 2012 the Legacy Softball Programme will also operate from the YMCA for all youth divisions up to the 16-18 Junior Division, which will continue to utilize the field at the sports complex.
“This will assist parents with children playing both baseball and softball to drop-off and pickup their youngsters from the same area, also giving them a chance to utilize the YMCA’s programmes,” said Miss Lockhart.
Legacy also announced plans to participate in three Bahamas Baseball Federation mini-tournaments in 2013 in the Family Islands in advance of the BBF Nationals in the Coach-Pitch, 9-10, and 11-12 Divisions, and to continue the exchange programme with the girls softball division of the Junior Baseball League of Nassau.
Registration for Legacy’s 2013 baseball and softball seasons is currently underway and applications are available at the YMCA and from Legacy officers.
Legacy Baseball/Softball recently completed it Annual General Meeting during which the following new officers were elected: President, Eugene Thompson; Vice President, Terry Wildgoose; Secretary, Stacey Knowles; Treasurer, Yvonne Lockhart; Player Agent, Lillian Carey; Vice President – Baseball, Stephen Meadows; Vice President – Softball, Nerissa Lockhart; Asst. Treasurer – Baseball, Allison Meadows; Assistant Treasurer – Softball, Trudy Wilson; Asst. Secretary – Softball, Samantha Gibbs; Chairman Parents’ Committee, Sonia Knowles; Asst. Chairman Parents’ Committee – Softball, Michelle Laing; and Directors, Legal Consultant, Charisse Brown, Greg Christie – Media Relations & Special Projects; Cleo Rolle, and Stephen Burrows.