Sluggers starting softball very early

THERE are squeals of joy around the softball fields in Lismore on Friday nights as the 'Lil Sluggers' pre-schoolers use colour and fun to learn about the sport.

The kids run coloured bases and jump on squeaky bases, all the while testing their skills with the coloured bucket ball.

Shantarna Berry is one of a number of players in the new FNC Softball development squad. FNC has a number of junior programs running over summer.
Shantarna Berry is one of a number of players in the new FNC Softball development squad. FNC has a number of junior programs running over summer. The Northern Star

Our youngest players are proving a hit with the crowd as their enthusiasm towards the sport has overwhelmed coaches Lauren Forrester, Nathan Pickup and Merrilyn O'Bryan.

"The kids are keen and eager to learn and have a go at all the stations," Forrester said.

"They continue to amaze us and we have a lot of fun," Pickup added.

The program, developed by FNCSA, is being lauded by the state body and utilised in other associations.

'Lil Sluggers' has doubled in size from last year and is the prelude to the Batter-up program for seven to 10-year-olds.

FNCSA also announced their development squad for 2014-2015 at the weekend.

Players will be involved in a regular training session with experienced coaches to develop and improve their skill levels with the aim to participate at tournaments statewide.

In another first, a Raising Star program for talented nine to 11-year-olds will also start later this month.

The development squad members are Deosha Berry, Shantarna Berry, Talarra Berry, Mikayla Coe, Sam Dransfield, Molly Donald, Regan Friederich, Jacko Robinson, Olivier Thacker, Brooke Wilson, Jessie Wilson, Lachlan Zimmerman.



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