As the winter months have finally come to an end, the 47th season of Kitchener-Waterloo Minor Boys Softball is upon us, and I am very excited about this upcoming season. I am entering my first term as Vice-President after 11 seasons in the league. I have been reflecting on all the opportunities I have had to grow as a person, with coaching being one of the most important of those highlights. Being a role model to young people is a feeling I can’t describe. I have also been fortunate enough to be able to coach some fantastic ball players through the years.
Enough about me though, and more to the question that you’re probably thinking about right now, “Boys playing softball — why?” I find that softball is a very challenging game — more so than its baseball counterpart.
Softball games are shorter, which heightens drama. The mound is flat, so seeing a pitcher throw windmill puts an interesting twist on batting. I dare any of the professional baseball players to try softball and see how they do. I bet even the greatest would struggle!
May 28 and 29 are the dates of the Friendship Tournament for the Novice and Squirt divisions. The Novice division consists of players born in the years 2010 through 2012, while the Squirt division consists of players born 2004 through 2006.
The following week, on June 4 and 5, we’re holding the Friendship Tournament for the Mite, and Peewee divisions. The Mite division consists of players born 2007 through 2009, while the Peewee division consists of players born 2001 through 2003. The annual Friendship Tournaments, hosted by KWMBSA, are my absolute favourite parts of the season.
It is what the league preaches from the start of the season to the very end. I know I have made many friends throughout my years in the league, and this is usually where all that magic begins. Why not come out to Wilson Park in Kitchener, watch some fantastic ball, and learn what the KWMBSA is all about? Come visit me during the tournaments. I’ll be around, and I’m never hard to find!
Story submitted by Cody Houston, Vice-President KW Minor Boys Softball