Batter up for Coast softball

Coast Premier Men’s short stop, Quaid Chief, drives a ball to the fence against Te Atatu in a match at Rosedale Park in January.

The Hibiscus Coast Softball Club is gearing up for an exciting season and is inviting players of all ages and genders to join the fun.

President Leon Smith says last season was an historic one for the club. The premier men’s team competed in the Open Men’s Club Championships, showcasing their talent on a national scale and one of its players, Oscar Andersen, was named Top Batter at the event. The Coast’s top women’s team won the North Harbour competition, marking a milestone in the club’s history, and several junior grades achieved top-three finishes in their respective divisions.

Smith says the club is accessible, inclusive and affordable for all.

It welcomes boys, girls, men, and women, ranging from Under 5s to senior competitive and social players. 

Aspiring coaches, managers, scorers, and umpires can also get involved.

“Regardless of age or skill level, there’s a place for everyone in this inclusive and vibrant club,” Smith says.

Juniors play a 19-week season, with an average cost of just $3.20 per game, and children under the age of five play for free.

Teams can train locally once or twice a week, with games taking place at Rosedale Park, Albany, every Saturday. 

To accommodate growing demand, Coast Softball now offers dedicated training venues in Stanmore Bay and Millwater. 

Hibiscus Coast Softball Club supplies all players with a uniform. Young players need a pair of trainers with good grip and a softball glove. The club’s shop offers a wide selection of club apparel.

The season runs from September to March, with a break over the Christmas period. 

Registrations are now open, and fees remain the same as last season – Smith describes Coast Softball as “the most affordable sport option in the area”.

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