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North Peace Little League will be starting their season in early May but before then the league is in need of coaching volunteers. League president Forrest Liddicoat said ideally he’d like to have 46 volunteers for a minimum of two per team but right now he only has ten.

The league assists with coaching clinics and also provides handbooks for volunteers so that anyone who wants to contribute can, regardless of playing or coaching experience.

“We provide clinics where I’ll give them all the information they need to volunteer,” he said. “A lot of people I think are not comfortable with baseball but we do a coaching clinic where we run through the curriculum for the year. They can follow a book and do it that way. For two months of the year we’re not pumping out major league ball players here. It’s about kids having fun a couple months and learning new skills.”

One thing Liddicoat is hoping to take advantage of this year is an automatic spot in provincials. Should he get enough players to field an 11/12 year old roster he plans on taking the team to Vancouver to see how they stack up against the best clubs from the province.

“This year we have an 11 and 12 year old team that I’m trying to set up for a provincial tournament in Vancouver,” he said. “If I can get 15 kids of that age group we’ll be playing through July in town here and then on the 17th of July we’d go to Vancouver for a week ad play in the tournament there.”

New this season will be blast ball and summer drop in for baseball. Blast ball is a form of baseball that’s played with just once base and a foam bat and ball for children 3-4 years old. Summer drop in for baseball will take place after the spring league season ends on June 27.

The summer drop ins will be twice a week in July and August. If enough players show up on a given day those in attendance will play a full game, and if there is a lower turn out then drills will be the focus of the drop in instead.

Members with North Peace Little League will be attending to Fort St. John Trade Show where they hope to get more people lined up for volunteering for the upcoming season.

Those already interested in helping out can send an email to fsjnpll@gmail.com. A criminal record check will be required before being allowed to coach.

 

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