Crush softball prepares for 2021 season

The Board of Directors of Yorkton Crush Girls Softball has announced plans for spring play, conditional of course, on restrictions in the area.

"It seems Softball Saskatchewan feels we should at least be able to carry out practices," said Crush spokesperson Jenn Stackhouse.

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Stackhouse noted sports such as hockey and volleyball have had rules allowing a limited number of players on the 'field-of-play' to practice, and they are at least expecting something similar to be possible for softball in the spring.

At this time the Crush are expecting to be able to offer "skill development practices that will run twice a week, as well as opportunity for inter-league play, if restrictions allow," detailed a Facebook post on registration for the year.

Stackhouse said even if they end up mixing ages and creating local teams for play "that would be better than nothing" although they do hope a league might be possible by the time the girls hit the diamonds.

Ultimately, it comes down to a desire to see the girls playing and being active again.

"For the most part we miss being on the field," she said.

Age groupings of the girls will stay the same as in the past.

Cost to register for our season is going to be set at a flat rate of $75 per girl, regardless of age. This $75 has been set to cover our operating costs at the ball diamond, and insurance coverage for your child.

The Facebook post also noted, should restrictions allow, and we are able to play teams outside of our club, we will need to charge a jersey deposit when we hand out jerseys.

Proper Covid Protocols that are current at the time of the season will apply.

While there is a fee, Stackhouse said they are not taking those fees with registrations received now, noting they will wait for the fees until they are sure they can offer programming.

The Crush need a minimum of 50 registrations in order to proceed. Stackhouse noted in 2019, pre-COVID they had 74 girls registered.

Registration forms are avaialble on the Crush Facebook Page. The team website will not be operational this season, in order to reduce some expenses, said Stackhouse.

The organization may also be contacted via email at yorktoncrushsoftball@hotmail.com

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