organizers say turnout surpassed expectancies
the sandarac baseball diamonds in northwest calgary were buzzing with pastime on sunday afternoon, as an inaugural women baseball camp hit a home run.
the calgary chapter of ladies with game, a bit-league canada-wide initiative, held its first one-day baseball camp for ladies aged 4 to sixteen.
hilda siemens, an organizer of the occasion, said they were not watching for this kind of big turnout.
“we in reality were hoping for about 50 girls and we’ve over 100 right here. however we just [desired to] preserve it as wide open and as available to each person [as viable].”
one of the aims of the day camp is to get girls concerned in baseball and encourage them to stay with it. regularly, siemens stated, ladies start to play softball or fast-pitch after a positive age.
“softball is incredible, but i simply do not agree that ladies need to be pushed [into it]. in the event that they wanna play baseball, let them play baseball, and permit’s make opportunities for them to play baseball.”
siemens added that the group become intentional about the coaches they selected to run the occasion, picking an all-female roster made up of predominantly crew alberta gamers.
eighteen-yr-old calgarian tyra stanich is one in every of them. similarly to being at the team alberta roster, stanich plays for the chestermere crushers. she’s the best female on the group.
“oh i boss [the men] round,” stanich said. “it’s quite amusing.”
stanich stated she thinks the camp is essential in offering help to female baseball gamers, specially younger ladies. she added that because of the dearth of lady baseball leagues inside the city and the province, girls who want to stay in the game regularly end up gambling on boys groups as she does now.
“when i was younger i knew i used to be better than half the men, however as you become old they begin to grow and deal with you otherwise and it just kinda sucks.”
she said she would love to look a female baseball league in calgary inside the destiny.
“if we had sufficient ladies [at the camp] we may want to without a doubt make a baseball league for women.”
for kyla hiebert’s seven-year-old daughter raya, the camp is a chance to have a few amusing and meet different girls interested by baseball like her.
“i just suppose it’s so wonderful to inspire young girls to hold in sport,” stated kyla.
“reading the records of what number of girls drop out of game as compared to boys i think it’s without a doubt remarkable to have more camaraderie with [different] girls playing game and lady function fashions.”