Kamloops Minor Fastball Association is hoping to be a hit with even more kids this year, as registration for their spring season nears a close.
Registration for the co-ed league – which is open to any children aged five to 19 – ends March 22 and the season begins April 9.
While the league's numbers have been improving over the last few years, organizers are hoping even more young ones will come out and try a new sport this year.
"I think in our society, kids aren't quite as active as they were before and so that's why our belief is to help encourage them to be active," says Yvonne Dmyterko, KMFA vice-president. "Whether it's with us or another sport, just having them come out and try it. They never know if it's going to be for them unless they give it a try."
The softball league, which has been operating in Kamloops since the '70s, saw a steady decline in participation that Dmyterko said coincided with baseball being removed from the Summer Olympics after 2008. But over the last three years, numbers have been increasing once again.
"It doesn't matter their skill level," says Dmyterko. "We don't care, we just want to teach them and really push for keeping kids active for life."
With multiple teams for their older age groups, KMFA is specifically looking to attract more players for ages 5-14. Age groups include: Timbits (U6, U8, U10), U12, U14, U16 and U19.
Teams will play or practice twice a week and compete with other teams from Barriere, Merritt, Clearwater and even as far as Kelowna.
More information can be found about KMFA's spring season and registration HERE.