BGDSA set to commence 32nd season
The first pitch in the Bahamas Government Departmental Softball Association(BGDSA)this season will be thrown on Saturday, officially opening the 2011 season for the 17 confirmed teams.
League president Thora Sweeting is expecting a high level of play this year, stating that teams in the men and women’s divisions are all eager to dethrone the reigning champions. Last year, both titles were taken back to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force(RBDF)base in Coral Harbour. Winning the men’s division, for the 18th straight time, was the Defence Force Floaters. Their women’s squad, the Defence Force Waves, captured that division’s crown leaving the Finance Health Invaders to settle for the runners-up spot. The Floaters also won the Paradise League Division with the Police Chiefs taking the Tropical League Division. Winning the ladies pennant, for the first time, was the Bahamas Public Services Union(BPSU).
Like last year, only one women’s division will be challenged with the men battling for top spots in both the Paradise League and the Tropical League, which will consist of five men squads each.
Sweeting, who will head the league for the final year after a long stint, reminded players that hard work brings prosperity. She encouraged players to always compete at a high level. An invitation was also extended to fans to support the league, which is in its 32nd season.
“Today marks our 32nd anniversary, a historic milestone in the development of our league,” said Sweeting.”This anniversary is a time for reflection, individual and collective. It is time for analysis, a time to review the past accomplishments and shortcomings-a time to look to the future and conceptualize the BGDSA and where we want it to be.
“It is a time when we look to each member and truly celebrate each other-celebrate what it is to be a member of a unique organization which is the premier of slow pitch in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Therefore, let us celebrate uniqueness.”
The celebration is set to kick-off this weekend with a grand opening. Entertainment will be provided by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force band and the GHS High School marching band. Officially opening the season will be Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard. Minister of Education Desmond Bannister is also expected to be in attendance.
The opening, Sweeting said, will be one to remember.”I want the players in the league to be proud of their opening and see the amount of effort that was put into organizing the ceremony,”said Sweeting.
Two games will be played on Saturday. The teams taking to the field are yet to be confirmed. The first game will play immediately following the opening ceremony, set to start at 1:00 p.m.