The University of The Bahamas (UB) is set to hold tryouts this weekend for its reactivated female softball program.
The showcase is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex under the supervision of Head Coach Shane Albury. Albury said they are looking for as much talent as possible.
“Basically we are building a team from the ground up and we need bodies, so we need players on all sides of the ball, especially pitchers. We have a few ladies from the school who are interested, but we only have about one, maybe two, who have pitching experience,” he said.
Albury said they are not just looking for a team for now but long-term as well. “We are rebuilding the program so we are also looking at high school players from 10th grade to 12th grade. They are invited to come out to the showcase so I can see their talent level and we can move on from there.”
The program will be able to offer some scholarship opportunities for eligible players.
“Hopefully, we can keep some of our players local so they can not only come to UB and get an education, but also play sports while home,” Albury said.
Albury said that pitchers and catchers are hard to find, but there are many positions on the team that are available.
“We need everybody on board, as we are basically starting a whole new program,” he said. “We are building a team and it starts with pitchers and catchers, and then we branch out from there. We need infielders and outfielders also. We’ll test your arm, test your speed and test your knowledge of the game.”
The program’s new head coach added that he is not only looking for skill but for players who can help develop a team.
“We’re looking for players who are going to put team first and not the ‘selfish me’ attitude,” he said. “If we have persons who have that in mind that’s what we are looking for. Sometimes, you may have a person who doesn’t have all the talent or all of the skills, but their attitude goes a long way and it can benefit the team.”
Registration will start at 9 on Saturday morning followed by a warm-up session. Albury said they will test base running, speed and throwing proficiency in both the infield and outfield.