Take me out to the ball game

Free fastball comes to Sooke so turn off the TVs and iPhones and come on out for a game.

Wasting the summer away in front of a screen? Bored? Looking for some fun in the sun?

Sooke Minor Fastball is coordinating free, drop-in fastball that is supervised, organized and most importantly, fun.

Potential players between the ages of 10 and 16, girls and boys, are invited out to the Art Morris ball Park on the corner of Throup and Charters (across from the Sk8 Park) on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Minimal registration will be required for insurance coverage.

No experience necessary.

“We’re trying to focus on bringing new players into the game,” said Sooke Minor Fastball spokesperson Rod Nyberg. “Experienced players are welcome too.”

Emphasis will be on playing ball. Sideline benefits include fresh air, getting together with old fiends, meeting new ones, and hitting the ball out of the park. And failing that, players will at least get in a run or two, maybe catch a fly ball, and share a couple of giggles or belly-aching laughs.

“We’ll be focussed on on letting kids come to the park and play ball,” said Nyberg. Drills will be saved for those who want to sign up for the regular season, which typically runs from April through July.

And, yes, they need right fielders too. According to singers Peter, Paul and Mary, “Here in right field, it’s important you know. / You gotta know how to catch, you gotta know how to throw, / That’s why I’m here in right field, just watching the dandelions grow!”

So shut down those iPads, iPods and smart phones, turn off the cable, open the door to let the sunshine in, and wander on out to the Art Morris Park on Wednesday evenings or Sunday afternoons. There’s a diamond with your name on it, just waiting for you to show up and play a little ball.

Indeed, diamonds can be a kid’s best friend.

For more information, call Rod Nyberg at 250-642-4786.