Karachi: A week-long softball coaching camp has started here Tuesday at Trinity Methodist Girls Higher Secondary School.
Sindh Softball Association (SSA) in collaboration with Softball Federation of Pakistan (SFP) is organizing this coaching camp, where more than fifty girls are participating.
Softball Coach Faraz Ijaz will be coaching the girls during the week-long camp. The camp is aimed to teach the basics, which are ball pitching, catching and hitting, of softball to the students.
This course is a part of second phase of SFP plan to organize coaching courses throughout the country. Last month SFP organized coaching courses in Lahore.
SFP has planned to organize such courses in Islamabad and then in Quetta and Peshawar also.
“In order to make softball a strong sport in the country, we have realized that we have to lift the infrastructure of the game from grass-root level. And for that we have decided to conduct coaching courses and tournaments at school and college level,” Asif Azeem, Secretary SFP said during the opening ceremony of the program.
“By organizing such events, we can promote the game and simultaneously students would find a platform to test their talent. I believe through such events, there will be players, who will discover their talent and continue to take the sport seriously. In that way, we will find talented players making it to the national team in near future,” he said.
He added that next month in Karachi, SFP will organize coaching and umpiring course for sports teachers of schools and colleges. “Qualified coaches and umpires will conduct those courses,” he said.
He further said that SFP has been working diligently to promote and strengthen the game of softball in the country.
“Karachi has been a nursery of softball players, and it has produced many softball players, who have represented the country in international tournaments. We will be organizing many different programs in order to popularize the game of softball among our youth and lift it from grass-root level in the city,” he signed off.