Baseball WA is excited to announce that Tom Price Tee-Ball Association will be the first Regional WA town to create a baseball competition using the new MP70 (machine pitch) format.
Tom Price Tee-Ball association has run a very popular and in-demand tee-ball competition for more than 20 years. Each season has seen a minimum of 100 registered players with the junior, intermediate and senior grades. Representing Tom Price in the North West Tee-Ball Championship has been a highlight for many players.
"As Tom Price is a small mining town, we can often be limited with what sports we can get our kids involved in," association President Gemma Tonkin said. "As with all sports, the kids teams are put together and run by volunteers, parents, older siblings etc, and their time can understandably be limited mainly due to the shift change nature of our town."
"In the case of our tee ballers, this unfortunately results in there being no option for our outgoing senior players (13 for boys and 14 for girls) to compete in a baseball competition. When Baseball WA provided us with the opportunity to create an MP70 competition, we jumped at the chance."
The new competition is scheduled to be played in term 4 with Baseball WA providing on-the-ground support leading up to the new season. Perth Heat player Jess Williams will be in Tom Price from September 9 through 14 conducting school and after-school clinics focusing on MP70 skills and coach development.
"This is a great opportunity and format for regional tee-ball to create a pathway for their players to continue on with diamond sports when in many cases, players stop participating after tee-ball as there is nothing more on offer for them," Baseball WA Participation Programs Manager David Hayes said. "We piloted MP70 at last year's North West Tee-Ball Championship in Paraburdoo and it created a lot of excitement and interest in the region."
Registrations are now being taken and the association can be contacted on its email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.