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Scholastic doors open for Freedom Farm softball players

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Oct 16, 2013

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A number of scholarship opportunities are now available for young, female softball players in the Freedom Farm Baseball League (FFBL).

President of the Central Florida Sting Fastpitch Softball Organization, Dave Occhialini, was very impressed with the level of talent displayed over three days of training, when more than 40 enthused young softball players, between the ages of 11-19, participated in sessions that were held at the Freedom Farm park. The training sessions were the first of many planned events, as league executives try to improve the level of play as well as attract more female players to the league.

“The talent pool here is really big and with more work, I believe that many of the young players who participated can excel in the game,” said Occhialini. “We got to work with the young ladies all day Saturday as well as Sunday. We want to teach them the fundamentals of the game, as it is very important. There were fielding, hitting, pitching and catching drills.

“They are a very young organization and their girls are working very hard on getting better and better. We met them over at an event in Florida and started a relationship with them, volunteering to come over and help out a little. They are very good students, willing to learn and work hard. There are some very good athletes in the program. Who knows what will happen once they get some experience? There are plenty of scholarship opportunities and our goal is to help them get to the point where they are communicating with college coaches, and providing some opportunities for them to come out and play.”

The visit and training sessions came two days after the one-year anniversary of the female’s program in the league. A year ago, director and founder of the Freedom Farm Baseball League, Greg Burrows Sr., added the softball division for girls. According to Burrows Sr., the expansion and new directions will help produce better players.

He said: “It is the goal at Freedom Farm to help in the development, growth and productivity of all our players, wanting to mold them as good citizens of The Bahamas. This weekend we were able to host a 16-member contingent who came to assist us. They were inspired by our attempts to improve and provide more opportunities. Having them here is a big help and it shows the girls that there are avenues and more to the game.”

The FFBL season will swing into action soon, as teams make last minute preparation for what Burrows Sr. is expecting to be a thrilling season.

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