Enderby fastball seeks support

It’s not known if Enderby taxpayers will provide assistance to the local fastball league.

It’s not known if Enderby taxpayers will provide assistance to the local fastball league.

The Enderby and District Services Commission has not made a decision on a request from the Enderby Minor Fastball Association for a grant for field fees.

Director Tundra Baird says the commission requires additional information first.

“What are they charging for registration? We want a better idea of what they are doing? Is their money being put towards equipment?” she said.

EMFA says a grant for field fees would generate savings that can be used for marketing the sport to youth in the community.

“Our 2013 season had 67 youth from Enderby ages eight to 18 registered. This year, we hope to have two additional teams or 30 players,” stated a letter from the association’s executive committee.

“We are reaching out to youth in Armstrong, Salmon Arm, Sicamous and Enderby for the 2014 season.”

The EMFA has also asked the Enderby and District Services Commission for an additional diamond at the southeast corner of Riverside Park.

“That would be part of any long-term parks planning,” said Baird.

“The area is not large enough for a full diamond. There are also ball diamonds in Grindrod if space is required.”

According to the EMFA, it’s difficult to schedule flexible playing times at the existing four diamonds at Riverside Park.

“Building a fifth diamond and playing field would allow the teams to play more home games and have more practise time,” said president Tracey Castle, adding that the diamonds are also used by other groups.

“Building diamond five would open up another diamond for all leagues and ages to play on including Funtastic, which could invite more teams to their events as well local teams could host larger community tournament events.”