The little league that could
Starting out as a young, fledgling baseball league last year, baseball for kids in Parrsboro found its feet this year and ran better than ever.
"It's been a real learning experience for us the last two years trying to find the best situation for a community that doesn't have a lot of kids," baseball co-ordinator Kim Harrison said. "But things went really well this year."
Before the league in Parrsboro started up, Harrison used to drive her son to little league in Amherst.
"That was a lot of travelling," Harrison said. "So we had a general meeting and found there was interest in having our own league, so we broke off into a little committee and started from there."
Last year they were part of Little League Canada.
"Amherst really helped us out last year and gave us a lot of information and tips," Harrison said.
This year Parrsboro decided to go with Baseball Nova Scotia.
"Little League and Baseball Nova Scotia have different age categories," Harrison said.
With Baseball Nova Scotia, the age categories are Rookies, aged 6 to 7, Mosquitoes, aged 8 to 9 and Peewees, aged 10 to 13.
The little league 'A' system goes from ages 9-12 with the younger kids playing T-ball. Parrsboro has a four-team rotation in the peewee category.
"We have a big 11- and 12-year-old group," Harrison said. "So if we went back to little league next year we'd probably have a lot less kids who could participate."
Both Oxford and Springhill have leagues in the Baseball Nova Scotia system.
"We hope to get together with Oxford and Springhill in the winter to get some ideas from them," Harrison added.
As a co-ordinator, Harrison said May and June is a really busy time.
"Things can get pretty hectic."
The umpire situation has sometimes proved difficult.
"What I've learned is that there's a lot of rules to baseball so you need umpires who really know the game because their decisions can really make or break a game," Harrison said. "We've been very fortunate this year in that we've had three or four umpires who have really been able to help us."
She also points to all the committee members as being a big help.