Annual Thunderbirds softball camp set to soar again

Oceanside to host BC Summer Games try outs for 2018

Softball season is not over yet.

There’s still a lot of softball happening here in Parksville in the next couple of weeks.

The annual Oceanside Summer Softball Camp is taking place Aug. 28-31 at the Parksville Community Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Members and alumni of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds softball team will be running the camp, where they will be teaching young players how they can improve their skills, get them ready for tryouts, and inspire them to keep playing the game.

The camp attracts players from across the mid-Island and includes those from Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Ladysmith.

Summer games try outs

On Sept. 5, Oceanside Minor Softball is hosting one of the six B.C. Summer Games tryouts for 2018. It will take place at the Parksville Community Park. It is open to all players born between 2002-2005 and registered with Softball BC.

The other tryouts will be held:

Aug. 26 at noon in Victoria at View Royal, Aug. 27 at noon in Ladysmith at Aggie Field, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. in Duncan at Evans Field, Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Victoria at View Royal, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in Parksville at the Community Park lacrosse box and Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Duncan at Evans Fields.

There will be a fee of $30 to try out for the team and two of six tryouts must be attended by anyone wishing to make the team.

The fee covers all tryouts and is not per-tryout.

To register for a tryout or for information, contact head coach Stan McKinlay at

Rage rep teams

Those wanting to play with 2018 Oceanside Softball rep teams, the tryouts are going to be taking place in the coming weeks.

For U16B team, tryouts are on Friday, Aug. 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Parksville Community Park; Sunday, Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m. at Nanaimo’s McGirr Sport Complex; and Tuesday, Aug. 29, 6-8 p.m. at Parksville Community Park.

For those trying out for the U19 rep team, the tryout is on Tuesday, Sept. 12 and Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. both days.

Softball program

For girls born in 2004 through 2007, the Central Vancouver Island Rage will be running a fall softball development program on Friday nights at Arbutus Meadows.

Players that hope to play at a competitive level with CVI Rage in 2018 are encouraged to participate.

Practices will begin in mid-October and will run through mid-December.

Tryouts for U12B and U14B Central Vancouver Island Rage teams will take place in January 2018.