Oceanside Minor Softball hopes to play ball again in 2021. (PQB News file photo)

Oceanside Minor Softball hopes to play ball again in 2021. (PQB News file photo)

Oceanside minor softball set for another competitive season

Registration for the 2021 year is open now

Oceanside Minor Softball Association looks forward to another fantastic season of recreational and competitive fastpitch softball.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, coaches, athletes and parent volunteers in the Central Vancouver Island Rage VI Rage competitive stream were successful in conducting incident free games since July 2020 while following the guidelines of the Provincial Health Authorities under viaSport.

This 2021 season, OMSA will will see the return of C (house) softball, to give more opportunities for rep players and another season for the women’s league.

Softball BC has a comprehensive return to play and safety plan approved by viaSport. OMSA has approved field, player and league protocols in place to keep everyone safe.

The current PHO will see the season start with in person team development. Last season, OMSA progressed to team scrimmages and then to cohort games with amended rules for physical distance.

OMSA is cautiously optimistic for the same outcome this season.

READ MORE: Oceanside youth soccer opens 2021 spring registration

OMSA’s 2021 season is open to female athletes U8-U19. The OMSA women’s league is running Sundays again this spring.

The competitive coaches for 2021 season are Leslie Wallis (U10 Development), Chris Grootendorst (U12 rep), Leah Eirikson (U16 rep), and Ian Kellow (U19 rep). The OMSA is still looking for a coach for U14.

The OMSA is accepting coaching applications in U14 rep and U8-U19 house leagues. All coach training, certification and updating is paid for by OMSA. If you are passionate about softball and looking to give back to the community please reach out to the OMSA.

Registration for the 2021 season is open now through Sports Engine. The OMSA is currently building its website site but the registration page is working. On Facebook, the sign up button is a direct link to the new site and a great place for up-to-date league information.

Returning players can fill out a player profile on Sports Engine and then register. First time players need to buy a $5 lifetime membership number from softballbc.ca before registration.

— NEWS Staff

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