Tayli Yellowbird works on her fastball pitching skills Thursday

Tayli Yellowbird works on her fastball pitching skills Thursday

Ponoka Minor Ball preparing for the season

Fans of baseball and fastball can expect a fun season as Ponoka Minor Ball readies its players in earnest.

Fans of baseball and fastball can expect a fun season as Ponoka Minor Ball readies its players in earnest.

In preparation of the season, coaches have hosted several clinics to loosen players’ muscles, said Ponoka Minor Ball president Tina Nielsen.

Numbers are looking up this year and Nielsen said the association is also planning a tournament for the long weekend in May.

For the girls’ teams, there is the Learn to Play program plus U10, U12 and U14 teams. Baseball is also similar with a grassroots training program called Rally Cap, mosquito, rookie, peewee and bantam teams, the same number as last year.

“We have excellent facilities,” said Nielsen of the six ball diamonds in town.

She credits the volunteers and parents for keeping the athletes involved in baseball and fastball. Anyone wishing to get signed up still has time with registration going until the end of April.

She says all the coaches are certified and for the next three weeks, Thursday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 20 and 27 are the next days for the clinics.

Anyone wishing to get involved can check out: www.ponokaminorball.com.