After a very successful 2016 season that saw enrolment increase from 32 to 78 players, Merritt minor softball is once again on the ropes — not because of a lack of youngsters, but due to insufficient volunteers.

Minor softball president Sherry Rauch said that going into the 2017 season, her association is short on both executive members and coaches.

“We desperately need help. I want the positive momentum to continue,” Rauch said. “At the moment, the executive is barebones, and I only have one confirmed returning coach from last year.”

Rauch stated that the commitment required on the part of parents/adults is not a huge one.

“The minor softball season in Merritt runs from early April to the end of June. It’s just three months.”

Last season saw the MMSA operate five teams, with nearly all practices and games on weekday evenings.

“Our youngest players, ages five through 10, took part in the Learn To Play program,” said Rauch. “The focus is on teaching the fundamental skills and learning the basics of the game. Some of the older players in this group played some exhibition games with Princeton.”

Merritt also fielded teams in the 10 and 11 category and in the 12 to 14 division. Both these squads played in a league with teams from Kamloops and Barriere. Games were held in Merritt and in Kamloops.

Registration for Merritt minor softball has begun, and can be done via Facebook or at the City of Merritt’s recreation office.

More importantly, Rauch needs to hear from parents who are willing to guide and teach the youngsters in the great game of softball. She can be reached at 250-378-1550.