The Zimbabwe Softball Association (Zisa) has released their annual calendar of events which they say is deliberately designed to develop the sport from the grassroots level.
The calendar will kick off with a two-day Level One coaching, umpiring and scoring workshop at Roosevelt Girls’ High on Saturday. Zisa have also lined the same workshops in all the provinces across the country.
Promotional outreach programmes to promote awareness of the sport will also be conducted in all the provinces.
There will be numerous tournaments to be held in between the workshops and the promotional outreach programmes.
Among the tournaments on the calendar are the inter-provincial Easter Championships in April and the Under-16 boys’ and girls’ invitational tournament set for June.
The Under-19 Nash championships and Under-14 boys’ and girls’ invitational tourney will follow later in the year.
Zisa president Stonard Mapfumo said: “Grassroots development is our main focus as per the strategic goals to expand the game and spread our wings around the country.
“The calendar is deliberately designed to ensure that softball growth starts at grassroots so that our talent is identified and nurtured from an early age.”
Mapfumo said they were yet to get confirmation on international events, but he expected the country to compete in the World Cup Championships for senior women, the Under-16 and 19 Zone Six tournament.
Also in the pipeline is the Zone Six Four Nations Championships which will feature Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia.
“The Four Nations Championships will be played in a rotational format and South Africa will host the tournament first. We are still waiting for the Zone Six Council to give us the dates,” said Mapfumo.