Gear shortage holds back batted balls promotion-A A +A
Friday, August 1, 2014
DESPITE efforts of reviving batted ball interest in this side of the country, local coaches find it hard to promote the once popular sport in the region due to the deficiency of sport materials.
Baguio City National High School coach Alexander Dalog said the lack of equipment to sustain and support regular training is the biggest limitation to the region’s baseball and softball fanatics.
"We have good coaches, we have potential athletes, what we lack most today is the proper equipment which will be the foundation of good performances and appropriate training for both," Dalog said.
According to Dalog, the efforts to promote baseball and softball as a sport have been deteriorating through the years due to the problem.
“Actually there are still a lot of young athletes here in our city who still focus themselves in playing baseball or softball but somehow they tend to lose their interest just because we are using old or damaged gears,” Dalog quipped.
According to Dalog, local coaches cannot frequently support the needs of their athletes since tools in the sport are expensive.
“Even if we, the coaches, wanted to supply the whole team with standard equipment, we cannot do that with a simple flick of a finger,” said Dalog.
He mentioned the hay days of batted balls in the Cordillera particularly in the Summer Capital may still come progress if support from local people will be arranged.
“This is actually not about money. This is about the love and appreciation for batted ball games, the support and encouragement to sustain its development just like other sports,” Dalog said.
Despite the number of other growing sports activity in the city, Dalog believes grassroots programs introducing baseball and softball should still be included.
“Even with a lot of other sport raising popularity these days, batted balls should still be made known to the new generation,” Dalog stressed.
In September last year, coaches from the Department of Education-Cordillera Administrative Region spearheaded the “Catch Ball” activity involving locals, groups, and organizations which aims to promote batted ball as a sport and a jumpstart to revive the Little League program of Baguio City.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 02, 2014.