Pictou Advocate sports

Softball events resume after impasse resolved

Sports

STELLARTON — Local volunteers are breathing a sigh of relief upon learning a dispute between Softball Nova Scotia field umpires has been resolved.

Dan Richards, who is with the Stellarton and Area Girls Minor Softball Association and helped organize the provincial Under-16 girls’ championship scheduled for last weekend at the Dorrington Complex in Stellarton, shared a statement from Softball N.S. executive director Caroline Brooks confirming the agreement.

“As far as rescheduling there has been no dates decided yet,” he said.

Stellarton was also scheduled to host the Under- 12 girls provincials from August 9 to 11.

Brooks said in a statement that the umpires have agreed to service provincial championships, as well as the cancelled championships. She said Softball N.S. will work with each of the provincial hosts affected on rescheduling the cancelled provincial championships.

Ball teams, including the host Stellarton Stingers, were broadsided last Thursday by news that the dispute forced cancellation of last weekend’s scheduled games.

“I first became aware of the current issue Thursday afternoon,” Richards said. “I had no prior knowledge of the possibility of the weekend provincials being cancelled.”

Richards had already issued scheduled games and other details of the event the Stingers were to host on Thursday morning. He said he was mystified why the problem would have lingered so long before games were cancelled.

“If I had been aware of the seriousness of the issue before hand I would have reached out (like many would have) to both parties to settle their differences for the good of the kids and the sport, at least allow the provincials to go on and maybe involve a third party to help facilitate a settlement,” he said.”The game is thriving in our area with over 300 females registered in our association.”