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Snowshoe Softball back to benefit kids

SPRINGVILLE – Now in its 14th year, the Springville Boys and Girls Club annual Snowshoe Softball Tournament is set for Saturday, Jan. 27 with 8 teams signed up already.

While last year’s tournament was postponed due to a lack of snow, Boys and Girls Club Program Director Andy Bobseine is confident there will be enough snow this year. Temperatures are expected to rise this weekend, but will lower heading into the end of next week. Bobseine said the warmer temperatures are likely to melt some snow, but that will help the maneuverability of the players.

“There was so much snow … it would have been hard to snowshoe,” Bobseine said. “It might work out for us.”

SS_Cobham copyBobseine noted the change in venue, with this year’s event taking place at Sprague Brook Park. The park, he said, allows for four softball diamonds, up from three the previous years. The tournament will also take place next to the sledding hill, giving families another option for entertainment.

“Moving the tournament to Sprague Brook gives us the opportunity for kids to come and sled, and it has the casino for players to warm up between games,” Bobseine said. “We’ll take advantage of the sledding and concession stand.”

Hosting the tournament with the increase in fields will help keep the tournament moving quickly and allow for a home run derby in the middle of the day. Bobseine said the Boys and Girls Club is excited to try the new venue and shake things up a little.

Moving into its 14th year, it's believed to be the longest-running tournament of its kind in the northeast. Bobseine, who has been with the Boys and Girls Club for 5 years, but said many of the board members have been with the tournament since its inception.

“We talked about its merit … and the board members said we had to do it again,” Bobseine said. “I think that’s pretty cool.”

While the tournament is a fun way to spend a winter day, the funds generated by the event are used to help give students and club members school supplies.

“We want to provide our kids with the highest quality programs,” Bobseine said. “But this helps us give them the highest quality supplies.”

In addition to the kids who attend the Maple Avenue facility, the Boys and Girls Club works with Springville and Colden elementary schools. Working with the three locations makes it important for the Club to assist its members with good quality school supplies.

The Snowshoe Softball Tournament will include co-ed, slow pitch and double elimination style games. There are a few spots left for teams, those interested can contact Bobseine at SpringvilleBGC@hotmail.com or by calling 829-9785. The 2018 Snowshoe Softball Tournament will take place Saturday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. at Sprague Brook Park, registration will be at 8 a.m. Softball diamonds will be behind the casino and tennis courts.

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