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Belize prepares for regional Under 19 softball competition

Belize will be represented at the under nineteen junior softball championship which comes up July 3 to August 3 in El Salvador. Nelbert Flowers is the coach of the team.

Nelbert Flowers, Coach

Well the ladies that are out here are from all over the country. We have about six from Cayo, ten from Belize Rural, two from Orange Walk, one from San Pedro and about four from the city. I’ve been coaching softball at all different levels and the federation recommended me to coach the junior females. They sent me on a training in Canada early this year to give back to the country and coach the female selection. In regard to the workout session we have two sessions, morning and afternoon sessions right now we have an afternoon session headed by a delegation from the US which we have about 3 coaches and several players that are assisting us in different techniques to help strengthen the team we have here. Besides that we have our local people that are working really hard. We have myself and coaching staff as well as input from the national sports council.”

This week the girls were joined by an American Delegation that consists of three different coaches and several players to help in assisting with different techniques and skills. The group is headed by Robbie Spear.

Robbie Spear, Coach

We’ve been coming several years now with men’s basketball and one year we brought a high school girls basketball so one night we came out here to kill some time and heard they had softball and some of our girls played and we thought that someday we could bring softball back and so we’ve been working on that and finally the opportunity came to put a training team together to help. It was our first day here and they are young, athletic, they want to learn and so we’ve had a good time so far. They’re just working with everything trying to get as much in and help them with different situations. It’s hard to do a lot in four days but we are trying to do as much as we can.”

As we head the National under 19 team is being coached by Nelbert Flowers.  He is assisted by Assistant Coach, Floyd Flowers along with Ruth Lamb and Barbara Cadle.

The games are scheduled from July 31 to August 3.