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A numbers game: Corner Brook setting the pace for female baseball

<p>Mary Jane Jacobs of Corner Brook is seen taking her turn on offence during a game in the Under-12 female division at the Mary Tavenor Memorial Baseball Tournament earlier this summer at Jubilee Field. Female baseball growth continues to grow in Corner Brook and there’s no sign of it slowing down.</p>
<p>Mary Jane Jacobs of Corner Brook is seen taking her turn on offence during a game in the Under-12 female division at the Mary Tavenor Memorial Baseball Tournament earlier this summer at Jubilee Field. Female baseball growth continues to grow in Corner Brook and there’s no sign of it slowing down.</p>

Kelly Taylor-Hulan was pretty nervous about promoting baseball to young girls because she figured it would be a tough sell.

She didn’t know if it would work. She was worried nobody would be interested, so she had a few butterflies of her own to deal with at that time.

It appears she was worried over nothing.

Taylor-Hulan is the registrar for the local baseball association and also co-coordinator for the female baseball program with Darrin O’Quinn. Her time and energy is focused primarily on the promotion side of the sport.

Two years ago, there were only a handful of female baseball players registered with the Corner Brook Baseball Association’s minor program, but this summer Taylor-Hulan is a happy camper knowing the numbers climbed to 125 girls this summer. That’s a big boost from the 65 girls who registered for the first female baseball program in the city only one year ago.

The city’s minor baseball program had 470 players registered this summer, a big jump in the numbers when considering there were only 187 players in 2014.

This bucks a trend nationwide where baseball organizations have experienced a downward spiral in registration over the past few years.

“I just don’t know of anywhere else in this province who would have seen such growth so fast,” Taylor-Hulan said Monday.

It’s been a beehive of activity at Jubilee Field this summer with schedule makers having their hands full keeping up with the demands of coaches looking for field time for practices and exhibition games outside the normal minor baseball program.

Taylor-Hulan believes young girls are getting caught up in the hype after seeing Corner Brook win the provincial Under-12 female baseball crown last year and Western girls (with seven from the city) capturing gold at the 2016 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games.

She may have a hand in getting the girls to the diamond, but she insists getting them to stay has a lot to do with the quality of coaching provided by technical director Nick Holmes, O’Quinn and the coaching staff hired on for the summer.

She’s only expecting the numbers to climb and field time will be tough to get, but that’s fine with her.

“Any time kids are playing sports and being active and becoming a part of a team, it’s a good thing,” she said.

Twitter: @WS_SportsDesk

She didn’t know if it would work. She was worried nobody would be interested, so she had a few butterflies of her own to deal with at that time.

It appears she was worried over nothing.

Taylor-Hulan is the registrar for the local baseball association and also co-coordinator for the female baseball program with Darrin O’Quinn. Her time and energy is focused primarily on the promotion side of the sport.

Two years ago, there were only a handful of female baseball players registered with the Corner Brook Baseball Association’s minor program, but this summer Taylor-Hulan is a happy camper knowing the numbers climbed to 125 girls this summer. That’s a big boost from the 65 girls who registered for the first female baseball program in the city only one year ago.

The city’s minor baseball program had 470 players registered this summer, a big jump in the numbers when considering there were only 187 players in 2014.

This bucks a trend nationwide where baseball organizations have experienced a downward spiral in registration over the past few years.

“I just don’t know of anywhere else in this province who would have seen such growth so fast,” Taylor-Hulan said Monday.

It’s been a beehive of activity at Jubilee Field this summer with schedule makers having their hands full keeping up with the demands of coaches looking for field time for practices and exhibition games outside the normal minor baseball program.

Taylor-Hulan believes young girls are getting caught up in the hype after seeing Corner Brook win the provincial Under-12 female baseball crown last year and Western girls (with seven from the city) capturing gold at the 2016 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games.

She may have a hand in getting the girls to the diamond, but she insists getting them to stay has a lot to do with the quality of coaching provided by technical director Nick Holmes, O’Quinn and the coaching staff hired on for the summer.

She’s only expecting the numbers to climb and field time will be tough to get, but that’s fine with her.

“Any time kids are playing sports and being active and becoming a part of a team, it’s a good thing,” she said.

Twitter: @WS_SportsDesk

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