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HS softball teams turning to co-op partnerships

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:35 am

High school softball teams turning to co-op partnerships
Class A South will have two combined teams this year for the first time as schools try to deal with declining participation.

... High school softball coaches around the state have bemoaned a drop in participation for several years. But it appears softball’s decline in numbers reached a critical phase at some of the area’s largest schools.

For the first time, Class A will feature two co-operative softball teams – squads made up of two or more schools that are more common in other sports, such as hockey. In Class A South, Falmouth and the Maine Girls’ Academy have combined, while Cheverus has added players from North Yarmouth Academy – which hasn’t had a varsity team for at least five years.

“Numbers are going down in softball everywhere,” said Tom Griffin, the long-time coach at perennial Class A contender Scarborough. “It’s a problem. So many kids are choosing other options.”

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