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Sport Minister Hails JASA

Sport Minister Hails JASA
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Ms. Alison McLean, greets team members from Dupont Primary School at the Jamaica Amateur Softball Association (JASA) launch of the 2016 Primary School League, at the Mico University College, on April 29. The Permanent Secretary represented the Minister, Hon. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange.

KINGSTON (JIS) -- Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, has hailed the Jamaica Amateur Softball Association (JASA) for its development of the sport in schools locally. “I am very pleased by the progress JASA has made within the last two years and acknowledge the work being done at the high school level,” said the Minister, in a message read by Permanent Secretary,  Ms. Allison McLean, at the opening of the 2016 JASA Primary School League, at the Mico University College,  on April 29. The Minister also  lauded the work of Canada Softball, the governing body of Canada responsible for organising and conducting coaching and umpiring courses in Jamaica.

Ms. Grange  described the body’s input as a “critical step forward” for the entrenchment of the game in Jamaica.

“If we are going to be serious about establishing the game in the psyche of Jamaicans, then we must constantly look at empowering our own people in the areas of coaching, umpiring, administration and data entry,” the Minister said.

She acknowledged that more softball coaching and umpiring courses should be offered on a biannual and quarterly basis in order to grow the sport in Jamaica.

“If we are serious about growing softball in Jamaica, we must insist on getting the sport into over 800 communities spread across all parishes,” the Minister said.

Meanwhile, President of the English Caribbean Amateur Softball Association, Burkett Dorsett, pledged the association’s support of the 2016 JASA Primary School League.

To the students, he urged discipline and diligence, which he noted are necessary for obtaining “scholarships down the road” for the furtherance of an education overseas.

More than 15 schools are taking part in the 2016 JASA Primary School League.