#BackOnBase Grants awarded

#BackOnBase Grants awarded

Softball Australia has officially awarded all successful #BackOnBase grant applications after an extensive and thorough selection process.

The campaign was launched in August and aimed to encourage Clubs to apply for a grant ranging from AU$200 – AU$1,000, with $60,000 to be used for innovative participation and retention initiatives and saw an overwhelming response from Clubs across Australia.

“The response to the inaugural #BackOnBase campaign has been enormous,” said David Pryles, Chief Executive Officer at Softball Australia.

“It was so encouraging to see the sheer volume of applications we received, but above all else, it shows us the softball community is willing to put the extra effort in to do what they can in growing the game.

“Not only was this campaign beneficial to Clubs, it also put us in the spotlight with the launch on national radio and over 260,000 impressions on social media over the course of two weeks.

“Seeing the softball community come together through sharing the initiative and joining our Zoom Q&A sessions was really encouraging for the sport.”

The committee to select successful applicants were able to award 98 Clubs either their full or a portion of their requested funds, over 70% of applications receiving a grant.

Standout applications included establishing a trainee program in the Northern Territory aimed to work in conjunction with Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council (NPY) to train six Anangu young adults in scoring, umpiring, competition administration.

The traineeship also involves the young adults to work in other remote communities to deliver a softball program. At the end of the proposed traineeship the young adults will administer, umpire and score at the Finke competition.

Comprehensive Softball Batter Up programs received a grant including Maitland City Softball Club’s application who propose to build their junior participation program around hospitality options to not only keep potential junior members on the diamond with SBU drills, but create a welcoming environment aimed at getting their parents involved in the sport.

Melbourne University Softball Club centred their application around three aspects of a LGBTQ+ friendly ‘Come and Try’ event at the University of Melbourne campus. The proudly inclusive Club already has a high proportion of members in the LGBTQ+ community and are passionate about providing a safe and inclusive space for all women to play competitive sport.

They outlined their spend on pre-event advertising through social media posts, local radio advertisements, and posters and signage around their university, as well as giveaways at the University Clubs Day.

Other Clubs outlined local media spends and awareness campaigns including reaching out to their local radio and television stations, developing flyers for letter-box drops in their region and developing collateral to be displayed digitally in shopping centres, bus stops and myriad of other locations.

“The spread of different types of applications we received was really quite broad, and when all these Clubs use their grants to activate, we’re definitely going to make some noise for softball in local communities,” added Pryles.

“I’d like to congratulate all of our successful applicants and to those who missed out, definitely watch this space as we look to create more initiatives to help grow your Clubs.

“I look forward to seeing these initiatives come to life.”

The full list of successful applicants include:

State Club Name
ACT Boomerangs Softball Club
ACT Evatt Eagles Softball Club
ACT South Tuggeranong Softball Association
ACT Fraser Falcons Softball Association
NSW Forest Allambie softball club Inc
NSW Blue Mountains Baseball and Softball Club
NSW Newcastle Wolves Softball Club
NSW Casino Softball Club
NSW Greenway Giants Baseball and Softball Club
NSW Maitland City Softball Club
NSW Davidson Forest
NSW Ingleburn RSL Softball Club
NSW Camels United Softball Club
NSW Cruisers Softball Club
NSW Runamux Softball
NSW Wahroonga Softball Club
NSW Wolvettes Softball Club
NSW Hornsby Wildcats Softball Club
NSW Illawong Softball Club Inc.
NSW North Rocks
NSW Rouse Hill Rams Softball
NSW Belmont Softball Club
NSW Quakers Hill Pirates Softball Club
NSW Eagles Softball Club
NSW Glenmore Phantoms Softball Club
NSW Endeavour Wave Softball Club
NSW Strikers Softball Club
NSW Saint Marys Saints Softball Club
NSW Harrington Park Scorpions Softball Club
NSW Wanderers Softball Club
NSW Peninsula Softball Club
NT Northern Territory Softball Association
NT NT Softball
QLD Toowoomba Devils Softball Club
QLD Taipans Sports Inc.
QLD Bears Softball Club Inc
QLD Panthers
QLD Lakers Softball Club
QLD Across The Waves Softball Club (Bundaberg)
QLD Outlaws Softball Club Inc.
QLD Western Suburbs Softball inc
QLD Bargara Bandits Softball Club inc
QLD Saints Softball Club
QLD Musketeers Softball Club
QLD Tigers Softball Club Inc.
QLD Redsox Softball Club
SA Tigers
SA NFA Pirates Softball Club Inc.
SA Solly Cats Softball Club
SA Bluejays Softball Club
SA Road Runners Softball Club Inc
SA Giants Softball Club Inc
SA Checkmates Softball Club
SA Port Adelaide Softball Club
SA Southern Districts Softball Club
SA Kangas Softball Club
SA Strathalbyn Panthers
SA Sturt Softball Club
SA Seacombe Softball Club
SA Walkerville Softball Club
SA West Torrens Softball Club
SA Glenelg Rebels Softball Club Inc
TAS Saints Softball Club
TAS Batter Up T-Ball
TAS Central Bears Softball Club
TAS Launceston Batter Up Club
TAS Storm Softball Club
TAS Launceston Eagles Softball Club
VIC Frankston Softball Association
VIC Cheetahs Softball Club
VIC Syndal Softball Club
VIC Melbourne University Softball Club
VIC West Coburg Softball Club Inc.
VIC Bear Softball Club
VIC Albury Comets Softball Club
VIC Lilydale Ejays Softball Club Inc
VIC Brandon Heights Softball Club (BHSC)
VIC Hawks Fastpitch Softball Club
VIC Hobsons Bay Pirates Softball Club
VIC Kilsyth Diamond Softball Club
VIC Berwick Braves Softball Club Inc.
VIC Northvale Softball Club
VIC Spartans Softball Club
VIC Pandas Softball Club
VIC Ocean Grove Softball Club
VIC Red Devils Softball Club
VIC Monash Magic Masters Softball Club
VIC Eastern Raiders Softball Club Inc
VIC Wingers Softball Club
VIC Pinewood Rebels Softball Club INC
VIC Glen Eira Moorabbin Softball Association
VIC Hard Knox Masters Softball Inc.
WA Leschenault Steelers Softball Club
WA Eagles
WA Suiside Fastpitch Club
WA Cloverdale Comets
WA Fremantle Rebels Softball Club
WA Bayswater Morley Monarchs