Learning from the best: Folkard steps up to help newcomers

Australian Adam Folkard passes on some tips to pitchers from India, Turkey and Hong Kong.

Learning from the best: Folkard steps up to help newcomers

India, Turkey and Hong Kong are not exactly powerhouses in men’s softball. But they want to improve – and that’s where Adam Folkard comes in.

Australia’s ace pitcher took time at the XV Men’s Softball World Championship in Canada to tutor some of the emerging players on teams that have minimal international experience.

India and Turkey are making their world softball debuts, participating in their first men’s championship, while Hong Kong returns after a 13-year absence. Each are still developing their elite men’s softball program, but are eating up every opportunity to gain further knowledge.

New Zealand players have also been proactive in helping their opponents. After a lopsided opening game against Turkey, the Kiwi players gave an instructional clinic to each of the position players on the Turkish team.

The initiative has been called “amazing sportsmanship” on Twitter. The tweet has been shared many times and was highlighted by a significant hashtag: #onebigfamily.