BROOKINGS – Fastpitch has become a popular sport in the Brookings community, so much so the Brookings Fastpitch Softball Association has outgrown its indoor-training facility near the Brookings Regional Airport.
After three years of increased membership, the BFSA said goodbye to the “BFSA Shed” this year and secured a new, private, indoor practice facility for its players to utilize year-round.
The new facility, located at 301 34th Ave., is 80 feet by 80 feet and contains a full artificial turf in-field.
With the infield, as well as numerous drop-down batting cages and pitching machines, the facility is an ideal location for year-round pitching, fielding and hitting clinics. According to Kevin Sackreiter, BFSA president, the facility is “truly a game-changer for fastpitch in Brookings.”
“Coming off such a tremendous year, the BFSA board is already looking ahead to the 2020 season and continued growth of the organization,” he added. “We are excited about many of the changes that are on the horizon for Brookings Fastpitch and hope that we will be able to continue to provide the girls with skill development, on-field success and a season of fun.”
During the summer of 2019, BFSA oversaw 22 teams in the organization, hosted more than 117 fastpitch games in Brookings, participated in more than 30 out-of-town Blast games, numerous Outlaw pick-up games and countless tournaments throughout the area.
Sackreiter says it is important to note that 2019-2020 BFSA registration fees will not be raised due to the new facility. The facility will be available for use by all BFSA players, Blast and Outlaw.
Blast annual facility fees will remain optional at $200 per family, while Outlaw annual facility fees will increase to $300 per family. However, BFSA families and players will not be required to purchase a shed membership for participation in BFSA sponsored events.
The facility membership fee, along with BFSA reserve funds, membership fees, a portion of the sale of raffle tickets by Outlaw and Blast players and sponsorships will be used to cover the initial and annual cost of the new facility.
“We are excited by the potential this new facility will have for the development and overall experience of our BFSA girls,” Sackreiter says. “It is our goal to provide our players, and their families, with the best experience possible as the organization grows at an incredible pace.”
Registration for the summer 2020 fastpitch season is open and runs through March 31. To register a player and/or to coach or volunteer with the organization, visit www.brookingsfastpitch.com.