Could the Blue Jays be behind the rise of fastball in Yellowknife?

Family day at the ballpark
Family Day at the Tommy Forrest ballpark in 2015. Photo courtesy: Jennifer Lukas.
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Last year’s Toronto Blue Jays playoff run could be one reason why fastball registration is up significantly in Yellowknife.

That’s according to Jennifer Lukas, director of coaching with the Yellowknife Minor Fastball Association.

League registration is at capacity with 180 kids already signed up and a handful of others waiting to be placed on a team. That’s more than double last year’s registration total of 80.

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“Filling up so quickly was unexpected for sure but it’s also fantastic,” said Lukas. “It’s the best problem that we could have.”

Lukas couldn’t pinpoint exactly why registration spiked from one year to the next, but she did offer some guesses.

“I can’t say for sure but I certainly have some ideas. One of them is the great run that the Blue Jays had in the fall,” she said.

“More locally, the great work that the Green Diamond Project is doing over at the Tommy Forrest ballpark I think is really exciting as well.

“Driving by this time of year you can already see that the grass looks green. It just looks great so I think people are excited for that.”

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Lukas says general programming enhancements also don’t hurt. But as much as kids are excited to play this year, parents are eager to get more involved too.

Lukas told 100.1 The Moose 20 people attended a recent coaching orientation session which compares to a turnout of just three last year.

She’s encouraging parents to contact the league if they want to lend a hand in any way they can.

“No organization can ever have enough coaches,” said Lukas. “If anyone would like to get involved, please reach out because we’d love to have you.”

You can learn more about the Yellowknife Minor Fastball Association during Family Day at the Tommy Forrest ballpark June 16.

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