“Back Softball” is the official name of the campaign launched by the International Federation to reinstate Softball into the Olympic Programme (for the Olympic and Paralympic Games) in 2016.
The Back Softball Campaign includes a ten point blueprint that lays out how the sport will continue to meet and exceed the IOC evaluation criteria for inclusion of a sport into the Olympic Programme.
The Back Softball blue print includes the following initiatives:
Increase number of nations playing softball (see following slide)
Increase number of youth accessing sport through softball
Increase number of worldwide participants playing softball (see following slide)
Place even greater emphasis on opportunities of women in sport
Provide even greater worldwide access to people with disabilities
Provide softball equipment/coaching to where it is most needed
Increase television time broadcasting tournaments
Current countries belonging to the ISF are in red
As members and board directors of GASP, your leadership within the softball community is ever present.
With your help and guidance, along with the Back Softball blueprint, we can do our part to bring softball to the Olympic programme in 2016.
To be the recognized leader in player, coach and team development.
To provide opportunities for all players to progress and gain life skills, self-esteem and to continue to contribute to the sport on a life long basis.
To produce a growing number of players who excel in the game.
To provide education and development within the program as well as in the communities and sports associations.
To conduct affairs with fairness, integrity and equal opportunity.
Both GASP as well as the ISF have coinciding visions. For continual training of players and coaches in order to develop life skills such as self-esteem and confidence as well as to provide playing opportunities to all players.
GASP BACK SOFTBALL COMMUNITY
Though the Back Softball campaign, and numerous GASP tournaments, together we can:
Organize a drop off point for old equipment
Bring awareness to the Back Softball campaign
Provide coaching opportunities
Broadcast tournaments to capture a larger audience, in turn bringing more girls to GASP, and more awareness to the campaign
Photo: taken from and edited http://www.dordt.edu/main/alumni/wallpaper/softball1280.jpg