August 2023

Senior Softball - Spring Newsletter

Kia ora koutou

The Nelson Softball Association extends a warm welcome to all those involved with softball.

Please see below information to help you with your start of season set up.

Core Business:

This year sees the following members head up the Nelson Softball Association Board. Sub committee areas are still to be organised. If you are keen to help out we would really appreciate having you on board to support one of our key areas; grounds and facilities, competition and participation, officials, coaches and volunteers, high performance and events and media.

Nelson Softball Association Board:

President: Don Glenie

Secretary: Nicky Mason

Treasurer Shared role: Kathryn Dowdle

Treasurer Shared role: Tracey Green

Executive: Chris Vercoe

Malcolm Keene

Kate Williamson

Grounds and Facilities:

Working Bee: Please keep an eye out for up and coming working bees at the softball park. These will be posted on the Nelson Softball facebook page in the coming weeks. Putting the fences up is a big task and many hands make light work. 

Nelson Hockey/ Softball Pavilion:

Many of you will know Derryn French and the work that he has done for Nelson Softball over the years. Recently Derryn stood down as Chair of the Nelson Hockey/Softball Pavilion Society after many years of service. Nelson Softball wishes to thank and acknowledge Derryn for his contribution. Many thanks also to both Kelly Hahn and Janice Oliver who will represent softball on this Board again for the upcoming year.


Yes, we can confirm that Marama and Sio will be back this season running the canteen!!!!

Competition and Participation:

New Softball Club:

This season Nelson Softball Association extends a warm welcome to the new Marist Softball Club. Wairua who were formerly with the United Club are very keen to grow the interest of softball within their Marist Sports Club community and support the growth of the game, which is awesome.


  • Nelson Softball is completing all player registrations online through the website. 

  • Clubs are encouraged to get their members to complete all registrations by the 30th September.

  • Team entries are due to the Nelson Softball Association by the 23rd September.

  • Team rosters are due to Nelson Softball by 1st October.

Senior Softball Forum:

On Monday 4th September, 6:30pm via zoom, Nelson softball invites all Senior Coaches and Managers to a softball forum to review the Competition Hand Book for the 2023/2024 Softball Season. Please ensure that this information is shared back to your Teams and advise who will be attending so a zoom link can be shared. The previous season’s hand book can be downloaded from our website

Senior Competition:

The senior men and women will play in the NSA 2023/2024 Competition. The competition will be played in two halves, Spring and Summer. All games will be played at Saxton Softball Park apart from a few games that we are looking to schedule in Blenheim again pending entry from Marlborough team/s. Once team entries are confirmed a draw will be prepared and shared out to all Coaches and Managers.

Spring League Start Date: Saturday 7th October - Saturday 16th December 2023

Summer League Dates: Saturday 3rd February - Saturday 22nd March 2024

Cost: This is $1300.00 (Inc GST) per team for the 2023/2024 season 

Invoices: These will be sent to Clubs/ Teams upon team entry

Team Entries close: 23rd September, 5:00pm

Coaches, Officials & Volunteers:


This season it is hoped that we can coordinate some coach specific sessions - more information to come on this. Nelson Softball would also like to highlight the resources that are available on the Softball New Zealand website. This is the best place to get up to date information;

SNZ Umpires: 

The SNZ Umpires exam is now open. See link below. This is open until Sunday 4 September 2023.

SNZ Scorers:

Calling all scorers!!!! We would love to have more scorers out there on a Saturday. If you are interested in learning more about the game through the eyes of a scorer, we would love to hear from you. Follow the link below to find frequently used links;


As with any sport, volunteers are key and we need your support. If you have some free time on your hands and are able to help, please let us know!

High Performance:

You would have also seen a few weeks back that expressions of interest were called for Coaches and Managers for the 2023/2024 Representative Season. Your support is very much needed here and it is not too late to apply if interested. REP Information.

Events and Media:

This is an area that we are continuing to grow. It has been great to see the activity on both the website and facebook page. 

Nelson Softball Association Website

Nelson Softball Facebook Page

NSA Community Chat (Facebook Messenger): This was set up last year for softball Coaches, Managers, Team Captains, Club Committees, NSA Sub Committees and the NSA Board for getting information out to its members. It works so we will continue this again for the up and coming season. 

Signage and Sponsorship: 

We would really like to see more businesses take up this advertising opportunity. If you know of anyone interested, please contact us on the details as per the flyer on this page.

Other Events:

NSA Youth Softball League: This competition starts Saturday 28th October. Teams can enter into the following grades, U13's, U15's and U18’s. The competition goes for 5 weeks and then there is a summer league that starts in February 2024. Cost to play is $180.00 per team per half season. Inquiries to:

USC Mixed Social Slo-Pitch League: This 8A-Side softball league starts Wednesday 1st November. Gametime 6:00pm. Cost is $160.00 per team, 5 weeks Spring / 5 weeks Summer.

USC Monday Night Youth League: The T-ball and U11’s softball league starts Monday 30th October. Gametime 4:30pm. There is no cost for these grades. It’s FREE to play! Inquiries to:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Ngā Mihi

Duck, Nicky, Tracey, Kathryn, Chris, Malcolm and Kate