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Mixed slowpitch league looks to expand in 2011

The Fort Macleod Mixed Slowpitch League hopes to be bigger and better when its second season starts June 1.
The league intends to build on the success of its first season, which saw eight teams compete for the title on the diamonds at Fort Macleod Volunteer Park.
“Everything ran really smoothly,” organizer Landon Schneider said. “Everyone was really co-operative.”
Registration is under way until Monday, May 23, with the first games tentatively set for Wednesday, June 1.
Schneider and co-organizer Darcy Brauer are optimistic more teams will take to the diamond in 2011.
“We would like to get up to 12 teams this year,” said Schneider, who has confirmed six of last year’s eight teams will return.
During the 2010 season, which marked the return of a mixed slowpitch league after an absence of seven years, there was interest expressed indicating more teams will suit up this season.
“We turned back three teams last year because we just weren’t ready,” Schneider said.
Teams will pay $400 apiece to play in 2011.
The registration fee covers use of the diamonds, participation in the post-season tournament, the purchase of new balls and bases, and other league expenses.
The fee also recognizes a $100 per team fee hike implemented by the Town of Fort Macleod this season.
Each team must field at least three women at all times.
The season will run through June, July and August. There is the possibility a preseason tournament will be organized.
Anyone interested in registering a team should call Landon Schneider at 403-795-9304 or Darcy Brauer at 403-308-0544 by May 23.

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