Rec program president also softball coach


Howard At Play

April 29, 2001|By Lowell E. Sunderland

Name: Bob Halstead

Job description: In sixth year as president of Atholton Youth Recreation Association (AYRA) Softball. "I volunteered to be president when the first one stepped down, and I've been doing it ever since." Also coaches two teams and expects to coach an under-16 tournament team after high school play ends. Organization includes 12 fast-pitch teams, three that play travel or tournament schedules, the rest at the rec level. About 140 girls from 6 to 16 this season. "It's a good size, and we're pretty stable - been as high as 200, as low as 100." Club concentrates on girls in area that feeds Atholton, Hammond and River Hill high schools. Organization dates to 1991, operates separately from AYRA Baseball. Budget about $6,000.

Age: 45.

Residence: North Laurel. Been in Laurel area since 1970.

Personal information: Grew up in Seabrook, Prince George's County. DuVal High School. In flooring business, retail and installation. Has baseball-playing son, three softball-playing daughters. Switched from coaching baseball in Laurel when oldest daughter, then 11, wanted to play softball.

Best thing about youth-organization position: `I really enjoy doing this, and I particularly like to see the girls progress into high school. ... Every year, you learn stuff that's different. I'm also excited about the Alliance [a new countywide league for rec-level players this spring]. It's going to work out well for everybody, I'm sure."

Biggest challenge for group: "I'm not sure we have one, although getting umpires is hard, and you can't keep all the parents happy. But one thing I think I'm finally learning is to listen to my coaches and rely on them more. I was trying to do it all myself, which isn't good. And next spring, we're going to try to do something for the older girls who don't make high school teams but still want to play."

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