CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s high school activitiesassociation will no longer sanction slow pitch softball as participationdwindles across the state.
New outlets report the discontinuation was effective following the 2019 season’s recent completion. The association said in a statement Thursday that its executive committee of school administrators made the decision as participation in the sport decreased to half of what it was six years ago.
A majority of schools governed by the agency are stillsigned up to participate in fast pitch softball in the spring, which remainssanctioned. Association Director Don Hinton says fast pitch is one ofMississippi schools’ largest sports in terms of participation. He emphasizedthat fast pitch is played at the collegiate level.
Hinton added that slow pitch softball competed withexpanding volleyball programs for participation.