Cumberland Nepean Softball Association will be well represented at national championships early next year.
Along with eight players, Cumberland will have several coaches, managers, umpires and scorers also representing the association.
Level four umpire Andrew Birks said nationals is great fun for all involved.
“Because I’ve been to a few of them already, I know a few of the guys and we all stay in touch,” he said. “It’s a close knit group and you make lots of friends.
“When I started at CNSA, we only had one high level umpire, the umpire development program has been fantastic. It’s harmonious and really good development and we’re all social people.”
Birks will be umpiring at the under-19s national championships between January 22-28, 2018.
There have also been eight players selected for Australian Regional Championships teams.
Under-15s girls Amy Mann, Georgia Rauhihi and Charli Orsini, and boys Cooper Casonato and Alex Foreman were selected in the NSW metro teams.
The under-15s girls regional championships will be played in Perth between January 6-12.
Ryleigh Arnott was also selected for the under-17s NSW team, while Emily Paull and Georgia Murray will line up for the ACT.
Blacktown’s Georgia Rauhihi, 14, said it was exciting to make the side.
“It’s exciting to know that we get to go all the way to Perth to play with different people and play with new friends,” she said.
“At first I didn’t really think I’d make it. I thought I might have a chance but thought there were definitely better players there. Then I got the letter and I was pretty excited.”
Alex Foreman, 14, agreed and will be part of the under-15 boys regional championships in Canberra between January 14-20.
“At state, there were a fair few good players there and I was going in thinking ‘if I made metro, how good would that be’,” he said.
“Then I got the letter to say I should come down and trial and then I got a letter to say I’d made it so I was pretty excited about it.
“I feel pretty privileged to get this opportunity because we play almost every weekend during the summer.”