SOFTBALL Gladstone has been aiming at resurgence for a number of years, with a lot of success this season in raising numbers.
There is one age group that the sport has not been as fortunate in though and that belongs to the Under-17's division.
However not all hope is gone, the association hosts enough teenagers to complete two sides each week, and the competition benefits directly according to the committee.
"We run the U17s so that the few players in U15s who aren't up to men's get a better game," coach Shaun Noonan said.
"The men are too strong for some of the younger boys."
Also giving the opportunity for new members of that age group to slip into the sport seamlessly, the U17s keeps on kicking and has helped the Gladstone representative side already this year.
A change will also occur to gain some more members for the competition after the Christmas break.
"We are going to change this grade to B-Grade men after Christmas so that some of the dads around can play too," Noonan said.
"That way we will always have a proper match."