PERTH AMBOY—The Raritan Bay Area YMCA has been chosen by the Cal Ripken Foundation to receive Quickball Stadium Equipment.
This new and innovative athletic program was invented by brothers Chris and Keith Mackie of Winston-Salem, N.C. to make baseball more fun and appealing to children. “We developed the game and rules to make it fun for everybody, regardless of skill level,” Chris Mackie said. “We also wanted to take some boredom out of the game.”
In Quickball, the team on offense lines up and each batter gets a one-pitch, one swing at-bat. This results in many more at-bats for many more kids. Hit or miss, they run to the back of the line to get ready for their next turn. Outfielders are awarded points for catching hit balls. Keith Mackie said, “There’s a lot more energy to the game, and you can score on offense or defense, which makes it fun, too.”
With the new equipment, the YMCA will be able to further its mission by building on the basic principles of keeping and maintaining children physically active and engaged. Quickball has developed into one of the fastest growing recreational baseball programs in the country and is currently being played by thousands of students across the country.
Steve Jobin, YMCA president and CEO, said, “We arc excited to bring Quickball to the children we serve, this opportunity is a prime example in our dedication to bringing innovative and creative physical programs to the community.”
The Ripken Foundation and the YMCA share the belief of teaching the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle, and making smart and productive decisions.
To successfully accomplish the program goals, the Raritan Bay YMCA announced the addition of Youth Sports Coordinator Jared Boyd, a former Division-I All-American and minor league baseball player. Boyd has lined up a number of well known local baseball professionals to assist in the implementation of the program.
Boyd said, “I am thrilled to be bringing the concept of Quickball to our kids. The entire program is based on one family brought together by baseball a fact that is close to home for me. This opportunity not only enables us to teach a new technique but also to bring families together in a fun and physical manner.”
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