Contacted at his home in Burnaby Monday morning, Al Forman, Baseball B.C. course conductor, and longtime provincial team coach, said while Oceanside isn't the first association in B.C. or Canada to pass the ban, they are certainly one of the few, and the first on Vancouver Island to do so.
"They're leading the way," he
said, adding "I think it's long overdue.It's protecting the kids," he
echoed, adding that while those kids that are throwing the curve ball may earn some wins on the hill in the short term, "the long term is stress on the elbow and damage to the arm."
To that end, Forman
says it should be strictly fastballs and changeups -- both of which are the same throwing motion -- up to the Peewee division.
There have been directives come down in the past from Baseball Canada encouraging associations to discourage curveballs, and he
expects to see more come down the pike.