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The 2019-2020 program is currently running. Nominations for the 2020-2021 program will open in August 2020.

Submit your expression of interest HERE


Program Coordinator: Christine Halpin

Head Coach: Bree Brooker


The Hunter Academy of Sport softball talent development program operates as a development pathway for young Hunter Region softballers aspiring towards state selection. It offers advanced skill development and is conducted in collaboration with both the Newcastle & District Softball Association and Softball NSW. The program follows the FTEM Model of pathway development, from Foundation, Talent, Elite and Mastery of the sport. Participants are also provided with information in sports education in areas such as, sport psychology, nutrition, injury management, strength and conditioning and motivation.


Athlete Benefits

The following benefits will apply to those selected in the softball program:

  • Training sessions to further develop skills 
  • High Performance fitness training & strength & conditioning program;
  • Access to a network of specialised coaches;
  • Educational sessions in topics such as: physiotherapy, and sports psychology;
  • Participation in inter-academy competitions run in conjunction with Softball NSW


To be eligible to apply for a position within the softball program, athletes must be:

  • Please note: Ages for the 2020 Program have changed from 2019 in accordance with Softball NSW recommendations. Athletes must be born in 2005 & 2006 to be eligible.
  • a resident within the *Hunter region;
  • attending school within the Hunter region;
  • a financial member of Softball NSW/first registered with either Newcastle or Central Coast 

* If you reside outside of the Hunter region and your regional academy does not offer a softball program, you are eligible to apply for the HAS program.



A program & Uniform Levy is applicable to selected athletes.


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