This program is proudly supported by:  


  Softball NSW


2023 Program has now finished 

2024 Program nominations will open in October 2023


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 Pathway

Softball NSW Pathway Document 2020


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 2024 softball program, athletes must be:

  • Athletes must be born in 2008, 2009 & 2010 to be eligible
  • A resident within the Hunter region
  • Attending School within the Hunter region
  • A Financial Member of Softball NSW

Athletes who have been or are selection into Softball NSW U16 and/or U18 State Squads are eligible to participate within parts of the HAS Academy Program subject to the approval of Softball NSW. 



There will be a levy for the athletes in the 2024 Softball program. 

This will include HAS merchandise, education sessions and program costs

Any camps or tournaments will be an additional cost not included in the program levy 


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