2000s: More than 1,200 people play softball in the Yukon
“With 300-plus young athletes and 800 adults playing ball this summer in the local co-ed league, softball remains a vibrant choice of activity in the Yukon.”
– Whitehorse Star newspaper article, June 2013
In the 2000s the Co-Ed Slowpitch League gained popularity in Whitehorse, with more than 12 teams fielded in three different divisions of the league each year. Meanwhile, Whitehorse Minor Softball continued to grow. Meanwhile, the Yukon continued to welcome athletes from across Canada. Whitehorse hosted the 2006 Slowpitch National Co-Ed E Championships.
Friendly Competition with Alaska continues
Carrying on a longstanding tradition, each year dozens of Yukon ball players cross the border for a friendly, fun tournament in Skagway, Alaska. In 2013, the Whitehorse Star reported: “The annual July 4 Skagway International Softball Tournament is always circled on the calendar of Whitehorse softball players and this year was no exception. Six Whitehorse teams traveled south to take part in the nine-team, three-day tournament…. The Skagway tournament attracts many players from the local league, giving them a chance to compete on the Outside and in a different atmosphere. …”
Dustball goes strong
More than 1,000 players took to ball fields around Whitehorse for the annual Dustball tournament this past weekend. Athletes from Alaska, the N.W.T. and the Yukon participated in this year’s event, which featured the largest number of teams ever at 80, competing in ten different divisions. “It went really, really well,” said George Arcand, executive director of Softball Yukon. “Considering we had the most teams ever, it was very smooth.”-Whitehorse Star, July 18, 2005