MANILA STANDARD TODAY | Updated August 28, 2013 – 12:01 am

Softball is one of the 30 sports included again in this year’s edition of the revived Philippine Sports Commission’s Batang Pinoy, its grassroots development program aimed at discovering young athletes in different regions for the future.

The Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines, headed by sportsman and sports patron Jean Henri Lhuillier, has been tapped to officiate the softball event in the Batang Pinoy, a move welcomed by Lhuillier.

“Batang Pinoy is certainly a good way for us to identify new and young softball talents in the provinces, an important component in our own developmental program for the sport,” said Lhuillier.

Scheduled from yesterday up to Friday for its first leg in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Batang Pinoy’s other regional legs will be held in Maasin, Leyte on Sept. 24 to 28, in Iba, Zambales from Oct. 15 to 19, and the national finals is set in Zamboanga City on Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

Batang Pinoy is held in cooperation with the Philippine Olympic Committee, the Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the League of Cities, Municipalities and Barangays all over the country.