The Canberra Cavalry hopes a bid to join the inaugural women's Australian Baseball League will be the spark to reignite the sport's female base and rebuild a broken pathway.
The Cavalry has submitted a proposal to be a part of the new league, which could start as early as February if teams are finalised in the coming months.
The initial plan is to run the women's competition in either the months immediately before or after the established men's season.
Women's baseball in Canberra has struggled in recent years and numbers dropped this season, forcing officials to cancel the stand alone female competition.
Female players instead played in mixed teams in the men's divisions.
But Cavalry director Dan Amodio hopes joining the ABL-W will create new interest and said the success of the women's teams the Canberra Capitals and Canberra United helped convince them baseball could thrive.
"We think there's a good appetite for women's sport in Canberra, the Capitals and Canberra United have been trailblazers there," Amodio said.
"We're also always looking for great ways to grow baseball in Canberra. There's a great core of women's baseballers here, but the [ACT] league has been up and down.
"It didn't even exist last [season] and women were playing on men's teams in the lower grades, which is not ideal.
"We hope that something like this can really reignite women's baseball in Canberra, get some more girls to choose baseball and grow the overall pie."
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The women's team would use the Cavalry's facilities and staff, but would have its own general manager to lead operations.
The Cavalry has also already secured a major sponsor, with the CFMEU jumping on board to support the proposal.
The women's team, however, would have smaller rosters and play a shorter season than the men's ABL until the competition is established.
"We've already found through some sponsors that they are interested in supporting the women's team in addition to the Cavalry or, in some cases, instead of the Cavalry," Amodio said.
"Canberra United and the Capitals have shown there's a real appetite for women's sport in Canberra. They do such a great job, we want to do our part to give that to baseball fans.
"We've had some good initial feedback from the league and they look at the success of the Cavalry and that will give them confidence with what we're able to do. But there will be plenty of states putting their hands up."