By David Searle*
AFTER enjoying huge success in 2014/15, the Hobart Summer Baseball League (HSBL) is gearing up for the new season that will commence on Sunday 15 November.
Along with the usual “come and try” days on 11, 18 and 25 October (depending on numbers) and 1 November, we will be holding – for the first time – a limited pre-season competition.
The pre-season will begin on Wednesday 28 October and will assist us with allocation of new players to teams.
Most roster games are played on Wednesday and Thursday nights with an optional training night on Tuesdays.
The competition is open to both men and women aged 17-years and older and no previous experience is necessary.
Further information about the league can be found on our website at www.baseballtasmania.com, on our Baseball Tasmania Facebook page or by contacting me on 0468 927 363 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HSBL season will get off to a bang with the first “Batter Up T-ball League” games – a joint venture between Baseball Tasmania and Southern Softball.
Increased participation is often the key to the success of most sports, but particularly so for baseball and softball in Hobart.
Having identified a need to try a different approach at the grass-roots level, these diamond sport “cousins” have joined forces to launch a new, family-friendly offering for boys and girls.
The Batter Up T-ball League will be played on Saturday mornings at Corrie Jones Softball Park and Prince of Wales Bay, and will consist of teams from various regions around Hobart.
There will be two age divisions offered in the first season – for children aged 11-years and younger (11U) and eight-years and younger (8U).
The roster, which will commence on 24 October, will break from Christmas, and restart when the children return to school in 2016.
League coordinator Nigel O’Brient is passionate about the sport and believes it is one of the best ways for children to develop their gross motor skills within a team sport environment.
As well as acquiring new skills, children can have a lot of fun in t-ball, with the emphasis on participating, not winning.
In addition to the 11U and 8U rosters, there will also be our “Base Invaders” program for children aged from three-years and older, which will be an introduction to the sport featuring fun, game-related t-ball activities.
Once children are of age and ready for actual games, they can transition into a team.
Playing fees are only $50 for the season, which includes a cap and playing shirt for children to keep.
There is also the option of purchasing a mitt so t-ballers can be completely “kitted out” for less than $100.
To find out more, follow the Batter Up T-Ball League on Facebook.
HSBL is also looking forward to welcoming representatives from the Wollongong-based Northern Pirates Club for pre-season competition.
On the weekend commencing Saturday 31 October, the Pirates will play a series of games against representatives from the HSBL at Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground.
Weekend game schedule:
Saturday 31 October:
HBSL team v Northern Pirates: 10am to 12pm
Northern Pirates v HBSL team: 1pm to 3pm
Sunday 1 November:
HSBL come and try day: 10.30am to 11.45 am
Celebrity baseball game: 12pm to 1.45 pm
Tassie Allstars v Northern Pirates: 2pm to 4pm
Confirmed participants in the celebrity match include Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston, Scott Bacon MP, Shae Hickey and Gavin Hoy from Olympia soccer club, boxer Luke Jackson (depending on other commitments) and Blair Brownless.
Negotiations are underway with other celebrities and full details of the participants will be available soon on our website and Facebook page.
Thanks to Andrew “Sully” Sullivan and Chris Chalker for organising the visit and events.
*David Searle is the president of Baseball Tasmania.