10th September 2014
In 2007, after a fifteen year hiatus, a baseball competition returned to Hobart under the banner of Baseball Tasmania. The competition continued under this name until the 2013/4 season when the competition was renamed the Hobart Summer Baseball League, with Baseball Tasmania the governing body.
A New Beginning:
Mercury June 13th 2007
Baseball Tasmania is proud to announce that the first of our Tuesday night training sessions will be held (weather permitting) on Tuesday 28th October at Prince of Wales Bay, commencing at 6pm.
This session is not compulsory but is an opportunity for players, old and new, to practice away from the pressures of the game. The numbers in attendance will have a bearing in how the session is conducted so I would ask players to have patience as we determine the best ways to assist them.
The sessions are not only open to existing players but also to those people who may be interested in trying the sport for the first time but who have not as yet had the opportunity.
Whilst Baseball Tasmania does not currently conduct a junior league, these sessions would also be an opportunity for juniors to have a look at our sport, to try a few activities, with the ultimate aim of forming a junior league in the not too distant future. David
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The two winners from the opening round clashed in tonight's HSBL game at Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground. Unlike Sunday's games involving these two teams, no balls left the park and this game was more a pitchers' duel. Both teams conspired to leave runners on base and thus to avoid any big innings and what runs were scored, were more to do with heads up base-running and the occassional hit which didn't end up in the outfielders' mitt.
After the Athletics scored first, the Sox got what turned out to be a decisive advantage when Matt Cashman drove in two runs with a double. The Sox then loaded the bases with two out and a walk to Matt Drumm scored Cashman to give them a 3-1 advantage. In the subsequent innings, the teams traded runs, their respective causes not helped by some interesting base running and leaving men in scoring positions.
The Athletics were missing some experienced players but they can never be discounted in any circumstances and when Grant Stump drove in two runs in the top of the sixth innings, they had rallied to tie the game. After a quick out in the bottom of the sixth, Matthew Fox walked, Cashman reached on an error and when Stephen Fry beat out a throw to first, the bases were loaded. Up stepped Chris Chalker to deliver the hit which drove in Fox and the Sox had outlasted last season's premiers.
Thanks to Michael Hegarty for umpiring and to Jared Rush for scoring. David
With the forecast of rain today, I would like to highlight the league's policy towards wet weather and whether a game either commences or continues.
Under the league's playing conditions (found under "new member info" above),
7. a) WET WEATHER. A game cannot commence if it is raining at the scheduled start time. In the event of wet weather during roster games, it will be at the umpire’s discretion as to play stopping and re-starting. Umpires are to make every effort to ensure that legal games (i.e. 65 minutes) are completed, without compromising player safety.
7. b) WET WEATHER PRIOR TO A GAME COMMENCING. If there has been heavy or consistent rain falling in the region of the ground on the day of a game, a member of the League Executive may “abandon” a game at least TWO (2) HOURS prior to the scheduled start time. Furthermore, if the Team Managers and umpire, upon seeing the ground, agree there is too much water on the ground to play a safe game, then the umpire will “call” the game off.
NOTE: Roster Matches which are washed out or abandoned will result in a 9-9 draw, and equal points awarded.
If a game is cancelled, then notification will be posted on our Facebook page and the website as soon as practical after the decision is made. We appreciate that with Hobart's weather, conditions can improve dramatically in the two hour period leading up to the game but the chances are that if there has been constant rain, the ground will not be fit to play on. The two hour notification also takes into account those members who have to travel distance to the games and/or have to make arrangements for child minding etc. David
To ensure players are covered by the Australian Baseball Federation Insurance, it is a requirement that each player pay $50 of their registration BEFORE participating in a game of baseball. The league has a duty of care to its members therefore if the $50 is not paid, you are not covered therefore we cannot allow you to play.
To avoid the registration process encroaching upon your warm up time, it is requested that players print off a registration form from the website (under "forms" in "new member info") and that you arrive at the ground at least 45 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time of your game. David
TEAMS FOR THE OPENING ROUND ON SUNDAY
10.30 am to 12.30 pm Blue Jays V Northern White Sox Umpire Grant Stump
1.00 pm to 3.00 pm Eastern Athletics V Dragons Umpire: Steve Harris
Please check "team news" for teams for Sunday's Opening Round. Some teams have been changed to balance numbers and to allocate new members who attended this evening's Open Day.
People who were unable to attend the Open Days but who would still like to play baseball, are also welcome and will be allocated to teams on the day. These players would still be required to complete a registration form and pay the $50 insurance/ABF component of their fees prior to playing.
It would be appreciated if players could be at the ground to warm up and to register at least 45 minutes prior to each game.
I am pleased to report that we are making progress with regards to uniforms for the Blue Jays, Eastern Athletics and Northern White Sox. Mock ups are currently being made by Allsports Attire and should be available for viewing shortly. Unfortunately, once our order is submitted, it will possibly be a further five weeks before the uniforms arrive but I will do my best to speed up the process. In the team lists, I have indicated with an * those members for whom I have uniform sizes. I will have the uniform samples at the games on Sunday for those members who have not tried them on but I have also attached a sizing chart sent by Allsports for those who would like to advise me in advance.
The league will be selling the uniform tops to Baseball Tasmania/ABF members for $40. I am holding monies paid by members last season so if there are any queries, please let me know. David
At the committee meeting held on Monday 6th October 2014, the following decisions were made in relation to the HSBL 2014/15 season:
The fees for 2014/15 will be as follows:
$185 for seniors and $130 for those members who are under 18, full time students or unemployed. We appreciate this is an increase in last season's fees but this has been necessary to cover increased costs for ground rental and to ensure that the league can provide improved facilities going forward.
To ensure a member is registered with Australian Baseball Federation and therefore covered by their insurance, an amount of $50 off their total fee must be paid before they participate in their first roster game.
Once again, we will have a draw whereby a member can have all their fee refunded if they have paid their fee, in full, by 9th November 2014
Please note: We still have the option of paying an amount per game but these amounts have increased for the 2014/15 season to $15 for seniors and $10 for under 18 etc.
Other important information:
The team lists for each team competing in the HSBL 2014/15 season are shown under their respective team news item above. The teams have been formed based on those existing players who have contacted us and those new players who attended our Open Days, but are by no means complete. If there are any existing players who have not indicated their continued participation or any new players who would like to give our great game a go, please don't hesitate to contact us.
If team managers know of any returning players whose names were not passed on to us, please let me know so I can update accordingly.
New uniforms will be ordered over the next couple of days but given the time of year, they may take a while to reach us. In the meantime, it would be appreciated if team members would wear a top representative of the main colours of their team ie
Eastern Athletics: green
Dragons: traditional uniform
Blue Jays: blue
Northern White Sox: black
Please note: At the present time, there are not enough players to warrant the presence of a fifth team AND not risk a repeat of the issues which confronted us at the end of the 2013/14 season. Accordingly, the members who played for the Red Sox last season and who have indicated their wish to continue on this season, have been allocated to the White Sox team.
The aim of the league is to have an even competition where all members have the same opportunities to play the game of baseball. To achieve this aim, it may be necessary to invite players to change teams and we hope that players would understand that any moves would be for the better of the competition and through that, increase their enjoyment of the game.
If there are any concerns regarding the teams, please contact us.
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Left to right, Aaron Mann, drives in a run for the Athletics; Dragons skipper Adam de Cotter celebrates with Michael Blake, as the latter connects with a two run homer; Richard Benoit drives in the first run for the Athletics, and Shane Davies watches on as Dean Chamberlain pitches for the Dragons. More photos in the gallery.
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2013/14 Premiers: Eastern Athletics
L to R (back) Steve Lovegrove, Aaron Mann, Brenton West, Stuart Smith, John Langenberg, Robbie Devine
L to R (front) Brett Szymanski, Richard Benoit, Andrew (Sully) Sullivan (c), Nigel O'Brien, Grant Stump
(first named team is home team and will occupy the third base dugout)
Wednesday 29th October
5.45 pm to 7.45 pm Eastern Athletics V Blue Jays, Umpire: Jason Featherstone
Thursday 30th October
5.45 pm to 7.45 pm Northern White Sox V Dragons
Sunday 2nd November
10.30 am to 12.30 am Dragons V Eastern Athletics
1.00 pm to 3.00 pm Blue Jays V Northern White Sox
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the local stage production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" by Mainstage Theatre
Venue: Peacock Theatre
Dates: 23rd October to 2nd November