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
Calling all members; despite positive response from some members to assist with umpiring this season, we are looking for more people who are interested in umpiring, whether it be home plate or base, to spread the load. Anyone interested, particularly for one of the two games on Sunday, please contact David on 0468 927 363. Thank you to Jason Featherstone and Steve Harris for agreeing to umpire the evening games this week.
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The Dragons opened their account for the 2014/15 season with a 15-5 pounding of the previously unbeaten Northern White Sox. Heads up base running and timely hitting gave the Dragons an early lead on which they kept on building for the rest of the game. Brendan Adams was pitching very well for the Dragons but at 3-7 after three innings, the White Sox were still in the game. Peter McManus was pitching well for the Sox but indifferent defence was not helping his or his team's cause. Any hope the White Sox had disappered in the top of the fourth as the Dragons pounded out four runs and whilst the Sox responded with two runs of their own, they were never really in the match thereafter. A four run fifth by the Dragons was the icing on the cake with the highlight being a two run home run by Brendan Adams. Adams was ably supported by Jason Featherstone and Rhys Watts who both had two hits but it was a solid team effort by the Dragons. The Sox struggled to get a big innings going but hung in there for as long as they could before the Dragons overwhelmed them. Thanks to Steve Harris for umpiring and to Norm Johns for scoring. David
4th November 2014 6 pm to 7.30 pm
Members are reminded that in order to be in the draw for one lucky member to have their fees refunded, the full registration fee must be paid by 9th November 2014. The draw will be held after training on Tuesday 11th November.
Notwithstanding the above, it would be appreciated if all members have paid their fees in full by 30th November 2014, unless other arrangements have been made. David
Sinclair's Health & Fitness has just announced arrival of cleats and left hander's gloves
Photos available in gallery of opening round and round two game between Blue Jays and Dragons
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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.
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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Account number: 481722
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)
Sunday 2nd November
10.30 am to 12.30 am Dragons V Eastern Athletics; Umpire Peter Hubble
1.00 pm to 3.00 pm Blue Jays V Northern White Sox
Wednesday 5th November
5.45 pm to 7.45 pm Eastern Athletics V Northern White Sox
Thursday 6th November
5.45 pm to 7.45 pm Blue Jays V Dragons
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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