Welcome to the new Baseball Tasmania website!

10th September 2014

Welcome to the Raine & Horne, Hobart Summer Baseball League

Over the last three to four seasons, we have been actively seeking sponsors for the league, in particularly, a sponsor which would take up a naming rights' option. I am thrilled to announce that Raine & Horne Hobart have today come on board as our first Platinum Sponsor which means that our league will now be known as the Raine & Horne, Hobart Summer Baseball League. Thank you very much to Ron, Paul and David Brooks. David (29/9/2016) http://www.raineandhorne.com.au/hobart

Baseball Tasmania Strategic Plan 2016-2021

Thank you to all those members who contributed to the compiling of this document.

Baseball Tasmania Strategic Plan 2016-2021

David Searle

President

Baseball Tasmania

0468 927 363

Grant success 2017

On behalf of Baseball Tasmania and the Raine & Horne Hobart Summer Baseball League, I can officially announce that we have been successful in obtaining a $45,000 grant from the State Government. Thank you to Elise Archer MP and the State Government. Thank you also to Terese Millhouse for all her work in compiling and submitting the original application, and to Louise Carr and Aaron Jarvis for participating in today's photo shoot to officially announce our success. Upward and onward for baseball in Tasmania. ------------------------------------------------------Comment from Elise Archer MP's Facebook page: "Great to ‘catch’ up with baseball players David Searle (Northern White Socks), Aaron Jarvis (Dragons) and Louise Carr (Eastern Athletics) this afternoon to announce a $45,000 Community Infrastructure Fund grant from the State Government to Baseball Tasmania for ground improvements at Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground. The money will be used to provide a new and more appropriate back netting for the batting area; a batting cage in which to practise batting, pitching and the catcher's role; and a new pitching mound. I look forward to coming back and checking it out when it’s all complete!" David (23/6/2017)

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2018 Victorian Masters Carnival

VIC MASTERS 2018. The twenty-second annual Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival has been scheduled for Prince of Wales Reserve (Ballarat) from Friday 16 March to Sunday 18 March 2018. While the dates are subject to approval by City of Ballarat, we do not expect any issue in that regard. http://www.vicmasters.baseball.com.au/

David (17/5/2017)

Your executive committee for the 2017/18 season

Thank you very much to all those members who attended our AGM; our best turnout ever. Welcome to the Raine & Horne HSBL to Jaime McDonald. 
Terese and Zac decided to not continue on as secretary and vice president respectively. On behalf of Baseball Tasmania, I would like to thank them both for their hard work over the last season. 
I am pleased to announce that Baseball Tasmania's executive committee for season 2017/18 will be:

President: David Searle
Snr vice president: Chris Chalker
Jnr vice presidents: Aaron Jarvis & Steve Harris
Secretary: Gene Wheeler 
Treasurer: Peter Hubble.

David (15/5/2017)

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The AGM for Baseball Tasmania has been confirmed for Monday, 15 May 2017, 7pm start at The Talbot in New Town (upstairs). Attendees will be able to order a meal at the bar upon arrival and take it upstairs.

I would encourage as many members as possible to attend, not only to hear how the league progressed in the 2016/17 season but also to hear what lies ahead. The upcoming 2017/18 season is the 10th anniversary of this current league.

If you have any agenda items please let Terese Millhouse know by COB Wednesday 10 May.

David (1/5/2017)

Jamie McIntyre Player of the Year 2016-17

With 17 votes, Andrew "Sully" Sullivan (Eastern Athletics) was the winner of the Jamie McIntyre Player of the Year for 2016-17 at Saturday's Baseball Tasmania Presentation Night. Sully had earlier won the batting champion title with an average of 0.630 but he was still shocked when he was announced as this season's winner. Sully won from Jimmy Clout (13 votes), Tim Holland (13) Fiona Don (12). James Jubb (12) and Ryan Oakley (12). Congratulations to Sully on a great season. David (2/4/2017)

2017 Quiz night results

The winners of the annual Baseball Tasmania Quiz, the Darth Raiders!! Congratulations all. Thank you to Terese Millhouse for organising the evening, to Robert Devine, Sarah and staff of Hotel Soho, to all those people who donated items for the auction and to everyone who attended. The numbers have been crunched and a staggering $1113.55 profit was made on the night. Congratulations to Terese Millhouse on organising a great night.

Baseball Beyond Our Borders: Hobart baseball in print

Very pleased to announce that a chapter on baseball in Hobart is part of a book about about baseball around the world which has just been released in the USA. http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Baseball-Beyond-Our-Borders,677378.aspx I would like to extend our thanks to Professor George Gmelch for writing the chapter and to Dave Edwards and Michael Scott for their original input to this article. David (27/1/2017)

HSBL Seven team roster for 2016/17

Click here to view roster

Points of note:

  • First named team is the home team, will be located in the third base dugout and bat second
  • First three rounds are played on Sundays to allow for each team to have access to a fundraising BBQ and to minimise the impact of fading light early in the daylight saving months
  • 21 rounds with each team playing 18 games
  • training nights will generally be on Monday but check roster for anomalies
  • Northern Pirates will visit on the weekend of the 22nd October. Further information on the format of this weekend will be provided soon.
  • one Monday evening game in the week of the Australia Day holiday
  • the finals format is tenative and will be determined at a later date
  • the roster has been constructed on the basis of the predicted seven teams BUT we are not restricted by it should we deem it necessary to add or subtract teams

What a way to open the pre-season....

What a great turnout for our first "Come and Try" day with 50 players, old and new, taking to the field. Thank you very much to all those who attended, to Chris Chalker for organising activities and to all those coaches who helped. Later today I will contact new players with confirmation of the team to which they have been allocated for the pre-season which commences on Tuesday. There will be another "Come and Try" Day next Sunday, from 11am to 1pm.

David (25/9/2016)

Smoking policy

As we near the start of the 2016/17, I would just like to remind members and spectators about the law regarding smoking around sporting events.

"Tasmanian legislation (Public Health Act 1997) bans smoking within 20 metres of competition, seating or marshalling areas at outdoor sportsgrounds while a sporting event is being conducted. This includes the period 30 minutes before and after the sporting event. It does not include informal or impromptu sporting activities.
Coaches, players, officials and volunteers will refrain from smoking while involved in an official capacity for the Association and affiliated club, on and off the field. No images of Association volunteers, members, officials, coaches and players smoking at Association-related activities are to be placed on social media."

It is the responsibility of managers and administrators to ensure these rules are adhered to. (The full document is located under New Member Information "Health & Safety"

David (13/9/2016)

Scorers, base umpires and umpiring co-ordinator requested...

Our committee works tirelessly to help our season progress and the enthusiasm for our upcoming season and our future is amazing. In the last couple of seasons, we have seen the benefits of having scorers and plate umpires (as opposed to catchers umpiring). As the league continues to expand, it is a no-brainer that we need to improve the integrity of our game by including base umpires. In the absence of any alternatives, the base umpires will be sourced from the teams. Members of the Masters' teams have plate umpired the bulk of our games for a number of years but it is important that we have an umpiring roster so that both umpires and teams know where they stand. I support Chris Chalker's post on Facebook calling for someone (other than a committee member) to help organise an umpiring roster. Whilst I believe the Master's players would once again be willing to plate umpire, it is unfair to both them and the teams not to have some idea (in advance) as to when they will be umpiring. The alternative is to have me umpiring each game....hmmm...could be interesting!!

David (24/9/2016)

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One of the success stories of the 2014/15 season was the Presentation Night held in March. This night, and the awards presented thereon, would not have happened without the statistics obtained from the scoring of our games by Jared Rush and Norm Johns. There is a strong chance Norm will not be scoring in the 2015/16 season so I am inviting expressions of interest from not only members but also supporters to learn how to score and thus spread the load of scoring our games. Peter Hubble has volunteered his services to teach people how to score.

David 22/6/2015

Launceston Baseball League Facebook Page Online: Going north....(updated 30/8/2016)

The Facebook page for the Launceston Baseball League is now up and running. Thank you very much to Nicole Perry for setting up and advertising the page. David (30/8/2016)

Launceston Baseball League Facebook page

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Huge thanks to Nicole and Andrew Perry for catching up this evening to discuss starting up a baseball competition in Launceston. Andrew has kindly agreed to be the contact for anyone (male or female) interested in playing baseball in Launceston and he can be contacted by email at perry.andrew83@yahoo.com.au. 

David (6/6/2016)

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The Australian Masters Games have been awarded to north west Tasmania and a baseball competition will be held at the Spreyton ground in October 2017. I shall be meeting with members of the Devonport City Council next week and will take the opportunity to meet with people who have shown interest in playing baseball in Launceston. For further information on this trip, either email me at baseballtasmania@yahoo.com or call me on 0468 927 363.

David (31/5/2016)

New executive committee for 2016/17...Quiz evening

The executive committee for the coming year is:

Patron: Scott Bacon MP

President: David Searle

Vice presidents: Chris Chalker; Zac Shutt

Treasurer: Peter Hubble

Secretary: Terese Millhouse

The general committee will include a representative from each of the competing teams.

Once again there will be a match committee, the members of which will be announced soon. 

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On behalf of Baseball Tasmania, I would like to thank Andrew Smith (quiz master), Markus (chef), the Polish Club staff and Terese Millhouse for all her hard work and time getting donations, setting up etc for last night's inaugural Quiz Night.

We would also like to thank the following for their generous donations for the evening: 
Blackwoods Tools; Bunnings Rosny; Currency Cafe; Hair Gallery; Harbour Lights Cafe; Hotel Soho; K & D; Michael Hegarty; Network Gaming; Parr's Air-conditioning; Red Square Cafe; Scott Bacon MP; Shamali Cafe; Sinclair's Health & Fitness; Steve's Liquor Lindisfarne; Tasmania Paint Shop; Tasmanian Trophy House; The Good Guys; Woolworths Eastlands. 
Please support these businesses. 

Congratulations to team Isotopes (Nikki Morrison; Chris Morrison; Sam Morrison; Chopper Wightman & Dean Chamberlain for winning the Quiz Evening from the Wasps....on a tie breaker no less!!!

David (15/5/16)

 

Cricket Tasmania go to bat

Thanks to John Hayes and Rhett Lockyer from Cricket Tasmania for catching up this morning to discuss future collaborations between Cricket Tasmania and Baseball Tasmania. Discussions included baseball sessions with Brad Harman from the Melbourne Aces and a baseball game between members of the Tassie Tigers' cricket squad and the HSBL. Stay tuned for further updates as they become available. David

David (25/5/2016)

HSBL status, fees and registration form for 2016/17

Our season and membership access is now listed on the Baseball Australia database so I can now update registration and payment details. Those members who have already paid and provided me with their registration details have been added to the database so are covered for insurance purposes.

David (12/9/2016)

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The registration form for HSBL 2016/17 is now available on the home page of our website. Click on the link to obtain copy. Things to note:
1) The registration form and the initial payment of $55 will be collected by your team manager prior to your first game of baseball. 
2) In addition to photos we will also have access to a video camera this season so it is important that you indicate on the form in section 2 if you DO NOT WISH to have your photo/film taken and/or published
3) please indicate on the form your preferred method of payment
4) Once I have the initial payment AND the registration form, I can update the Baseball Australia database to ensure you are covered for insurance payments.

David (12/9/2016)

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Following on from the huge success of the HSBL over the last couple of seasons, the future of baseball in Hobart looks very bright. A strategic plan for the next 5-10 years is currently being finalised and the Glenorchy City Council have been so enthused by our progress that they are keen to upgrade the baseball facilities. 2016/17 promises to be an action packed season with each team playing 18 games, the continuation of a designated training night, a return visit by the Northern Pirates from Wollongong and a two week pre-season. With all this excitement, it is important that we do not lose sight of the fact that we need to not only plan financially for the future but also ensure that we cover our costs for each season. Over the next week, each member will be contacted by their manager and advised of our 2016/17 fees with an explanation as to why they have increased.

David (2/9/2016)

HSBL sponsors (Updated 1/5/2017)

League:

Platinum & Naming Rights Sponsor: Raine & Horne Real Estate Hobart

Team:

Hobart Blue Jays:      Hotel Soho

Northern White Sox:  Tas Keno

Eastern Athletics: Customs House Hotel

Orioles:                    Banjos Bakery

                               Techquity

                               Kennedy Bros Painting

                               Claremont Hotel

                               Kentucky Fried Chicken

Masters:

Haymes Paints Ballarat

Kennedy Bros Painting

Bennetto Finance

Park Hotel Bistro Ballarat

Upfront payment

Players are reminded that it is a requirement, and has been for many seasons, that a non refundable amount of $50 be paid BEFORE playing your first game of baseball. This $50 pays for your registration with Australian Baseball Federation (ABF) and your insurance. I will be at the pre-season games to take payments and registrations.

David (28/10/2015)

New Tassie Masters' Teams sponsor

More big news from the weekend, Chris Chalker has secured sponsorship for the 2016 Tassie Masters' teams with Park Hotel Bistro in Ballarat. On Thursday 17th March 2016, those members of the two teams will be attending the bistro for a feed, drinks and the presentation of caps sponsored by the hotel. Thanks again to Chris for all his hard work.

David (7/12/2015)

Player availability

Just a reminder to players; it helps your team immensely if you can advise your manager of your availability to play....well in advance of the game. I appreciate there are unavoidable last minute reasons to be unavailable but all players have access to a roster and in the majority of cases, would know of their availability in advance. It should not be left to the manager to constantly run after players to check on their availability.

Early notification means your manager can reach out to the manager of the team which has the bye in that week to see if anyone from his or her team is interested in filling in.

Fill-ins:

Fill-ins should initially be sourced from the team which has the bye for that week. If no-one is available then alternatives can be looked at.

Rules regarding fill-ins: (from previous seasons)

  • Fill-ins must be placed last in the batting order to ensure that regular team members have the best game opportunities
  • Fill-ins cannot pitch or catch unless with prior arrangement between the competing team managers

David (9/12/2015)

Breaking news

Following on from tonight's general committee meeting, I am happy to announce some exciting news about the upcoming 2015/16 HSBL season. 

  • On the weekend commencing 31st October, a team from the Wollongong Pirates (NSW) will play a series of games against teams representing the HSBL. Other activities will be planned for the weekend so stay tuned for further details. Thanks to Chris Chalker for organising this. 
  • The 2015/16 season will be played over 15 rounds with a preseason lightning competition to allow new players to find their feet and to determine final teams for the season proper. This preseason competition will be held in conjunction with open days which will be scheduled for earlier in October, further details to be provided shortly.

David 29/7/2015

News headlines

Dragons are premiers again!!! 2016-17

01/05/2017

Dragons go back to back in 2016-17

Baseball Tasmania Presentation Night: 1st April; change of venue

01/05/2017

Change of venue for presentation night

Banjos Orioles Orange minor premiers for season 2016-17

01/05/2017

Banjos Orioles Orange minor premiers

Statistically speaking

02/04/2017

Last advertised stats prior to Presentation Night on April 1st

Raine & Horne HSBL season 2016/17: Grand Final: Banjos Orioles Orange V Dragons

02/04/2017

Line ups for the 2016-17 Grand Final

Happy New Year....AND save these dates!!

21/02/2017

Important 2017 dates

Raine & Horne HSBL season 2016/17: results round twenty

21/02/2017

Results of games up to and including round twenty

2016 Fees entrants

05/12/2016

Those players eligible for the 2016 fees draw:

 

Northern Pirates' visit 2016: cancelled

25/11/2016

Northern Pirates visited cancelled

TCA Net bookings

18/11/2016

How to book the TCA nets for practice

Registration form for HSBL 2016/17

Click here for registration form

Baseball Tasmania EFT details

Account: Baseball Tasmania

BSB: 037-001

Account number: 481722

 

Tasmanian Masters Baseball banking details

Tasmanian Masters Baseball Association

BSB: 633 108

A/C: 1301 92453

Details: name of player or sponsor

David 5/2/2015

Upcoming games

Dragons 2016-7 Champions

Manager of Dragons, Adam de Cotter receiving Hubble Edwards Shield from Peter Hubble (L) and David Edwards (R)

Facebook (updated 25/11/2016)

500 "likes" on our Facebook page!!! Thank you very much to all those supporting baseball in Hobart.

David (25/11/2016)

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I am pleased to announce that today we reached 400 likes on our Facebook page. On behalf of Baseball Tasmania, I would like to thank all those people who have "liked" our page because it is through your interest that we are able to spread the word, not only about baseball but also softball and the new t-ball league.

David 26/8/2016

http://www.facebook.com/HSBLTAS

Launceston Baseball League Facebook page

Hot off the breakfast grill at Hotel Soho

$8 BREAKFAST SPECIAL NOW @ SOHO EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY FROM 8AM. Come in and also see our delicious breakfast menu. STARTING THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY!

Statistically minded

Socially Speaking

This section is for the promotion of social events being conducted round Hobart. Anyone wishing to promote an event, please contact us. David.

 

 

Back to where we belong!

Opening Day Hobart Summer Baseball League 2014/15

The Home of Baseball: Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground