Baseball NL elects executive
Local reps cite need for larger field in Conception Bay North
Basbeall NL selected it’s executive last weekend and two men from Upper Island Cove have been named to the board.
Scott Adams and Scott Mercer are each returning as treasurer and eastern director, respectively.
For Adams, it is his third appointment as treasurer.
“It’s exciting to be part of any provincial organization that helps foster and develop physical activities for our youth,” he said.
Adams said the provincial association has made great strides in the last couple of years and the executive continues to work for the benefit of all associations across the province.
“I’d like to continue to be part of that work for as long as possible,” said Adams.
Last year, baseball in Conception Bay North took on a different look with the amalgamation of three associations into the Baseball CBN.
Adams said this amalgamation was well received by Baseball NL, and the program should continue to open the door for players and coaches in 2012.
For Mercer, it will be his sixth year on the executive as eastern director.
Field in need
One major issue still faces the association, said Adams.
“There is an absence of a regulation-sized field in the CBN area, which restricts our development into midget, junior and senior baseball,” he stated.
There have been initial talks between the association and stakeholders, with the support of Baseball NL, to look at alleviating the problem with the construction of a large field in Upper Island Cove, according to Adams.
“Unless I’m mistaken, we are the largest baseball association in the province without a field to accommodate midget, junior and senior baseball,” he said.
Without those three levels of baseball, CBN’S graduating bantam aged players have nowhere locally to play and either end up quitting baseball or joining programs in the St. John’s area.
“That is not good enough for a region the size of Conception Bay North,” said Adams.
The 2011 season saw Baseball NL experience an increase in registration for the seventh consecutive year, with2,318 players registering throughout the province.
For 2012, an emphasis is being placed on coaching, umpiring and player development.
Meanwhile, John Janes was returned for his third year as president of Baseball NL, while Kevin Legge of Conception Bay South was re-elected vice-president.
Also re-elected were David Janes of Grand Falls-windsor as the central director, Tex Seaborn of Corner Brook as western director, Steve Phillips of St. John’s as minor chairman, and Kevin Mccarthy of Corner Brook as assistant minor chairman.