Base­ball NL elects ex­ec­u­tive

Lo­cal reps cite need for larger field in Con­cep­tion Bay North

The Compass - - P2011ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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.

Ex­ec­u­tive de­ci­sion

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.

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