Baseball CBN preparing for another season
Baseball Conception Bay North is getting ready to start a new season.
The association, based out of Upper Island Cove, has already held one set of registration, and will hold two more sessions this week (see community calendar, Page A6).
Like any association, Baseball CBN is looking to add new things and get more new players involved.
This year, the association will be adding a rookie division that will take in players born between 2006 and 2008.
“This new division is meant to introduce younger kids to basic skill development and a general understanding of the game before they reach the Mosquito division,” said association representative Scott Adams.
The demand for such a division has been ever-increasing for the past couple of years, according to Adams.
“We’re hoping this is a step in the right direction,” he said.
The new division could also serve players who are older, but not quite ready for the mosquito division.
Baseball CBN had a successful summer in 2012, seeing multiple teams heading to the title game of provincial championships, with one team picking up the banner and booking a trip to the Atlantic championships.
Four female players travelled to the Bantam Nationals tournament in Nova Scotia, while two midget-aged players have made Team NL for the 2013 Canada Summer Games.
Adams is hoping to build on those successes with a similar showing this summer.
“We’re continuously working to provide a great baseball experience for all registered players,” he said.
On the table for 2013 is the proposition of a new midget-junior league. This would take in any player interested who was born between 1992 and 1997.
“We’ve had some interest from former minor division graduates to form a junior division, so the formation of a competitive league would be a great start,” said Adams.
It is possible, depending on registration numbers, this league could include overage players as well.
Adams said there should be some information available in the coming weeks.
Baseball CBN is looking to add a new high-end pitching machine, and building a batting cage at the facility in Upper Island Cove.
“With the support of the parks and recreation committee, we’re hoping to have the batting cage and pitching machine in place by the end of June,” said Adams.
Such a set-up would be beneficial to a growing program like Baseball CBN. It would allow hitters to receive additional instruction and iron out any kinks they may have in their swings.
“This is, again, just another step to improve the quality of our program,” said Adams.
Baseball CBN will be hosting two provincial tournaments this August. On Aug. 2-4, the provincial bantam AA tournament will be in town, while Aug. 16-18 will see the best peewee aged female players come to Upper Island Cove.
Along with the two players heading to Sherbrooke, Quebec for the Canada Games, there will be several bantamaged female players travelling to Nova Scotia with the provincial team.
“We’re expecting another busy and successful summer to say the least,” said Adams.
Graduating midget player Brandon Petten (left) was awarded the Wesley Gosse Memorial Scholarship, which is presented annually in honour of the former educator and high school hockey coach. The selected graduating player is given the award, plus $500, and must be nominated for the award. Presenting the award to Petten are Bay Arena board chairman Ed Neil (centre) and Ron Noseworthy, a friend of the Gosse family. The recipient of this award exemplifies dedication, hard work, volunteering, leadership and character. Previous winners include Cody Batten, Benjamin Mercer and Jarrod Dawe.