Bat­ter up

Base­ball CBN pre­par­ing for an­other sea­son

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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.

New league

“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.

New equip­ment

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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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