Surge launches new pro­grams

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - SPORTS -

What started out as four teams for its in­au­gu­ral sea­son in 2016 and ex­panded to eight teams in 2018, the sea­way surge Base­ball club is now look­ing to field 15 teams for the 2019 sea­son. now en­ter­ing its fourth sea­son in the na­tional cap­i­tal on­tario Base­ball as­so­ci­a­tion, the surge is re­garded as a top base­ball or­ga­ni­za­tion in eastern on­tario at the ReP aa-a level in the on­tario Base­ball as­so­ci­a­tion. This year will be the first sea­son sea­way will at­tempt to run Base­ball canada’s Rally cap ini­ti­a­tion Pro­gram, meant for chil­dren be­tween the ages of five and eight to en­hance their first ex­pe­ri­ence with the game. Par­tic­i­pants in the pro­gram will learn the skills they need to be suc­cess­ful in try­ing out for one of the surge’s com­pet­i­tive teams and they’ll have the op­por­tu­nity to earn coloured Base­ball canada “Rally caps” that cor­re­spond to var­i­ous lev­els of achieve­ment. The Rally cap pro­gram will run from may to June and there will be an op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue in it from July to au­gust if there is enough in­ter­est. sea­way will also be of­fer­ing se­lect house League teams for play­ers who don’t make the com­pet­i­tive ReP teams or don’t want to play at that level but still want to play com­pet­i­tive base­ball. Reg­is­tra­tion is now open on­line at the sea­way surge web­site at www. sea­way­surge.com. Try­outs and con­di­tion­ing start soon in Jan­uary and runs un­til march. you can email [email protected] sea­way­surge.com if you have any ques­tions. Last year saw the in­tro­duc­tion of the surge’s Rookie pro­gram. This sea­son the or­ga­ni­za­tion is try­ing some­thing new again and split­ting its bound­ary in half at the lower lev­els be­tween Rookie and mi­nor Pee­Wee. sea­way is of­fer­ing east and West teams at the ReP level for those squads in hopes of bring­ing more young play­ers into the pro­gram and re­duc­ing travel times for games and prac­tices. The surge’s bound­aries cover all the ar­eas along the st. Lawrence River as far west as Gananoque, east to corn­wall, and as far north to in­clude Winch­ester, Greely, met­calfe, man­otick, and the sur­round­ing ar­eas. This past sea­son the surge in­vested re­sources into re­ju­ve­nat­ing lo­cal ball parks, in­clud­ing Brockville’s Gain­ford Field, mer­rickville Field, and Brin­ston and mor­ris­burg di­a­monds.

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