Kingsley Collins, Monday, 30 September 2013
The long-awaited and much anticipated Baseball Victoria Summer League season will launch into action with a full round of senior games to be played over the weekend of 5 and 6 October......
The 2013/14 Summer League senior season has attracted 124 team entries, a minimal decrease on the 127 that entered last year.
With eight teams, Cheltenham is again the most prolific, while Doncaster, St Kilda and Fitzroy have maintained strong numbers by entering six teams each in mainstream competition.
Essendon, Sunshine, Waverley, Blackburn, Melbourne, Springvale and Berwick have all entered five senior teams, while four will represent each of Newport, Geelong, Preston, Upwey, Sandringham, Malvern, Williamstown, Moorabbin,Werribee and Ormond.
Mulgrave, Port Melbourne, Bonbeach, Chelsea and Footscray will each field three teams in senior competition, while Monash University and North West are both joined as two-team clubs by Research and Ballarat Brewers.
Twelve clubs will participate in the DIVISION ONE competition, which is split into two conferences – East and West.
Each Division One firsts team will play three games against the others in its conference and two crossover games against the six in the other conference – for a total of 27 games, a combination of nineteen weekend and eight midweek fixtures.
Conference games have been scheduled for the first five rounds prior to commencement of crossover and midweek games on 10 November.
Division One seconds, thirds and fourth will each play seventeen rounds as a combination of conference and crossover games.
Engaged in an eleven-team competition (with a bye), DIVISION TWO firsts will see all teams playing twenty-two games, while Division Two seconds, thirds and fourths will play either fifteen or sixteen regular season games (depending on the presence of the bye).
DIVISION THREE Firsts and Seconds and the three DIVISION FOUR competitions will play between sixteen and eighteen games, with all regular season scheduling for the lower grades to be completed by mid February.
Again this season, negotiations between clubs will result in some games being rescheduled as Saturday fixtures. Clubs and supporters are advised to be aware of changes to the official draw where this may occur.
The Summer League season will commence over the weekend of 5 and 6 October with a full round of senior games. The only Saturday fixture will be the Division One and Reserves clash between Sunshine and Preston (at Sunshine), an occasion dedicated to cancer research in recognition of the untimely passing of Daniel Sutherland a decade ago.
All other games will be played on Sunday 6 October.
Women’s League (Saturday 12 October), Junior League (Sunday 13 October) and Masters League (Monday 21 October) will commence in the weeks following.
While player movements and lists are still to be finalised, we will aim to post our Division One and Two Season Preview during Thursday of this week.
Thank you to the coaches and the club officials who have already provided information and insights to assist in this regard.
Please feel free to contact me – now or at any time - with news and developments that you wish to share with the Victorian baseball community (0488 735 297, 03 53329202 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Be aware, too, that the changeover to the new website platform has created certain online issues that may take some time to be resolved and that will require our forbearance for the time being.
May none of that detract from what shapes as another memorable season of summer baseball.
One that will have even the indefatigable Slugger baying for more!
Best wishes to all clubs - and to teams at all levels – for an enjoyable and successful Summer League season.