Junior 2016/17 Welcome letter

Welcome to the 2016/17 Baseball Season

Season 2016-17 is just around the corner and Melbourne has plenty of baseball in store for all ages. Baseball Victoria have introduced exciting new programs to appeal to new players and extended programs and pathways for existing junior players.

Melbourne baseball Club is Victoria’s oldest and largest clubs and provides levels of competition for Men (Division 1 men’s is the highest amateur level of competition in the state), Women’s, Masters (over 38’s) and Juniors. Melbourne is an official sporting section of the Melbourne Cricket Club and provides pathways for membership of the MCC.

Junior Season begins around 2nd week of October and ends during March.  There is a Christmas break from mid December until beginning February.

If you have any questions about this new format please contact us.

Our philosophy:

The philosophy of the Melbourne Baseball Club is to provide an environment which allows players to grow as athletes and individuals playing a team sport.

We value good sportsmanship above all.

KEY DATES

Junior League  All Star Try Outs - 22nd October 2016, 08:15am @ Waverley Baseball Club and 26th October Upwey Baseball Club @ 06:15pm both sessions for 2 hours.

Little League Academy Tryouts - 22nd October 2016 and 29th October 2016 - 09:00am to 11:30am @ Malvern Baseball Club, Glenferrie Road Kooyong. Please fill out the attached Survey Monkey to register your Interest - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5R2NRPQ

 

The teams:

T-Ball

T-ball is suitable for players over 6 – 8 years of age and provides an excellent pathway to baseball in future years. New players are encouraged to try this program as a start to their baseball career or development of hand eye co-ordination.

The program will run from late October through to December and will return in February. The program will consist of short sessions on Friday evening’s teaching skills and basic game knowledge to inexperienced future stars.

8 year olds that are physically advanced and/or possess good hand eye coordination, may enjoy Little League Minor more.

 

Little League – born after 1st May 2004

Melbourne will again host Little League games on both Friday evening and Sunday morning. There has been a change in the structure of Little League so please read the following notes carefully. Players born after 1st May 2004 are eligible for Little League.

Melbourne is part of a regional “charter” consisting of local clubs – Melbourne, Blackburn, Upwey, Ormond, Malvern and Waverley. All Little League games, minor and major, played by our club will be played home and away against these clubs ONLY.

Friday evenings will be a Minor League A and B competition for new players and younger aged players. Little League minor is suitable for players over 8 -12 years of age. Minor League will include modified rules to assist those new to the game but will provide a real game of baseball for all. 

Sunday mornings will be a Major League competition suitable for those selected to play a higher level of competition and qualify for extension programs. Significantly, players wishing to participate in the Victorian Little League State Championships – April 2017 - as part of our regional charter squad, will have to play Major League Sunday mornings to qualify. The charter system provides a pathway to State Championships, Australian Championships and the Little League World Series in the USA for the winning Australian Charter.

Training for Little League will be held on Wednesday nights at Myrtle Park Nth Balwyn - 6:00 to 7:30pm

All Little league players can try out for the Eastern Athletics Charter Academy program this year that will consist of a series of games and specialist training sessions that will be run on Saturdays parallel with our regular season from December until March. The Academy is run by the regional charter, not by our club and there is a cost of $280 involved in this program above and beyond any club fees.

 

Junior League – born 1st May 2002 to 30th April 2005

Melbourne will host Little League games on both Friday evening and Sunday morning. There has been a change in the structure of Little League so please read the following notes carefully.

Melbourne is part of a regional “charter” consisting of local clubs – Melbourne, Blackburn, Upwey, Ormond, Malvern and Waverley. All Little League games, minor and major, played by our club will be played home and away against these clubs ONLY.

Friday evenings will be a Minor League competition for new players and younger aged players. Junior League minor is suitable for new or inexperienced players.

Sunday mornings will be a Major League competition suitable for those wishing to play a higher level of competition and qualify for extension programs. Significantly, players wishing to participate in the Victorian Junior League State Championships – January 2016 - as part of our regional charter squad, will have to play Major League Sunday mornings to qualify. The charter system provides a pathway to State Championships, Australian Championships and the Junior League World Series in the USA for the winning Australian Charter.

Training for Junior League will be held on Wednesday nights at Myrtle Park, North Balwyn starting 6.00pm. Full details tbc

All Junior league players can try out for a Charter Academy program this year that will consist of a series of games and specialist training sessions that will be run on Saturdays parallel with our regular season from October to December. The Academy is run by the regional charter, not by our club and there is a cost of $250 involved in this program above and beyond any club fees.

Senior League (Under 16) – born 1st January 2001 to 30th December 2002

Under 18 – born 1st January 1999 to 31st December 2000

Melbourne will host U16 & U18 games on Sunday morning. We expect that games are played home and away against clubs across Melbourne.

All players will be able to try out for State representative teams should that be a priority.

This age group will be invited to train and assist as Little League and Junior League umpires. This will provide pathways to umpiring where appropriate and also provide a little pocket money along the way.

Training for U16 & U18 will be held on Thursday nights at Surrey Park, Box Hill starting around 6.00pm. Full details tbc

 

The Club:

Melbourne is the Baseball Section of the Melbourne Cricket Club and the oldest continuous baseball Club in Victoria, established in 1888.

Melbourne juniors, at age 15, may have the opportunity to qualify for MCC Player Membership.

 

Other information:

New players will need a Melbourne Baseball T-shirt and cap available from our website. We wear grey baseball pants and navy socks, belts and undershirts that are available from baseball retailers across Melbourne. T-shirts and caps can be purchased online through our website along with a number of other merchandise pieces.

For safety, helmets are a compulsory item and these are available for use in the junior team kits, However, for safety and hygiene reasons our club recommends all players have their own fitted helmet.  These are available from our website or a number of baseball retailers across Melbourne and on-line.

Our website, (www. melbournedemons.baseball.com.au) is kept up to date with current information on training and games and provides a portal to results, fixtures, ladders and other club activities. We also have a Facebook site and a team app to suit those with a good handle on technology.

Finally, as we begin the season please remember that many hands make light work.

If you have the skills to coach, or umpire, or score, or manage a team, or if you can light a barbeque without blowing up the club-house, please let us know about it.

Helping kids to enjoy themselves at sport are good days to be a parent.

 

The Season:

The Summer Baseball Season runs October-March, with a Christmas break for most of January.

Pre-Season training will begin early September.

The Fees:

2016/17 fees are available on this link

 

How do I register?

Registration is online, at the following link:

https://memberdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=19617

All players NEW and EXISTING need to register at the above link prior to playing.

What’s next?

After registration, players will be selected into teams based on abilities.

Friendships will be taken into account in junior team selections below State League level.

Uniform shirts will be allocated for the season to Little League (U12)  and Junior League (U14).

Players in Senior League (U16) and U18 must purchase uniform shirts, which will be ordered by the club.

Caps and teeshirts/undershirts are part of the uniform and can be purchased at the club.

All players must purchase other uniform items: pants, socks, belt, cleats.

You will receive information including:

  • An easy guide on how to play the game
  • Suggestions about where to buy baseball equipment and uniform items

If you have the skills required to coach, or manage, or score, or help the club in any way, please let us know. Melbourne is a family club and we are all volunteers for our kids.

Contact is Junior Secretary email at: mccjuniors@gmail.com