With just one round remaining before Santa visits, I have a few issues to raise for clubs and members to ponder over the Christmas break.
Out of Area Players
We have always had players from other associations playing in our competition. Over the past 3-4 seasons these numbers have increased significantly and exposed some deficiencies with our rules. To address these deficiencies, I am proposing some additions to the rules for the rules committee to review prior to commencement of the 24-25 season.
• Out-of-area players are to be known as Imports
• Imports are automatically classified as DLRP's
• Imports do not gain "home-grown" status
• All import registrations are to be approved by CSJBA Exec
There will be further detail to flesh out, but I feel with the addition of these 4 points we are close to addressing the current deficiencies. Happy to hear and consider other views.
Grading Profile Document
This document is used as the basis of team gradings, exemption requests, friendship requests and transfer requests for all age groups from TBall minors through to SL. The accuracy of the information included in this document is critical to assist with decision making for the Executive and Grading Committee. We understand there are often last-minute changes but some of the information we are provided is far from reality and well beyond last minute changes. Making clubs accountable for the accuracy of this document will be a topic for discussion at future meetings.
It has become apparent that some spectators and coaches in the SL1 & JL1 competitions think it is ok to continually question umpires calls and their ability to control a game. We ask clubs to remind their members that this will not be tolerated, it is a breach of the Code of Conduct. Furthermore, as per Rule 3.11 coaches are held responsible for their spectator behaviour. Coaches can be ejected for poor spectator behaviour.
Playing for Sheep Stations
We still have coaches out there looking to fill their coaching resume with T-Ball and Zooka trophies. This is not acceptable, and clubs need to take some responsibility and coach their coaches. I am not a fan of putting more rules in place to combat super competitive coaches as this only serves to complicate what should be a pretty simple and fun game.
Expanding the non-competitive grades into TBall Majors and Zooka is gaining more and more support. This is not something I would like to see but looking more and more likely.
Enough of the cranky pants good luck, and best wishes to all those involved in baseball tournaments and events over the Christmas period. Finally, I would like to wish everyone a very merry and Safe Christmas and look forward to seeing you back around the diamonds in the new year.
With Round 8 in the books and heading toward Round 9 we are effectively at the halfway mark of our season. Regrading has taken place with a minimum of fuss and has seen new grades formed in TBall and Machine Pitch. Many thanks to the grading commitee and our reless Draw Secretary Stuart Hitchcock for their efforts.
Over the past couple of weeks, we have had many current and former CSJBA players selected to represent at State and National levels. Congratulations and best wishes to the following players;
Australian National Squad - Jake Burns
Australian U/23 Squad – Jake Burns, Brad Griffin, Danny Bannon
NSW U/18 Metro Squad – Cal Fingelson, Max Mioto, Liam Grant, Lachlan Vella, Damien Wilson, Jacob Palmer
NSW U/18 Country Squad – Lincoln Gruppelaar, Mikah Target, Oskar Boggis, Lewis Mercieca, Liam Anderson
NSW U/16 Metro Squad – Tahlan Cavill, Jackson Griffiths, Riley Jones
Congratulations also to Brad Griffin and Jaedan Cavill on their coaching appointments for this years AYC.
Sydney Cup and Association Cup is ongoing with all teams performing well and in the running for playoffs. Rookies trials commenced last weekend with the aim of entering 3 teams plus on the back of last year’s success another all girls team. Our LL Girls team heading up to Brisbane in December to compete in the Queensland State Championships have a couple of weeks training under their belts and a few scrimmage games planned over the next couple of weeks.
Believe it or not, the next report will see us a couple of weeks out from Christmas, starting to get organised for State Championships and the pointy end of the season.
CSJBA Presidents Report
After what seemed a long build up to the season, we have round 2 in the books and ready to bring on round 3. I have managed to check in to 8 grounds so far and looking forward to my next Saturday road trip to see more happy faces and plenty of good baseball.
Sydney Cup and Association Cup got off to an earlier than usual start, many thanks to everyone who helped with the selection process and those who took on coaching and team management roles. Best wishes to all teams and hope everyone enjoys the pre-Christmas representative program.
I’m sure most of you will have noticed an improvement with our social media content and activity, many thanks to Julie for her hard work and prompt attention to various requests at all hours of the day. It’s great to see photos coming in from clubs and rep teams, please keep them coming.
We have a CSJBA team of LL age girls travelling up to Queensland in December to compete in the Queensland Girls State Championships, keep an eye out in coming weeks as they will be not only training hard but also undertaking fundraising activities.
Details of the Archer Cup were released last week, this is an opportunity for LA 10, 11 & 12 Girls to participate in a tournament on 26 November at Kelso, hosted by East Hills Baseball Club. Registration links can be found on CSJBA and East Hills Facebook pages.
Onto a few housekeeping matters;
Memo to T-Ball Coaches
Every season more time is spent at Monthly General Meetings, Exec Meetings, and Rule Committee Meetings talking about T-Ball than all other age groups combined. We have more blow-ups, complaints, umpire abuse, spectator issues, confusion, and general angst with T-ball than any other age group. Ironically never has the blow-up, complaint, umpire abuse, spectator issue or general angst come from a player.
The players are not the problem.
What is the problem?
Spectators, Mum's and Dad's
I'm sure there are other aspects I could have included in this memo but I'm also sure you get the gist.
CSJBA Presidents Report