Activate Queensland: Emerging Athlete Pathways

Activate Queensland: Emerging Athlete Pathways

Do you know a talented young athlete who needs help with their sporting travel costs?

Emerging Athlete Pathways is a Queensland Government initiative that aims to assist young Queensland athletes on their pathway to elite success. The travel subsidy provides financial assistance to athletes and officials under the age of 18 who face long travel times to get to competitions.

Eligible athletes or officials who need to travel at least 250km one way to their event can apply for up to $200 for a state or state school event, $400 for a national or national school event, or $600 for an international event.

Based on community feedback, the Queensland Government has improved the subsidy, with Emerging Athlete Pathways trialling pre-event payments from January 2020 for eligible events.

By supporting young athletes, the Queensland Government aims to assist the next generation of Queensland’s sporting talent and inspire others to lead an active lifestyle.

Pathways for athletes, coaches and officials also helps ensure young athletes are attracted to and stay in Queensland as their home state, and keeps Queensland winning.

The program is now open.

It’s all part of Activate! Queensland 2019–2029, the Queensland Government’s 10-year strategy to get more Queenslanders moving, more often.

Find out more about the travel subsidy program at


Application process

Through the community consultation process for Activate! Queensland, athletes told us it would be helpful to receive their travel subsidy before travelling.

As a result of this feedback, Emerging Athlete Pathways will see a trial of pre-event payments come into effect from 23 January 2020.

To view the current list of eligible events, check your own eligibility, or apply for the subsidy, visit

Adding an eligible event to the events list

  • Noting that applications for the subsidy can take up to 10 weeks to process and with applicants unable to apply for pre-event payment less than 8 weeks from the event, it is vital that event nominators provide event details to Sport and Recreation well in advance to ensure they are available for pre-event payment.
  • Details can be supplied now via a full 12-month calendar of events or, as events are locked in.
  • If event details are not supplied sufficiently in advance, applicants may not be eligible for pre-payment but they can still apply for post-event payment as per the current program arrangement.
  • Applicants can apply for the subsidy up to 16 weeks prior to an event and six months post-event.
HP Manager Acknowledgement: AYC

HP Manager Acknowledgement: AYC

I would firstly like to acknowledge both Teams who competed at their best during the Nationals. I was quietly proud of the player’s efforts. It was fantastic to see both U16 and U18 play off for the Gold. Our coaching staff did an awesome job in preparing the teams over the last 12 weeks.

A big thank you to our Head Coach’s, Dan Wilson (U16) and David Badke (U18) who were fantastic in managing playing time whilst balancing each players performance.

Personally, it is positive to see how far all the players have come since early 2019. The off season programs have played a massive part in setting a foundation for their success. Though it was a fantastic result and memories have been created, this year was just a blip on the radar for our young baseballers progressing through the Pathway Programs and beyond. Our aim is for our individual players striving for positive holistic outcomes and I am expecting this year’s result will assist with their progression.

I will be sitting down with the coaching staff shortly to review the program. The outcomes from this meeting will commence the early stages of preparation for our 2020 Off Season Programs.

Before the Off Season commences, we still have our Youth and Open Women Teams preparing for their Nationals. The Youth Team are looking at repeating their results and our Open Team have put together a plan to improve their result from 2019

Lastly I would like to acknowledge all the parents supporting our Pathway Programs. Your support is always greatly appreciated.

Thank you to all who contributed and made it a memorable Australian Youth Championships.

High Performance Manager
Shayne Watson

Round 2 of Fair Play will open on 22nd January 2020.

Round 2 of Fair Play will open on 22nd January 2020.

Here are the other important dates:

·         Voucher applications will close on 1st April if the budget is not already exhausted.

·         Vouchers need to be presented to activity providers by 13th May.

·         Registered activity providers must redeem all vouchers by no later than 27th May.  Please note: following this date the system is closed and vouchers cannot be redeemed.

Program information can always be found on our website, including instruction for any new activity providers wishing to register.

If you provide participation programs as a state-level organisation, you may also be eligible to apply to be a registered activity provider.

Baseball Queensland U18 Japan Friendship Series 2019

Baseball Queensland U18 Japan Friendship Series 2019

Baseball Queensland (BQ) is honored to host Shiga High School Baseball Federation from Japan as part of Baseball Queensland’s continued efforts to grow the sport through our International partnerships. Baseball Queensland’s partnership with Japan’s High School Baseball Federation extends to its 6th year with this year’s touring team coming from Shiga High School Baseball Federation for a 5-game series with the Qld Bandits U18 Team.

BQ will host Shiga for this year’s event at Pine Hills Lightning Baseball Club, thanks to the support and efforts of the Pine Hills committee, as well as the continued support for baseball by the Moreton Bay Region Council.

The 2019 Baseball Queensland U18 Japan Friendship Series enables our young Queensland athletes to compete on an International stage, as they prepare for what should be a strong run at this year’s Australian Youth Championships in Geelong, Victoria.

Baseball Queensland CEO, Paul Gonzalez, states “Baseball is an International sport that offers global opportunities for the young athletes that come through our program, BQ is honored to work with Japan to not only achieve high performance outcomes but also achieve holistic outcomes as well.”   BQ will continue to foster our relationships with Japan and other International teams, which in response support the vision of Building a better future for baseball.”

Friday Dec-27 9:30am Opening Ceremony & Official Welcome
10:00am Game 1 Qld U18 v Shiga
Saturday Dec-28 10:00am Game 2 Shiga v QLD U18
1:30pm Game 3 Qld U18  v Shiga
Sunday Dec-29 10:00am Game 4 Shiga v QLD U18
1:30pm Game 5 Qld U18  v Shiga


Youth Women State Squad Selection

Youth Women State Squad Selection

Baseball Queensland would like to congratulate the following players on their selection to the Youth Women’s Queensland Squad.
The Australian Women Nationals will be held in Canberra, ACT starting on Friday the 10th April and concluding on Wednesday the 15th April 2020.

We wish the best of luck in the preparation and lead up to the event for all our selected players.

The players selected, in no particular order.


Open Women’s State Selection Squad

Open Women’s State Selection Squad

Baseball Queensland would like to congratulate the following players on their selection to the Open Women’s Queensland Squad.
The Australian Women Nationals will be held in Canberra, ACT starting on Friday the 10th April and concluding on Friday the 17th April 2020.

We wish the best of luck in the preparation and lead up to the event for all our selected players.

The players selected, in no particular order.

Higgins, Rachel
Webber, Stacey
Wagner, Laura
Tough, Maddison
Paki, Shasha
Bradley, Rio
Sullivan. Jess
Sullivan, Sam
Callinan, Ella
Evans, Claire
Marshall, Hannah
McMillan, Kim
Kimada, Kira
Bastow, Paris
Campbell, Lyndsay
Moffatt, Lily
Donnelly, Jessica
Lessmann, Cate
Kurihara, Moe
Koshino, Shiori
Humphries, Chloe
Henderson, Keely
Welch, Taylah
Low, Courtney
Blair, Georgia
Hughes, Georgina
Graham, Hannah
Parra, Camila
Irwin, Bree
CEO Acknowledgement: Women’s State Titles

CEO Acknowledgement: Women’s State Titles

As CEO of Baseball Queensland, I would like to personally thank on behalf of the staff and the board all the players, officials, coaches, parents and families who made this year’s Women’s State Titles a fantastic event and thriving success.

It was a fantastic four days of baseball in Brisbane for the 2019 Little League Girl’s, Youth Women, and Open Women State Titles.

Baseball Queensland would also like to acknowledge and thank All Stars Baseball Club for helping to make the tournaments a rousing success.

Through the collective efforts of everyone involved women within the sport of baseball showcased their talents for all to see.  Thank you to the 232 participants who graced us with your smiles, laughter and love for the game. You continue to pave the way for the future of women’s baseball in Queensland, and that future is very bright.

Some key milestones were the addition of Division 2 to the Open Women’s competition. This increased the opportunity for participants new and old to experience baseball and provided a positive entry into tournament baseball.

We would also like to thank the 4 NSW Country teams that travelled to participate in our tournament. We were thrilled to experience your level of play and spirit in which you played the game.

A special acknowledgement to the Director of the Participation Mr. Geoff Wade, through his initiatives and hard work with his elected sub-committee Baseball Queensland was successful in “Building a Better Future for Baseball”

To reiterate, thanks again to everyone involved in making these state titles such a memorable event for the players and fans alike. We would also like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and a happy and safe holiday season. We hope to see everyone back out on the field in 2020!

Paul Gonzalez
Baseball Queensland

Baseball Queensland partners with ACU

Baseball Queensland partners with ACU

Potential Olympians will hit and field virtual balls as part of an innovative partnership between Australian Catholic University and Baseball Queensland.

Building a better future for the sport is at the heart of the research collaboration which focuses on the state’s brightest teenagers as they develop in pursuit of professional and Olympic representation.

In just one tranche of the new relationship between ACU and BQ, players will train in the biomechanics lab and use virtual reality technology housed at the Banyo Campus’s School of Behavioural and Health Sciences and Allied Health Clinic. The simulated environments will challenge the players to adapt and upskill, with the mutually beneficial relationship giving them the required resources to develop holistically.

Deputy head of the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences Gert-Jan Pepping said Queensland’s best players, coaches and officials would benefit from cutting edge research, expertise and technology.

“This connects them with best practice sport science backed by an internationally recognised university,” Associate Professor Pepping said.

The collaboration enables benchmarking of sport science into baseball, with that knowledge to deliver a competitive edge on and off the diamond. Athletes’ health and wellbeing will be a major focus, with musculoskeletal screening to identify risk factors for injury and allied health practitioners to work with players on training plans to help them sustain long careers.

“This partnership is the first of its kind in Australia,” BQ chief executive Paul Gonzalez said. “Baseball Queensland through our strategic partnership with ACU is committed in developing best practice outcomes for our emerging, developing and high-performance athletes. Through future collaboration with ACU, BQ athletes will develop within the sport utilising world class resources within the partnership.”

“It will put our young players at the centre of a holistic, inclusive and evidence-based development program.”


The collaboration will provide opportunities for the partners to work together through the development of intern and research opportunities that would be beneficial for all parties in the development of baseball in Australia.

“This is a win-win for everyone and enables us to strengthen what we’re currently doing to achieve better outcomes,” BQ preferred partner physiotherapist Bobbie-Jo Strong said. “It allows us to maintain an edge and progress athletes to new levels through access to medical screenings, 3D biomechanics and virtual reality environments.”

“ACU has world class researchers and practitioners and we’re looking forward to this being a long term, professional relationship.”

ACU’s Faculty of Health Sciences is a leader in research and is ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide for sport science (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018). Through the schools of Allied Health and Behavioural and Health Sciences, and the Allied Health Clinic, the partnership will focus on initiatives including research projects, athlete screening, student supervision for ACU higher degree research students, coach education and placement opportunities for ACU undergraduate students.

Baseball Queensland, Building a better future for baseball.

QLD Team Selection Policy

QLD Team Selection Policy

During the week following the conclusion of 2019 State Titles we will be announcing our QLD State Squads. BQ have a QLD State Team Selection Policy that all selectors will follow throughout this process.

If you wish to be considered for Youth and Open Women’s QLD selection, please familiarise yourself with this policy.

Please note: Players unable to participate in the State Titles may still be considered for selection, provided sufficient justification exists. Any athlete not available to attend State Titles, On field testing sessions or trials (if required) but wishes to be considered for State selection must inform both their Region and BQHPM in writing at their earliest convenience.

HP and State Team Selection Policy

Baseball Australia Announce Dates for 2020 Australian Little League Championships

Baseball Australia Announce Dates for 2020 Australian Little League Championships

The 2020 Australian Little League calendar will start with Junior League in Adelaide and end with the Little League champion being crowned on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in Lismore.

Baseball Australia has today confirmed the calendar for next year, which will see a rejig of the 2019 calendar with the Little League gold medal game on June 8 reinstated as the final game.

The Australian Junior League Championship will get the national Little League circuit underway from May 5-9 at West Beach in Adelaide’s western suburbs. It marks the fifth-straight year Adelaide has hosted the event.

The Australian Senior League Championship will be held in Lismore, NSW, for the the fifth time from May 17-21.

Mildura, in Victoria, will host the Australian Intermediate League Championship for a second-straight year with the event to be held in the earlier timeslot of May 26-30.

The move forward means the Australian Little League Championship in Lismore will close out the domestic calendar again.
Little League will start on June 4 with the champion to be crowned on the June 8 Queen’s Birthday public holiday.

All four champions will represent Australia Region at their respective World Series events in the US during August. Little League® Baseball announced dates for the four events last month. The Senior League World Series gets a month of baseball underway on August 1 with the Little League World Series championship game slated for August 30.


Australian Junior League Championship
• Dates: Tuesday 5 May – Saturday 9 May, 2020
• Venue: Diamond Sports, West Beach, SA
• Host Partner: Baseball South Australia

Australian Senior League Championship
• Dates: Sunday 17 May – Thursday 21 May 2020
• Venue: Albert Park, Lismore
• Host Partner: Far North Coast Baseball Association

Australian Intermediate League Championship
• Dates: Tuesday 26 May – Saturday 30 May, 2020
• Venue: Old Aerodrome Sports Park, Mildura, Vic
• Host Partner: Mildura Baseball Association

Australian Little League Championship
• Dates: Thursday 4 June – Monday 8 June, 2020
• Venue: Albert Park, Lismore
• Host Partner: Far North Coast Baseball Association