QLD State Team Selection Policy

QLD State Team Selection Policy

During the week following the conclusion of 2019 State Titles we will be announcing our QLD State Teams. BQ have released their new QLD State Team Selection Policy in addition to one of the assessment tools that will be used when evaluating athletes.

This year we will be announcing the U18 Final Team + Shadows and the U16 squad of 30 players during the week following their State Titles. The U16 squad will be reduced to the Final Team throughout November.

In addition to announcing our QLD Teams, we will be selecting a Development Team from the players available in the U16 and U18 age groups that will tour Japan in 2020 June/ July school holidays. This Team will have access to all resources used in the State Program (Rapsodo, Blast, Driveline etc.) with their program commencing at the end of the Summer Season.

To view the QLD Team Selection Policy Click Here

QLD Scouting Document

Players and Coach selected for WBSC U-18 World Cup for Team Australia

Players and Coach selected for WBSC U-18 World Cup for Team Australia

Baseball Queensland would like to congratulate Brandan Bidois, Alex Skepton, Liam MacDonald and Kai-Noa Wynyard on being selected in the 20 man roster to represent Team Australia that is set to head to South Korea for the WBSC U-18 World Cup.

Joining them will be Baseball Queensland Development Manager Gareth Jones in the role of Assistant Coach for the U-18 Team Australia side.

The 20-man roster was chosen from 37 players active in Australia’s series with Canada in Lismore ahead of the World Cup getting underway in South Korea on Friday.

Australia gets its World Cup underway against Nicaragua at 3pm AEST on Friday.

For Australia’s full schedule and the latest team news head to our #U18WorldCup event hub.

Pictured: Kai-Noa Wynyard, Brandon Bidois, Alex Skepton, Liam MacDonald and Gareth Jones

Earnshaw State College – Expressions of Interest

Earnshaw State College – Expressions of Interest

Earnshaw State College has launched a Baseball Academy and have already received expressions of interest from many students across North Brisbane. While round one applications have now closed, their second round of applications opens on September 1 and closes on September 30. Students from year 4 through to year 12 may now apply.

They are very excited to announce their baseball coach, Lee Brand who will begin in the position of Academy coach at the end of 2019, in readiness for the 2020 year and beyond.

Lee Brand was born and raised in Minnesota, USA. He is currently a physical education teacher at Carmel College, Thornlands.  He is a committee member for the Redlands Rays Baseball Club, coaching the Senior League team, running the T-Ball Program and playing for the Master’s team.  He has been involved in school sport as the head coach for the Met East region U18 team and an assistant coach for the Queensland state team.  Prior to moving to Brisbane, Brand coached at Clark College and Hazel Dell Little League in Washington, USA, Riverland Community College in Minnesota, and Salt Lake Community College as well as two different high schools in Utah, USA.  He also coached for several semi-professional teams in Canada.  Brand played semi-professionally in Canada. He has completed a Master’s of Science degree at the University of Utah in the program of Sport Psychology and he received his Bachelors of Education from Gonzaga University (Washington state, USA) while assisting the baseball teams at GU and at Rogers High School.  He is married with two children and is excited with the opportunity to start and direct a Baseball Academy at Earnshaw State College.

More information about the academy events and staffing will be provided as it comes to hand.

For more information and contact details please download the parent handbook by clicking here.

2020 and 2021 State Titles to be held at Redcliffe, Moreton Bay.

2020 and 2021 State Titles to be held at Redcliffe, Moreton Bay.

Baseball Queensland [BQ] is pleased to announce the partnership with Moreton Bay Council to host the David Nilsson Little League, Junior League, Senior League and Division 2 state titles to be held at Talobilla Park, Redcliffe in 2020 and 2021.

BQ is excited to continue building a great relationship with Moreton Bay Regional Council. This relationship has created the opportunity four our LL, JL and SL State titles to expand with the addition of division two tournaments, which has created more opportunities for young people to experience the tournament and regional baseball.

Moreton Bay Regional Council continues to play an active role in securing these events within their region. Most recently the U16 and U18 State Titles were held at the Kippa-Ring location as well as Narangaba. Baseball Queensland is extremely fortunate to partner with such a progressive council that continues to provide opportunities for baseball to flourish.

Moreton Bay Regional Council, Councillor for Division 5 James Houghton said he was excited to welcome and host some of the country’s best young baseball talent at Talobilla Park, noting the venue was no stranger to high-quality youth baseball with Queensland’s largest baseball club, the Redcliffe Leagues Padres, calling Kippa-Ring home.

“With two competition-grade diamonds at Talobilla Park, council was quick to put its hand up and partner with Baseball Queensland when the opportunity to host the Queensland Under 18 State Titles presented itself,” Cr Houghton said.

“Not only will it be a boom for baseball in the Moreton Bay Region, but it will also provide significant economic benefit for local retailers and tourism businesses.

“To have some of the state’s top-flight young baseball talent step up to the plate and play high-quality ball at Talobilla Park is a home run for our region and is part of the reason why the council is investing $34.1 million in 2019/20 towards important sport and recreation infrastructure.

“Council values a healthy and active lifestyle and we hope this competition will encourage a new wave of baseball enthusiasts to the game.”

BQ is also pleased to have Padres Baseball Club as the host venue for the tournaments. Padres have a fantastic history of hosting State Titles events providing great hospitality and exceptional playing surfaces. We look forward to experiencing the exceptional standard of service Padres have become renowned for.

BQ is also looking to expand the scope of the State Titles to include tee-ball and rookie ball level of competition. The desire to expand has been a focus for Baseball Queensland CEO Paul Gonzalez and the timing to explore these options is now.

“I, on behalf of Baseball Queensland are pleased to continue developing relationships that allow for more young people to experience new aspects of baseball. Partnering with Moreton Bay Regional Council for the next two years will allow us to continue expanding these State Titles to cater for a wider range of players. ”

“Our aim is to build a better future for baseball and having space to potentially expand with a tee ball and rookie ball tournament not only provide experiences for new players to experience tournament baseball but also continue to build on the fantastic atmosphere that comes with having people from all across our state involved,”

You can check out all the great places to stay, eat and enjoy in the Moreton Bay region atwww.visitmoretonbay.com.au

More information about the state titles will be shared as the tournament gets closer.

State Titles Open Div 1 and Open Div 2 Dates and Locations

State Titles Open Div 1 and Open Div 2 Dates and Locations

Baseball Queensland are pleased to inform that dates and locations have been set for the 2019 Div 1 and Div 2 State Titles.

Open Division 1 State Titles are headed to Sheldon, in Brisbane’s South East and will be hosted by Redland Rays Baseball Club. The dates for the Div 1 State Titles are 15th – 17th of November 2019.

Open Division 2 State Titles travel west to Darra and will be hosted by Wests Bulldogs Baseball Club. After the success of Senior League State titles this year Wests Bulldogs are excited to welcome more tournament style baseball to the region. The dates for the Div 2 State titles are also 15th – 17th of November 2019.

More information will be released closer to the events.


Coaching appointments for U16 and U18 Queensland State Teams

Coaching appointments for U16 and U18 Queensland State Teams

Baseball Queensland is proud to inform that the Coaching appointments have been made for the U16 and U18 Queensland State Teams.

We appreciate all those who applied for roles and were impressed by the high-level coaches who applied across all the positions.

Field Manager
 – Dan Wilson
Assistant Coach – Adam Pearce
Pitching Coach – Jamie Knight
Assistant/ EO – Martin Waters

Field Manager – David Badke
Assistant Coach – Gareth Jones
Assistant Coach – Keith Suthers
Pitching Coach – Scott Porter

More information about the Australian National Championships in the coming months.

Activate Queensland Briefing Sessions

Activate Queensland Briefing Sessions

Activate! Queensland, 2019-2029
Our strategy to further enrich the Queensland way of life through physical activity.

Just over 12 months ago, we spoke to Queenslanders about the challenges faced when it came to being active and how the Queensland government could give more Queenslanders access to physical activity opportunities.

In listening to the voices of Queenslanders and industry experts, the Queensland Government is now pleased to announce Activate! Queensland 2019-2029 – a new 10-year strategy to transform sport and active recreation in Queensland.  

To share the 2029 vision of the strategy, Sport and Recreation are hosting a series of evening briefing sessions throughout Queensland, open to all members of the community.

Please find below a list of locations and dates for upcoming sessions and links to register.

For any information regarding the Strategy please visit our website at:www.qld.gov.au/sportrecstrategy or email sportrecstrategy@hpw.qld.gov.au.

U18 State Titles to be held at Narangba.

U18 State Titles to be held at Narangba.

Baseball Queensland are proud to announce that the U18’s State Titles are to be held at Narangba on the 21st – 24th September 2019.

We are excited to again partner with Narangba Demons as the hosts for the event, as they have proved to be fantastic facilitators of Baseball Queensland events with recent tournments being successful.

Draws, Rosters and competition structure will be provided at a closer date.

QBUA Seminar 24 and 25 August 2019 @ Carina Redsox Baseball Fields

QBUA Seminar 24 and 25 August 2019 @ Carina Redsox Baseball Fields

This year, the QBUA is holding an Association Umpire Seminar at Zahel St, Carina, scheduled for two days:

  • Saturday 25 August 2019 from 8:00am to about 4:00pm; AND
  • Sunday 26 August 2019 from 8:00am to about 4:00pm.

What to wear: Suitable pants; QBUA Student Umpire T-shirt (QBUA will supply); running shoes; cap.
What to bring: Water; sunscreen; glove; mask; leggings; indicator; any required medication.

Catering: Redsox will be forwarding you a menu for you to select your lunches from. This needs to be returned prior to the Seminar.

The cost of this Seminar is $25, payable upon submission of this application (see below for details).

To attend the seminar you must complete the required form here: SEMINAR APPLICATION FORM

Payment must be received upon submission of the Application. 

PLEASE NOTE: On Saturday morning at registration, you will need to provide evidence (printout) that you have completed the “AIS GENERAL PRINCIPALS LEARNING“. You can access the course details here: AIS COURSE

Earnshaw State College – Expressions of Interest

Active Community Infrastructure

Activate! Queensland presents a new way to activate environments, by targeting fit-for-purpose, universally designed community infrastructure to communities that need it most.

What we want to achieve

The Active Community Infrastructure initiative will allow Queenslanders to participate in physical activities in places and spaces that are best practice and generate social benefits for the community.

This initiative aims to:

  • improve accessibility and a greater range of functionality and adaptability of places and spaces
  • increase opportunities for individuals and communities to use places and spaces
  • provide places and spaces that support broader community social and wellbeing outcomes
  • inspire activity in high need communities across Queensland

We will target investment that ensures universally designed infrastructure promotes equitable access to participation opportunities for all, including:

  • women
  • Queenslanders who identify as LGBTIQ+
  • seniors
  • people with disability

This will allow local sport and recreation clubs and organisations to address barriers to participation through infrastructure such as new changerooms for sporting clubs or additional lighting for safety.

How we are taking action

Around 150 infrastructure projects are set to benefit Queensland communities over the next 3 years through the initiative.

We will deliver well-designed facilities and upgrades where they are most needed, such as:

  • lighting
  • surfaces
  • change rooms
  • club houses.

We will establish a sport and recreation infrastructure partnerships office to drive the efficient delivery of infrastructure incorporating best-practice design.

Kickstarting projects

As part of the 2019-20 Budget, the Queensland Government announced a number of community infrastructure projects (PDF, 208KB) to be funded as an initial allocation to kickstart the delivery of Activate! Queensland.

These projects were identified through previous rounds of funding programs including the Female Facilities Program and Get Playing Places and Spaces.

Each project was assessed as part of the moderation of the funded programs, which considered the following key criteria:

  • supporting female participation
  • supporting broader community participation
  • being located generally in low SEIFA areas or communities of high need
  • being focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability
  • having partnerships with local governments and state sporting organisations.

The projects were also assessed on how well they aligned with the new Active Community Infrastructure initiative, which focuses on the timely and cost-effective delivery of projects in the Sport and Active Recreation Strategy 2019-2029.

Delivery of these projects will be supported by the newly formed Sport and Active Recreation Infrastructure Partnerships Office.

Helping you deliver projects

Infrastructure projects will be delivered through an evidence- based approach that aims to improve community outcomes. We will collaborate and coordinate effort by working with:

  • local governments
  • sport and active recreation clubs
  • state level organisations
  • government agencies
  • other entities
  • local community.

The project delivery model will be adapted to suit individual circumstances and may involve direct delivery by our department.

We will take a greater role in the delivery process to:

  • reduce the burden on club volunteers
  • achieve efficiencies in time and cost.

Expressions of interest

We are currently developing an infrastructure pipeline for future investment.
Expression of interest will be considered against a range of principles, such as:

  • partnerships
  • collaboration
  • integration
  • inclusiveness
  • sustainability.

We will investment up to $1 million (GST exclusive) per project.

Round 1:

  • October 2019: Expressions of interest open
  • January 2020: Successful projects announced

Round 2:

  • March 2020: Expressions of interest open
  • June 2020: Successful projects announced