A message to the Baseball Queensland family,
This isn’t how the 2019/2020 summer season was supposed to end.
As I’m sure it has been for all of you – it has been a difficult time for all of us at Baseball Queensland as we’ve sought the best solutions to problems we never really imagined facing. I am so very grateful for and proud of the baseball community for how they have dealt with these challenges.
I want to take a moment today to acknowledge their contributions, highlight recent achievements of BQ, and say a little about what we’ll be doing going forward.
On behalf of BQ, I would like to thank the Board of Management, the President’s committees, the umpires, scorers, grounds crews, parents, families and players.
Secondly, I would like to thank the Greater Brisbane League, the Gold Coast Baseball Association, the Sunshine Coast Baseball Association, the North Queensland Baseball Association, the Queensland Baseball Umpires Association, and the Queensland Baseball Scorers committees for their tireless and selfless work throughout the season.
Baseball in Queensland simply would not exist without the many quality individuals in these organisations doing the hard yards, day in and day out, to support baseball in their communities.
Thank you for your commitment to and passion for the game.
BQ relies on every one of you, and the hard and sometimes thankless work you put in, to ensure that every game of baseball played in our state is as safe, fun, and competitive as possible. Your service and dedication assure the future of baseball in Queensland.
One reason why it is especially disappointing for baseball to have ground to a halt like this is that we have been going from strength to strength the past few seasons and we were looking forward to continued growth throughout 2020.
Now, as to the immediate future. While we wait and hope for the best, be assured that we at Baseball Queensland will be hard at work getting ready for whatever comes next. This is an opportunity for us to get to work on some of those ideas and projects that have been on the back burners.
Baseball Queensland Board of Management have begun the process of reviewing the strategic plan with vision of leveraging off the success of the existing pillars with a focus now of setting achievable milestones that will support the continued growth of the sport.
When a baseball team is successful they play with unity and with a passion for a common vision and shared goals – these are just the characteristics we will need to get through these difficult times.
Baseball Queensland continues to work with the Winter Associations regarding the upcoming winter season. Contingencies will be considered, taking into account the fast-paced ongoing nature of further restrictions, long-term restrictions that have already been foreshadowed and suitable timelines for training before the commencement of the season.
Non-essential travel restrictions look certain to affect the National Little League events scheduled in the coming months and Baseball Queensland is working with Baseball Australia and our state and territory colleagues.
When the dust settles and we are advised that we can resume play, Baseball Queensland assures you that we will be ready to go. And that we remain committed to our vision of Building a better future for baseball.
We urge the baseball community to adhere to the restrictions in place and review all health information available.
In the meantime look after yourselves, your families, your friends, and the people doing it tough in your communities.
If you have any questions about Baseball Queensland’s approach to this crisis or if you feel we can be of some assistance – we would be happy to hear from you.
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!
On behalf of BQ, I would like to thank the Narangba Demons Baseball Club, thier committee, volunteers and grounds crew for hosting the 2019 U18 State Titles.
Congratulations to the 2019 U18 State Titles winners; Brisbane South and to the Runners-up, Brisbane North.
As CEO of Baseball Queensland and on behalf of the Board of Management, I would like to acknowledge the teams who have played at the 2019 Little League, Junior League and Senior League Nationals.
Congratulations to the players, coaches and staff for representing your regions and our state with passionate baseball, maximum effort and high-quality sportsmanship. We continue to hear reports that our young baseballers are held in high on and off the field and we are thrilled to see our teams grow in their knowledge of the game and compete at the national level.
Thank you to the parents who continually support their children to pursue their dreams of playing baseball throughout local, regional, state and national levels. Your dedication and sacrifice are always acknowledged and appreciated.
As CEO of Baseball Queensland, I am proud of all the players and teams who through our state titles tournaments have taken up the experience of playing at a national level and I am sure that these individuals will come back to their clubs with a deeper knowledge of the game and themselves.
Congratulations to Brisbane Metro for taking out the silver medal in the Australian Senior League Championships.
Congratulations to Gold Coast Cougars for placing 4th and to Brisbane Metro for placing 11th at the Australian Junior League Championships.
Congratulations to Gold Coast Cougars for placing 5th and to Brisbane North for placing 16th at the Australian Little League Championships.
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On behalf of Baseball Queensland, I would like to acknowledge Queensland’s Open Women’s team for their performance and competitiveness at the 2019 Australian Open Women’s Championships.
Through the collective efforts of all, including the coaching staff lead by Ms Lisa Norrie, you, the players, have shown great tenacity, discipline, and team spirit, and you have set a solid foundation for the future growth of women in Baseball in Queensland.
It is with great honour that we acknowledge your achievements, you have made us all Queensland proud!
As CEO of Baseball Queensland, a special thank you also to the coaches, staff, families, and players. You have represented Queensland well at this year’s Australian Open Women’s Championships.
“Building a Better Future for Baseball.”
On behalf of Baseball Queensland, I would like to acknowledge Queensland’s Youth Women’s team for their historic Silver medal win at this year’s Australian Youth Women’s Championships.
Through the collective efforts and sacrifices of the coaching staff lead by Mr. Geoff Wade, you the players and your parents, you have not only created history for women’s baseball in Queensland, but you have set a foundation for the future growth of women in Baseball.
It is with great honour that we acknowledge your historic milestone, you have made us all Queensland proud!
As CEO of Baseball Queensland, a special acknowledgement to the coaches, staff, parents and you, the young women who have represented Queensland at this year’s Australian Youth Women’s Championships.
“Building a Better Future for Baseball.”