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

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.

BENDER, MIA
BENDER, MILA
BIRCHLEY, TYLER-JAMES
BUTLER, JADE
CRUICE, AVA
DANGERFIELD, RYLEIGH
DAY, GEORGINA
DIXON, AVA
FOXWELL, KYA
GEORGE, REGAN
GIBSON, YVANNI
HALL, LILA
HAMSON, SORAYA
HOBSON, CHARLOTTE
HOLMES, ISABELLA
HUGHES, CHELSEA
KIDDLE, MAYA
LARMON, CAYDENCE
MORROW, PARIS
NAPIER, HAZEL
NOBLE, AROHA RAWHITI
O’BRIEN, HANNAH
ORCHARD, RUBY
PADDISON, MOLLY
PAOLO, TALIYAH
PARZIS, ANNABELLE
PICKFORD, ISABELLA
RAGAU, BRIANNA
RAMIREZ, ISABELLA
REED, GEORGIE
ROBINSON, ARABELLA
RUZICKA, ASHLEY
TOBY, MAVONTAY
VANKAN, HOPE
VAN PEPPAN, ALLIE
WARREN, EMILY
WARREN, JOSIE
WHITE, CHLOE
WHITE, GRACE
WHITE, MADISON
WILSON, HANNAH
WYLLIE, BRITANY
ZAMORA, TAMIKA
ZARYC, CAITLIN

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
CEO
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.