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

EOI for QLD coaching vacancies.

EOI for QLD coaching vacancies.

Baseball Queensland is inviting coaches to Express their Interest and Register for vacant coaching positions within our QLD Bandits State Teams. BQ strive to deliver programs with holistic outcomes whilst creating an optimal learning environment for our athletes and coaches within our High Performance Pathway Programs.

Vacant Positions

Youth Women

  • Assistant Coach
  • Pitching Coach
  • Executive Officer

U16

  • Assistant Coach
  • Pitching Coach
  • Executive Officer

U18

  • Assistant Coach
  • Pitching Coach
  • Executive Officer

Open Women

  • Assistant Coach
  • Pitching Coach
  • Executive Officer

If you are a coach who wishes  to express their interest and register please follow our two step process:

1. Complete and submit all necessary documents outlined in “BQ Coach Selection Criteria’.
Click here to download BQ Coach Selection Criteria.

2. Complete the online registration process. Click here to access online registration process

Applications close Sunday 21st of July 2019.

If you require additional information please contact Shayne Watson, BQ High Performance Manager shayne@baseballqld.asn.au

Player Pathway Programs Announcement

Player Pathway Programs Announcement

Newly appointed High Performance Manager Shayne Watson is delighted to release the Baseball Queensland player pathway will look like for the immediate future.

Watson, who has been working within the Baseball Queensland (BQ) player pathway for 13 years is excited to tailer design our High Performance (HP) and Athlete Development Program (ADP). His previous role as Junior Elite Program manager was the latest step in widening his understanding of the holistic approach needed to build healthy, passionate baseballers.

BQ’s Athlete Development and High-Performance programs are listed on our website in detail. Here is a quick summary of how the programs look.

U13s Athlete Development Progam. (Pilot Program)
A new program for 2019 aiming to give little league aged players in-game experience across a wide range of positions. This will run between July and October.

Junior League Athlete Development Program
This program aims to develop the fundamental aspects of baseball whilst engaging the athlete to also increase their knowledge and critical thinking. This program will run between July to August.

Athlete Development Program (U16, U18 and Women)
This program is the entry stage into the BQ High-Performance pathway and is used as quality preparation for the summer season. This program runs from July to September.

QLD Bandits State Team (U16, U18, Youth Women and Open Women)
Another long term athlete development program that tailors to equipping those selecting within our state representative sides competing at National Championships. These programs run periodically based on the timing of National Championships.

State Squad Performance Program (U16, U18, U20 and Women)
This program aims to develop our athletes in preparation for marquee events (Nations, ABL, International College etc). The Long term athlete development program is aimed at our high-performance athletes and runs throughout the year.

As baseball continues to strengthen within our state our focus continues to build a better future for baseball. We are excited about our new athlete development programs to start this year and will continue to inform of new opportunities that are created for more athletes to engage in.

Baseball Queensland  announce High Performance Manager

Baseball Queensland announce High Performance Manager

It is with great pleasure that Baseball Queensland [BQ] announces Mr Shayne Watson as the new Athlete Development & High-Performance Manager for Baseball Queensland. Shayne has been a staff member of Baseball Queensland for 13 years and brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and insight to the role. Shayne has been the Junior Elite Pathway Manager for two years and has experienced considerable success, increasing the number of participants in our junior state programs and athlete development programs.

Shayne has designed and developed a program that will engage Baseball Queensland’s emerging, developing and high-performance male and female athletes in the redesigned Athele Development Program [ADP] /High Performance [HP] plan.

His experience also includes being part of the Brisbane Bandits, winning 4 consecutive ABL Championships and the Claxton Shield, as part of the coaching group lead by previous BQ High-Performance Manager and Brisbane Bandits Coach, David Nilsson.

Speaking on his appointment as the High-Performance Manager, Shayne states he is eager to begin a new chapter for BQ and spoke about the areas he is keen to grow for the State.

“I am looking forward to taking on this role. It will provide opportunities for our male and female elite level athletes to develop and strive for holistic outcomes. Not only to improve their sport-specific skills and knowledge but also for them to become future leaders within our sport.

Along with developing individual aspects within their game, our program will also be prioritizing athlete well-being and character building throughout. BQ coaches within the Pathway will also have opportunities to develop themselves as coaches and mentors throughout the Program.

We have several of our Pathway Programs commencing mid-year that will cater to a range of athletes from U13 to Open Women. Our newly formed State Performance Squad has already commenced in South East Queensland, with our North Queensland based athletes commencing mid-year. I have expanded this program to eight months catering for 25 identified athletes from U16 – Open Women. This direction provides more time on task and more opportuntites to develop athletes with access to a greater range of qualified and experienced coaches.”

Our Athlete Development Programs will commence mid-year fostering a Long-Term Athlete Development framework providing support and guidance for our young athletes coming through the Pathway.

As Baseball continues to grow in our state and we experience increased success with our regional and state teams, we are excited to continue expanding how the Athelete Development Program provides for baseball in our state and how BQ can look to increase numbers entering our High-Performance Pathway.

Baseball Queensland’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Gonzalez said Shayne’s appointment will continue to build strong pathways for our Junior and Senior players through the high-quality programs Shayne is creating.

“As CEO of Baseball Queensland, I have been fortunate to watch the sport evolve over the past two years, particularly within the Athlete Development & High-Performance Programs.  In 2017, David Nilsson, the then Baseball Queensland High Performance Manager, designed a Five-Tier success program in collaboration with Athlete Development Manager, Shayne Watson and the Queensland Academy of Sport.  The focus of the program was to successfully achieve High Performance outcomes within the elite levels of the game, with a focus on building the mental and physical skill sets of Queensland’s emerging and developing players.

Shayne’s experience working within all tiers of Baseball Queensland’s programs as well as the National program made him the perfect fit for the new program design.”

Through the support of Baseball Australia, the Queensland Academy of Sport, the coaches within the program and newly acquired partners, Pivotal Motion and Acceleration, Baseball Queensland’s vision of “Building a better future for baseball” looks as strong as ever.”

Shayne will take on the High-Performance Manager role immediately and will share his detailed outline of the High-Performance programs publicly next week through the Baseball Queensland website and social media sites.

Queenslanders well represented in Team Australia Squad

Queenslanders well represented in Team Australia Squad

9 Queensland players have been selected for the Team Australia squad selected to undertake a four-day camp in Canberra next month.

Lead by Team Australia Manager David Nilsson, the squad will undergo in-depth testing based at the Australian Institute of Sport from February 7-10.

Queenslanders make up over 25% of those selected for the squad featuring 9 out of 35 players selected. We want to congratulate the players below for being selected for the squad.

Ryan Battaglia
Andrew Campbell
Wade Dutton
Sam Holland
Mitch Nilsson
Ryan Searle
David Sutherland
Logan Wade
Aaron Whitefield

The camp will serve as the first opportunity for Premier12 preparation, baseball’s flagship international tournament.

“This camp will give us an invaluable opportunity to pass on as much information as we can about the Premier12 and the national team program as a whole,” David Nilsson said.

FULL SQUAD

Team Australia will have its first chance at qualifying for Tokyo Olympic Games at this year’s Premier12, as Australia must finish above Chinese Taipei and South Korea to book a place to Tokyo2020.

We will be keeping a close eye on our Queenslanders as they prepare for the tournament.