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.
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 is excited to announce our calendar of event for the next 6 months for our Female Development Program. Below is the list of events that we are committing players and teams to.
We are aiming to put teams in the Little League, Junior League, Senior league age groups at this years Timberjacks Tournament played in Lismore, NSW.
Prep: 23rd and 30th June
Tournament: 12th – 14th July
JL and LL Female Development Program
All Stars Baseball Club
25th August, 1st, 8th, 15th,
22nd, 29th September
LL Girls NZ Series
We are excited to partner with a touring New Zealand female Little League team and to host a tournament weekend.
Location of this tournament will be decided shortly.
Tournament: 4th and 5th October
U16 + U18 state titles
This year we are aiming to include a female team in both U16 and U18 State Titles. The under 16 State Titles will be played in Cairns and U18s will be held at
U18: 21-24 Sept
U16: 27 – 30 Sept
Women’s State Titles
Last year we hosted our very first Women’s State Titles. This year we are aiming to grow our state titles with more female participants than ever before. This is a fantastic tournament for beginners to advanced players and was a great experience for all who played last year.
Open Women: 13-15 Dec
Youth Women: 16-17 dec
Gold Coast Summer Classic
We will be submitting teams into the annual Gold Coast Classic Tournament to kick off 2020!
Prep: 22nd and 29th December 2019
Tournament: 3rd – 5th January 2020
For more information on individual events, the development program and opportunities to be involved please email Shayne Watson. email@example.com
As part of Baseball Queensland’s agreement with Saitama Prefecture High School Baseball Federation (Japan), Baseball Queensland will take a touring team to Japan from 5-14 July 2019.
The Saitama agreement has seen teams from Japan visit Queensland to play against our U18 QLD Bandits team since 2015. This long standing relationship provides our team with high quality competition in the lead up to our event which serves as a great preparation for our annual National Championships campaign.
In the interest of preserving the relationship with Saitama so future generation of Bandits players might benefit from playing this series of high quality games right before heading off to Nationals, it is imperative that we service the relationship by reciprocating with a tour to Japan. It is BQ’s intent to establish this tour to Japan as a key element in our Queensland Bandits program moving forward.
It is our intent to take the most competitive team available. We are aware that some players on our soon to be selected final team (for 2019 National Championships – 2018/19 QLD Bandits U18 team) may have commitments that render them unavailable for the tour next year (University etc). With this in mind the tour is currently open to any player named in the 2018/19 Squad that was announced after the 2018 U18 State Titles.
Early indications are that the tour will cost approximately $4000.00 per participant. For those interested in participating, you have ample time to start raising/earning funds to help cover the cost of your trip.
If you would like to express your interest or book your spot on this touring team for July 2019 please contact Shayne Watson – E:firstname.lastname@example.org
MLB Testing Day for 2004 & 2005 players
After its successful inaugural year, the Baseball Australia MLB Showcase is on again in 2018. Baseball Queensland had over 80 participants participate in this event last year and we are expecting BIG numbers again this year.
This year the reach has expanded to Cairns in addition to South East QLD. Both venues will be on the same date with information and registration information below.
In conjunction with Major League Baseball (MLB), Baseball Australia and State Associations, participants get the opportunity to showcase their talents going through baseball specific skill assessments. After the completion of the event, each participant will receive their individual results.
This event, part of MLB’s continued effort to help grow the game in Australia, will provide an opportunity to emerging young baseball players to display their talent, in six major Australian capital cities.
- Cost- Free
- Who– Open to baseball and non-baseball members born 2004 and 2005
- SEQ- All Star Baseball Club, Gerler Rd. Hendra
- Nth QLD- Trinity Beach Baseball Complex, Cairns
- When– Sunday 1st July
- SEQ- Registered participants will be allocated a session time. #1 8:30am – 11:30. #2 11:00am – 2:00pm
- Nth QLD- 3pm
Registration will close 12:00pm Friday 29th June.
For additional information please contact Shayne Watson, Junior Elite Pathway Manager, email@example.com or 07 3876 2222
The U16 Athlete Development Program will again be part of the process for all U16 players (players born 2003 & 2004) that are eligible for selection to the 2018 U16 and *Youth Women QLD Bandits Team that will participate in the National Youth Championships throughout 2019.
*U16 age group only.
The program will commence on Saturday, 19th May to Saturday, 23rd June 2018 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm at All Stars Baseball Club. The program will provide an opportunity for the coaches to identify and develop players through the pathway leading to the 2019 National Youth Championships. See below for table with further information about the Aims/Goals.
Headed by QLD Bandits Coaching Staff and supported by Baseball Queensland Junior Elite Staff will be a number of specialised coaches attending to pass on a wealth of experience to our young and upcoming athletes. Players need to register their interest by no later than Friday, 18th May 2018, click for REGISTRATION
Please email Shayne Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any further information.
U16 QLD BANDITS ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
1. To identify & develop a group of players in preparation for the 2019 QLD Bandits Team
2. To educate athletes on the resources/opportunities available to help them develop between now and National Championships
3. To identify & develop a group that can play games against the QLD teams in preparation for National Championships
- 2.00pm – 5.00pm each Saturday @ All Stars Baseball Club (Gerler Rd, Hendra)
- Saturday 19th May to Saturday, 23rd June 2018
- The Staff will include QLD Bandits coaches and/or coaches from the Regional Team programs.
- $63/ athlete to cover equipment and field hire.
- Athletes will be expected to practice in their Regional/Club uniforms.
Shayne Watson email@example.com