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!
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.
During the week following the conclusion of 2019 State Titles we will be announcing our QLD State Squads. BQ have a QLD State Team Selection Policy that all selectors will follow throughout this process.
If you wish to be considered for Youth and Open Women’s QLD selection, please familiarise yourself with this policy.
Please note: Players unable to participate in the State Titles may still be considered for selection, provided sufficient justification exists. Any athlete not available to attend State Titles, On field testing sessions or trials (if required) but wishes to be considered for State selection must inform both their Region and BQHPM in writing at their earliest convenience.
HP and State Team Selection Policy
The 2020 Australian Little League calendar will start with Junior League in Adelaide and end with the Little League champion being crowned on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in Lismore.
Baseball Australia has today confirmed the calendar for next year, which will see a rejig of the 2019 calendar with the Little League gold medal game on June 8 reinstated as the final game.
The Australian Junior League Championship will get the national Little League circuit underway from May 5-9 at West Beach in Adelaide’s western suburbs. It marks the fifth-straight year Adelaide has hosted the event.
The Australian Senior League Championship will be held in Lismore, NSW, for the the fifth time from May 17-21.
Mildura, in Victoria, will host the Australian Intermediate League Championship for a second-straight year with the event to be held in the earlier timeslot of May 26-30.
The move forward means the Australian Little League Championship in Lismore will close out the domestic calendar again.
Little League will start on June 4 with the champion to be crowned on the June 8 Queen’s Birthday public holiday.
All four champions will represent Australia Region at their respective World Series events in the US during August. Little League® Baseball announced dates for the four events last month. The Senior League World Series gets a month of baseball underway on August 1 with the Little League World Series championship game slated for August 30.
Australian Junior League Championship
• Dates: Tuesday 5 May – Saturday 9 May, 2020
• Venue: Diamond Sports, West Beach, SA
• Host Partner: Baseball South Australia
Australian Senior League Championship
• Dates: Sunday 17 May – Thursday 21 May 2020
• Venue: Albert Park, Lismore
• Host Partner: Far North Coast Baseball Association
Australian Intermediate League Championship
• Dates: Tuesday 26 May – Saturday 30 May, 2020
• Venue: Old Aerodrome Sports Park, Mildura, Vic
• Host Partner: Mildura Baseball Association
Australian Little League Championship
• Dates: Thursday 4 June – Monday 8 June, 2020
• Venue: Albert Park, Lismore
• Host Partner: Far North Coast Baseball Association
Below are links to PDF documents that contain the draws for the Open Women and Youth and Little League Women State Titles.
With less than two weeks till the State Titles, teams are gearing up for what is set to be an excellent 5 days of baseball.
Youth Women and LL State Titles Draw
Open Women State Titles Draw
Baseball Queensland is proud to announce the coaching staff for both the Women and Youth Women’s State Teams to represent Queensland at the 2020 Nationals.
Head Coach Lisa Norrie
Assistant Coach Justin Erasmus
Assistant Coach Simon Morris
EO Anne-Marie Adams
Head Coach Geoff Wade
Assistant Coach Karina Connors
Assistant Coach Luis Zamora
EO Maureen Lessmann
We are excited to continue to see our women’s and youth women’s program and teams go for strength to strength.