The Greater Brisbane League (GBL) is the largest baseball league in Queensland, covering teams from Brisbane North, Metro, South, West and the Gold Coast from Little League (U13) through to seniors. The competition is managed by the GBL Competition Committee, a volunteer sub-committee of the Baseball Queensland Board elected by the GBL clubs. The day-to-day administration of the competition is conducted by a Competition Administrator.
The 2017/18 season saw the largest number of players participating in GBL baseball on record, with over 1,500 junior and senior players. All GBL Competitions are gender inclusive, with nearly 80 females participating as players this season across age groups and divisions.
The GBL season coincides with Queensland school terms 4 and 1, commencing in spring (October) and finishing before Easter, with a short break over the Christmas period. The season typically runs for around 20 rounds, with the Division 1 competition taking part in a two game series each weekend. Currently, the GBL Competition runs five divisions for seniors, two divisions for Little League (U13), Junior League (U15) and Senior League (U17) and a standalone division for both U20s and masters (35+). Regions within the GBL run competitions for players under the Little League age bracket (ie, rookie ball and T-ball).
The rules of the competition are written in the GBL Bylaws which are set prior to the start of each season. These rules operate in conjunction with the Official Rules of Baseball and, for juniors, the Little League International Rules (“Green Book Rules”).
The GBL would like to remind all clubs that in instances of wet weather, clubs must communicate with each other via the inclement weather contacts. It is not appropriate for individual club members (including coaches) to contact the inclement weather contact of another club unless that person has advised them to do so. Please ensure your coaches refrain from doing so.
We also would like to remind clubs that, although social media is an important platform for communicating wet weather messages, it is still necessary to inform visiting club’s inclement weather contacts of any change in status as a matter of priority so they may contact club coaches directly.
For Clubs who do not have a general weather inquiry line listed below, please contact your club coach or committee members for the most up-to-date information regarding inclement weather. Committee members have access to inclement weather contacts for each Club.
|QBUA (must call if QBUA umpires allocated)||Michael Bates||0416 165 632|
|Ipswich Musketeers||Jason McMahon||0407 118 510|
|Narangba Demons||Andy Irving||0437 063 621|
|Redcliffe Padres||Mark Boys||0490 187 876|
|Beenleigh Hawks||Andrew Makara||0405 993 323|
|Pine Hills Lightning||Matt Glasson (Seniors)||0426 931 135|
|Pine Hills Lightning||David Everett (Juniors)||0402 893 722|
|Coomera Cubs||Anna Day||0400 000 047|
|Redlands Rays||Dennis Fletcher||0414 435 100|
|Surfers Paradise (Seniors)||Tony McPhail||0411 755 776|
|Surfers Paradise (Juniors)||Clint White / Wayne Dyer||0447 131 352 / 0421 283 608|
|Wests Bulldogs||David Carr||0402 146 365|
|Windsor Royals||Justin Craig / Cooper Thomson||0418 756 614 / 0466 986 774|
|Hendra All Stars||John Moore||0481 194 677|
|Mount Gravatt Eagles||Alan Lawton||0407 175 721|
|Pine Rivers Rapids||James Royce||0434 250 552|
|Indians||Doug Robertson/Sharon Teakle||0424 616 894 / 0411 551 954|
|Southern Stars||Andrew Gallpen||0417 773 436|
|Toowoomba Rangers||Tony Walters||0418 165 351|
|Mudgeeraba Redsox||Peter Crooks||0412 696 227|
|Nerang Cardinals||Mark Flood||0417 649 087|
|Runaway Bay||James Foxwell / Tiziano Tortora||0417 772 404 / 0417 360 585|
|Robina Braves||Leon Newland||0448 238 810|
|Twin City Alleygators||Brian Gibson||0419 765 997|
|Carina Leagues Redsox||Rachael Bartlett||0409 032 073|
GBL By Laws - 18/19
GBL Game Balls
Below is a list of balls that meet specifications and clubs can utilise any of these types of balls for game balls in the 2018-19 Season. Considering the potential for different balls to end up in play in any given game the BQ rules have been updated to include a rule requiring only one type of ball be used in any one game (Page 9 – Baseballs The baseballs for use in any game must be consistent in specification, make and model). This means that if you start the game with Easton 777’s only Easton 777’s can be used for the remainder of that game.
Clubs are now free to purchase and use any one of the following ball types for use in games for the 2018-2019 season: