Minor baseball association gearing up for upcoming season

Katie Tower
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SACKVILLE, N.B. – It may not feel like baseball weather just yet but local organizers are starting to gear up for the upcoming season as they get set to hold their registration next week and are also putting a call out for new members to serve on the executive, as well as coaches and umpires.

With husband-and-wife team Chris and Jackie Vogels returning this year as co-presidents of Sackville Minor Baseball, as well as Peter Estabrooks in the treasurer/secretary role, Michelle Sherwood as field manager, and Suzanne Somers as uniform coordinator, Chris said it would also be nice to see some new faces among this year’s executive to help out with the various responsibilities involved in coordinating the season.

“We need some new blood in there,” he said.

In particular, the association is seeking someone to take on the coordinator role for the t-ball and 5-pitch program, as the previous coordinators are moving on from the position.

Chris said he also hopes there will be interest in the community once again this year from volunteers who would like to step up and coach a team, pointing out the association is always on the lookout for people to take on those roles.

“We always need coaches, at all levels.”

Baseball players are spread out between several levels, depending on age – t-ball is for kids ages five and six, while 5-pitch takes in seven-and-eight-year olds; mosquito level players are ages nine to 11: peewee level is for kids ages 12 and 13; while Bantam takes in teens from 14 to 16.

Chris also stressed the need for more umpires for minor baseball.

For anyone interested in coaching or umpiring, or serving on the executive for Sackville Minor Baseball, please contact Chris or Jackie Vogels at 536-1388 or vogels@nbnet.nb.ca.

Registration will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15-16, in the lower lobby of the civic centre from 6-8 p.m. Players from throughout the Memramcook-Tantramar region are welcome to sign up.

This year’s registration is earlier than in previous years, a decision the association made in order to better gauge the numbers well before the season gets under way, said Chris.

The season will likely get under way sometime in June, depending on the weather, starting with tryouts for the provincial teams.

Chris pointed out that the association was pleased with the condition of the fields during the 2013 season and the ongoing work and maintenance provided by the parks and recreation facilities crew during the summer.

Geographic location: Memramcook, Tantramar

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