VICTORIAN MASTERS BASEBALL CARNIVAL 2014
Friday 4 April – Sunday 6 April
UPDATE: 19 February 2014
TEAMS AND DRAW
Seventeen teams have been entered across the two age groupings – 35 plus and 45 plus.
Sandringham returns this year and Doncaster is a welcome new entry to 35 Plus. Mildura Wanderers are taking a break. Regulars in Buccaneers 45 Plus and Bundoora 35 Plus have not entered this time.
We are currently working on a draw that will become available in the next couple of weeks, factoring in the teams listed below. Please let me know if you envisage any problem with a particular team entry or if you have any reasonable request that we may be able to accommodate.
Several teams have already paid entry and have submitted team lists. Please attend to this as soon as you can, preferably by Friday 22 February.
The Entry Form is attached and is also available on the Carnival website (see "About Us" in the menu).
Players can be added or deleted from team lists up until the start of their first game.
If your team is looking for extra players, please let us know and we will try to assist. Alternatively, you can post messages on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/vic.masters.98).
35 PLUS DIVISION
Teams will again play five preliminary games prior to a final between the top two finishers.
TEAMS: Big Cat Tomatoes, Brown Sox, Guild, Bees, Doncaster and Buccaneers.
45 PLUS DIVISION
The eleven teams will again be split into a Division One group and a Division Two group, based partly on 2013 standings and partly on expressed wishes by teams.
While it is great to play against different teams when possible, the ideal is of course to create competitive contests that all teams can enjoy.
This year we propose to have five teams in Division One and six in Division Two. We will seek to ensure that each team plays at least five games for the weekend.
TEAMS: Tassy Tigers, Fitzroy, Big Cat Tomatoes 1, Big Cat Tomatoes 2, Golddiggers, Newport Rams, Bendigo, Melbourne, Bees, Coburg, Sandringham
We have again applied a degree of flexibility with the minimum age, especially in the 45 Plus group. A few players under the minimum age have been given dispensation to play, on the condition that they not pitch or catch.
GROUNDS AND TIMES
The number of teams places pressure on grounds and scheduling, requiring us to again use the archery area as a fourth baseball field. It is not flash, as we know, and we will ensure that the minimum number of games (probably only two or three) will be played there.
Like everywhere else, the hot, dry summer has impacted upon the playing surfaces (though not on the main ground, which has an automatic sprinkler system in the outfield). In cooperation with the City of Ballarat, the three local clubs are endeavouring to have the grounds in their best possible condition.
Although daylight saving will not finish until the Saturday night of the Carnival, games will by necessity start earlier in the day (8.30 AM or 9.00 AM), with five time slots on Friday and Saturday and 20-30 minutes between games.
We’ll again be aiming to play a game on Friday night and a game on Saturday night. Guild and Buccaneers have expressed interest in a Friday night game (likely 7.00 – 8.30 PM). If any team has a definite interest for the Saturday night, let me know ASAP.
There will be few if any changes to the rules, which are posted on the Carnival website and have been emailed to Team Managers. The only significant change from last year has been the addition of the Ten Minute Rule (after scheduled finish time in preliminary games, not finals) as an adjunct to the existing Five Minute Rule.
Team Managers should inform their players of any rules that are in variance with those for the Baseball Victoria Masters League. For one example, the Carnival allows up to seven extra hitters in the lineup. We also allow substitute fielders in certain circumstances (see Rule 14).
Ian McKenzie will again be coordinating the umpires, who as usual will be paid a modest fee for their services. While we encourage each participating team to provide an umpire, it is not always possible. If your team has an umpire available, or if you are aware of capable persons keen to do some umpiring at the Carnival, please let Ian know (email@example.com).
PLAYER REGISTRATION AND INSURANCE
As mentioned in the Carnival Rules, all players are required to be registered with Baseball Victoria or an interstate ABF-accredited organisation to be covered by playing insurance. While we will have qualified first-aid personnel on site, the Victorian Masters Carnival neither offers nor accepts any liability for injury or illness caused by participation.
CATERING AND HAPPY HOUR
After doing a great job last year, Ballarat Brewers will again be providing the catering over the three days. The Carnival Happy Hour will again be held on Friday night after completion of the final day games and prior to the start of the night game.
Drinks will be provided at discount prices and as always there will be some complimentary food on offer, including barbecued meats, salads and bread. All squads, families and supporters are encouraged to join us for the Friday evening festivities.
TWO DECADES OF DIGGERS
One of our regular teams, the Golddiggers (known variously as the Diggers and Essendon Diggers) will be gracing us with their presence to celebrate their twentieth year of Masters baseball – a journey that began way back at the World Masters Games in 1994.
Personnel has of course changed with the times. Some of the originals are no longer playing, while junior Diggers have stepped to the plate in their place.
We are inviting all current and former Golddiggers, along with families, supporters and officials to join us at some time over the weekend for a drink and some reminiscing.
We will issue another update, with a Draft Draw, in another two to three weeks. If you require information or need clarification on any issue at this stage, please let me know.
Victorian Masters Carnival
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CONTACT US for more information on this unique Masters event.
As most baseball people are aware, club and association websites have transferred to a new online platform.
Please be patient while we seek to transfer information, records, images and other material from our previous site.
While we expect this site - for our purposes - to be fully functional towards the end of 2013, you can stay in touch with us either by the contacts listed or though the Carnival Facebook page.
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