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THIS MONTH, SWEATY BITS PROFILES
THE SYDNEY WOMEN'S BASEBALL
LEAGUE. BY KYLIE COCHRANE.
Established in 1995, the Sydney
Women's Baseball League is celebrating
ten years of providing a baseball
competition run by volunteer women for
the women of Sydney.
The baseball competition has grown from
a small group of enthusiasts in an inner
city park to a competitive 8-team based
league to rival that of larger
organisations. These eight teams have
approximately 15 players per team -- so
this league has grown to more than 120
Sydney Women's Baseball League
President Stacy Warren says the players
are a diverse group from a range of
backgrounds and experiences.
"We pride ourselves on the diverse nature
of our league," she said. "Women of all
ages and skills come along every Sunday
in winter to have a swing, get their eye in
and test out their arm.
"We have many competitive players who
will give you a good run for your money,
and some of our members are new to the
sport -- having only ever played softball
"Although we are based at Moore Park,
near Fox Studios, women have been
known to travel from all corners of the
greater Sydney region to join us -- from
the Northern Beaches, the west, the Shire
and the Hills!"
Baseball is a winter competition, playing
between May and September. Four games
are played each Sunday, across two
diamonds. Games start at 12pm and 2pm,
and are played for 1½ hours.
In recent years, the Sydney Women's
Baseball League has concentrated on
developing their skill base -- training
umpires, attracting experienced coaches,
conducting pitching and batting clinics
and challenging other competitions in the
broader region with 'all-star' games.
An enthusiastic and experienced
committee, elected by members at the
2004 Annual General Meeting,
administers the Sydney Women's
Baseball League. The committee is
responsible for organising the draw and
teams, ensuring grounds are available,
players are insured and that all money is
appropriately dealt with for the
development of the league.
The Sydney Women's Baseball League
recognises not only the importance of
strong sporting competition, but also the
social aspects of getting together with a
group of friends in the warm winter sun.
"We pride ourselves on our friendly,
relaxed and open vibe," said Stacy.
"Every Sunday, rain or shine, the
committee ensures that the BBQ is fired-
up and that players and spectators are
well-fed. Friends and family are
always welcome to come along to
support the games, cheer on the teams
and to spend a beautiful afternoon in
the winter sun.
Apart from the weekly BBQ at the
games, the committee organises several
social events throughout the season. In
recent years events have included harbour
cruises, pool nights, and vineyard trips.
As with many sports, the baseball season
culminates in the Awards night.
"This is always a great night where the
prizes are awarded for the league
premiers and runner-ups...and of course
the 'wooden-spooners'," said Stacy.
"Each year we also offer the acclaimed
'Most Valued Player ', 'Players Player'
and 'Rookie of the Year'. Unsuspecting
players may also get hauled up for best
'stack' or best injury during the season!"
For more information on the Sydney
Women's Baseball League please contact
Stacy Warren (President) on 0416 126
088. Information can also be found at
CALL OF THE SIRENS
Sirens Softball Club is looking
for players for the upcoming
Sirens is a women only Club.
Please call Lee on (02) 9554 6376 for
BATTY SWBL at
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