Time for Summer Baseball!

G'day Saints! 

It's that time of year again, Summer season is just around the corner. After a great winter season in which we fielded 4 teams, it's time again to turn our focus to summer baseball. 

Not long ago at our AGM we elected our new President Todd Clarkson and Vice President Bryan Livett with Avi Lewis and Pete Smith continuing in their Secretary and Treasurer roles. Additionally we have Simon Leicht and Josh Smart joining Sean O'Halloran, Justin Ramirez and Jeff Kuhl as Directors on the Board.  With a strong leadership team and renewed commitment to improving all aspects of our club we enter this summer season with lots to look forward to.

We are proud to announce Eddie Escalona as this years club coach. As most of you know Eddie has been doing a fantastic job with the coaching staff developing our junior sides and is one of the most knowledgeable baseballers on the club. With a passion for teaching and success Eddie will continue the legacy of strong coaching ability coming from within the club to strengthening the clubs on-field culture.

Our Season Begins on October 1st and runs through to February with finals in March 18'. Training for summer will begin on Sunday September 3rd from 1-3pm and continue each Sunday through the end of September when we will switch to Thursday training from 6-8PM. Of course, our Thursday training will always end with team announcements and a few drinks up in the clubhouse. 

Registration this year will be slightly different then previous years. All fees this year will be paid through SportsTG, the same system we pay our association fees to Baseball Australia and Baseball Victoria. Fees are as follows:

Seniors Registration Page

Juniors Registration Page

The process for paying should be quite straightforward, just follow the link, create an account, and register. Remember, to receive the early bird rate, fees must be paid no later than September 30th.  Please don't hesitate to e-mail stkildabaseball@gmail.com with any questions or issues.  For questions regarding fees, payment plans and alternate forms of payment, please contact our Treasurer Pete Smith at pete.insweden@gmail.com.  

Summary of Annual General Meeting 2017

Update from the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Last Monday we held our AGM at the Limerick Arms which saw reflections on the 12 months of great on and off field improvements around the club.

We bid farewell and paid thanks to the leadership and commitment which Shaun O'Reilly has given to the club over the last 4 years in his role as President (2) and Secretary (2).

We thank our outgoing Vice President Nick Wood for his on and of field efforts along and wish him luck with the move back to the USA.

A big thank you goes out to all of those who served on the board over the last 12 months Avinoam Lewis, Sean O'Halloran, Todd Clarkson, Bryan Livett, Jeff Kuhl, Dave Weinberger, Robby Lewis, Justin Ramirez, Matt Tanner, Steve Bowden

Peter Smith provided the financial overview of the club which is improving year upon year thanks to the support of its members and the grants we have been awarded.

We also voted to adopt an updated version of the club constitution (a copy of which is available through the AGM post on our website)

The amount of interest in board roles is very encouraging and is a testament to where we are at as a club.

We are proud to introduce the Board of Directors for 2017/2018

Todd Clarkson - President

Bryan Livett - Vice President

Avi Lewis - Secretary

Peter Smith - Treasurer

Simon Leicht - Board Member

Charles Roe - Board Member

Justin Ramirez - Board Member

Josh Smart - Board Member

Sean O'Halloran - Board Member

Jeff Kuhl - Board Member

If you see these guys around the club, congratulate them and put forward any ideas and feedback you have for your club.

 

St Kilda Women’s Baseball: Summer 17/18 - Express your interest?

The St Kilda Baseball Club is seeking expressions of interest for players to enter a Senior Women’s team for the 2017/2018 Season (running from Oct 2017 to Mar 2018).

  • Senior’s baseball is open to any women 14 years of age or older.
  • Games are played on Saturdays and training is 1 night per week

This is an exciting opportunity for the club to expand the involvement of women in it’s existing Senior and Juniors playing base and programs and for you to be a part of it!

St Kilda Baseball Club has a proud history and success in the Victorian Women’s Baseball competition with Division 1 premierships in 1996/97 and Division 2 premierships in 2003/04 and 2006/07.

St Kilda Baseball Club was established in 1879 and plays and trains at Tom O’Halloran Field located in Albert Park, St Kilda where it has club room and canteen facilities for members and guests.

Please fee free to share this with anyone you feel would be interested.

Interest can be logged through Facebook to Peter Smith (Treasurer) or Avi Lewis (Secretary) through email via stkildabaseball@gmail.com or our website http://www.stkildabaseball.org.au/

SKBC Annual General Meeting 2017

Hi Sainters!

The date for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the club has been set!

It’s an opportunity for you as a club member to have your say and be part of and vote in the election of the next board of directors

DATE: Monday 3rd July 2017

LOCATION: The Limerick Arms - South Melbourne

TIME: 7:00pm (meeting start time)

Highlights

  • Presentation of Financial Year 2017 Results
  • Election of new Board of Directors
    • Executive Director Roles - President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer
    • General Director Roles - Senior Coordinator, Junior Coordinator, Internal Club Manager, External Club Manager)
  • Adoption of update to club constitution (see below)

Link to finalised agenda

Nomination for Election of Director Roles

Anyone interested in running for any of the director roles needs to be nominated. Just get two of your fellow members to second you and you are in the running!

Link to SKBC Nomination Form

If you want to know more details about there roles we have developed some basic details which can be adjusted based upon peoples skill set and available time

Link to SKBC Roles & Responsibilities 

 

Voting at the AGM

Best thing is to vote in person and have your say. If you can't make it you can vote by proxy

Link to SKBC Proxy Voting Form

 

Adoption of update to Club Constitution

Like all registered sporting clubs St Kilda Baseball Club has a set of governance rules which provides an overall direction for the club, controlling the actions of the Board (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer) which should satisfy the legitimate expectations (of its members and its affiliations) of accountability and regulation.

We have chosen to implement an updated constitution document of which is based upon current regulations and is approved by our peak bodies Baseball Australia (BA) and Baseball Victoria (BV).

This constitution is a matter of public record open to all members of the club. During the AGM we will be voting on its adoption so I encourage everyone to have a read.

Link to DRAFT SKBC Constitution

Any questions about the AGM or can be directed to Pete Smith

Come and join your fellow members for one free drink on arrival!

 

Annual General Meeting FAQ

Q: What happens at an AGM?

A: This meeting happen once a year at which positions on the Board (or Committee) are elected for the coming 2018 year (Summer 2017/2018 and Winter 2018).

Q: What positions are elected at the AGM?

A: The key director positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary along with 4 new positions Junior Co-ordinator, Senior Co-ordinator, Internal Manager, External Manager will be elected. Details of these roles are found here

Q: How does a member indicate they are interested in a role?

A: They have to be nominated by 2 financial members of the club. The nominee also has to accept the nomination. Nomination forms can be found here and must be returned to stkildabaseball@gmail.com by 3/06/17.

Q: Can anyone vote?

A: All current financial members of the club, either in Summer 2016/2017 or Winter 2017 may vote. This applies to Senior and Junior members (Juniors must have a parent/guardian vote on their behalf). 

Q: What happens if I want to vote but can’t make the meeting?

A: Proxy voting forms will be available to provide members the opportunity to vote. There will also be a phone conference number to dial into on the night for those who want to participate remotely. Proxy Voting forms can be found here and must be returned to stkildabaseball@gmail.com by 1st July 2017.

Q: I want to help the club but are there any other roles available?

A: Yes! The club runs purely on the volunteer time of it’s members. The board will form smaller groups or committees to deal with certain parts of the club and all members are invited to join these committees to help in any way they can. Roles can include (but not limited to) Sponsorship Coordinator, Uniform Coordinator, Digital Communications Coordinator (Website, Social Media, etc), Canteen Coordinator and of course Team Coaching roles.

Q: What happens if I don’t turn up?

A: You miss your opportunity to have your say by voting in the election of the your fellow members who will shape the direction of the club.

I Need Your Help!

Saints – I need your help!

As you know we have our first social function for the year coming up with our TRIVIA NIGHT on Saturday October 22nd. We are having a special fundraising activity on the night to help the club’s field improvement project. We will be conducting a series of live auctions with 100% of the money raised going towards finishing the infield upgrades that SeanO and the club started in September.

To help make this a success – WE NEED PRIZES!!! We have already got some really great donations from club members that will be hot property on the night. We are looking for prizes ideally worth around $250 each that we can auction off – but any contribution will be greatly appreciated. Whether you can get something donated from your company or you run your own business and can offer up a prize – everything we get will be 100% invested into the field upgrades which benefit us all.

If you can help out with prizes shoot me a message or speak to me at training. For those who have already donated something – thanks so much.

Most importantly – if you haven’t confirmed your attendance to the Trivia night please do so ASAP – we need everyone there!!

Cheers,

Todd

Training Tonight (October 5th)

Saints,

Tonight’s training will be specifically focusing on infield and outfield work in conjunction with hitting. Bryan will be running specific outfield drills using the jugs machine while the infielders will continue the work we started last week along with a few new drills. Mariano will have hitting drills working in the tunnels and dependent on field conditions we will try to get a good live hitting session as well. No specific pitching or catching tonight but anyone wanting to throw a light pen will be able to.

See you at 6.30.

Todd

Uniform Order

A friendly reminder that the next uniform order will be submitted at noon this Tuesday (4 October).

If you are interested in a hat, warm up shirt, jersey, pants or hoodie please have them submitted to stkildabaseball@gmail.com by the deadline.

See below for all requisite information; payment needs to be received before your order will be processed.

Costs:
Warmup t-shirts: $30
Hats: $35
Hoodie: $60
Pants: $75
Playing top: $90

For your reference our sizing per item are as follows.

Warmup t-shirts sizing: Youth 12, 14, 16 Adult XS (if applicable), S, M, L, XL, XXL, 5XL
Hats sizing: S, M, L, XL (adjustable are also available)
Hoodie sizing: XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL
Pants sizing: In inches and go up in increments of two inches—20”, 22”, 24”, 26”, 28”, 30” etc.
Playing tops sizing: In inches and go up in increments of two inches—XS = 30-32", S = 34", M = 36"-38", L = 40"-42", XL = 44"-46", XXL = 48"-50"

Please send orders to stkildabaseball@gmail.com with name, sizing and quantity information. Payment must be made before we will place order. Preferred method is internet deposit:

Bendigo Bank

BSB: 633-000 
Account Number: 150 478 592
Account Name: St Kilda Baseball Club Inc.

Input your surname into the description field and uniform item etc., allowing easy identification of payment.

Please contact Nick Wood (nicholasjonwood@gmail.com) if you have quandaries or concerns.

Go Saints! 

Wednesday Training

Saints,

Thanks to everyone for coming out for the intra-squad game on the weekend. We had almost 40 players come down which is a great turnout. Everyone got through a couple of live at bats and a few innings in the field – was a great way to work off some rust. It was also great to see 25+ people hang around and have a few drinks after the game.

This Wednesday is our first skills session and hopefully everyone can come down and work on some specific parts of their game they want to develop.

We will have infield, catching and hitting stations happening with specific drill based activity. We will also have some capacity to have a few pitchers throwing a small bullpen but there will limited pitching coaching at this stage. Bryan will also be available if anyone wants to work on base running specifics.

We will do group warm ups and a group activity to close.

Please come with a plan on what you would like to work on so we can help you get the most out of the 2 hours.

See you Wednesday.

TC