Wednesday night (28th May) kicked off the first of many cold nights at the State Baseball centre at Altona with the VISBA taking on Nth Balwyn BC in a practice match for the development of up and coming juniors from U16 to U18 clubs from Melbourne. Not only is this opportunity great for the players within the program, but allows MWBL clubs participating a chance to give their own talented younger players a chance to compete against the states best junior players.
These nights will also give the MWBL Umpires an opportunity to also assist in officiating the games and using these games for the development of our newer umpires with the assistance from senior umpires offering advice and encouragement during & after the game.
Last nights Umpires were Christopher Mason on the plate & Simon Matters on the bases. Simon has been offered the opportunity to attend this years MLBAAP Academy program on the Gold Coast in July for more intense Umpire training. Christopher on the other hand started Umpiring at age 15 and is now in his 4th winter season with the past 2 being mainly in A grade.
These practice matches give our MWBL Umpires a chance to also work on the basics under less pressure situations.
“I feel that this can only be a win / win for all baseball development and a great coaching tool for all involved” said Richard Mason, MWBL Umpires Advisor.
No doubt this program will offer many positives for all involved.