Registration for the Seaway Surge Baseball Club’s 2019 season is open, and they are offering even more options for kids of all ages. This is the first year Seaway Surge will be running Baseball Canada’s Rally Cap program, meant for children ages five to eight to enhance their first experience with the game.
Participants will learn the skills they need to be successful in trying out for one of Seaway Surge’s competitive teams, and will have the chance to earn coloured Baseball Canada “Rally Caps”, corresponding to various levels of achievement. The Rally Cap program will run in May and June 2019, with the opportunity for it to continue into July and August if there is enough interest.
This year, Seaway Surge is also offering a select house league which will be available to those who don’t make it on to the competitive teams, or don’t want to play at that level. “It’s an avenue to keep them playing competitive ball,” says Seaway Surge VP of Operations, Calvin Medynski. “They will play in a local loop in Ottawa.” Calvin says players in the house league also have the opportunity to be called up to one of the rep teams, if they are short of players.
Last year saw the very successful introduction of the club’s first Rookie teams. Calvin says they already have enough interest to have two or three Rookie teams next year. Seaway Surge also offers teams at the Minor Mosquito, Minor Peewee, Major Peewee, Minor Bantam, Major Bantam, Minor Midget and Major Midget levels.
Registration opened on Saturday, December 1, for the upcoming season. Tryouts and conditioning will start in January and February, with the teams decided before March break. “This allows the teams to do private conditioning in March and April,” says Calvin.
Part of the training and conditioning includes the opportunity to travel to Canton, NY, where there is a NCAA division three facility. Calvin says they use their coaches to help run clinics and evaluate talent.
Seaway Surge will also be hosting their fourth year of the Seaway Surge Shoot out tournament, played over the first three weekends in July. The Rep A and AA tournament will be played in South Gower Park, Riverside Park, and Merrickville and they have representatives from five divisions already signed up to participate. “Last year we had over 60 teams come,” Calvin says.
Seaway Surge is currently taking applications for coaching positions for their teams. All their coaches are fully certified and must do 20 hours of classroom training, just to be an assistant on the field. In its fourth year, Calvin says Seaway Surge’s main goal is continued growth. In the first year, they only had four teams, and they are hoping to have enough players to fill 15 teams in the 2019 season.