We had some problems with round one last weekend because after months of drought it rained. Chipping Norton got such a heavy dump that Milperra Rd was closed due to flooding on Friday night. Giants, Dolphins, Cronulla, St Pats, Bonnet Bay and East Hills got their fields playable and there were games played on the grass diamonds at some other fields. It was very gratifying that day one of the season was partially successful. Thanks to the players who toughed it out in temperatures of 13 degrees (felt like 7) to get the ball rolling. Scoring seminars ranging from basics to complex are on the website - register early to reserve your place. There is a Community Level Umpiring Course being held at Kelso field in the East Hills clubhouse tonight. There will be another at the Cronulla clubhouse, Sylvania Waters, next Monday night. This is the replacement for the course formerly known as Level O. Same principles though and takes about 3 hours. All potential umpires and all spectators liable to whinge about the umpires are recommended to attend. Register online with the NSW Baseball Umpires Association. Go to the BNSW website, click on the “Get Involved” heading and find the umpiring link. From there it is easy. All the umpiring seminars happening are listed. Costs $25 and most clubs will reimburse that amount once you umpire for them. Entry for the Sylvania course close this Thursday! Be nice to umpires. It is an expectation and these days it is very politically incorrect to give them grief. Coaches and officials must conduct themselves in a manner that is an example to the children how they should treat match officials and in a manner that doesn’t bring their club into disrepute. We will follow up reports of inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour. School news: This year Port Hacking High and Kirrawee High were the two most successful local schools in the CHS Boys KO both advancing from the Sydney East Region. Port beat Kirrawee in the regional final to achieve bragging rights but the top two from the region progress to the inter region stage (last 16 in the state). Kirrawee got knocked out by Westfield Sports HS in a tough battle and Port Hacking went down to Hills Sports in a quarter final last Thursday. In the Girls KO Menai HS and Woolooware HS went through to the last 16. I haven’t heard who rolled Menai but Hills Sports are in the final on their side of the draw. On the other side Woolooware knocked out Rouse Hill HS 8 – 3 today and will play the final at Blacktown International Sports Park against Hills Sports next Wednesday. Tee Ball: Keep recruiting! Lind Lewis, the Cronulla Secretary, has told me she’s gotten more interest in the last week than the previous month. As kids come to preseason training they’re telling their friends who would also like to play. Got 12 Tee Ball Minors? Make two teams of 6 and add to them later. They can play with 5 on the field. Clubs can even enter a new team after the school holidays if you get an influx of children. As our competition tables work on a percentage basis teams can compete even if they haven’t played exactly the same number of games. Tee Ball is our life blood for the future and like a pyramid baseball clubs need a broad base. Results: Round one was very good. Congratulations to 10 of the 13 clubs who had their results in on time. May I thank the volunteers who nominated for the grading committee. While we are few in number we are open to approaches if clubs feel they have a concern about a team’s grading. Regrading traditionally occurs, if it can be done, after round 5. Just remember that not everyone can win every week and it is desirable to seek to improve one’s own performance as opposed to dumbing down our opponents to a level where we can compete more ably. An excellent example is where a club is doing well in a Division 2 comp and also has a team participating competitively in Division 1. If that club has put their gun players in their Div 1 team and are still doing well in Div 2 then good on them. The remaining Div 2 teams should be striving to match that standard. Baseball is not an easy sport. It has complicated rules and requires many different skills to succeed. Talent helps but a work ethic and regular training are essential. Children who can play baseball well are usually successful in any bat and ball sport. Coaching Accreditation Courses: There was a Level 3 recently at Chifley which was well attended. Level One and Level Two courses will be offered shortly. Club secretaries will be advised – stay tuned. September Club delegates meeting Tuesday night at Sharks Leagues. 7.30 start.