Pre-Season training

Due to the COVID 19 restrictions, the follwing arrangements will now be in place for pre-season training

Pre-season training will NOW COMMENCE Sunday, 29th August and will continue until the start of the season unless otherwise advised by your team/age group Coach

JUNIOR TEAMS

  • 8.30am - 10.30am  Little League & Junior League
  • 11.00am - 1.00pm   Senior League and Big League (U18)

SENIOR TEAMS

  • 2.00pm - 4.00pm    All senior teams

PITCHERS & CATCHERS

  • 3.00pm - 5.00pm   All Players welcome

 

Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

We would like to acknowledge the Queensland Government Justice Department and the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for awarding our Club - $32,499.00 - for the purchase of a new ride on mower and funds to provide the installation of concrete slabs to support two existing grandstands.

GBL Season dates

The GBL Summer Baseball Season will commence as follows

Women     Saturday, 3rd October 2021

Juniors      Saturday, 9th October 2021

Seniors      Sunday, 10th October 2021

Masters      Monday, 11th October 2021

Incorporated Body with Qld Government

Western Districts Baseball Club is a incorporated body through the Office Of Fair Trading, Queensland Government. Incorporation Number is IA05333 effective 25 Aug 2014 under document number 3494331. http://www.qld.gov.au/law/fair-trading/

Proud member of

Lord Mayor's COVID-19 Direct Assistance Program

The Club would like to acknowledge the Lord Mayor's COVID-19 Direct Assistance Program in providing the Club a Grant of $10,000 to pay for Water and field maintenance works at Atthows Park, Darra

PROUD TO WORK WITH BCC

We are proud to work with Brisbane City Council's Brisbane Lifestyle Connected Communities to finalise our lease recently. Our lease is current until 13 June 2024 under council reference 112/445/444/409-002

We are also pleased to acknowledge Brisbane City Council's Building Stronger Communities Grant provided to the Club to build a new Amenities block in 2020.

COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart program

The Club would like to acknowledge the State Government's COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart which provides funding of $2,000 for operating expenses, equipment or training to assist organisations to re-establish their operations post COVID-19 and enable them to provide physical activity opportunities throughout Queensland.

The Club has used this Grant funding to pay for water costs for irrigating our fields.

Proud Member of

Bendigo Bank supports Aussie Baseball

Bendigo Bank - proud sponsor of the ABL

VALE - Tim Bassingthwaite and Peter Blocksidge

Very sad to report the passing of two very important members of our Club

  • Tim Bassingthwaite passed away Tuesday, 24 August 2021 - details below
  • Peter Blacksidge passed awy Sunday 8 August 221 - details

We will provide a biography for both Tim and Peter as soon as possible.

May they both Rest In Peace.

Tim Bassingthwaighte 

  • Life member of Western Districts Baseball Club; Baseball Queensland and Baseball Australian.
  • Tim was a foundation member / first secretary / player of the newly formed Victory Souths (later Western Districts) to which he contributed to all his life.
  • Tim’s brother Eric played alongside Tim for most of his career and held various positions within the club. Tim’s sons also played for the club.
  • Tim represented QLD in 1954, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64 and 66. He played for Australia in 1961 and possibly later.
  • Tim, throughout his involvement in baseball held various executive positions with QLD and Australian baseball.
  • Tim opened our new clubhouse in 2019

Peter Blocksidge

  • President of Western Districts Baseball Club in the early 1980's when he had the foresight and facilitated the Club being able to move to Atthows Park, our current location, when the "Darra Dump" became available
  • Played for many years with Athletics Baseball Club and then played with Wests
  • Left hand hitter and solid first base, Peter generally played at the low levels
  • Peter was a loyal, friendly and charitable person always ready to help

Wests to enter teams in GBL Div 1 & 2

EXCITING NEWS – DIV 1 BASEBALL AT WESTS

It’s official – Western Districts Baseball Club will be entering teams into the GBL summer baseball Division 1 and 2 this season.

This provides junior players with some exciting player pathway opportunities at Wests including some great coaching from our highly experienced Coaching panel.

Andrew Kelly has been appointed as Head Coach and will be assisted by Alex Jacques; Damien Neale; Chris Adams and Brad Schneider for trainings and games.

Mid week Pre-season training for Division 1, 2 & 3 aspiring players commences on Tuesday and Thursday nights 6.30pm – 8.30pm from Tuesday, 17 August 2021.

Contact – Andrew Kelly – 0411 822 729

Pitchers and Catchers School - pre-season

EXCITING NEWS

Former Queensland State players and long time WESTS players-
  • John Zietek - Pitcher and
  • David Kissick - Catcher
will be conducting a Pitchers and Catchers school at Wests.
 
The Wests Baseball Pitchers & Catchers School is to be held:-
  • Sundays 3.00pm - 5.00pm
  • Dates: 29th  August; 5th & 12th September 2021
  • Head Coach: John Zietek - 0432 191 495
All welcome

2021 QBUA Umpire Association Seminar

2021 QBUA Association Umpire Seminar Student Application Form
This year, the QBUA is holding an Association Umpire Seminar at All Stars Baseball Field (Bannister Park), 116 Gerler Road, Hendra, scheduled for two days:

– Saturday 11 September 2021 from 8:00am to 5:00pm; AND
– Sunday 12 September 2021 from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

What to wear: Suitable pants, running shoes, cap.
What to bring: Water, sunscreen, glove, indicator, any required medication.

The cost of this Seminar has been reduced from $120 to $90 (including lunch) due to COVID not allowing QBUA to host a Seminar last year.

To enrol please fill in the application form:  click on the following link - www.wests.link/m4v 

Regards,

Mark Bramwell

Umpire Development

UPCOMING COMMUNITY UMPIRE PROGRAMS

The QBUA along side Baseball Queensland would like to inform our members and participants that the QBUA will be hosting a Community Umpire Programs in the coming future.

Program 1
Location: Pine River Rapids Baseball Club
Date Tuesday the 31st of August 2021.
Time: starts at 6:15pm
Cost: $60
Inclusions: Shirt, Manual, Accreditation, Program.

Program 2
Location: Indians Baseball Club
Date Tuesday the 8th of September 2021.
Time: starts at 6:15pm
Cost: $60
Inclusions: Shirt, Manual, Accreditation, Program.

You will need to fill out this form and bring the Application form on the day of the Program. Click here.

You will need to have completed the AIS component of the Community Umpire Programme. This you should have completed prior to attending the seminar, if this is not the case you will need to go to the link below to complete:

https://learning.ausport.gov.au/auth/login/?returnUrl=%2F

 

Further, you will need to complete the sport specific part of the programme which is the Community Little League Exam. This must be achieved within 3 weeks of your attendance at the seminar. You will find the exam on the QBUA web site; www.qbua.org :

  • Go to Umpire Development
  • Down towards the bottom of the page click on Community Exam
  • Click on start and away you go

 

You will need to have completed these elements and obtain a 70% pass mark prior to your accreditation being confirmed.

 

For more information please contact Mark at secretaryqbua@gmail.com.

 

www.qbua.org

Be a POSITIVE COACH

70% of kids drop out of youth sports because it is no longer fun - be a POSITIVE COACH

WELCOME TO THE BULLDOGS

HELLO - WELCOME TO THE WESTERN DISTRICTS BASEBALL CLUB - HOME OF THE BULLDOGS

You might be reading our website page for the first time or for the 100th time.

In any event, the Club Committee would like to welcome you all to the Club. We are ONE CLUB with lots of different member groups; male and female; young and old; players and supporters, life members and guests; sponsors and backers; Mums and Dads - BUT WE ARE ONE CLUB.

The Club is a very inclusive Club providing pathways for players starting at Teeball (Under 8 years of age) and progressing all the way from Junior teams to Seniors and Masters baseball playing with a mens team, a mixed gender team or a women's team.

Please scroll through the pages on this website - there is lots of information reagrding our Club and the various baseball competitions available.

Coaches Accreditation

Coach Accreditation

In terms of Accreditation requirements to coach in Queensland, coaches are required to hold:

Community Coach General Principles

USA Baseball Coach Certification A

USA Baseball Coach Certification B

All of these self-paced, online training courses are available for free. Coaches will need to retain their certificate of completion and present these certificates to their Club, Region or State to verify their accreditation status. These certificates can also be added as qualifications in a coaches’ mem

Women's and Girls baseball

Western Districts baseball is a proud supporter of Women's seniors and junior girls playing baseball and the Club has teams for both groups playing in the GBL Summer baseball Competition.

  • The Senior Women's team plays on Saturday afternoons with game times 3.00pm - 5.00pm.
  • Junior girls play games on Saturday morning with their age group.

John Pickford is our Womens Coordinator and please contact John as follows

Women’s Co-ordinator for Western Districts Baseball Club

59 Westcombe Street, Darra QLD 4075

Email: - Women@WestsBaseball.com.au   

Instagram westswomensbaseball

Website WestsBaseball.com.au

Registrations now OPEN

Registrations for the 2021/2022 now open.

Baseball Queensland is using the following Player Registration system for the 2021/2022 season

Sports Club HQ email signature

Registrations open - from Monday, 2nd August 2021

To register with Western Districts Baseball Club please click on this link www.wests.link/signup and follow the prompts to register your player.

If you have previously played at another Club and wish to join Wests, you will need to apply for a transfer from your previous club.

Grant Acknowledgement Batting Cage

The Queensland Government acting through the Department of Housing and Public Works (Sport and Recreation) - has provided  $177,371 to Western Districts Baseball Club to construct new batting nets to support baseball at Athows Park, Darra

 

Grant Acknowledgement Amenities Block

We are also pleased to acknowledge Brisbane City Council's Building Stronger Communities Grant of $100,000 provided to the Club to Install new amenities block to support baseball at Atthows Park, Darra.

 

Active Restart Infrastructure Recovery Fund

The Club would like to acknowledge the provision of Grant funding from the State Government for the following - Western Districts Baseball Club Incorporated has been approved $4933 under the Active Restart Infrastructure Recovery Fund to replace lights and purchase playing equipment to support baseball at Darra.

Proud to be part of

Baseball Australia

Insurance Arrangements

Western Districts Baseball Club Inc through its association with Baseball Australia and Baseball Queensland have Insurance arrangements through V-Insurance Group via their Industrial Special Risk Policy for Baseball Australia. Policy number SUA/002395

Read the Policy here