Pirates offering tryouts for bantam, junior and senior baseball teams | NanaimoNewsNOW

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Bauck explained that mastering the fundamentals is important, but it’s not the first thing coaches look for.

“Athletics is something you can’t teach and we’re looking for ‘projectability.’ In baseball, those things are arm strength, hitting for power, hitting for average, lining up stance and speed. are the five things every player is rated on.

Three levels bantam, junior and senior play under the Pirates umbrella.

As senior coach Bauck is optimistic, he will have a strong club when the Premier Baseball League regular season begins in April.

“We had six Grade 10 students on the senior team last year and they come with a year of PBL experience under their belt. There are a lot of good 11th graders who will help us win games and some 12th graders who are also very good ball players.

One of the challenges facing the Pirates is the current availability of indoor and outdoor facilities.

The players had made great strides in their training at Nanaimo’s Caged Athletics, but an unexpected renovation forced indoor training to be done elsewhere.

“Caged has been huge for our program,” Bauck said. “Two ex-players run it and they have all the best and latest technology, but right now we can’t use it for our player development.”

With the demand from different user groups for space on the pitch, the Pirates will have to move around quite a bit at the start of the season.

“With six or six different baseball programs and only two full-size fields, it’s a huge challenge. The sport continues to grow in our community and we desperately need another full sized field and baseball diamonds in general.

The Junior Pirates will play exclusively at Mariner Field in 2022 while the Seniors will play some games at Serauxmen Stadium and some at Mariner Field as well.

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