VICTORIA, B.C. – The best amateur men’s baseball teams are coming to Victoria, and Victoria will be fully prepared.
A 15-member committee has been appointed in preparation for the 2017 Baseball Canada Men’s National Championship, taking place in Victoria this August. Additional roles will be filled, with volunteer opportunities available, in the time leading up to the tournament. The event is being backed by the Victoria HarbourCats, and the B.C. capital will be hosting this event in back-to-back summers, 2017 and 2018.
The 10-team national championship tournament, with provincial pride on the line as teams seek a coveted Canadian title and the gold that goes with it, takes place August 24-28, 2017 in Victoria. Games will be played primarily at Royal Athletic Park.
Lambrick Park, home to the Victoria Eagles of the Premier Baseball League, and the Mavericks men’s baseball program, will serve as a secondary host site. In total, fans will be able to choose from 26 games, including the bronze- and gold-medal games on “playoff Sunday.”
Co-Chairmen Shawn Petriw and Gary Beyer lead the committee.
“This is a fantastic group of people who are excited to put on a great national-scale event like this in Victoria, and show off our great park and the support this city has always given to baseball,” said Petriw. “Meetings have been taking place since last fall.
“The nationals is high level, and it’s intense with the emotion of teams play for the gold medal. As a preview to this event, the B.C.-champion Burnaby Bulldogs, who are the province’s rep for nationals, will be playing the HarbourCats at Royal Athletic Park on July 15-16, giving people a taste of what they’ll see in August. This extends the baseball season in Victoria, into that great late-August weather.”
The remainder of the committee consists of:
Logistics: Dave Cockle
Finances: Trisha Thame
Accommodation: Kelly Kurta
Tickets: Darlene Cockle and Bonnie Emery
Media Relations: Jonathan Hodgson
Social Media: Paul Seal
Umpires and Scorekeepers: Eric Metson
Groundskeepers: Ken Pollard
Second Facility: Dave Garton
Mavericks Lead Liaison: Lance Burrows
HarbourCats Leadership: Jim Swanson, Brad Norris-Jones, Brittany French
Tournament ticket packages will be available on Wednesday, February 1, with seating preference for HarbourCats season-ticket holders. Corporate support information is also being completed by the committee.
The tournament schedule will be released in the spring through Baseball Canada.
WINTER BASEBALL TRAINING
The HarbourCats are offering a series of instructional youth baseball camps at the Westshore Training Academy (2950 Westshore Parkway, Victoria, BC).
HarbourCats personnel will conduct the camps including Jim Swanson (MLB scout), Troy Birtwistle (HarbourCats assistant coach), Andrew Wilson (HarbourCats assistant coach), Brad Norris-Jones (HarbourCats general manager) and other guest instructors.
January 28 – 29
February 11 – 12
February 25 – 26
March 11 – 12
March 25 – 26
Saturday sessions run from 3:00pm until 5:00pm, and Sunday sessions run from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.
Registration for all 12 sessions (10 sessions remain) costs $175 or $20 for single sessions.
A HarbourCats t-shirt and hat is included with registration.
Brad Norris-Jones will be conducting individual or group sessions on select weeknights (Monday to Thursday).