Queensland to make Baseball5 history

Queensland to make Baseball5 history
Queensland will create history in November when it hosts the first-ever Baseball5 tournament in Australia.

Year 4-9 students will compete across two age brackets in the inaugural Queensland Baseball5 School Cup from November 29-30.

Queensland School Sport and Baseball Australia have partnered to deliver the event, which will showcase the new five-on-five street version of baseball and softball.

QSS baseball committee chair Michael Bozhoff said a state-wide baseball competition had been a long-term goal.

“Baseball5 provides the perfect platform to deliver this outcome,” Bozhoff told Baseball.com.au.

“It’s a modern, fast-paced, game that doesn’t require a lot of equipment or space to play.

“It’s another pathway for established baseball and softball players to participate, but it also has the potential do introduce the basic skills of those sports to beginners.”

Baseball5 in Australia was launched in May at the Gold Coast Sports Festival.

Students from Robina High School played exhibition games of the new urban, youth-focussed, discipline.

Baseball Australia Baseball5 manager Scott Hillier said the growing discipline had plenty of appeal.

“Baseball5 can be played anywhere and by anyone,” Hillier said.

“As far as equipment you just need a ball and you can get into it.

“It’s fast-paced, easy to pick up and appealing to people of all ages.”

Queensland Baseball5 School Cup preliminary round games will be played at Earnshaw State College ahead of the finals being held at Newmarket’s Onehub Stadium powered by Optus during Brisbane’s round two ABL series against Geelong-Korea.

Year 7-9 students will play in the senior division and a junior division will be made up of Year 4-6 students.

The tournament will take place following students completing a five-week program at school which introduces the skills and rules.

Queensland schools can register or request more information by emailing Michael Bozhoff (mbozh2@eq.edu.au).

From baseball.com.au.