Hurricanes look to join Collegiate baseball circuit in 2014
December 16, 2013
The Holland Hurricanes have applied to join the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association (CCBA) for entry into the league in the fall of 2014. The Canes would play in the CCBA’s Atlantic Division with members St. Mary’s University, St. F.X. University, the University of New Brunswick, Dalhousie University, Cape Breton University and Crandall University. If the Hurricanes get in the league would jump to seven teams with league format to be determined in the coming months.
The league begins in early September and the schedule concludes in late October, followed by the CCBA National Championships. Last year the Cape Breton Capers lost to the St. Clair Saints (Ontario) in the championship game. The event was held in Windsor, Ontario in 2013.
Holland College’s Athletic and Recreation director Albert Roche is extremely pleased with the initiative. “Baseball has a rich history on the Island and having an opportunity to introduce collegiate ball to our province is a natural fit. Adding an opportunity for ball players to play for their school team is a tremendous feature, we feel PEI will enjoy the product. As we have seen in the past with other sports, this project requires our Island baseball community to join us and work together to advance baseball”.
Roche adds “We also believe that by offering the sport we can influence potential student-athletes from far and wide to consider our school as a post-secondary option. The collegiate league is growing and we feel now is an ideal time to join and be part of the varsity baseball scene in Atlantic Canada. Prince Edward Island needs to be represented and we will develop a competitive team.”
Brad Power, a baseball player from Cornwall, PEI tried playing baseball in British Columbia while attending a post-secondary school but did not enjoy it; he’s excited to be able to play baseball at home while completing his studies.
“I’m really excited for Holland College to add my favourite sport and I can’t wait to start playing for the team this upcoming season.”
The league uses wooden bats and plays seven-inning games. The Hurricanes will call Charlottetown’s Memorial Field home for the 2014 season.
Will Connolly, a first year Sport & Leisure Management student, also plays with the Hurricanes hockey team and is a member of the Charlottetown Islanders senior baseball team during the summer is excited at the chance to represent your school on the baseball field.
“I was excited to hear the news of Holland College bringing baseball to the school; I’m looking forward to playing ball for the Hurricanes.”
The Hurricanes will look to name the team’s coaching staff and to start building their roster in early 2014. Any baseball players that are going to be attending Holland College in September of 2014 and interested in trying out for the Hurricanes are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org their contact information and playing history.
The team will hold its first information meeting on Wednesday, January 15th at 5:30 pm for any interested players at Holland College’s Centre for Community Engagement. The team is expected to begin team fitness and skill sessions beginning in early 2014 for any players already attending Holland College.
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