WAITING LIST FOR NEW SINGLE-A AND DOUBLE-A PLAYERS
Every year in January Herts Baseball Club assesses the number of players registering to play in the upcoming season and on that basis determines how many teams to enter in the various leagues of the British Baseball Federation (BBF). The assessment this January indicated that the club would have enough players to enter three teams in the BBF adult leagues and entered the Herts Falcons in the National Baseball League, Herts Hawks in the Double-A League and Herts Raptors in the Single-A League.
The Herts Raptors and Herts Hawks roster sizes have reached the maximum limit
Since January Herts has seen an enormous number of new players joining the club’s adult league teams – a much faster growth compared to previous years. For the first time in the club’s history it has reached a point where the roster size of its Single-A and Double-A teams is too large and the managers would struggle to give players sufficient playing time if it increases any further. For example, Herts Raptors had 12 players sitting on the bench in a recent league game. On the basis of this the club has announced that any new players applying to join the Herts Hawks (Double-A) and Herts Raptors (Single-A) will be placed on a waiting list until a place opens up in one of those teams. There are still places available in the Herts Falcons (NBL) roster so that team will continue to welcome new players who meet the NBL criteria.
PLAYING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PLAYERS ON THE WAITING LIST
The club has pointed out that it will do everything possible to offer enjoyable and fulfilling baseball experience to new players while they are on the waiting list, including:
• The club is about to announce the launch of the Herts Recreational League, which will be played on Saturdays. This is an exciting announcement the timing of which is perfect.
• Players can register as Non-Roster members which entitles them to take part in Midweek Evening Baseball sessions and selected tournaments such as the Hunlock Series played in September and October.
• For those who are interested in playing softball while they wait for a place to open up in the Single-A or Double-A League teams, the Herts Softball programme can offer regular league and tournament play.
Players who have already been placed on the waiting list or have just contacted the club and are interested to find out more about the above playing opportunities, can contact the club for more details.
FORMING A 4TH HERTS ADULT LEAGUE TEAM
Herts Baseball Club has started to plan the formation of a fourth Herts adult team to enter the BBF Single-A League. This will most likely happen in 2018, but the club has also submitted an official request to the BBF to be kept updated if another BBF Single-A team withdraws from the league with a view to taking their place to complete their 2017 league schedule, as soon as Herts is ready to enter a fourth Herts team.
HOW TO APPLY AS MANAGER OF THE 4TH HERTS TEAM?
The first step in this planning process is to invite candidates to apply for Manager of the fourth Herts adult league team. For more details about the role, including financial terms click here.
If you wish to apply for this role or if you have any questions, please contact the club.