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Baseball SA announces formation of Super League - Information and Registration
06/27/2018 12:49 AM ET
 

Baseball South Australia is excited to announce a new High-Performance initiative designed to showcase the best talent in the state.

'Super League Baseball - Adelaide' (SLBA) will be a four-team competition that plays every Wednesday night at West Beach between October and Christmas. 

The competition will see four drafted teams made up of the best players in the state participating in a 9-week competition, with a Semi Final and Grand Final after the regular season ends.

Each team will play each other a total of three times in the minor rounds.

The competition is designed to feature the best players in South Australian baseball and provide a challenge for coaches. It will also provide another avenue for some of the best young players in the state to take their game to another level.

The Super League is free for any player as long as they are registered with a local club. BaseballSA has made Div 1 scheduling allowances to make the players available on Wednesday nights. 

All players in baseball in South Australia have the ability to nominate for the draft and are encouraged to do so as soon as they can. You can register now at https://slbadelaide.formstack.com/forms/super_league_nomination.

Each game will consist of seven innings and speed up rules. 

High performance manager Chris Adamson says there are plenty of reasons why players and club officials should be excited for the SLBA.

"Players will get a weekly taste of top-level baseball that is somewhere between ABL-level and Division 1. It will push players to improve, give them more at bats vs. quality competition, whilst playing with and against players from all around the world," he says.

"Being exposed to best pitching and hitting that the state has to offer on a weekly basis will only help players when they play their club-ball games, especially in the stretch run in January."

There are also some new rules which adds an element of strategy to the format. There will be a pitching restrictions which limits a pitcher to either six outs or forty pitches.

The commissioner of the competition is BaseballSA legend Colin Alexander. "Big Col" is a Claxton Shield veteran, Capps Medalist and former coach. He was recently named to Kensington Baseball Club's All-Time All-Star Team. 

The commissioner will oversee that the rules and regulations are adhered to in the competition. He will also have sole discretion to make any changes and adjustments and is under the guidance of the BSA board .

Each team will be run by a coach and general manager combination that will be tasked with running their ball clubs. The four combos have been confirmed and announced in the coming days. Each coach and general manager plays a significant role in the baseball community already. 

All four teams are able to sign four 'marquee players' to build their team around. Teams are already active in signing players.

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The new Super League format will meet several High-Performance objectives including;

1. High Performance: the league will provide pathways for athletes to develop, improve and achieve.

2. Player Participation and Development: to continue to develop both players and coaches, whilst providing talent identification and athlete pathways.

3. Coach Development: Provide additional High-Performance coaching opportunities for the state's elite coaches, whilst increasing the number of coaches being exposed to a high level of play.

4. Communication and Profile: the league will engage areas both internally and externally, creating linkage between sports and non-sports organisations using sponsorship.

The showcasing of the best talent from the local competition on a weekly basis aims to grow the following of baseball, which will lead to further participation at all levels. The heightened level of competition will aid in best preparing South Australian teams for National Championship success and athletes for ABL and National team selection.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.