Local baseball players looking to play competitive adult men’s ball this season without the big commitment are encouraged to consider joining the Parkland Baseball League.
That according to League President Kevin Stelmaschuk who says team practices are getting underway this week in advance of their regular season opening games later this month.
“If there’s people out there that want to play, they can either contact myself or any team,” says Stelmaschuk. “On our website, they have all the team managers, have their phone number and email and they just need to contact those guys and get out.”
Stelmaschuk describes the Parkland Baseball League as a ‘working man’s league’.
“It’s for anybody that’s done their minor ball and up to the age of they want to come out and play,” he explains. “We get a lot of the guys that come out of the minor programs in the smaller towns that have nowhere to play and they just don’t want to go to the slow-pitch route yet. It’s not the AAA, so it’s not 3-4 times a week, it’s usually a couple times a week and we have a short season.”
He goes on to say, “It’s competitive baseball for somebody that can’t commit a whole bunch of time if they’ve got work and family and all those other commitments.”
Stelmaschuk says with three teams in the league and hopefully a fourth next year, it’s going to be a shortened season.
“It’s just an eight game schedule for the three teams and then it will be two playoff,” says Stelmaschuk. “The two, three teams will play off and play the first place finishing team in a best-of-three, so we should be wrapped up by that first week of August.”
In terms of cost, Stelmaschuk says it’s very affordable to play in the Parkland Baseball League.
“Most fees for teams are a couple hundred bucks, three hundred bucks,” admits Stelmaschuk. “It’s a great league, I’ve been involved in the league for 20 years and it’s a great way to keep playing competitive baseball.”
If you’re interested in playing in the Parkland Baseball League this year, Stelmaschuk encourages you to contact one of their three teams directly.
Red Deer Razorbacks, Matt Souster – 403-505-4058
Lacombe Dodgers , Andre Touchette – 403-505-8082
Innisfail Trappers, Jay Kirkham – 403-506-3028 or Corbyn Shields – 403-896-4561
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