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Young Bucs, turning the plank into a diving board...

By Nathan Wright - Pirates Major League Head Coach

 

In 2008, the Pirates baseball club entered Major League competition in Sydney for the 1st time in its 20 year history. The focus would be to win a SWBL championship & to give young Pirates a level to aspire to within their own ballclub, something that very few junior clubs are lucky enough to do.

Programs were put in place by the Pirate ML coaching staff to allow our juniors to develop into better players & for a select few to one day make the Pirates (SWBL), Sydney Major league (SML) or Sydne Blue Sox (ABL) Roster's... And who will be that special Pirate Junior that first signs a professional or college contract...?

In 2010 SWBL season many Pirates juniors continued their development through these programs & were given the opportunity to play some lower grade senior baseball, that could prove invaluable in their development. Well the 2010/11 Sydney Major League season may just be remembered as a coming out party for some Pirates juniors.

There are currently 15+ players that have come through the Pirates junior program (CJBA/Hills), Pirates (SWBL) Junior Development Program (JDP) & Academy programs, as well as the SWBL major league competition, that now represent the Pirates in the Sydney Major League Competition (SML).

The SML is a stepping stone for many players on their way to elite & professional baseball & these Pirates players continue to enhance our reputation on the diamond. We currently have many players showing out for SML ballclubs such as Blacktown Workers & North Shore Knights. It is a tribute to the Pirates Coaching Staff that so many players have already come through the program to represent at an elite level.

Many of these players have walked into the SML and are performing at an exceptionally high level and are making strong contributions to their ballclub's. With continued hard work and respect for the game, these & future Pirates will leave firm foot prints on the baseball landscape.

Parents please keep an eye on the Pirates Website for the 2011 Junior Development Program News.

There are currently 40+ Pirates playing in the Baseball NSW, SML & Australian Baseball  League.