After a decade long absence, baseball is back on the Sunshine Coast.
In February 2017, following close to two years of planning, Sunshine Coast Baseball started our first 8-week T-Ball programme at the North Shore Multisports Complex in Mudjimba. It was a modest yet inspiring start with just 21 registered players.
Following on from that, in October 2017, our first short season of baseball commenced with:
2 T-Ball teams
4 Rookie Ball teams
2 Little League Baseball Teams
2 Adult Senior Baseball Teams
At this point, Sunshine Coast had the greatest growth numbers for the sport of baseball in Queensland.
Our second season of competition commenced in January 2018. Weather conditions lead to occasional ground closures, and the decision to take the game to the beach meant that player involvement was still high and the fun-filled action-packed game of Sandball was invented. Watch out Beach Volleyball, Sandball is coming for you!
On April 28th, 2018 the Inaugural General Meeting was held, and it was voted that Sunshine Coast Baseball Association (SBCA) would become incorporated. Incorporation was granted on May 17th, 2018. This has allowed Sunshine Coast to become an affiliated region of Baseball Queensland and Baseball Australia, opening the doors to the baseball world for the Sunshine Coast.
Heading forward, the SCBA's strategic plan is focused on establishing an affordable yet viable model for school term aligned short seasons based at the North Shore Multisports Complex, Mudjimba; encouraging growth in participation of baseball at the grass roots level and reversing the nation wide trend of club shrinkage by catering to players all ages and skill levels taking part in T-Ball, Rookie Ball, Little League, Junior League and Adult Leagues.
As the Sunshine Coast Baseball Association Inc. grows there will be an opportunity for teams to represent the greater Sunshine Coast region at State, National and International tournaments in Little League, Intermediate League and Senior League Baseball. The top regional charter teams from State Championships travel to the National Championships, with the National Champions for each league level heading to their respective World Series in the USA each year. Having an Adult Senior team taking part in the Greater Brisbane League (GBL), Queensland’s premier baseball competition, is also now a reality with the Sunshine Coast Magic Womens team participating in the 2020 GBL competion.
If you build it they will come (back)..
One of the major reasons that baseball returned to the coast was Geoff Wade and his lifelong association with the sport and baseball in Queensland in particular. 'Wadey' as he's affectionately known was both keen to see juniors and senior enjoying the game once more and set the club up as it is today. From our early beginnings in late 2017 until to date we've more and more people both discover or rediscover the game on the coast and its largely thanks to Geoff and Julie Wade for their commitment and generosity of time.
David Fraser - Juniors
Rabbit - Seniors
The Sunshine Coast Baseball Association has an executive board comprised of volunteers that meet on a regular basis throughout the year. All correspondence should be directed to the association's secretary
Leigh Brittain - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bret Buckland - email@example.com
Dane Gaspar - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mitch Lawrence - email@example.com
For matter relating to Queensland baseball in general and player development please contact: