Parksville Royals infielder Shane Rogers drops down a bunt against the Whalley Chiefs in the second game of their B.C. Premier Baseball League doubleheader at Springwood Park in Parksville Sunday, July 2, 2017. — J.R. Rardon photo

Baseball continues into fall in Parksville

Parksville Royals hold training program geared towards introducing players to their club

Play on. The Parksville Royals’ regular season may be over, but play continues on the diamond as the baseball club hosts its 2017 Fall Ball program.

It is open to midget and bantam players entering grades 8-12 this September. The program’s objective is to introduce players to the Royals program. It is not a tryout for the 2018 Parksville Royals senior, junior, bantam prep or the North Island Bantam AA teams.

The tryouts for the senior, junior, and bantam prep will commence in January while the tryouts for the North Island Bantam AA team will be arranged in cooperation with the North Island associations and will, presumably, also happen early in the new year.

During the Fall Ball program, the Royals will stress fundamentals of the game combined with understanding and applying the etiquette of baseball.

All players are encouraged to maximize their participation in both practices and games while working around all the other activities going on in the fall. It takes commitment and time management to compete.

Coaches are looking for enthusiasm for the game, the ability to put your best effort on the field at all times combined with aggressive play, a teachable attitude, and sportsmanship creating an enjoyable atmosphere for everyone.

This year’s program will run for five weeks, from Sept. 6 to Oct. 7, and will be held at Springwood Park in Parksville.

Seniors and juniors will practice Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, while bantams will practice Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

The program includes three tournaments — one each for senior, junior, and bantam. These events are on the Mainland.

— NEWS Staff and Royals submission