OK, since the weather on Vancouver Island took it’s sweet time in turning nice, you could call them the boys of really late summer.
But, since the official baseball season has come and gone, they are now participating in Fall Ball — a camp for veteran and rookie ball players, run by the Parksville Royals organization.
Assistant coach Jim Seredick says the camp has been running for around 10 years and this year, the players were already into their third day on Sunday. The day’s program: running, sliding and hitting.
Fall Ball sees players in the younger divisions trying their hand at moving up to the Junior or Senior Royals levels. Seredick said it’s a chance for the rookies to see what it’s like at a higher level. For the vets, they can try out different positions, or hone their skills on the diamond.
The Fall Ball season runs now until the second week of October, with games scheduled with Nanaimo and Victoria, as well as a tournament next month in Kelowna for the senior level players.
“This is a great opportunity,” Seredick said. “There’s no pressure. Fall Ball is an audition, but it’s about learning and an opportunity for the kids.”
Players come from all over the Island for Fall Ball. To learn more, visit www.parksvilleroyals.com.