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Men's Baseball announces tryout schedule
WATERLOO, Ont. (June 28, 2011) - The 2011 edition of the Wilfrid Laurier men's baseball team will officially kick-off the season on Friday, August 26 with the first official try-out for the upcoming season. 

In 2010, the Hawks narrowly missed the post season and have high hopes for the 2011 season. The returning players have been working hard together since November to prepare for the 2011 season and are looking to take the next step towards an OUA Championship in 2011.

The tryouts are open to all student-athletes interested in earning a spot on the 2011 roster. All interested players should meet at Bechtel Park (Bridge St. and University Ave.) at 11am on August 26 to meet the coaching staff and sign in. Following the sign-in we will practice from 12pm-3pm at Bechtel Park.  

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MEDICAL INFORMATION: 
  • Incoming first year student athletes (including freshmen, transfer students, and WLU students not in first year who have not participated in an interuniversity sport) are required to have completed by a physician, The Initial Health Assessment Form,  http://www.laurierathletics.com/generatepage.php?ID=45 before he participates in an interuniversity sport, which includes the first try-out.
  • Returning student-athletes are required to complete The Veteran Athlete Health Assessment Form, http://www.laurierathletics.com/generatepage.php?ID=45 before they participate in interuniversity sport, which includes the first try-out.  This form updates the student-athlete's medical history over the past 12 months.
  • Any athlete who has been prescribed with an asthma medication must have the prescribing physician compete the CCES Abbreviated TUE Form (Therapeutic Use Exemption) http://www.laurierathletics.com/generatepage.php?ID=45 

No athlete will be allowed to participate in the workouts until these forms are completed and submitted to the coaching staff. Please have them completed prior to arrival on August 26 to help ensure the sign-in process goes smoothly to allow for practice to begin promptly at 12pm. For first year student athletes, in the event that a medical cannot be arranged with your family doctor, please contact Coach Ballantyne and there will be arrangements made to have a doctor at WLU conduct the physical assessment. Please be aware that there is a charge for completing this process through WLU.

All on-field workouts will be held at Bechtel Park in Waterloo (University Ave. East Exit from the Expressway turn right on Bridge St. and park is on the right hand side).  See directions at the following link: http://maps.google.ca/maps/place?cid=14715058714550483899&q=bechtel+park&hl=en&cd=1&cad=src:pplink&ei=SFtCTOucEYiOzQSLg-iaCA

The practice schedule is as follows:
  • Fri. Aug. 26th 12:00pm-3:00pm at Bechtel Park 
  • Sat. Aug. 27th 11:00am-2:00pm at Bechtel Park
  • First cuts will be made following Saturday's practice
  • Sun. Aug. 28th Inter-squad game at 1pm at Bechtel Park BP at 11:30am.
  • Final cuts will be made following the inter-squad game
  • All activities from this point on will involve only those selected for the team
  • Mon. Aug. 29th 11:00am-2pm at Bechtel Park
  • Tues. Aug. 30th  Exhibition DH vs. University of Windsor at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Mary's - Game times 11am and 1pm 
  • Wed. Aug. 31st Overnight trip including practice and exhibition game bring a tent
  • Thurs. Sept. 1st  - (Return to Waterloo following overnight trip) Team Meeting and Team Building Activity upon return at 12pm
  • Fri. Sept. 2nd  - Sun. Sept. 4th Brock Tournament 2 games on Friday, 2 on Saturday and 1 or 2 on Sunday

There will be a $20 try-out fee which will cover some initial fees before the season begins. Each player trying out will receive a WLU Baseball t-shirt. In addition, those making the team will receive admission to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Mary's on Tuesday as well as a BBQ lunch provided.  

Please contact Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE at goldenhawk_baseball@hotmail.com if you have any questions and to confirm that you will be trying out for the team.

First year students travelling from out of town should plan to make their own arrangements for accommodations during the week of tryouts. There may be an opportunity for some of the veterans to help out the first year students and provide accommodations during the week of tryouts, so those interested in making such arrangements should contact Coach Ballantyne immediately and every effort will be made to accommodate those travelling great distances.

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