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Golden Hawks Men's Baseball Try-Outs Set
The 2012 edition of the WLU Mens Baseball Program will officially kick-off the season on Saturday, August 18th with the first official try-out for the 2012 team.  In 2011 the Golden Hawks enjoyed their most successful season in school history with a school record 21 wins.  The returning players have been working hard together since November to prepare for the 2012 season and we are looking to take the next step towards an OUA Championship in 2012.

The tryouts are open to all student-athletes interested in earning a spot on the 2012 roster. All interested players should meet at Bechtel Park (Bridge St. and University Ave.) at 11am on Sat. Aug. 18th to meet the coaching staff and sign in.  We will hold full day try-outs on both Sat. Aug. 18th and Sun. Aug. 19th to get a good look at all our returning players and new recruits.

    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, 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, before he participates in interuniversity sport, which includes the first try-out.  This form updates the student athletes 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)

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 Aug. 18th to help ensure the sign-in process goes smoothly to allow for practice to begin promptly. 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 (with the exception of Aug. 25th and 26th) 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). Please see directions here.

The practice schedule is as follows:

    Sat. Aug. 18th 11:00am-4:00pm at Bechtel Park
    Sun. Aug. 19th 11:00am-4:00pm at Bechtel Park
    First cuts will be made following Sundays practice
    Fri. Aug. 24th 11:00am-3:00pm at Bechtel Park
    Sat. Aug. 25th 11:00am-2:00pm at Jack Couch Park, Kitchener
    Sun. Aug. 26th Inter-squad game at 1pm at Jack Couch Park BP at 11:00am
    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. 27th 11:00am-2:00pm at Bechtel Park; followed by Orientation at 4pm on Campus
    Tues. Aug. 28th  Exhibition DH vs. Ontario Terriers and University of Windsor at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys Game times 11am and 1pm
    Wed. Aug. 29th Overnight trip including practice and exhibition game bring a tent
    Thurs. Aug. 30th  - (Return to Waterloo following overnight trip) Team Meeting and Team Building Activity upon return at 12pm
    Fri. Aug. 31st  - Sun. Sept. 2nd 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. Marys on Tuesday as well as a BBQ lunch provided.  

Please contact Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE at 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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