2018 04 12 baseball indoors3(Lacombe Minor Baseball is hosting tryouts inside this week for a new Mosquito AA Team - last night (April 11th) tryouts were held at Lacombe Upper Elementary School, they continue tonight at the Father Lacombe gymnasium from 6-8 pm)

Some local sporting groups wish they had the power to turn on some sunshine.

The slow arrival of spring has forced Lacombe Minor Baseball indoors, hosting tryouts in area gyms, potentially practices soon, ahead of a season that starts the first week of May.2018 04 12 baseball indoors2

While Association Vice President Darcy Warawa notes last year they held most of their tryouts outside around this time, they're making due, and an indoor start is better than no start to the season.

“You do deal with a little bit of space constraints depending upon the size of the gymnasium we’re able to access, but to be honest with you, if we’re able to run kids into a variety of stations, utilize things such as wiffle balls for hitting, which are a plastic ball we’re able to use in the gymnasium, we’re still able to accomplish what we would outdoors from a practice stand point”.

Warawa says they are a bit nervous around how long it will take for fields to be ready for play, but the weather is out of their control.

“It’s still going to take a period of time once the snow disappears for the fields to even dry out for us to be able to get on them and obviously for the city to do just some basic maintenance at the start of the year right.  Honestly, even if the weather does warm up here in the next few weeks, it’s probably going to be that last week of April, potentially the first week in May before we can start stepping on diamonds”.

Lacombe Minor Ball has experienced great growth in registrations in recent years, especially in their rally cap and rookie programs which have more than doubled in the last 3 years, and for the 1st time in 3 years Lacombe will be fielding a Mosquito AA team.

The City of Red Deer meantime is reminding residents to stay off the fields for the coming weeks; they are expecting all sports fields to open later than May 1st this year.2018 04 12 baseball indoors

More Local Sports

Central Alberta Buccaneers outshine St. Albert Stars in 56-8 victory

A match-up between two 3-1 Alberta Football League teams on Saturday was not the clash of titans people were looking for. The Central Alberta Buccaneers defeated the St. Albert Stars 56-8. Buccaneers…

Locoka tops Blackfalds 8-6 to take lead in bantam championship

The Lacoka Locos bantam lacrosse team beat the Blackfalds Warriors 8-6 Tuesday night at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex. With the win, the Locos take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series for…

Bucs break Vandals with eight first-half TDs, grab 64-19 win

Brandon Leyh threw six touchdowns in the first half as the Central Alberta Buccaneers routed the Lloydminster Vandals 64-19 at Great Chief Park on Saturday. In just one half of work, the quarterback…

Central Alberta Buccaneers beat Airdrie Irish 48-7 in home opener

The Central Alberta Buccaneers were dominant from the opening kickoff in their home opener last Saturday, beating the Airdrie Irish 48-7 in their first game at Setters Place at Great Chief Park.…

Bentley School track and field athletes finish fourth at provincials

The Bentley School had a strong showing at the track and field provincials this month, finishing fourth out of 60 1A schools. For Grade 11 student Landon Coulter, it was an especially successful…

Dodgers Midget AA Baseball Win Big in Unity

With only one loss so far this season, the Lacombe Dodgers Midget AA baseball team is hoping to keep the momentum going after coming off a big tournament win this past weekend. The Dodgers were in…

Gary W. Harris Makes Another Major Donation to Canada Winter Games

Content courtesy of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society: The 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society celebrated another major milestone Wednesday with the renaming of the Canada Games Celebration…

Hunting Hills scores three late goals to beat Rams 3-1 in boys' soccer

Lacombe Composite's boys soccer team took a 1-0 lead into the second half but couldn't hold on for the victory against Hunting Hills. The Lightning scored three late goals to take the match 3-1 at…

AFL season approaches as Buccaneers play intra-squad game

The Central Alberta Buccaneers played their intra-squad game at MEGlobal Athletic Park in Lacombe last Saturday. As the Bucs approach the start of the Alberta Football League season, head coach Fred…

Viking Projects to sponsor the 2019 Allan Cup in Lacombe

The Lacombe Generals had a pretty successful season last year, and exciting plans are in order for the upcoming season, including hosting the 2019 Allan Cup. Tuesday morning, GM Jeff McInnis made the…

CochraneNow.com is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login