The Carman Cardinals Senior Baseball team is trying to get the club a little more organized before kicking off their second season in the Border Baseball League next year a successful season in 2018.
“The primary thing right now is we’re actively pursuing a coaching staff,” said acting General Manager, Jack Pethybridge. “What we plan to do is organize an Annual General Meeting for the ballclub and invite potential board members and volunteers to get a board of directors up and running before the start of the 2019 season.”
The Carman Cardinals were formed by team members and ran without a coach or board in 2018. Pethybridge was approached by a few players who knew his background with sporting clubs in Carman and he decided to step in as the acting GM. He explains why it’s important to get a group of dedicated volunteers to help out behind the scenes.
“The team had some volunteers last year and we would like to get committees in place so the players can just focus on playing,” said Pethybridge. “We are now actively trying to recruit a coaching staff and will hold elections at the AGM for executive positions and game day volunteers.
The Cardinals are in need of a few people to step in a take-over some of the responsibilities on game day. The team is searching for a Head Coach, a Secretary-Treasurer, someone to look after game day operations, an announcer and a scorekeeper for the 2019 season as the Border League keeps track of stats.
“We need to get the board in place so the little things can be taken care of and the players don’t have to worry about things like 50/50, who pays the umps, is the diamond ready and things like that,” he said. “The club also hopes to begin working on a number of field renovations on the diamond for the 2019 season.”
The Border League will grow this year as Altona has officially been accepted into the league for the 2019 season at a recent BBL meeting. That brings the league up to 9 teams including the Carman Cardinals. Carman will play a schedule of eight regular season home and road games, in addition to a couple of exhibition games, and most importantly, playoffs.
“First and foremost, the Carman Cardinals would like to thank the faithful Carman fans and business sponsors that supported our team in its inaugural season,” added Pethybridge. “We were amazed at the consistent support we had in the form of a home crowd, and we could not have gotten our club off the ground without the financial support from the local business sponsors and the volunteers.”
The Carman Cardinals will announce the date of their AGM early into the New Year. If you’re interested in helping out the Cardinals in a more formal role next season, get in touch with Pethybridge at email@example.com.