16 Feb 2021
Why join the Camels?
University of Newcastle Baseball Club - The Camels
Our Club has been around since 1982 and we have competed in the local Newcastle Baseball Association competition continuously since then. Our teams have won competitions in most grades over the years and Newcastle Uni is the current University Games champion team, having won in 2019 (there were no games in 2020).
Why join the Camels?
Well, we have always been an inclusive club that tries to cater for all abilities, from raw beginners who want to learn a new sport, to more experienced players with gun arms or booming bats. We also like to win but we''''''''''''''''re a generally social bunch who like to have fun when playing – winning is certainly nice but it aint everything!
Our numbers vary from year to year depending on how many new students join us; but in some years we have had 9 teams. In several years we have had all girl (or nearly) teams; but were very comfortable with mixed teams too. We have a number of older members - mostly graduates who played with us as students – so there is a blend of youth and experience. We also often have a number of overseas students in our teams, particularly from other baseball playing countries like the USA, Japan and Korea.
Baseball is a reasonably popular minor sport in Newcastle and the Hunter. There are around 20 clubs in the competition and 6 grades. Many of the lower grade teams are pretty competitive so the standard of play can be quite good.
What will it cost?
As a student you already belong to NUSport, so the only cost is our club fee ($65 for students) and the registration fee to Baseball NSW (just under $120). Our season runs from 10 April until finals in September, so that works out at about $10.00 a game for a full season.
We also generally gather for a beverage or two after training and games, so being a Camel is a good way to get to meet new people.
What if I have never played before?
Not a problem. If you have reasonable hand/eye coordination, you''''''''''''''''ll be able to hit a ball with practice. We can provide training in the basics of batting, fielding and throwing and you''''''''''''''''ll soon work out if this is a game you enjoy. It helps if you have your own glove, but the club can provide some loan equipment while you make your mind up.
What if I have played before?
Even better! You''''''''''''''''ll already know at least the basics; and probably heaps more. You may be able to teach us new tricks (and you likely already have a glove thats worn in!)
Why are we called the Camels
Many years ago, one of our pitchers was having a pretty bad day and let fly with a few expletives when he threw bad pitches or got hit around. He was warned that, if he kept going, he''''''''''''''''d be ejected from the game. So, for his next expletive he called out Camel instead – and kept using it until the end of the game. The word stuck and was later adopted as our nickname.
What happens next?
You can do any or all of:
- sign up at our O-week stall near the Bakehouse; or,
- come to the ''''''''''''''''Come and Try session at #2 Oval on 18 February between 11am – 2:00pm and have a try at throwing and catching – well be setting up our target net and well also have a speed gun; so come over and see how fast, or accurately, you can throw a baseball. There will be prizes for the best UoN student performers who also join the Club; or,
- attend one of our pre-season training sessions at Stevenson Park (on Industrial Highway Mayfield, behind Boomerang Field) each Sunday afternoon between 4pm-6pm. Meet some other club members and have a more extended throw and take a few cuts with a bat.
For more information or if you have any questions, feel free to contact our Club Secretary:
Secretary, University Baseball Club
M: 0419 624 882
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