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Submitted By Don Hunt on Thursday, March 21, 2019
Turtle Club is excited to announce a new initiative for its Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget house league divisions.

Each season, upon the completion of the regular registration period (which ended on March 18 for the current season), the club reviews the list of registered players in each house league division, and then determines the best course of action for organizing teams.

Ideally, we would have a sufficiently large number of registrations in each division to allow for play within the division only by a good number of teams. Fortunately, we have been able to do this, for many years, in our younger divisions (Rookie and below), which almost always reach maximum capacity, but unfortunately, we have not been able to do this, for a number of years, in our older divisions (Pee Wee and up).

In the past couple of seasons, we have combined the Pee Wee and Bantam house league divisions, and allowed a couple of Midget players to play in this combined division. This combined division has been successful, but the club does recognize and appreciate the apprehension that some players and families have with the age gap found in such a division.

This season, the club has decided to do something new and exciting, and that is have our Pee Wee and Bantam players, and possibly our Midget players, participate in an interlock association (the South Shore Interlock Baseball Association) with other local house league teams that are in the same age bracket. This interlock play was determined to be the best course of action for organizing our Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams this season, and if successful, we plan on continuing with it in future seasons.

As this is a new initiative for our club, we certainly understand that our Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget players and families may have a number of questions about it. Below you will find some questions that we anticipate, and their answers. We will also have club board members available at the next indoor clinic session (Friday, March 29, at Western, from 6pm to 8pm) to answer any other questions players and their families may have.

Although the club is very excited about this new initiative, and we will be supporting it fully, and we are strongly encouraging our registered players to participate in the interlock play, we also understand that there may be some players who do not wish to participate. For this reason, we are allowing players who have registered in either the Pee Wee, Bantam or Midget house league programs, and who do not wish to participate in interlock play this season, to withdraw from our house league program, with a full 100% refund, from now until March 30, 2019. In order to so withdraw, a written request must be made to the club’s interim registrar, Regan Richardson, by email ([email protected]) on or before March 30, 2019. Any refund requests after March 30 are subject to our club’s standard refund policy.


How many teams will be involved in interlock play, and where will they come from?

We are projecting our club to have two Turtle Club teams in each of the Pee Wee and Bantam divisions, and possibly one Turtle Club team in the Midget division. The interlock association has asked each of the local baseball centers to project the number of house league teams that they will have in each of the interlock divisions by April 1. We are not certain, at this time, how many teams there will be in each division, but we should have a good idea soon after April 1. The centers that usually participate in the interlock association are Forest Glade, Windsor, Riverside, Amherstburg, Harrow, Kingsville, Cottam, Essex and Leamington.

Will there be additional costs for the players?

No, except for the possible additional transportation costs of getting players to and from local parks other than Turtle Club Park. Turtle Club will be paying the fees charged by the interlock association.

Where and when will the teams play and practise?

The practice location will not change. Practices will occur at Turtle Club either on Mondays or Wednesdays. Home games will also take place at Turtle Club Park, either on Mondays or Wednesdays.  Away games will take place at the various other centers on days and times that have not yet been determined. A scheduling meeting has been set for April 24.

How many games will be played?

The number of games will be very similar to what our club typically has for the divisions. The interlock association has advised that it tries to have at least 14 games, with a wrap up tournament at the end of the season in early to mid-August.

Are there any rule differences?

The rules will be very similar, although there will be some minor differences. One important difference is that only wooden bats are allowed in the Bantam interlock division. Turtle Club will look at purchasing a wooden team bat for each of its Bantam interlock teams. Here are the rules provided by the interlock association for Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget:

2019_PeeWee_Rules     2019_Bantam_Rules     2019_Midget_Rules

Will there be a Midget interlock team?

We are unsure of this. At this time, we do not have enough registered players to form a Midget aged team for interlock play, but we are somewhat close. If we do not have a sufficient number of Midget aged players to form a Midget interlock team, we will provide a full refund to each registered Midget player. We will make a determination on or soon after April 6 whether we have a sufficient number of players to form a Midget aged interlock team, and if we do not, we will provide a full 100% refund to any registered Midget player.

Can I coach?

Yes, we certainly welcome additional coaches. If you are interested in coaching an interlock team, please email either the division director, David Guthrie, at [email protected], or the Vice-President, House League, Jim Griesinger, at [email protected].

Will there be select teams in these divisions?

Yes, our plan is to have select teams in each of the Pee Wee and Bantam divisions. Additional details will be provided at a later date.

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