The 1999 indoor training season for the Rebels began in early December for pitchers and catchers while the rest of the team started in late February.
Heading into the 1999 campaign, Coach McDonald realizes the challenge ahead for this young team. With the loss of a number of players from last year's team, the challenge to rebuild in time for provincials will be a daunting task. Key players moving up from the midget age group along with numerous new players, the Rebels will look to outperform last year's silver medal at the Tier 1 Provincial Grand Championships which resulted in the Rebels qualifying for the Canadian Championships in Kamloops, B.C.
New & Returning Athletes for 1999
New comers to the Rebels for the 1999 season include 3 strong players moving up from the midget age group; Jacinthe Beaupre - C; Sylvie Menard - P/3B; Natalie Watson - 2B/IF.
With a tremendous blend of speed, quick bats and strong defense Coach McDonald has reason to be optimistic. Returning athletes include: Sherry Polomark- C/1B; Carrie Polomark- P, Kristy Pedersen- CF, and Michelle Bourdeau- 2B.
Other athletes who we hope will challenge for starting positions include: 2B- Erin Johnson, C- Shauna Taylor, OF- Jen Brown, OF- France Joly. Any athlete interested in competing for a spot on this team is welcome to do so.
The Orleans Rebels Junior Team compete in the Canadian Central Fastball League's Open division. Their competition is as follows:
*Orleans Rebels 19U
*Kars Aces SR
*Kars Aces 19U
*Kars Aces 16U
*Kanata Pirates 19U
*Nepean Sharks 19U
Indoor training sessions for 2000 will begin in late February and continue through until late March. Team tryouts will officially begin in early May. Tryouts will consist of practices and several exhibition games. The final roster will then comptete in the 1st annual Frank Bender Invitational tournament in Orleans on the May long weekend. This event features some of the most talented teams in Canada and the U.S. The regular season usually starts in mid-late May. All home games are played at Carlington Park on Diamond #2, located on Clyde Ave.
Ideally the team would like to compete in at least one tournament every two-three weeks. This will depend upon the amount of time players can commit to the ball team on weekends.
If you are interested in playing for the first and only team to have represented Eastern Ontario at the Nationals, call Jason at (613)830-5361. Let's play ball!