Spring training starts despite winter’s snow

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Adult members of Herts Baseball Club are preparing to dust off their bats and gloves ready for the start of spring training on Sunday.

The teams will start with indoor sessions at Berkhamsted Sportspace, before returning to Grovehill Ballpark for the first outdoor training session of the year on March 3.

The following week, rostered Herts players, and all newcomers aged 14 and above who are interested in joining the club this season, will take part in the open try-outs.

They will undergo a series of tests and drills which will enable the coaching staff to assess the players before they make their roster picks later that month.

The club is still awaiting final confirmation from the British Baseball Federation about the date of the 2013 BBF League opening day.

The latest information is that the National Baseball League season will open on the weekend of March 30, while the minor leagues will get their season under way a week later.

The Herts Spring League dates are still provisional and will be announced as soon as the BBF Opening Day is confirmed.

Herts Baseball Club president Aspi Dimitrov said: “People aged 14 and above who are interested in giving baseball a go can come to any of the upcoming spring training dates with the Herts adult teams.

“Regardless of whether you are a complete beginner or experienced player with many years of baseball under your belt, Herts Baseball Club will be eager to welcome you for an exciting season of baseball as the organisation continues its excellent growth.”

Players aged between six and 16, meanwhile, can look forward to joining up with the club’s youth league teams. The spring training dates for the youth teams are expected to be announced shortly.

For more details of how to get involved with the club, visit www.hertsbaseball.com