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New South Wales Major League

The Baseball NSW Major League is the highest level of play for the sport of baseball in New South Wales. It is currently composed of clubs predominantly from Sydney, with one club from the Central Coast.

Structure

The NSW Major League is composed of four separate divisions of play. Each club participating is required to field a team in each division, of:

  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • Under 18s

The teams play a round-robin format of games that forms the regular season. The teams in each division are ranked on their win/loss percentage, dividing the number of wins (counting ties as a half win) by the number of games played. The five highest-placed teams from each division progressing to compete in their respective finals series in the post-season, to determine the four division Premiers. The finals are played at the neutral venue of Blacktown Olympic Park, one of the venues for baseball during the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and home of the NSW Patriots during the Claxton Shield.

At the end of the regular season, the Club Championship is calculated by:

  1. multiplying first grade's win/loss percentage by 20
  2. multiplying second grade's win/loss by 10
  3. multiplying both third grade's and under 18s' win/loss by 5
  4. totalling the above figures

The club with the highest total is declared the Club Champion.

Teams

The following 11 clubs are competing in the 2008-09 season.

Club Home Ground(s) Location Club
Championships
Grade Premierships
1st 2nd 3rd U/18
Auburn Fairfield Park
Oriole Park
Fairfield, Sydney
Auburn, Sydney
9 13 14 10 3
Baulkham Hills Kellyville Park
Northmead Reserve
Kellyville, Sydney
Northmead, Sydney
10*^ 7 9^ 7^ 2
Blacktown Laybutt Reserve Huntingwood, Sydney - - - - -
Canterbury Bankstwown McLaughlin Oval Riverwood, Sydney - 8 1 5 3
Central Coast Adcock Park
Baseball Park
West Gosford, Central Coast
East Gosford, Central Coast
1 - - - 1
Cronulla Tom Evans Field
Tonkin Oval
Bonnet Bay, Sydney
Cronulla, Sydney
2 1 2 4 5*
Macarthur Gilchrist Oval Campbelltown, Sydney - 1 - 1 -
Manly Warringah Aquatic Reserve Allambie Heights, Sydney - 2^ 3 - 5*
North Shore Flatrock Reserve Northbridge, Sydney - - - 1 1
Penrith Andrews Road Cranebrook, Sydney - - - - -
Ryde Eastwood ELS Hall Park North Ryde, Sydney 5 3 3 4 1^

  • * signifies most championships/premierships
  • ^ signifies current champion/premier
  • Championships correct as of the completion of 2007-08 season.

History

The NSW Baseball Association (the precursor to Baseball NSW) was first established in 1894. But it was not until 1899 that what is now known as the NSW Major League was played, with Redfern as the inaugural winners. The league expanded in 1901 to inculde a second grade, with clubs fielding teams in both. Paddington won the premiership for both grades that year, a feat which has been achieved a total of 27 times over the 107 seasons of Second Grade played.

The League expanded again in 1911 to three grades. Though First and Second Grades have both been contested continuously since their respective introductions, Third Grade initially only lasted until the 1915 season. It was reintroduced for the 1918 and continued through to 1941. The league expanded to three grades once more in 1944, and with the exception of the following year has continued as such since.

1973 was the final year that the League played during the winter months, as the Australian Baseball Federation decided to make baseball a summer sport. The move was designed to allow more favourable weather conditions for spectators and players alike, and to bring it in line with baseball in the United States. This saw the creation of the Sydney Winter League in 1974, and the first summer season of the NSW Major League played in 1974-75.

A Club Championship was introduced for the 1980-81 season, which was used to determine the best performing club over the three grades. Auburn was the first club to win the Championship, winning nine times in the first twelve seasons, though they have yet to win any since.

An Under 18s competition was incorporated into the League for the 1985-86 season, with Baulkham Hills the inaugural winners.

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