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Dear Players and Parents

With the holiday season here, we hope that this slower than normal period of time in baseball has given you an opportunity to relax a little bit and maybe concentrate on a few other activities. We are sending this newsletter to all players who were selected to play for our 2012 Chief or Seminole team, during the selection process that we held earlier this fall.
*Please see that your parents also get this newsletter.

This is an update in regards to the most current information about our program.

Hooded Sweatshirt Orders Due By Monday, December 5th There is still time to place an order for a Chief or Seminole hooded sweatshirt for the 2012 season. If you have already placed an order, we have indicated that we have received your order on this newsletter. If not, we have included in this mailing, an order form that you can submit to order the official 2012 Chief or Seminole hooded sweatshirt. This is a great item to have with winter weather on the way and also makes a great holiday gift. The Chief hoodie is black in color with red trim. The Seminole hoodie is red in color with black trim. Each is designed with the official team logos and dated with the year each team was established. The cost of a hooded sweatshirt is $45 for adult S - XL and $50 for adult XXL or XXXL. If you place your order before December 5, it will be available for pick-up before Christmas. Payment can be made in advance or at the time of your pick-up. We will contact you before Christmas and make arrangements with you to pick-up your order before then. An order form has been placed in this mailing for you to consider if you have not already placed your order.

Upcoming Dates and Events

Listed below are dates of upcoming Chief and Seminole events. They are listed in the order that they will be held in regard to the upcoming calendar. Please make a note of these following dates and events.

Annual Chief & Seminole Holiday Banquet

Wednesday, December 28th Make plans to attend our annual Chief and Seminole holiday banquet on Wednesday, December 28th at Bridges Scoreboard in Griffith. This banquet is for all Chief players from the 2011 team, Seminole players from 2011 who will be playing for the Chiefs or Seminoles in 2012, and our 2011 fall exposure team players who will be playing for the Chiefs or Seminoles in 2012. There is no cost for the players. Parents of players are also invited to attend. The banquet begins with a social hour at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00, and player recognition at 8:00. We also present our annual Tony Klaja Memorial Scholarship award to one of our graduating Chief players at the banquet. Invitations will be sent out during the first week in December. Please respond at that time. The banquet is always a good time as it gives everyone an opportunity to visit with friends from this past season. Mark your calendar for this event on Wednesday, December 28th. For players new to the program in 2012, this is something that you and your families can look forward to attending next year.

Holiday Bags Tournament

Scheduled For Thursday, December 29th We are going to be holding a Holiday Bags Tournament on Thursday, December, 29th, at Bridges Scoreboard. The tournament is open to all of our players and any family members, along with the general public. You can partner-up with anyone that you like and can sign-up on the evening of the event. If you don't have a partner come on out and we will find one for you. The entry fee is $40 per team. Each team will consist of 2 players and the tournament will be a double elimination format. Sign-up and practice begins at 5:30 p.m., with the tournament beginning at 7:00. Food and beverages will be available for purchase for all participants. Proceeds from this event will benefit both of our teams for this summer. A flier has been included with further information and details on the tournament. Cash prizes awarded to winners. Make plans to come out and have some fun over the holiday break and maybe win some cash to begin the New Year!

Chief & Seminole Open GymSundays

Begin January 22nd at Bishop Noll Field House Beginning on Sunday, January 22, we will provide open gym Sundays for all Chief and Seminole players. This will give our players an opportunity to come in on Sundays and begin preparing for the 2012 baseball season. Players will have an opportunity to come inside once a week to throw, field, and hit. Pitchers will have an opportunity to throw to catchers. Sundays will be made available for all players to come in and workout, up to the first official high school practice date, which is Monday, March 12. The first Sunday, January 22, we will have a Chief / Seminole open gym workout from 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. at Bishop Noll. We ask that all current rostered Chief and Seminole players please plan to attend on this day. We will set up our off season program for all players and also go through many of our team and individual drills and practice routines for the season. We will also set up our schedule for players to help work and assist with our winter camps, which we will be starting the following Sunday. Please mark January 22 on your calendar and plan to be with us for our first team open gym for the 2012 season. All Sundays from January 22 - March 11 will be available for players to participate. We have all Sunday mornings available to us at Bishop Noll up to 2:00 p.m. for open gym. A full schedule of Sunday open gym dates along with times will be provided in our upcoming winter newsletter.

Winter Kids Camps

Begin January 29th / 22nd Annual All Day Chief Winter Camp February 19th As we have in the past, we will again be offering our Sunday Morning Baseball Camps for players ages 7-12 and 13-15 beginning on Sunday, January 29. These camps run on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 for the 7-12 year olds and from 10:30 - 12:00 noon for the 13-15 year olds. Along with instruction for younger baseball players from our area, this is also a fundraiser for our program. Monies raised from these camps go directly back into the program to help pay for costs that occur during the season. Our 22nd annual Hammond Chiefs Winter Camp will be on Sunday, February 19th. This is our all day camp which runs from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All camps will be held at Bishop Noll. We will ask our players to come in and assist with these camps. As mentioned earlier, we will schedule our players to assist with at least one Sunday camp, when we have our first open gym date on January 22. Schedules of all camps will be provided in upcoming newsletter.

Chief & Seminole Confirmed 2012 Summer Exposure Tournaments

As of this newsletter we would like to announce the summer exposure tournaments that we have committed to for this year so far. This is primarily our June schedule for the weekends.

The Chief exposure tournaments are:
June 7-10 Pastime World Series Qualifier @ Butler U. and U. of Indy ( may include Seminole players)
June 14-17 Midland Redskins Ohio Valley Classic @ Midlands Complex Cincinnati
June 23-26 Pastime Great Lakes Tournament of Champions @ U. of Michigan
June 29- July 6 Perfect Game World Wood Bat @ East Cobb Complex Marietta, Georgia.

The Seminole exposure tournaments are:
June 14-17 Cincy Flames Wood Bat Summer Classic @ Cincinnati
June 21-24 Pastime Super Select Showcase @ U. of Louisville, Kentucky
June 28-July 1 Pastime University of Notre Dame Wood Bat Classic

All other exposure tournaments, July dates, and more details will be included in upcoming newsletters.

Web Site Provides Current And Up-Dated Information Our web site,, provides current and up-dated information on our program. We encourage you to visit the web site on a regular basis. Newsletters, forms, important dates, contact information and many other items are made available to you through the web site. The web site is one of your first sources of information and is constantly updated with new information. If you haven't visited lately, take a few moments to check out what's going on currently with our program. This is the easiest way to stay in touch with our program.

Contacting Coaches & League Treasurer

If you need to contact us we can be reached at the following numbers.
Seminoles Coach: Ryne Pishkur C (219) 743-7797, Email:
Chiefs Coach: Dave Sutkowski C (219) 616-9754, Email:
Team Treasurer: H (219) 8453614, Email:
Chiefs web site: Chiefs Information Hotline: (219) 852-9461
If you have any questions please contact us at the above numbers or emails.

Closing Thanks for taking time to read our newsletter. We hope that the newsletter has provided you with information relative to the program at this time of the year. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events. Watch for our next newsletter in December. Have a great holiday season!

Dave Sutkowski, Hammond Chiefs President