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Dear Players, Parents, Fans:

Happy New Year to all of our players, parents, and members of the Chiefs and Seminoles baseball program. We look forward to the start of the New Year as we begin our 22nd season of providing baseball for players ages 15-18. We hope that you are all doing well and ask that you please take a few moments to read our latest newsletter. It is updated with the most current information in regard to our program for 2012.

Open Gym Begins Sunday January 22

We are inviting all of our 2012 rostered Chief and Seminole players to attend our first open gym Sunday on January 22, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Bishop Noll. The first Sunday will be for Chief and Seminole players only. We will give you the opportunity to come in and throw, hit, and work on various baseball skills, under the supervision of our coaches. We will conduct the workout as a pre-season type of practice providing you the opportunity to work as a team and also on individual skills. We will also use this time to demonstrate the drills and have you practice the skills that we will be using to instruct players, who will be attending our kids camps over the next several Sundays. We will fill out a schedule for Sundays, that you may be available to help out at our kids camps, which begin January 29. As a note in regard to our kids camps, we understand that some of you may be required at school to perform community service hours. You can receive credit toward those hours by working at and assisting with our kids camps. We will provide you with a letter stating the number of hours that you worked and the community service that you provided by working at the camps. Again, the workout on Sunday, January 22, is from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (door H) Take advantage of the opportunity to come in on the 22nd and start preparing yourself for the 2012 baseball season. Hope to see you!

Chiefs Team Open Winter Tryout Date Sunday, January 22

We are going to have an open tryout for any new players who would like to try-out for our 2012 summer Chiefs team. We still have a few roster spots open for the Chiefs team and would like to fill those after this tryout. The tryout will take place at Bishop Noll at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 22. This is for any player who will be age 17 or 18 as of May 1, 2012. Players already rostered do not have to try-out again. This try-out in for non-rostered players who might still be interested in playing for the Chiefs team this summer. If you know of someone who might be interested in playing for the Chiefs team, please let them know about the open tryout on January 22.

$1,000 Tony Klaja Scholarship Award Presented at Banquet

Over 50 players, parents coaches, board members, and friends attended our annual December Holiday banquet on the 28th of this past month at Bridges Scoreboard in Griffith. The banquet, which is for players and parents of the past season, was well attended and we thank everyone who was there. At the banquet the annual Tony Klaja Memorial Scholarship Award was presented to a Chief player from this past summer team. The award goes to a graduating Chief player who has been a member of the Seminoles for at least one year and a member of the Chiefs for at least two years. The player must have demonstrated commitment to our program over the past 3 years and is committed to doing whatever it takes to put themselves into a position to attend college and possibly play at the next level. This years award was presented to Elliott Bajda, who graduated from Whiting High School. Congratulations to Elliott and a special thank you to the Klaja family, who have continued to present this award in the name of their son Tony since 1997. Tony played for the Seminoles and Chiefs in 1995-96 and tragically passed away before the start of the 1997 season. The award continues in his name. Also thanks to the Sammon family, who have also contributed financially toward this scholarship. Roger Sammon was our 2009 award winner.

Recent Bags Tournament a Success

Thanks to everyone who attended our bags tournament on December 29th. We had 18 teams participate, as players from our current teams and from the past, participated in the double elimination tournament .It was a fun night for all and we thank all of you who were able to attend and support this fundraiser. The monies raised from this event help support our 2012 Chief and Seminole teams.

Web Site Provides Most Current Information

Just a reminder that our web site is updated on a regular basis and provides the most current information in regard to the program. Go to and find out any new information relative to the program. One of the latest features on the web site is a copy of the yearbook that all 2011 Chief players received from this past season. It has all the highlights and events that took place this past summer with the Chiefs. Each player received a hard copy of the yearbook at our recent banquet and now it is on the web site for your review. Stay in touch by visiting our web site regularly.

Summer Showcases and Team Schedule Updates

We continue to finalize our summer showcase schedule for the Chiefs and Seminoles team. Our June weekends have been finalized, as we stated in our last newsletter. The Chiefs are attending showcases in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Ann Arbor, Michigan during the month of June. The Seminoles are attending showcases in Cincinnati, Louisville, and Notre Dame / South Bend in June. Most all of these showcases involve playing games on college fields. Butler University, University of Indianapolis, Michigan University, Louisville University, and Notre Dame are places where our teams will be playing in June. We continue to finalize our July showcases and post season schedules. We will have those listed for you in the February newsletter. Also, we hope to begin posting our local schedule in the February newsletter.

Upcoming Calendar of Events

Here is a list of dates for upcoming events over the next few months.

January 22 - 1st Chief / Seminole Open Gym 11:00 a.m.-1:00 pm. @ Bishop Noll (enter door H)
January 22 - Open Tryout for 2012 Chiefs Team 1:00 p.m. @ Bishop Noll January 29 - 1st Sunday Morning Kids Camp & Chief / Seminole Open Gym 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. @ Noll
February 6 - Sunday Morning Kids Camp & Chief / Seminole Open Gym 9:00 - 1:00 @ Noll, Super Bowl
February 13 - Sunday Morning Kids Camp & Chief / Seminole Open Gym 9:00 - 1:00 @ Noll
February 20 - Chiefs 21st Annual All Day Winter Camp 9:00 - 4:00 @ Noll
February 27 - Sunday Morning Kids Camp & Chief / Seminole Open Gym 9:00 - 1:00 @ Noll
March 5 - Sunday Morning Kids Camp & Chief / Seminole Open Gym 9:00 - 1:00 @ Noll
March 13 - Last Sunday Morning Kids Camp & Chief / Seminole Open Gym 9:00 - 1:00 @ Noll
March 14 - First Official Indiana High School Baseball Practice Day

Chief & Seminole Board of Directors Contact Information

In an effort to provide our players with good leadership and direction, our organization has a board of directors to oversee our program. Our board of directors consists of current and former high school coaches, alumni, league administrators, and parents of former players, who have remained a part of the program. Below is our board of directors for the 2012 season.

President / Chiefs Manager: Dave Sutkowski
V.P. / G.M. / Scouting: Jim Tucker Recording
Secretary: Ken Schmitt Treasurer: Pat Bieszat
Seminoles Manager: Ryne Pishkur
Member-At-Large Jim Nohos
High School Relations Paul Wirtz
Special Events / Fundraising Rick Kuna
Web Site / Fall Exposure Team Todd Iwema
Player Relations Adam Enright
Fall League Coordinator Tony Balcazar
Alumni Club Matt Pobereyko
Advisory Member Brian Jennings
Advisory Member Scott Bridges

Thanks for taking time to read the newsletter. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming open gym dates and kids camps. Please arrive at 10:30 for our first open gym on January 22. If you have any questions, please contact us. Coach Dave Sutkowski, Hammond Chiefs & Seminoles Baseball

Dave Sutkowski, Hammond Chiefs President