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Dear Players and Parents

Please take time to read our February newsletter. Information has been updated in regard to our baseball program for the 2012 season. Players please make sure that your parents get to see this newsletter. We hope that the newsletter will keep you updated on the most current events in our program.

2012 Hammond Chiefs Winter Baseball Camp A Success

On Sunday, February 19th the Hammond Chiefs baseball program conducted their 22nd Annual Winter Baseball Camp at Bishop Noll. The camp included almost 40 players ages 10-12 and 13-18. Chief and Seminole players and coaches also participated and assisted with the camp. The all day camp provided players with defensive instruction in the morning and hitting and base running in the afternoon. Lunch was provided for all players and each player participating in the camp received a camp T-shirt.

This was the first year that players ages 10-12, were included in the camp. All players participating in the camp did a great job of working on the drills and skills that were presented and were very good at keeping up a brisk pace, as they moved from one area to another. The goal of the camp was to present players with many different ways to improve their skills and instill a good work ethic toward the game. We feel that these goals were accomplished and hope that players left the camp with ideas and ways to better their game.

Thanks to the following Chief and Seminole players that attended and either participated or assisted with the camp. Kody Alayon, Jeremy Briggs, Alex DelRio, Tyler Fraley, Allan Korem, Danny Pobereyko, Chris Shudick, Chris Slivka, Tyler Sroczynski, Jonathan Vercimak, Jonathan Azar, Joey Bryant, Matt Dvorscak, Brandon Garcia, David Hladek, Frank Podkul, Tyler Quillin, Jaylen Yarbrough.

Thanks to our coaches and members who were at the camp and assisted in various ways. Coaches Iwema, Wirtz, Pishkur, Tucker, Nohos, Jennings, and Sutkowski. Thanks to our secretary Ken Schmitt and our treasurer Pat Bieszat who checked players in, helped prepare lunch, and passed out camp T-shirts.

A special thanks to Bishop Noll Athletic Director Ed Hrea and Bishop Noll Head Baseball Coach Paul Wirtz for the use of their facility. We are extremely grateful to them for allowing us to use the facility at Bishop Noll not only this year, but also in years past.

The camp was definitely a success and we will build off this year’s camp, as we prepare for our 2013 Hammond Chiefs 23rd Annual Winter Baseball Camp. Thanks again to everyone who participated and assisted.

Sunday Kids Camps / Chiefs & Seminoles Open Gym Continues February 26 - March 11 at Noll

Our Sunday Kids Camps and open gym workouts continue at Bishop Noll on February 26, March 4, and March 11. Chief and Seminole players can come in from 9:00-10:30 and assist with the 7-12 year old camp players. Chief and Seminole players can also come in at 10:30-12:00 and assist or participate with the 13-15 year old camp players. From 12 noon-1:00 the gym is open for just Chief and Seminole players. Thanks to the players who have come in and assisted with our kids camps. If you haven’t made it in yet, we hope to see you at one of the above dates. The first official high school practice day is March 12.

Chief & Seminole 2012 Summer Exposure / Postseason Tournaments Finalized

We would like to announce that our 2012 summer exposure and postseason tournaments have been finalized. Listed below is the tournament schedule for both the Chiefs and Seminoles. This is primarily our weekend schedule for each team.

Chief Exposure & Postseason Tournaments (*Indicates must qualify for)

June 7-10 Pastime Tournament Indianapolis @ Butler U. and U. of Indianapolis (some Seminole players)

June 14-17 Midland Redskins Ohio Valley Classic @ Midlands Complex Cincinnati, Ohio

June 23-26 Pastime Great Lakes Tournament of Champions @ U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor

June 29-July 4/5 Perfect Game 18U World Wood Bat @ East Cobb Complex Marietta, Georgia

July 7-10/11 Northern Indiana Babe Ruth State Tournament @ Riverside Park Hammond, IN

*July 14-17/18 Ohio Valley Babe Ruth Regional @ Dodgeville, Wisconsin (Must win Babe Ruth State)

July 20-22 NABF Regional @ Cordova, Tennessee

*July 28-August 4 Babe Ruth World Series @ Weimer, Texas (Must win Babe Ruth Ohio Valley Reg.)

*August 1-? NABF World Series @ Struthers, Ohio (Must qualify for winning NABF Regional)

(Will participate in 1of the above World Series that we qualify for)

Seminole Exposure & Postseason Tournaments (*Indicates must qualify for) 

June 9-10 St. Joe Invite Rensselaer, IN

June 14-17 Cincy Flames Wood Bat Summer Classic @ Cincinnati, Ohio 

June 21-24 Pastime Tournaments Super Select Showcase @ U. of Louisville, Kentucky

June 28-July 1 Pastime Tournament University of Notre Dame Wood Bat Classic @ South Bend, IN

July 5-8 CABA 16U National Championship @ Valparaiso U. Indiana

July 13-18(19/20 finals) Perfect Game 16U World Wood Bat @ East Cobb Complex Marietta, Georgia

July 23-25 AABC Mickey Mantle 16U East Central Regional @ Midlands Complex Cincinnati, Ohio

*July 31-August 4 AABC Mickey Mantle 16U World Series @ McKinney, TX (Must win AABC Reg.)  

Team Hotels Will Be Announced in March Newsletters

All team hotels will be announced in the March newsletter. We make the arrangements and cover the cost for players when staying out of town. All players stay together at the team hotel. We encourage parents to attend as many out of town tournaments as possible. Parents are responsible for making their own arrangements for out of town hotels. That is why we will provide you in March, with the team hotel list and contact information for making your arrangements at those hotels.

Regular Season / Local Game Schedule Coming

We are currently working on our home and local game schedule. These are primarily weekday games and are local. All home games are played at Riverside Park for both the Chiefs and Seminoles. Weekday games will start no earlier than 5:30 p.m. with most all home weekday games starting at 7:00 p.m. The Chiefs first game will be on Friday, June 1. The Seminoles first game will be on Monday, June 4 or Tuesday, June 5. More details coming in future newsletters.


Thanks for taking time to read the newsletter. If you have any questions contact Coach Dave Sutkowski at 219-616-9754. Remember you can also get the most current information on the program by visiting our web site:

Dave Sutkowski, Hammond Chiefs President