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Dear Players & Parents

Baseball season is in full swing and we hope that your spring season is going well. Before you know it June will be here and the start of our summer season for the Chiefs and Seminoles will begin. Up until that time, players need to be focused on their current high school and spring seasons. This newsletter has much information in regard to the upcoming season. Players please take time to read the newsletter and make sure your parents also get to read the newsletter. A web version of this newsletter will also appear on our web site. Our web site is

Railcats Coming to Riverside Park

The Gary Southshore Railcats are coming to our home field, Riverside Park, to play a spring training game on Thursday, May 10th, at 6:00 p.m. Hammond native and former Chief and Seminole player Mike Coles, now a member of the Railcats team, will be the featured player that night. The Railcats are using this game as a promotional event and this will be the first time that they will be playing a home game away from their normal home field, which is the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary. This will also be the first time in over 50 years that a professional baseball game will be played in the City of Hammond.

As part of this promotional event, the Chiefs and Seminoles will receive all proceeds from walk-up tickets sold at Riverside Park on the night of the game. All tickets are $5 and seating will be non-reserved. There is no charge for any Chief or Seminole player wishing to attend. Details can be found on the Railcats and Chiefs web sites.

In addition we would welcome any help that evening from players or parents in regard to helping out on the night of this event. Things that we could use help with would be ticket sales at the gate, concession stand help, field ground crew, selling 50/50 tickets, T-shirt sales, and press box help. If you can’t make it, please help by getting the word out on this event.

We understand that this is a weekday evening during the high school season and some of you may have a game on that day. However, anyone who is available to help please let Coach Sutkowski know by Sunday, May 6th. Call or text Coach Sutkowski at 219-616-9754 or email him at if you are available to help.

This should be a great night for our program and also a nice fundraiser for our program. Proceeds from this event will go directly back to this summer’s teams. Help us welcome professional baseball, for the first time to our field, Riverside Park, and also help us welcome back former Chief and Seminole player Mike Coles.

Field Help Day Scheduled For Sunday, May 6th / High School Game Schedule At Riverside Park Announced

We have scheduled a field help day for Sunday, May 6th at 1:00 p.m. at Riverside Park. Any Chief or Seminole player who is available that day can come out and help us with field preparations for upcoming events. If you need community service hours for your school, this can count toward those hours.

In addition to the Railcats game on May 10th, we also host high school baseball games at our field starting with Griffith playing Bishop Noll on Monday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. Other games include Hebron vs. Hammond High on Saturday, May 12th at 11:00 a.m., Hanover Central vs. Hammond Clark on Monday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m. and Culver Military Academy vs. Bishop Noll on Friday, May 18th at 6:30 p.m. Admission to these high school games is $5 and all proceeds from the gate goes directly back to our Chief and Seminole teams for this year.

Please consider coming out and helping get the field ready on Sunday, May 6th at 1:00 p.m. for the above upcoming events and our Chief and Seminole season in June. Let Coach Sutkowski know if you are available that day by contacting him at one of his previously listed contacts. 

Player / Parent Meeting Scheduled For Sunday May 20th

We will be having our annual pre-season player / parent meeting for all Chiefs and Seminoles players and parents on Sunday, May 20th, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the field in Riverside Park. We expect all players to attend and at least one parent representing each player. Our topics of discussion will include the beginning of the season, schedules, out-of-town tournaments, issuing uniforms, team procedures, along with other topics. A copy of the agenda for this meeting has been included with this newsletter. Please take time to review it and plan to attend this important meeting. If it rains we will put an update on the web site the morning of the 20th.

Program Player Pictures and Profiles

As part of our meeting on Sunday, May 20, all players and coaches will have their picture taken for our team program / ad book. Players will be asked to fill out a player profile sheet for the program at our Sunday meeting. The picture will take place immediately after the player / parent meeting. We will have a team cap and jersey available for all players to wear for the picture.

First Team Practice Date Schedule For Tuesday, May 29th 

Our first official team practice will be Tuesday, May 29th at Riverside Park at 5:00 p.m. This will be for all players whose teams have been eliminated from the state high school tournament or who have been released by their high school coach. We will also practice on Wednesday, May 30th and Thursday, May 31st at 5:00 p.m. All practices will be at Riverside Park. Any non-rostered player wishing to tryout for either team will be invited to the May 30th practice to tryout. At this time we are primarily interested in adding a pitcher or two. If you know of someone who wants to tryout, let us know and we will contact that player or you can let them know about the open tryout date. Rostered players, (this includes you) don’t need to tryout. You are already on the team. Rostered players will just practice on those dates.

Chief & Seminole Full Summer Schedules Announced Along With Opening Game Dates For Each Team

The Chiefs first game is Friday, June 1st, at home, beginning at 7:00 p.m. against the Porter Co. Storm. On Saturday, June 2nd the Chiefs play a double-header at home against the Hammond Hurricanes starting at 1:00 p.m. Opening weekend for the Chiefs continues on Sunday, June 3 with a 1:30 p.m. home game against the Calumet City Renegades. All Chief home games are played at Riverside Park.

The Seminoles first game will be played on Monday, June 4th, at home, beginning at 7:00 p.m. against the Munster Hitman.  All Seminole home games are also played at Riverside Park.

It is normal that during the first weekend and first week of the season that Seminole players are brought up to play for the Chiefs. This is to fill roster spots for the Chief players, who may still be participating in the state high school tournament. Both teams will practice together during the first week of the season. A full schedule of local games and our weekend out of town showcase schedule has been included with this newsletter. Both the Chiefs and Seminoles full season schedule, which includes all local games and out  of town weekend showcase tournaments also appears on our web site. Both teams schedules promise a very competitive summer of baseball for all of our players. The out of town showcase tournaments will give our players the opportunity to be scouted and seen by many college coaches and scouts. 

Team Procedures on Road Trips 

Depending on each teams first game of an out of town tournament and travel distance, we usually leave the day before. Team players travel together to out of town tournaments and stay together in the same hotel. The cost of the players stay and one team meal per game day are provided by our program. Most hotels that we stay at provide breakfast at no cost to players. This is in addition to the one team meal that we provide on game days. Parents are responsible for making their own arrangements at various hotels. We encourage parents to attend as many out of town tournaments with our teams as possible. A list of hotels that we will be staying at is included below. Please note deadlines and procedures for parents in regard to making arrangements to stay at team hotels. We hope that you will make plans for some great road trips and can accompany us to as many out of town tournaments as possible!

Parents Can Make Arrangements To Stay At the Following Team Hotels

Listed below are the team hotels for both the Chiefs and Seminoles and deadlines and procedures for parents who would like to make arrangements at these our team hotels. Parents can also make their own arrangements at any hotels of their choice.

Chief Team Hotels

Butler U. / U. of Indianapolis Showcase Indianapolis, IN  June 7-10. Hampton Inn Downtown Indianapolis (317) 261-1200. Contact Shannon Egan. Deadline is May 7th to get our group rate.

Ohio Valley Classic Showcase Cincinnati, OH June 14-17. Holiday Inn 3855 Hauck Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241. (513) 563-8330. Contact Sherry Noppenberger. Deadline is May 14th to get our group rate.

U. of Michigan Showcase Ann Arbor, MI June 21-24. Holiday Inn Near The University of Michigan

3600 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (734) 769-9800 Contact Kim Goff. Deadline is May 20th to get our group rate.

Perfect Game World Wood Bat Showcase Atlanta, GA June 29-July 4. Hawthorn Suites Atl NW 1500 Parkwood Circle S.E. Must contact Coach Sutkowski at (219) 616-9754 by June 3rd to book a room. Have 3 rooms available for parents. Will book on first call basis. After these are gone parents will have to make their own arrangements by calling the hotel. Contact Kelly Wilson at (770) 952-9595.

Hotels for Regional or World Series tournaments will be announced when the team qualifies.

Seminole Team Hotels

Cincy Flames Showcase Cincinnati, OH June 14-17. Holiday Inn 3855 Hauck Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241. (513) 563-8330. Contact Sherry Noppenberger. Deadline is May 14th to get our group rate.

Louisville University Showcase Louisville, OH June 21-24. Sheraton Louisville 700 W. Riverside Dr. Jeffersonville, IN 47130. Must contact Coach Sutkowski at (219) 616-9754 by May 22nd  to book a room.

Have 4 rooms available for parents. Will book on first call basis. After these are gone parents will have to make their own arrangements by calling the hotel. Contact Jennifer Helton at (812) 284-6711.

Perfect Game World Wood Bat Showcase Atlanta, GA July 13-18. Best Western Kennesaw 3375 Busbee Dr. NW Kennesaw, GA 30144. Must contact Coach Sutkowski at (219) 616-9754 by June 17th  to book a room. Have 4 rooms available for parents. Will book on first call basis. After these are gone parents will have to make their own arrangements by calling the hotel. Contact # (800) 992-2694.

AABC Mickey Mantle East Central Regional Cincinnati, Ohio July 23-25. Holiday Inn 3855 Hauck Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241. Contact Sherry Noppenberger (513) 563-8330. Deadline is June 21 to get our group rate.

Hotel for the World Series will be announced when the team qualifies for the tournament.

We hope that our parents will plan on spending some time with our teams this summer. Don’t forget to book your hotels by the above deadlines. I f you have any questions contact Coach Dave Sutkowski. Hope to see you on the road with our teams!

Past Events Successful for Players and Our Program

Below is a review of our past winter events. These events proved to be very successful for our program and hopefully for our players. Thanks to everyone who participated in these events and helped to make them successful.

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 Camp Instruction Finishes With 50 Players In Attendance

Our Sunday Kids Camps finished on March 11 with about 50 players attending on a weekly basis. Players ages 7-12 and 13-15 attended 6 Sunday mornings of baseball instruction. The first three Sundays included throwing and catching along with defensive drills and individual position play. On the last three Sundays offensive skills were taught, which included hitting and base running. Instruction and demonstration was provided by several of our current Chief and Seminole players. Chiefs manager Dave Sutkowski provided instruction and helped to oversee the camp. Thanks to all of our players who assisted and a special thanks to these players who assisted on a regular basis. Kody Alayon, Jeremy Briggs, Tyler Fraley, Jonathan Vercimak, Matt Dvorscak, Brandon Garcia, and Jaylen Yarbrough. Also thanks to our treasurer Pat Bieszat and our secretary Ken Schmitt for registering and checking players in each Sunday.

Sunday Chief & Seminole Open Gym Workouts Helpful

Several Chief and Seminole players took advantage of the 6 Sundays that we had open gym at Bishop Noll. Open gym Sundays provided players with an opportunity to get some throwing, fielding, and hitting in before the official start of the high school baseball season. If you participated in any of these Sundays, we hope that this helped you get ready for your high school season.


Thanks for taking time to read our latest newsletter. Players please make sure that your have passed this newsletter on to your parents. Remember to visit our web site for current updates and information. If you need to contact our coaches Dave Sutkowski can be reached at (219) 616-9754 for the Chiefs and Ryne Pishkur can be reached at (219) 743-7797. Our treasurer, Pat Bieszat can be reached at (219) 845-3614. Please remember all the future upcoming dates and events that we have planned.

We have a great summer ahead of us and we look forward to you being a part of our Chief and Seminole teams.

Dave Sutkowski, Hammond Chiefs President