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    Muskoka Hornets Baseball Association


    Whitby Canadians - Winners of 18U AA Muskoka Cup - 2024

    Registration - 2024 House League Registration Closed - Waiting Lists Forming

    House league registration for the 2024 Muskoka Hornets  is now closed .  Please contact Peter Haynes at muskokahornets@rogers.com to be added to a wait list - depending on age group, there may be room to add more players.   Reminder that our house league program runs mid-May until end of August in Huntsville - for additional information, please see our House League page on this website. 

    SOLD OUT - Muskoka Hornets Summer Camp 2024

    The Muskoka Hornets summer camp is sold out and we are now taking names for a wait list. The camp runs from July 8 to July 12 at Peake Field in Bracebridge.   Please contact Peter Haynes at muskokahornets@rogers,com to be added to the wait list. 

    Note: we had to change the dates due to some scheduling conflicts and hope this is not a problem for anyone that otherwise planned to attend.

     

    Muskoka Cup Registration 2024 - SOLD OUT

    Registration for the 2024 Muskoka Cup is now open but all divisions are sold out.  Please click on this link to complete the forms.   

    Please contact Peter Haynes at muskokahornets@rogers.com if you would like to be added to a wait list.

    Muskoka Hornets - Summer 2024 Tournament Dates

    The Muskoka Hornets look forward to hosting tournaments for each age group where we will field teams in 2024.  If you are interested in attending any of these events, then please contact Peter Haynes at muskokahornets@rogers.com to reserve a spot (note - spots will be held for 1 week after formal registration begins in January).

    9U - A and below - July 26-28, 2024 – Huntsville - FULL

    11U A and below - July 19-21, 2024 – Bracebridge - FULL

    13U A and below  – July 12 –14, 2024 – Bracebridge - FULL

    14U AA and below - July 12-14, 2024 – Huntsville & Bracebridge - FULL

    15U A and below – July 26-28 , 2024– Huntsville & Bracebridge - FULL

    18U AA and below – June 7-9, 2024 –Huntsville & Bracebridge - FULL

    Muskoka Hornets Travel Coaches - 2024

    The Muskoka Hornets are pleased to announce its head coaches for the 2024 travel baseball season,  If you have any questions, then please contact the coach listed below.  Registration link below and try out details in corresponding text block further down the page.

    Level Birth Year Coach Email  Phone
             
    9U 2015-17 Rob Willis rwillis@live.ca 705-306-0209
    11U 2013-14 Tyler Fields tyler.everett.fields@gmail.com 705-229-7324
    13U - 1 2011-12 Ben Murdoch benmurdoch87@gmail.com 705-346-2511
    13U - 2 2011-12 Jeff Ley jeffreyley@live.ca 905-868-0765
    14U 2010 Brad Bissell bissellbrad@hotmail.com 705-794-3422
    15U 2009-10 Greg Zedic Zedicgreg@gmail.com 705-644-9933
    18U 2006-08 Zach Boese zackboese10@mail.com 705-205-3394

    Muskoka Hornets 2023 AGM - Board Changes

    The Muskoka Hornets held its 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday December 3 at the Huntsville Summit Centre.  At this meeting, the go forward Board of the Hornets was formed and it included one material change.  Jackie Nikiforuk retired from the position of Secretary/Registrar and was replaced by Shelley Hunt.  Also, the position of Sponsorship/Fundraising Coordinator remains open - please contact me if interested in discussing this position.  For a complete list of Muskoka Hornets Board members, please see our Contacts page and please join me in welcoming Shelley to our Board and to thank Jackie for her years of service for our program.

    Peter Haynes

    President

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    Celebrating Holm Diamond

    June 24th marked a very important date in the history of the Muskoka Hornets.  Just over 6 years after he passed away, former Hornets executive, coach and  baseball dad Mike Holm was honored posthumously with his number 25 retired officially by the Muskoka Hornets and the diamond at Kerr Park renamed Holm Diamond. 

    At a ceremony held on this date to honor Holm, the Muskoka Hornets 18U team, which includes Mike's son Mark and a call up for this event, younger brother Luke, were joined between games of a doubleheader with Innisfil to mark the important event. Other local dignitaries including MPP Graydon Smith (pictured on right), Bracebridge Mayor Rick Maloney (pictured in middle) and Bracebridge Councilor (and former Hornets Coach) Barry Hammond (pictured on left).

    From now on, we will be referring to all games at Kerr Park as Holm Diamond and encourage all our members and baseball fans in the community to visit the diamond where you will see Mike's #25 on the fence and a sign denoting the new diamond name.  This is a long overdue honor for Mike and his family.


    Welcome to Holm Diamond

    The Baseball Community is Small - Time for the Hornets to Help Out

    As all Canadians witnessed, wildfires rage out of control in two areas of our country, out West and Nova Scotia.  We have two Board members, Joe Hickes and Janelle Baker, that are from in and around the areas in Nova Scotia affected by the fires.  

    Joe and Janelle are aware of baseball community members in the Halifax area that have been wiped out by the devastation (in Hammonds Plains, as many as 40 baseball families lost everything).

    We are reaching out today as we believe that the Hornets should help, where possible, the Hammonds Plains baseball community  in its recovery efforts   As such, today we started a  Muskoka Hornets fundraiser (see attached letter) in which all proceeds raised will go to help out the victims of this tragedy - all proceeds will be sent to Hammonds baseball.

    Members can donate via etransfer to Jen Novak, our treasurer, at jennynovak2977@gmail.com (if prompted use "baseball" as passcode) or alternatively see Joe Hickes at next Wednesday's house league events in Huntsville - June 7 at McCulley (Joe will be the bearded guy wandering around with a Square terminal) - Joe will accept cash, debit or credit.

    We dont ask our membership for donations for third parties often, but in this case the Board was unanimously in favor of this request - no monetary donation is too small.  We will keep you posted on our fundraising efforts.

    Thank you

    Peter Haynes

    President

    Muskoka Hornets

    Muskoka Hornets to Retire Mike Holm's Number 25 – Bracebridge to Re-Name Kerr Park Diamond to Holm Diamond 

    Monday, May 1, 2023

    At its annual awards banquet held on Saturday April 29, the Muskoka Hornets formally announced that it will retire #25 in a ceremony to be held on Saturday, June 24 at 12 pm at Bracebridge's Kerr Park.   #25 was the jersey number worn by former executive, coach and baseball parent Mike Holm, who tragically passed away in 2017 at the age of 39.  Mike is survived by his wife Vicky and two sons still active in the program, Mark and Lucas, who were all present for the announcement.  The jersey retirement on June 24 will coincide with the formal ceremony to re-name Kerr Park's baseball field to Holm Diamond.

    Mark Holm, who is in his last year as a Hornet, recently committed to continue his post-secondary baseball career at Niagara Community College in up-state New York while Lucas is a pitcher and starting center fielder on the Muskoka Hornets 15U AA team.  Lucas's 15U team will play at Kerr Park before the ceremony, while Mark's 18U Hornets team will play a doubleheader against Innisfil immediately following the retirement ceremony.

    "Mike's contribution to our program cannot be measured in words.  He was a true jack of all trades coaching both of his kids, volunteering at house league, helping at fundraisers, raking diamonds at tournaments and participating in all other Hornets activities," commented Muskoka Hornets President Peter Haynes.  "Mike was the true definition of a Diamond Rat and his love of baseball was never ending.  I miss him every day but get some peace in knowing his legacy will live on forever both in our program and in Bracebridge at the re-named Holm Diamond at Kerr Park," Haynes added.

    Mark Holm had a big night at the awards ceremony, winning MVP for his 18U AA team, while also taking home the award named after his father for dedication to the program.  On behalf of the Hornets program, we wish Mark the best in his future baseball endeavors.  Other winners of 2022 awards are listed on the Hornets social media pages and will appear on our website at www.hornetsbaseball.ca.  A video montage put together in honor of Mike which included well wishes from former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, former Blue Jays first base coach and now full-time resident of Muskoka, Tim Leiper, and Toronto Blue Jays World Series Champions Duane Ward and Devon White, will be available on our website in the near future.

    About the Hornets

    The Muskoka Hornets Baseball Association formed in 2009 as a program for kids in the Muskoka Region interested in playing competitive baseball.   In 2023, the Hornets will field five competitive travel teams at 11U (Mosquito) rep B, 13U (Minor Peewee) rep B, 13U (Peewee) rep AA, 15U (Bantam) rep AA and 18U (Midget) rep A.  In 2013, the Hornets took over day to day management of the Huntsville Minor Baseball Association and expect a record of over 250 players to register in the house league program this year.   For further information, please contact Peter Haynes, President of the Muskoka Hornets, at 416-818-3036.

     


    from left to right Mark Holm, Vicky Holm, Lucas Holm

    2024 House League Registration Closing SOON

    Muskoka Hornets house league registration is closing soon.  

    Email the conveyor of each age to VERIFY if indeed there is any room left in the division you are enquiring about.

    U5 will alway do it's best to accommodate our newest ball players.

    Girls Play Too - Join Muskoka Hornets Baseball

    Each year,  approximately 10-20% of the Muskoka Hornets house league players are female.  And yet until now you wouldn't know girls were part of our program unless you showed up on Wednesday nights at McCulley.   After all, there is no mention on our site about girls and no pictures of girls playing ball anywhere.  We need to do better to promote girls baseball and we will.   Watch our social media pages and our website for exciting stories about girls in our program as the year progresses, including more information on three of our proudest members, the Burse sisters pictured below, Claire on our 11U travel team and Ivy and Violet from our house league program.  The Burse sisters represent everything that is great about our community based program.  They are committed, enthusiastic, helpful and want to learn.  If you have a female child aged 3-15, sign them up for house league - no experience necessary.  If you want to check out our program first, then drop by McCulley on a Wednesday and see the kids in action, girls and boys alike, playing together and enjoying the great game of baseball.


    Claire Burse, Muskoka Hornets 11U


    Ivy and Violet Burse - Muskoka Hornets House League Participants

    Important Dates - Muskoka Hornets 2023 Season

    February 4th - House League Registration Opens

    February 28th - House League Early Bird Discount Ends

    April 23  - Muskoka  Hornets Umpire Certification Clinic - location TBD

    April 29 - Muskoka Hornets Spaghetti Dinner Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser - Legion In Huntsville - 6 pm start

    Mid May - House League Season Starts and Runs Every Wednesday until end of August with Sunday evening practices 9U and up

    July 3-7 - Muskoka Hornets 12th Annual Summer Camp - Welcome Back Ryan Davis 

    For any additional Information, please contact Peter Haynes at hornetsbaseball.ca

    15th Annual Muskoka Cup 2023 - Registration Now Open

    click here to register for the 15th Annual Muskoka Cup

    Dates and locations below:

    9U A and below- Huntsville - July 28-30 - FULL

    11U A  and below- Bracebridge - July 21-23

    13U A and below - Bracebridge - July 14-16 - FULL

    13 U AA and below- Huntsville - July 14-16

    15U AA and below - July 28-30* - FULL

    18U AA and below - June 9-11* - FULL

    *games played in Huntsville and Bracebridge

    Please contact Peter Haynes at muskokahornets@rogers.com to book a spot or be added to wait list for tournies that are full currently- note: you must have a spot reserved in order to register.  See tournament flyer below for additional information.

    Muskoka Hornets Welcome Three New Board Members

    At its 2022 Annual General Meeting  held December 4, three new Board members were added to the Muskoka Hornets organization.  Keith Courville joins the Board as head of Sponsorship/Fundraising, Louis Beare joins as House League Skill Development Coordinator and Josh Shaw joins as Director.  Please join me in welcoming all three of the new members to our Board.

    Peter Haynes

    President


    Leaside 13 U AAA - Muskoka Cup Fall Colors 2022 - Champs

    Muskoka Cup Fall Colors Classic - 13U AAA Sept 30-Oct 2 - Updated Schedule

    All games played at McCulley Robertson Diamonds - 300 William St - Huntsville

        Visitor Home
    Friday Sept  30 7:00 PM Leaside 10 Muskoka 0
    Friday Sept 30 7:00 PM Etobicoke  3 West Toronto 8
    Saturday Oct 1 12:00 PM Muskoka 0 West Toronto 15
    Saturday Oct 1 12:00 PM Leaside 13 Etobicoke 3
    Saturday Oct 1 3:00 PM Etobicoke 12 Muskoka 5
    Saturday Oct 1 3:00 PM West Toronto 7 Leaside 4
    Sunday Oct 2 9:00 AM Muskoka  0 West Toronto 12
    Sunday Oct 2 9:00 AM Etobicoke 4 Leaside 14
    Sunday Oct 2 12:00 PM West Toronto 9 Leaside 13
    Sunday Oct 2 12:00 PM Loser 7 Loser 8

    Chatham - 11U B Provincial Champs


    From Left: Jordan Howse, Ethan Murdy, Cody Thomas and Logan McKnight

    Four Hornets Alumni Help Newmarket Capture 22U Junior Nationals

    August 8, 2022:

    We are a very proud organization today knowing that four Muskoka Hornets alumni played critical roles in helping  the Newmarket Hawks capture the 22U Junior Nationals in Halifax this past weekend.  Ethan Murdy from Huntsville (second from left) and Cody Thomas from Bracebridge (third from left) handled all the catching duties throughout the season, with Murdy a force all season at the plate - he even captured the Home Run Derby before the start of the Nationals tournament, beating out a local player from Dartmouth on his way to a D1 baseball scholarship. 

    Meanwhile  on the pitching front, southpaw Jordan Howse  from Windemere (far left) pitched a complete game 2-1 victory against Kitchener in a must win round robin game on Saturday and Logan McKnight (far right) from Port Sydney scattered three hits over 6 shut out innings in a round robin victory over PEI and was given the honor of starting the gold medal game Sunday night against the host Dartmouth team in a packed Beasley Stadium.  McKnight did not disappoint, tossing a complete game gem giving up 5 hits and only one run in a 3-1 final win for the Hawks.  

    Both Murdy and McKnight played their entire minor baseball careers with the Hornets and now ply their trade for Laurentian and Western University respectively.  Howse (who will also suit up for Western this Fall) and Thomas played most of their minor ball in Muskoka and all four alumni are still involved with player development in our program, helping future Hornets achieve their baseball dreams.

    Congrats boys on a job well done!


    Muskoka Hornets 11U Enjoying Some Down Time in Between Games Labour Day Weekend at McCulley Diamond F - Congrats to the 11U AAs on being YSBA 2021 finalists

    Introducing the Northern Elite Osprey

    The minor baseball programs of Midland-Penetang, Orillia and Muskoka are pleased to announce a collaboration to offer elite baseball locally.  Starting in the fall of 2022, the Northern Elite Osprey will join the Elite Baseball League of Ontario (EBLO), Baseball Ontario's highest level of competition, with a 15U team.  Over the following two years, the program plans to add 16U and 18U teams and expects that the Osprey teams will be made up primarily of the top-level players from each of the three local community programs.

    For a copy of the complete release, please see attachment below or visit the new Osprey website at www.ospreybaseball.ca.

    Muskoka Cup Fall Colors Classic - 12U Open - October 1-3, 2021

    Please click here if you wish to register for our 12U (2010 Birth Year) Open tournament this fall.  First chance for 2022 teams to test out the bigger diamond dimensions in Muskoka at its most beautiful time of the year.

    Please contact Peter Haynes at muskokahornets@rogers.com with any questions.


    Original Hornets Return Home - From left to right, Cody Thomas - Newmarket 18U, Scott Adams - Concordia, Logan McKnight - Western and Ethan Murdy - Laurentian return to McCulley Robertson to compete for the first ever 22U Muskoka Cup


    Oshawa 22U Coach Scott Cawker Accepts Muskoka Cup Trophy. Oshawa swept Newmarket, winning game one 9-6 and game two in a walk-off 11-10

    Canadian Tire Jumpstart Funding Program - Update

    In the event that a family needs financial assistance with the cost of minor sports including baseball, there are local funding opportunities available.  Historically, Children's Foundation of Muskoka was an avenue available in our community.  However, the Foundation asked us to direct funding requests directly to Jumpstart and to connect with them only in the event an applicant is not successful or is in need of top up funds.  

    To apply, please contact Jumpstart at https://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/pages/apply

    For more news click here

    House League Sponsors - 2024

    Rep Sponsors - 2024

    >>>>>> The Hornets Nest is now OPEN <<<<< click below for link to Hornets Gear for Purchase Through Our On Line Store!**************

    Amrit Brown Commits to Hood College, Maryland

    Congratulations to Hornets Alumni Amrit Brown who will suit up next year for Hood College, a division 3 baseball program in Maryland.  Amrit is a top student and corner infielder at his high school in North Carolina who has become an integral part of our Hornets program since arriving in Muskoka for summer ball some 5 years ago,  We wish Amrit the best in his academic and baseball future and hope he continues to spend time in Muskoka in his adult life.

    We Need Umpires

    If you are interested in becoming an umpire for the Muskoka Hornets, then please reach out to our UIC Aiden Courville at  muskoka.umpire@gmail.com.   We are looking for umpires for both our house league and travel programs.  If you like baseball, then learning to umpire is a great way to get to know the game better, earn a little bit of extra cash and control your own schedule.  We look forward to hearing from you.

    Northern Elite Osprey - Call for Coaches

    Northern Elite Osprey – Call for Baseball Coaches – 2023

    The Northern Elite Osprey baseball program is looking for coaches for its inaugural baseball team at the 15U age category.

    Coaches interested in applying for a position in the program can do so by completing the application form found on our website at www.ospreybaseball.ca.  We are looking for coaches to help in different capacities including head coaches, skill coaches and volunteers looking to lend a hand at practice or help in other team activities.

    The Osprey program is also in the process of looking for lead sponsors.  If you know of any organizations that might be interested in helping out, then please contact Wes Winkel at wes@ellwoodepps.com.

    Osprey executives are very excited for the prospects of our first team.  The program held skill assessment sessions in the fall of 2021 and the talent and interest level in prospective players was strong. 

    "With any new program, there is always some uncertainty about whether the teams will be able to compete at the elite level in the early years," commented Osprey President Peter Haynes.  "After watching the prospects go through extensive drill sessions in the fall, it is clear the talent and athleticism with this group will be very capable of competing at baseball's highest level of play," Haynes added.  The Osprey expect to hold additional skill development sessions in the next couple months and tryouts will take place in August 2022.

    To help promote elite baseball in our region and to increase awareness of the Osprey, the program plans to host an elite 15U fall ball tourney in Muskoka on the weekend of September 30 – October 2, 2022.  This weekend event will be a great opportunity for local baseball enthusiasts to come out and see the new team in action.

    Please contact David Gemmell, Director of Player Development, at david_gemmell10@hotmail.com if your son or daughter is interested in being considered for a spot on the 2023 team or if you are interested in coaching in the program.

    About the Northern Elite Osprey

    The Northern Elite Osprey are an elite baseball program formed from players from the three minor baseball programs in Midland-Penetang, Orillia and Muskoka.  The Osprey will field a 15U team in Baseball Ontario's Elite Baseball League in 2023 with plans to add 16U and 18U teams in the years to follow.  To learn more about the Osprey, please visit our website at www.ospreybaseball.ca and follow us Twitter @ospreybaseball.


    Congrats to Oakville A's in Winning Muskoka Cup 12U AAA Fall Colors Classic 6-2 in final over Etobicoke Rangers

    2024 Muskoka Hornets Head Coaches

    We are pleased to announce our head coaches for 2024:

    9U A  - Rob Willis - rwillis@live.ca

    11U  - Tyler Fields - Tyler.everett.fields@gmail.com

    13 U - Mur - Ben Murdoch - benmurdoch87@gmail.com

    13U Ley  - Jeff Ley - jeffreyley@live.ca

    14U - Brad Bissell - bissellbrad@hotmail.com 

    15U - Greg Zedic - zedicgreg@gmail.com

    18U AA - Zach Boese

    Please contact Peter Haynes at muskokahornets@rogers.com if you have any questions.

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