5TH & 6TH OF JULY, 2014 – HOLLOWAY FIELD, NEWMARKET
The first Swing 4 Scoot event of the year will be the 100 Inning Baseball Game at Holloway Field in Newmarket, home to the Windsor Royals, as well as Queensland’s Australian Baseball League team – the Brisbane Bandits.
This event will aim to raise funds for community charities, as well a trust fund for Scott’s young daughter, Zara. With an expected duration of 35 hours of continuous play, the game will prove to be a gruelling couple of days for all involved.
Players of any experience are welcome to play! Please register your interest by completing a Registration Form for the game! We would love to have you.
The schedule of play will be as follows:
- Session A (Baseball Players) – 8am to 12pm
- Session B (General Public) – 12pm to 8pm
- Session C (General Public) – 8pm to 12am
- Session D (General Public) – 12am to 8am
- Session E (Baseball Players) – 8am to 12pm
- Session F (General Public) – 12pm to 8pm
- Start time: 8am, Saturday 5th of July, 2014
- End time: Approximately 7pm, Sunday 6th of July, 2014 (time may vary)
- Venue: Holloway Field, Market St, Newmarket
- Dress: Athletic attire, warm!
- Bring: Glove (we’ll have some on site), protective equipment (guys, for downstairs), smart phone (for social media), food/drink.
- Sessions A, B, E, F: $5 per inning
- Sessions C, D: Gold Coin Donation
Includes a Swing 4 Scoot T-shirt
If you’d like to assist in the running of the event in some way other than playing, we’d love to hear from you!
ABOUT SCOTT CARRINGTON
Scott Carrington was diagnosed with a Stage 4 melanoma at the age of 15. Being diagnosed with cancer in high school would ordinarily be a lot for a teenager to live with. Scott took it in his stride. He excelled in athletics and scholastically, despite heavy bouts of chemotherapy in the years of high school that followed. He competed at a national level in both athletics and baseball during this time, and graduated high school having achieved a high standard of academic excellence.
During the years following high school, Scott went on to study a Bachelor’s degree at university. In 2004 he was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer and endured countless surgeries and chemotherapy sessions during the years that followed. His outlook on life never changed. He continued to live a normal life outside of his medical issues. He met and fell in love with the girl of his dreams, Ashleigh. He competed in A-grade baseball with the same vigour and intensity that he always did (and finally won that elusive A-grade premiership in 2011). He worked numerous managerial positions in hospitality. In 2008, he and Ashleigh travelled to Canada and worked abroad for 8 months – a time that he thoroughly enjoyed and looked back upon fondly. On his return to Australia in 2009, it was discovered that the cancer from his bowel had now spread to his lung.
As always, he never let any issue pertaining to his health hinder his spirits, as he and Ashleigh were married in November the same year. In November 2012, Ashleigh gave birth to their beautiful daughter Zara.
Anyone meeting Scott for the first time could be forgiven for not knowing the extent of his medical problems. Nobody ever heard him complain, or express any form of sorrow relating to the state of his health. His attitude toward life and the courageous battle he fought for so many years is a truly inspirational story that will live in for many years to come, through groups like Swing 4 Scoot, his family, friends and teammates, and of course through his beautiful daughter.
The Swing 4 Scoot concept was created by Andrew Buckley, Aaron Applefield, and Ryan Thwaites – three close friends of Scott. The motive behind the concept is to honour their late friend’s memory, maintain his legacy, and to organise two main events each year to raise funds for community charities, as well as provide financial assistance to his young family. Two of Scott’s passions outside of his family were Baseball and Golf.
For the past four years Scott organised an annual golf day for a large group of friends at Victoria Golf Club, where all of the money raised was donated towards cancer research. On the day of his passing, the three S4S founders made a pact to keep running his yearly golf game. The following day Andrew presented the idea of adding a baseball game that ran continuously for 100 innings to the event calendar. The concept has been embraced greatly across social media platforms, as well as the baseball community, with the first event taking place on the 5th of July, 2014.
I want to get involved – how can I help?
You can get involved in a bunch of ways:
- Play – whether it’s one inning or 100 innings, you’re welcome to join in.
- Umpire – we can cater for all levels of experience, don’t worry if you’re not confident. It’s a fun game.
- Volunteer – we will need a hand running the event over the course of 35-40 hours. Anything you can do will be appreciated!
- Sponsor – if someone you know is playing, sponsor them on a ‘per-inning played’ basis! Or if you’re a Corporate Sponsor we have an option to accommodate you.
- Donate – if you you’d like to just donate to the cause, we’d appreciate the support!
- Promotion – help us to promote the game buy sharing on social media and spreading the word.
If you’d like to jump on board, you can register by clicking on the blue button at the top and bottom of this section, and one of our organisers will contact you.
Why does it cost to play?
Running the event itself incurs costs that we need to recover. Apart from this aspect, the objective of the event is to raise funds. We hope to achieve this through the participation of players and corporate entities. The cost is relatively small, and could easily be subsidised by asking a few mates or even a local business to cover your entry fees to show their support for you.
You’ll even get a sweet Swing 4 Scoot T-shirt, even if you just play one inning.
How can I raise the funds to play?
As mentioned, put the call out to family and friends to support you by donating a couple of bucks per inning that you play. Local businesses can also get a tax deduction by donating, so ask your employer to pick up the tab.
Why is there virtually no cost to play between 8pm and 8am?
It’s going to be cold. Very cold.
How can we stay warm?
Naturally we can’t have any heating equipment on the field (so rug up), but outside of the lines we’ll have gas heaters and braziers inside and outside of the dugouts and marquees. We’ll also have tea, coffee and hot chocolate on hand for the duration.
I’ve never played baseball, can I play?
Of course! In fact, we insist. It’s a fun game, we’re not taking it too serious.
Can I play in the sessions recommend for ‘baseball players’?
You can. Although the standard of play may be a little higher. If you’ve never played before, we would recommend playing in one of the other sessions. With that said, the players will recognise any amateurs playing in the session and will take it easy!
Where do I pay the entry fees?
We will have an online method shortly. But for now please register your interest through the allocated form and we will keep you posted.
I don’t have any baseball gear. Is that a problem?
Not at all. Just let us know when you register that you may need to borrow a glove/bat/helmet/everything. We’ll have a bunch of spares on hand.
I’ve got more questions, how can I contact you guys?