Athletic Director said cost is,“not cheap.”
Humber College is set to host the third annual National College Baseball Championship tournament this weekend at Connorvale Park. According to Humber’s athletic director Ray Chateau tournaments like these can be pricey.
“It’s not cheap, we’ll be at least thirty thousand, I would think.”
Unlike other championship tournaments this one does not feature a banquet, but Humber will instead provide food trucks for the players after the games.
The tournament includes a western Canadian competitor for the first time, as Thompson Rivers University from British Columbia makes its way east to Etobicoke.
Chateau agreed to pick up some of Thompson Rivers costs, including local transportation, and accommodations. He said, “I really wanted a west coast team here.”
The inclusion of Thompson Rivers ensured a more balanced field with teams from Quebec and Prince Edward Island returning for the third installment of the tournament.
The tournament will be run by Humber’s varsity sports operations, headed up by facility coordinator Duaine Bowles and tournament events coordinator, Mallory Lawton. Humber College’s broadcast television and videography program will stream the games online.
“There’s definitely some added responsibilities as the host obviously, because you’re trying to put on the production not just on the diamond, but behind the scenes and on the ancillary stuff.”said head coach Matthew Ferreira.
The tournament, which started in 2016, is unlike other college national championship tournaments, as it is an invitational. This means teams are invited and do not have to qualify to attend.
The group of teams is led by the Humber Hawks, fresh off of winning it’s first Ontario College Athletic Association provincial championship last weekend in Oshawa. The Hawks regular season record was 17 wins and three losses, and they are currently on an 14 game winning streak.
Other OCAA teams include The Fanshawe Falcons and St. Clair Saints. The bracket will be filled out by The Ahuntsic Indiens of Quebec, and the undefeated Holland Hurricanes from Prince Edward Island.
Humber will open the tournament on Thursday against the Holland Hurricanes at 10 a.m. at Connorvale Park.