Ravens baseball seeks a change in team culture

Carleton Ravens baseball has sky-high aspirations for where they want their team to go, starting with more public recognition and more support from the university. They are striving to be a more reputable athletic program and behind their head coach and president, they plan on achieving it. Despite playing a vastly popular sport in Canada, the team is classified as a competitive club at Carleton, having yet to reach varsity status. Varsity clubs are given more funding from the university, and generally receive more attention from both the university’s students and the general public. Carleton currently has 15 varsity teams and 18 competitive clubs listed on its website. As well, most competitive clubs have to leave the bulk of team […]

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Varsity vs. competitive club: What are the costs?

Being a student can be tough—it comes with the never-ending challenge of trying to balance studies, finances, health, extracurricular activities, and some kind of social life. Throw in a commitment to a varsity or competitive club sports team, and that balance becomes all the more difficult. Time commitment Joel Szota, a second baseman on the Carleton Ravens baseball team—a competitive club—and fourth-year public affairs and policy management student, said he spends between 20 to 25 hours at games, practices and other team commitments per week during the season. He admits that baseball season can be intense, but it’s one of the shortest for sports at Carleton. “We average four games and two or three practices a week, so it really […]

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Baseball team welcomes “Changing of the Guard”

In a few short weeks the cracks of baseball bats and stadium lights will bring life to Kinsmen Field when the Ravens’ 21st baseball season begins. Heading into the new season, there are several things to look out for: different players taking on leadership roles, the use of speed, and the development of a new pitching staff. Last year, the team went 8-6-0 in the regular season and finished third at Nationals after a disappointing performance in the semifinals. The semifinal loss to McGill University was not reflective of how well the team had progressed during the season nor how well the team played during the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association (CCBA) championship tournament. Andre Robidoux, Carleton Ravens baseball coach of […]

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