MACON -- The inaugural season for the Albany Quails is a little more than a month away.
But the building of that team begins this weekend.
The Peach State League of independent minor-league baseball, which is entering its first season, will hold open tryouts Sunday for the 2010 season at 9 a.m. at Luther Williams Field in Macon.
Anyone interested in trying out must meet the requirements and must sign a liability waiver. There is a $50 fee to try out, and advanced registration is required. All candidates must check in at 9 a.m. and the tryout will begin at 10 a.m. Players interested in trying out are expected to bring their own equipment, including workout clothes, gloves, bats and catchers equipment.
In the event that tryouts are postponed due to inclement weather, they will be rescheduled for 9 a.m. on Monday.
Interested candidates must meet the following criteria:
*** Must be 23 years of age or younger.
*** Must have college baseball playing experience.
*** Can have minor-league experience as long as they meet the age requirement.
Position players will run the 60, go through infield/outfield drills and play in a game, and pitchers will throw in a game.
To register, log onto peachstateleague.com, or call (478) 745-0777.
After paying the $50 registration fee, players must submit a resume of baseball experience to PSL official Chris Diserio.
Players must fax baseball resumes to (478) 745-0999 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For any questions regarding eligibility, contact Diserio at the number listed above.
Candidates will be responsible for determining if they are eligible, and once they have registered there are no refunds.
The Quails, meanwhile, will be the only team in the four-team league -- consisting of clubs from Albany, Milledgeville, Macon and Warner Robins -- that will play a partial season. The inaugural PSL slate opens June 19 when the Macon Pinetoppers face the Warner Robins Aviators.
The reason for the shortened Albany schedule is because the founders of the Peach State League essentially want to do a test run in Southwest Georgia over the summer to ensure there is enough interest from fans and the community to support a full-time team for the 2011 season. Five Albany minor-league franchises have come and gone in the past 20 years, all with varying degrees of success. The last was in 2007 when the South Coast League set up shop, then folded after one season following a championship win by Albany's team, the South Georgia Peanuts.
As for the Quails' schedule once the season gets under way, the game dates still remain up in the air. Although, Albany Recreation and Parks Director Suzanne Davis laid out the PSL's proposed schedule in an e-mail to The Herald last month.
Davis wrote: "The proposal is for 15 games in 2010 and then 42 games in 2011, based upon the response that they receive in 2010 ... The dates that the Peach State League are proposing for 2010 are: July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, July 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and August 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The proposed game times are: weekday games starting at 7 p.m., Saturday games starting at 6 p.m., and Sunday games starting at 2 p.m."