Previously featured "Websites of the Month"

May's suggestion was They have an extensive archive of coaching tips, and a monthly newsletter that's quite informative. It's a "commercial" site (in that it sells stuff) but the guy says that all profits are put back into supporting the web resource. Seems reasonable. Worth a look.

June's suggestion was Information, history, news, links, coaching, games and a kids' area.

A little offbeat, but hey - nothing wrong with that!.

July's suggestion was

Probably the internet's premier baseball forum site. Discuss ANYTHING to do with baseball.

August's suggestion is, Probably the internet's premier baseball links site.

October's suggestion was Although it's not strictly a baseball site (it covers other American sports too), it does have excellent coverage of an area of which we see little in Oz:- the US Minor Leagues. Of particular interest is their mapping service which shows how the Minors are broken up geographically. The site also has a complete set of links to all of the US professional leagues, which makes it a useful portal.

November's pick was Yep, weird name.

It's a sports directory of sorts, and is one of the most comprehensive resources for US baseball that we've found. The Baseball Area includes links to all the major baseball teams, the minor leagues and college baseball conferences. In addition there are extensive records for major league baseball, and past champions for minor and college leagues or conferences.

In December, we liked

The "QC" stands for "Quality Coaching", and the site contains baseball instruction, baseball drills, coaching philosophy, and other information for youth baseball coaches, players, and parents who want to learn more about playing and coaching baseball.

For January 2007, it was about time to include a home grown site: Flintoff & Dunn.

This is a site that's been going for well over a decade:- way back when the World Wide Web was little more than embryonic. The site deals with all aspects of Australian Major League Baseball:- those players who make it to Major, National or International Leagues.

February's feature was Cot's Baseball Contracts, named for Cotton Tierney, who was the NL's fifth-leading hitter in 1922 and played the next season for a mere $5,000. It's an unofficial record of MLB contracts, team-by-team. A real eye-opener.

Next came an intriguing site, again dealing with the business of baseball. Aptly named, The Biz of Baseball goes a long way to de-mystifying the backroom deals and front-office blustering that makes a sport into a business. Have you ever wondered just how baseball functions as a business?  Check it out - you'll never look at the diamond the same way again.

The Israel Baseball League is a fascinating study in how to create something from nothing. It's a brand new professional league that's been carved out of a vision for baseball in one of the more troubled places in the world. Definitely worth a few minutes on a rainy day. And yes, you'll find an ex-Hills Junior player on the roster!

In May 2007, we directed you to the UK Baseball & Softball website. That suggestion was to commend the site's design and structure, rather than its content. It's far better than anything developed in Australia in our opinion, and serves as a lesson in what's possible in web-based communication.

June presented us with a poignant, sometimes funny but always engaging blog, instead of a conventional website. Ken Hoffman, from Houston Texas, writes about coaching his son's Little League team.

In August, we suggested you have a look at the American Hall of Fame website. This year saw the induction of two recent greats:- Cal Ripken Jnr and Tony Gwynn. For those of us who are relatively recent converts to the game, this is the first year when we were able to truly relate to the inductees, having probably seen them play in the nineties.

The website allows us to peek into the past too, and to catch a glimpse of why the game itself has such deep roots in American culture.

In September 2007, it's appropriate that we feature the US Little League site. After all, the programme seems set to be part of the Australian junior baseball landscape in years to come, so we probably all need to have a quick look at the way it works in its home country

In April 2008, we bookmarked the International Baseball Federation:- the international governing body of baseball.  With baseball due to drop out of the Olympic programme in 2012, and with Australia failing to qualify for the Beijing games, it's appropriate to ask "where to now?" for our sport and our place in it.

The very weirdly named Unpage site is our pick this month, carrying through the theme of all things Little league. The Unpage website is dedicated to providing you with current and historical coverage of Little League Baseball state and region tournaments in the major baseball (11-12 years old) division. It has started covering the Australian region this year, and has an impressive range of information and links. This looks like the right place to follow our team's progress in Hong Kong