Sylvan Lake’s baseball team to be named by election

Nominations for team names can be made online before Jan. 31, with the election held in February

Sylvan Lake residents and baseball fans across Central Alberta will have the chance to decide the name of the future Sylvan Lake WCBL team.

Instead of a naming contest, the name of the future Sylvan Lake team will be decided by an election.

Aqil Samuel, general manager and president of baseball operations for the team, says it will be a two part process; the nominations and the voting.

“Starting Jan. 15 going to Jan. 31, we are going to take online name submissions from the general public. Anyone from anywhere in the world can submit a name,” Samuel said in an email.

In February polling stations will be set up around Sylvan Lake at local businesses for the public to vote on their favourite team name.

Samuel says out of the names submitted the Leadership Team will pick the “top five” to put up for election.

Famously, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) asked the public to name their newest research vessel in an online poll in 2016. The public unanimously voted for Boaty McBoatface. However the NERC chose to instead name the vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough.

Samuel says names like Boaty McBoatface will not be chosen for the election process.

“Doing anything online takes some care and attention, we think we are setup and ready to handle anything. And that’s the beauty of doing the Election in February, we can manage it locally.”

In choosing a name for the new team, Samuel says it should be original but can stand the test of time.

He says the people of Sylvan Lake should be proud of this name 25 years in the future.

When asked if he had any suggestions, Samuel was tight-lipped, simply saying he will make his name suggestion like everyone else.

“We are looking for something fun, original, and something that will be as good today as it will be 25 years from now,” Samuel said.

An election process and public input was chosen to help create buzz around the team, and to engage its future fans.

In deciding how to go about this process, Samuel said a number of different naming contests were looked at before deciding on something a little more original.

“With all the buzz about our recent political elections recently we thought a Name The Team Election would be a good way to engage baseball fans and our local Sylvan Lake businesses,” he said.

The election will end on Feb. 28, and the team will begin to work on a logo which will be unveiled alongside the new team name.

Samuel expects the unveiling of Sylvan Lake’s newest team name will be around March 15.

“We’re excited to be part of the Sylvan Lake community, let’s have some fun with the Election and come up with a name that we can all be proud of into the foreseeable future!”

Name suggestions can be made through an online form found on the team’s social media sites: @sylvanlakeWCBL. Name suggestions will be accepted from Jan. 15-31.

The election process will be held during the month of February at polling stations set up at local businesses.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Elder in the Making’ Herr Lecture in Lacombe brings light to Treaty 7

Documentary film/interactive talk highlights relationship between Blackfoot elder, Chinese newcomer

Sylvan Lake man accused with murder of wife appears in court

Satnam Singh Sandhu appeared in Red Deer Provincial Court via CCTV on Jan. 22

Sylvan Lake school to ring in 20th anniversary with new look

Ecole Mother Teresa Catholic School getting a new colour pallet alongside school and athletic logos

Fracking the official cause of Sylvan Lake earthquake last spring

Alberta Energy Regulators declared their findings in a report released last month

ATM thefts down in Central Alberta in 2019

RCMP data also shows some aspects of property crime in the rural and municipal areas drop as well

VIDEO: WHO says China virus not global health emergency

The decision came after Chinese authorities moved to lock down three cities on Thursday

Blackfalds RCMP investigate fatal motor vehicle collision

Collision occurred at the intersection of Highway 11 and Burnt Lake Trail

Former Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse in B.C. granted day parole

Alan Davidson was sentenced to almost six years for abusing seven boys in the late 1970s and early 1990s

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

Alberta privacy watchdog investigates ID scans at liquor stores

Alcanna Ltd., based in Edmonton, runs Liquor Depot, Wine and Beyond and Nova Cannabis stores

Survey finds support among Canadians for broader assisted-dying law

The survey was conducted Jan. 17 to 21 among 1,552 Canadians eligible to vote

New nasal spray launched in Canada to combat hypoglycemic shock in diabetics

Baqsimi is a nasal spray contains three milligrams of glucagon

Canadian public health agencies ramping up preparations in response to new virus

Health officials have said there are no confirmed cases of the emerging coronavirus in Canada

‘Naughty boy’: Monty Python star Terry Jones dies at 77

The comedian has been suffering from a rare form of dementia

Most Read