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The 2018 BC Baseball 16U(Grade 10s ONLY) Team BC Selects Development camp wrapped up today in Aldergrove with the complete roster of 30 participants pushing hard all the way to the end.
Instructors, parents and players were overwhelmed with the level of skill demonstrated, the work ethic set the bar at new levels and the learning never stopped.
Thanks again to all those who made it happen… Ernie Young, Aaron Myette, Dave Diachuk, Al Forman, JJ Hyde, Grant Rimer, Alan Rimer, Michael Dagg, the folks at Aldergrove Minor Baseball, players and parents. There is no other program like the one experience this weekend!
The weather played nice offering the talented group of 18U players the opportunity to show off their best in a day long All Star Showcase attended by former MLB stars, college and university scouts and recruiters, and coaches.
The boys worked hard showcasing why they were chosen to compete and proved that the calibre of baseball is extremely strong in B.C. Baseball!
Starting off with the Gr. 11 players in the morning and closing with the Gr. 12 players in the afternoon they continued to set the bar at every point in the day long event. It was obvious as to why they belonged on the field together. They reflect the cumulative effort invested from the early days of our grassroots programming up to and including the apex of BC Baseball’s High Performance development options.
BC Baseball is proud of the selected players that participated, and a special thank- you to the coaches , volunteers and fans. Who helped make this a great day for baseball.
Today marks the launch of BC Baseball’s 2018 18U AAA and College Prep All Star Weekend. This morning the boys were hard at it with combine testing witnessed by former MLB stars and US College scouts. The buzz at Latrace park is electric, with the boys running through testing at full throttle.
The future of these BC Baseball players is looking sharp and hungry. Come take in the events as the showcase continues, these players will not disappoint.
It’s going to be a great day!
The document All_Star_Showcase_Schedule_2018.pdf was attached to this post.
What do you get when you put BC Baseball programming along with two MLB players like Outfielder/1B Ernie Young and Pitcher Aaron Myette together on a wet Friday night in Aldergrove?
You get 30 16U Grade 10 baseball players keyed up and completely unfazed by the weather. Underway by 4:00 PM tonight the players put in a solid four hours dedicating themselves to working their defensive fielding skills as well as balancing it out with offensive hitting training.
The players were able to take advantage of a full instructor line up beyond Ernie and Aaron including Dave Diachuk, Al Forman, JJ Hyde, Grant Rimer, Alan Rimer and Michael Dagg. There is no shortage of game knowledge on the ball field this weekend and the crew delivers, rain or shine!
This is just the first chapter of the three day Showcase weekend that draws the attention of scouts, post secondary recruiters, high performance coaches and the baseball community. Tomorrow sees the the players back on the field to go back at it!
James Paxton, a native of Ladner BC, astonished the baseball world on Tuesday May 8th and stymied the Toronto Blue Jays with a 5-0 complete game no hitter. Only the second one ever thrown by a Canadian, last happening in 1945 at the hands of Dick Fowler.
It was a statement, no doubt, in front of the only Canadian MLB home crowd in the league. A statement as to how far baseball programs in BC have come, a statement about the quality of programming offered in BC, a statement about how much hard work is put in every day by so many. By players, coaches, parents, volunteers…. in a sport that Canada is not known for, yet so very important to those who are involved.
James isn’t the only one to make a statement. Before his highlight reel game there were the likes of Larry Walker (Maple Ridge), Justin Morneau (New Westminister), Jason Bay (Trail), Michael Saunders (Victoria), Brett Lawrie (Langley), Ryan Dempster (Gibsons), Jeff Francis (North Delta), Ted Bowsfield (Vernon) and a surprisingly long list of others not mentioned…but no less accomplished.
It’s easy to lose sight of the foundation of all this talent in the bright lights of the Big Show hype, the place where all baseball players get their start, Grassroots Baseball. After all, it has to start somewhere, the hunger and passion for the game is rooted long before the hours and days are put in. Long before the ID Camps, long before the Showcases, the Draft, the contracts and the eventual accolades are won, the fire is lit.
It starts in the communities around BC, driven by the organizations powered by volunteers and supported by BC Baseball. As the hunger grows and the needs develop these communities continue to step up and work tirelessly to nurture our players desire to continue the pursuit of the game.
The value of the Grassroots movement should never be underestimated, it is the very soul of baseball and the most important part of what we do as BC Baseball, member associations, coaches, parents and players.
BC Baseball celebrates all of you, past stars, current stars and the future stars. We celebrate the hard work of everyone collectively nurturing the dream, but most of all we celebrate our Grassroots programming. It is the very genesis of the dream.