News and Announcements
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.
Please see the attached agenda for the 15U A Summer Season Meeting on May 12th, 2018.
If your association is planning to field a 2018 15U A Summer Team your attendance, either in person or via conference call is strongly recommended.
We also recommend that if you have already selected your coaching staff that they also attend as this will be the ideal opportunity to discuss the upcoming season and any items relevant to a successful summer program.
The document BC_Baseball_15U_A_pre-summer_meeting_AGENDA_-_April_18__2016.rtf__1_.pdf was attached to this post.
The Caravan stopped in Duncan on Friday for their last stop on Vancouver Island. It was a great day with the crew running a practice for the Duncan 18U team. Another great opportunity to put boots on the ground working with our member associations. An effort graciously appreciated by the players, coaches and parents. The BC Baseball Coaches Caravan followed later with 140 attending BC Baseball’s flagship program for grass roots players and parents!
Richmond City Baseball’s President, John Braaten and his executive team popped a Grand Slam with 340 players, parents and coaches showing up in force for the first stop of the Saturday tour of the Coaches Caravan. An awesome event to either witness or be a part of!
Second stop for the Caravan on Saturday was Tsawwassen with 120 attending players, coaches and parents. Again coaches were happy with the drills and parents enjoying watching and participating in the drills.
Sunday had the Caravan showing up in Cloverdale as BC Baseball works to continually draw more and more grass roots players to the game. Speaking to president Chris Lund, he is ecstatic about the Caravan stopping in Cloverday and thanks BC Baseball for helping draw almost 250 players, coaches, and parents.
Monday was another great night with the Caravan travelling to Ridge Meadows where over 340 attended the Caravan in the home town and BC Baseball product Tyler O’Neill and Larry Walker. President Bruce Evans and Angie Gregson did a great job organizing the Caravan
Lake Cowichan was another great event as the 2018 BC Baseball Coaches Caravan stopped to work the Grass Roots and the Team BC Selects ID Camp hosted evaluations for eager and ambitions ball players looking to up their game through the BC Baseball High Performance programming.
The Caravan drew close to 250 coaches parents and players. Clearly the communities of the BC Baseball membership associations have a strong drive to support and foster the sport of Youth Baseball in all corners of the province!
To top it all off the BC Baseball Coach Development team also delivered the NEW BC Baseball certification program adding Lake Cowichan to the list of certified associations including, to this point Prince George, Comox, and Nanaimo as also hosting these clinics. To date, the BC Baseball Coach Development program has seen over 100 coaches attend.
The 2018 Coaches Caravan arrived at Salt Spring Island after taking a ferry ride from Crofton. The warm reception was we well received with 190 players, coaches, and parents attending. Corey Johnson also had barbecue for all attending the caravan the atmosphere reflected the recent successes of the Salt Spring Minor Baseball Association.
President Corey Johnson was gracious in his recognition of the roll that the Coaches Caravan and BC Baseball plays in fostering the sport of youth baseball in his community. He had this to share;
“I cannot tell you how much it means to our small organization to have the Caravan come and visit. Year after year the first question I now get as registration opens is “ when is the the caravan coming.”
The support this program gives to our grass roots program is amazing. The players, parents, and coaches take the lessons learned and put them into practice throughout the season. Our numbers in T-ball and Tadpole are on the rise, and our parents are excited to help on the field. The future is bright for Baseball on SaltSpring Island and the Mike Kelly, Grant Reimer, Pete Caliendo, and Michael Dagg, as well as the continued support from B.C. Baseball can take a lot of credit in that.
From all of us at SaltSpring Island Minor Baseball. Thank you to BC Baseball for sending this amazing program to our Island."
Thank you, Corey the Caravan Crew had a riot!