News and Announcements
The 2018 BC Baseball John Main 13U AA tournament is well underway in day three of competition. 16 Teams line up in four pools to fight for the annual honour of the John Main championship crown!
By far the most popular 13U AA tournament in BC, this event promises to showcase some of the best talent BC Baseball has to offer at the 13U level. Host Richmond City Baseball is working double time to provide a first rate experience for Players, coaches, parents and all involved from beginning to end. They do not disappoint. A big shout out to President John Braaten and his team of dedicated volunteers for their support!
If you have time and you want to see some great baseball, head on out to Palmer/Garden City fields located at Palmer Secondary 8160 St. Albans Road, Richmond and take it in, we would love to see you there!
Due to Campbell River finding that they will unfortunately not be able to host the 2018 11U A Provincial Tournament this year, BCBA asks all Associations who are going to field a 11U A (First year players only) if they are willing to host. While Hosting does get your team a bye to the Provincial Tournament it is a big commitment and BCBA is counting on any Association, big or small, to step up and provide a Tournament that will bring a lifetime of memories, stories and new friends.
BCBA 2nd VP, 11U and Jr Men’s Chair
Already pacing the floor worried about the down time for the month of August?! Nanaimo Minor Baseball and World Baseball Experience have the cure!
Check out the Van Isle Future Stars Summer Camp!
What a great solution for your baseball fix!
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BC Baseball Team BC 15U Selects
Reggie Smith will once again be returning to the BC Baseball 15U Team BC Selects development camp.
Reggie knows ball, the 7 time All Star, World Series champ, and Gold Glove award winner also has an amazing ability to connect with players as he breaks down the mechanics of the game.
Smith has a long list of accolades playing in Boston, St. Louis, LA, and San Francisco. He has also coached under Tommy Lasorda in LA.
Smith has a style that takes his elite playing success and breaks it down in a practical, easy to understand, hands on approach. This allows the players and coaches he works with to instantly grasp the concept and see real time results.
BC Baseball Team BC 16U Selects
Former MLB player and team USA hitting coach and Manager Ernie Young will spearhead the BC baseball 16U ( grade 10 ) 3 day high performance development camp , June 8/9/10th at Aldergrove athletic park.
Former MLB pitcher Aaron Myette will be on hand to work with the pitchers . From this 3 day camp 14-15 players will be selected to form TEAM BC 16U.
ERNIE YOUNG BIO:
As HIT FACTORIE’S Senior Instructor and Hitting Advisor, Ernie brings 17 years of playing experience at the highest level. Ernie has the unique ability engaging players by creating a motivational coaching environment. Because baseball not only is a physical sport but more importantly mental, Ernie provides emotional leadership by guiding the players feelings through the emotional roller-coaster of the season.
Originally Drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 10th round of the 1990 MLB Draft out of Lewis University.
Ernie enjoyed a long professional career from 1990-2007 that included stints with the Oakland A’s, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, St Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.
Ernie played in 280 MLB games between 1994 and 2004, and 1 season in Japan for the Yokohama Baystars. Ernie is the owner of 319 career Minor League Homer’s and 27 MLB Homers. In 2000 he led the AAA Memphis Redbirds with 35 home runs and won an Olympic gold medal for Team USA in the Sydney Olympics.
MINOR LEAGUE COACH/MANAGER
Following his retirement after the 2007 season, Ernie joined the professional coaching ranks in various roles. He’s served as the 2007 Hitting Coach for the Chicago White Sox rookie-ball team, 2009-10 Single A Manager White Sox, 2011-2012 Manager-Detroit Tigers single A affiliate, and was the Angels Double A Hitting Coach in 2013.
In addition, between 2009-2013 Ernie has served as either Team USA’s Hitting Coach or Manager. Ernie Managed Team USA’s Professional Team for the 2011 World Cup and Pan Am Games. He currently serves as and advisor for USA Baseball.
BC Baseball is excited to continue the tradition of delivering the unparalleled quality programming with this year’s 2018 edition of the BC Baseball Team BC Selects development camps.
For more information contact Grant Rimer: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.