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NorCal 4th of July Wood Bat Classic 16U, July 1-4 – Alameda, CA
Tryouts open to any 16U (1st Year Midget, birth year 1999) player currently registered for 2015 on a AA or AAA roster with any BC Baseball affiliated association will be held on the following times and dates:
*Saturday, April 4, Vernon: 1pm – 5 pm Marshall Field, Vernon http://www.vernonbaseball.com/marshall-fields-map.html
Sunday, April 19, Nanaimo: 1pm – 5 pm Serauxman Park, Nanaimo
Saturday, May 2, Richmond: 2pm – 5 pm Latrace Field, Richmond
Sunday, May 3, Aldergrove: 2pm – 5 pm Aldergrove Athletic Park, Aldergrove
*In the event of inclement weather, a notice for cancellation will be posted on the BC Baseball website (bcminorbaseball.org) no later than noon on April 3 with a reschedule date TBD.
Players attending a tryout must supply their own bats, gloves, batting helmets and catcher’s gear for catchers.
In order to be considered for the team players must register for and attend one of the tryouts listed above. Registration for one of the tryouts may be done on the BC Baseball website by clicking on the “Register” tab on the BC Baseball homepage at: bcminorbaseball.org
A payment of $20.00 cash per player, paid on the day of the tryout, is also required.
Following the tryouts, 25-40 players will be invited to a 3 day camp in the lower mainland, Thurs-Sat, June 25-27, 2015. This skills camp, also including scrimmages, will be used to identify 14-15 players who will be invited to compete in the wood bat, NorCal 4th of July Wood Bat Classic 16u, July 1-4 in Alameda, CA
Further information regarding final team selection, cost, and travel arrangements will be provided at the tryouts
All players selected to the team will be required to have a valid passport to travel to the US.
For further information you may contact:
BCBA Director and 18U Division Chair
By Bob Elliott
LANGLEY, BC _ Reggie Smith was with Team USA for the first two World Baseball Classics in 2006 and 2009.
He was the hitting coach at the Pan-Am Games in Winnipeg in 1999.
He saw Canada up close around the world.
He knew which hitters to fear.
“Yeah we used to think start a lefty against Canada … and we’d be OK,” said Smith, one of the guest instructors at the BC coaching convention. “Didn’t matter. Their left-handers could hit our left-handers. We could handle Cuba, but we had trouble with Canada.”
Smith played 17 years in the majors with the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers before becoming a hitting coach, first with LA and then with USA Baseball.
And Smith saw some tough left-handed hitters over the years wearing red and white from 1999 to 2009: like Ryan Radmanovich, Aaron Guiel, Pete LaForest, Joey Votto, Justin Morneau, Matt Stairs, Jason Bay, Michael Saunders, Nick Weglarz and Jimmy Van Ostrand.
“We had tremendous respect for all their big guys, but the toughest out for us?” Smith repeated. “Stubby Clapp.
“He was a real blue-collar player. We spent more time talking about how to get him out than anyone else in their lineup. We treated Clapp the way other teams treated Willie Mays with the San Francisco Giants or Ernie Banks with the Chicago Cubs.”
And it all started in Winnipeg.
Clapp (Windsor, Ont.), a St. Louis minor-leaguer with triple-A Memphis, a 36th-round draft pick, had the game-winning hit in the 11th inning as Canada upset Team USA 7-6.
Clapp stood 5-foot-8 when he stepped into the batter’s box, but “felt a little bit bigger,” after hit base hit. Canada lost 3-2 to Cuba but then beat Mexico 9-2 to win bronze.
Smith was speaking during a break in the action at the annual BC Coaches convention at the Langley Events Centre.
Former Blue Jays Lloyd Moseby and Rance Mulliniks were teaching and instructing, along with Smith Baseball Canada’s director of national teams Greg Hamilton, Chicago’s Peter Caliendo of USA Baseball; Ron Davini of Tempe, Az., former Team USA Coach; Seattle’s Pete Wilkinson; Rick Johnston of The Baseball Zone in Mississauga; Randy Town, a college coach in California and born in Vancouver; Marty Lehn former team Canada coach, who runs Big League Experience camp in Canada; Vancouver’s Matt Holtzman and Dave Empey, who coached the likes of Ryan Dempster, James Paxton and Simon Pond were on the roster major domo Mike Kelly rounded up.
Besides the game winner against USA in Winnipeg, Clapp hit .348 in Winnipeg
Canada lost 5-2 to Team USA at the 2005 Regional Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Phoenix, Az.
Clapp hit .267 with a triple, an RBI as Canada beat Team USA 8-6 in the first WBC in 2006. Team USA sent lefty Dontrelle Willis to the mound against Canada. Left-handed hitters Adam Stern, Aaron Guiel and Clapp all tripled off Willis.
The Canucks scored five runs on six hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings on the way to an 8-0 lead and an 8-6 upset victory over a USA lineup consisting of Michael Young, Derek Jeter, Chase Utley, Ken Griffey, Dereck Lee, Chipper Jones, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Vernon Wells, Jason Varitek and Matt Holliday,
“Willis was never the same after that,” said Smith.
At the 2006 Americas Olympic qualifying tournament Clapp hit .270 (going 10-for-37) with seven walks and two stolen bases as Team USA beat Canada 9-3.
And in Bejing, USA edged Canada 5-4. Clapp hit .286 and scored five times at the Olympic Games.
“Stubby was a working class ball player — he’d do what ever it took, sort of like Dustin Pedroia. It was always a battle when we faced Stubby Clapp. We never felt comfortable facing him.
“He was a hard-nosed player. Players loved him. He did not make it easy on us and I respect that.”
Clapp was a hitting coach at class-A Dunedin last year and this season will be at double-A New Hampshire.
“The thing about the baseball — the ball doesn’t know how big the hitter is, or how tall the pitcher is,” Smith said.
The 2015 BC Baseball Awards were presented at the Associations annual Banquet. With well over 100 in in attendance
the awards were presented to the winners. 2015 Role of Honor awards in the builders category went to Warren Karsgaard- Richmond City Baseball, Vince and Maurice Restoule- Burnaby Minor Baseball, and Richard Todd. The Umpire of the year award went to greg Harrison of South Burnaby Metro Club Minor Baseball. The Coach of the Year awards went as followed; 11U- Pete Davey of Ridge Meadows baseball, 13U- Scott Lunny of Richmond City Baseball, 15U- Garnett Pawliw of Cloverdale Minor Baseball, and 18U AAA- Sean Wandler of Kamloops Minor Baseball. The Outstanding Male athlete of the Year award went to Bradley Teasdale of Comox Valley Minor Baseball. The Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year award went to Stephanie Russo of Rutland Minor Baseball. The Elizabeth Bampton Memorial Award went to Sofi Jansch of the Greater Victoria Minor Baseball. The Team of the year award went to North Delta Rays 11U A. Finally, the Association of the Year went to North Delta Minor Baseball. Congratulations to all the award winners.
By T.J. Burton / Blue Jays | February 21, 2015
This weekend, 200 young ball players and 250 coaches from across British Columbia are in Langley to learn the tricks of the trade from some great instructors, including two former Blue Jays, Rance Mulliniks and Lloyd Moseby.
Mulliniks and Moseby, along with the likes of Director of National Teams for Baseball Canada Greg Hamilton and former All-Star outfielder Reggie Smith, are in B.C. as part of BC Minor’s annual coaches convention.
The weekend consists of a kids clinic, a coaches clinic, a luncheon and a fund-raising banquet, all to benefit baseball on the west coast of Canada.
“It’s always great to be out with the kids having fun, but there is something special about working with coaches because at the end of the day they are the people who are mentoring these young ball players,” Moseby explained. “We are only here for a short time, and after we leave, these coaches are the ones responsible of passing on our information to the kids.”
“This is one of many events that the Blue Jays have assisted at this winter across Canada. Their support, and our partnership, is crucial to the development of baseball in our country,” said Baseball Canada president Ray Carter, who is also in attendance for the convention this weekend.
Blue Jays alumni, including Roberto Alomar, Devon White, Duane Ward, Moseby, Homer Bush, Jesse Barfield and Mulliniks have now visited a total of seven provinces this winter in an effort to grow the game of baseball across Canada.
“Being able to come back to Canada and assist with the development of baseball in a country that gave us so many great memories in our playing days is truly a pleasure. Canada has produced a lot of great players in the last 20 years and from what we’re seeing lately, that trend will continue,” said Mulliniks about the ever-growing support of the Blue Jays towards amateur baseball in Canada.
“What the Blue Jays have done for us, not only this weekend but over the last four or five years, is more than we could have dreamed of,” said Mike Sarai, president of BC Minor. “Whenever we call for help and support they are always there to help.”
The folllowng article is posted on the Toronto Blue Jays website:
The 2015 BC (Minor) Baseball Coaches Convention has been a huge success so far this year. Approximately 200 coaches and another 200 players have attended this weekend with another day still to go. This year features an allstar line-up of presenters including the likes of Reggie Smith, Pete Caliendo, Pete Wilkinson, Ron Davini,Randy Town,Marty Lehn, Dave Empey, Rick Johnston and Greg Hamilton,Head Coach of the Canadian Jr National Team., former Toronto Blue Jay players Rance Mulliniks and Lloyd Moseby. As well, Matt Holtzman and Nilo Ghajar-Williams were part of the player developement clinics and presentations.
Coaches have come from all over the Province, including the Interior, Northern BC, Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland to attend the convention. The organizers have recieved almost 100% positive feedback to the event. The convention winds up Sunday at 3pm. As well as the general convention, Coaches who needed NCCP Provincial modules have been able to get those this weekend with instructor Charlie Law from Vernon. BC (Minor) Baseball continues to focus time and energy in coaching development in the Province of British Columbia with the goal of making the Baseball Experience for its almost 14,000+ players throughout the Province a very positive one.