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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.
January 28, 2015
Re: Special Resolution Committee Update to BC Baseball Associations
B.C. Baseball Association Presidents,
The Special Resolution Committee continues to work on the framework plan and will be forwarding to the B.C. Baseball Board their recommendations of the business plan for approval. During this due diligence phase, a number of options for various programs have presented themselves that need to be discussed by the B.C. Baseball Board of Directors.
The Special Resolution Committee will hold its weekly meeting Monday, February 2, 2015. Following that meeting, the committee report with recommendations will be forwarded to the B.C. Baseball Board of Directors. The next B.C. Baseball Board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2015.
Following the February 7th B.C. Baseball Board meeting the approved Special Resolution Committee report will be released to the membership on Sunday, February 8, 2015.
B.C. Baseball is in receipt, under B.C. Baseball Rule Book Article VIII “Request for General Meeting of Membership”, from the following associations on January 22, 2015:
- Burnaby Minor Baseball
- Coquitlam-Moody Minor Baseball
- Kamloops Minor Baseball
- Rutland Minor Baseball
- Vernon Minor Baseball
This letter serves as formal notice to B.C. Baseball Membership that there will be a vote on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the Sandman Signature 8828- 201 Street Langley, British Columbia. The General Meeting of the Membership will begin at 11:30am.
The B.C. Baseball Board of Directors has approved to cover the cost of attendance for one representative of each (association President or association designate with its proxy vote) for this meeting. The designated association representative will be reimbursed as follows:
1. Lower Mainland – $0.50/km for return trip mileage from home;
2. Vancouver Island – $0.50/km for return trip mileage from home plus return trip ferry vehicle and passenger charges;
3. Interior Associations – $0.50/km for return trip mileage from home plus one night hotel covered if necessary to a maximum of $150.00.
4. Expense reimbursement forms are to be submitted after the conclusion of the “Request for General Meeting” to the B.C. Baseball Treasurer for reimbursement. Forms will be made available.
5. Lunch will be provided at the meeting for association representatives and proxies.
6. Additional association attendee’s expenses over one (1) per association will not be covered.
7. In advance of this meeting it is required that each Association advise Val Greenwood firstname.lastname@example.org of their intent to attend, association name and Proxy representative name if it is not the President of the Association. Val needs this information by 5:00 pm Monday February 2, 2015 in order to book lunch.
Board of Directors
B.C. Baseball Association
The 18U (Midget) Elite program is shaping up as they prepare for their trip to Arizona.
The 18U’s will play in Tucson from March 14 to 22 against Junior College teams. Grant Rimer has scheduled a full slate of games plus practices.
The 18U tryouts will continue through February with two sessions a week, Saturday and either Wednesday or Thursday. (See schedule under “High Performance.”)
This is an Elite team to showcase players for pro scouts and college recruiters. After Arizona, the 18U’s will play in four or five high level tournaments here and in Washington State.
Dave Empey and Bill Green, two of the most successful coaches in Canadian baseball, are in charge of the development program. “We’ll carry 30 players,” says Empey. “That gives us enormous leeway so we won’t interfere with BCMBA teams. And we’ll have 18U coaches travelling with the Elite team to the tournaments.”
Dave Empey has coached 16 pro players, including four major leaguers, most notably Ryan Dempster, who pitched for 16 MLB years and won a World Series ring with the Red Sox, and James Paxton, the brilliant young Mariners starter. Empey has also sent eight players to the Canadian Junior National team.
Bill Green helped develop MLB star Larry Walker and spent 20 years as head coach of the B.C. Selects, winning eight national championships. He was also the local rep for the Major League Scouting Bureau.
Both have sent dozens of players into college programs as well. “That’s our main goal,” says Empey. “If we can obtain baseball scholarships for as many players as possible then the 18U Elite Program will be a success.”