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The Vancouver Minor team won the inaugural 2014 Cam Am tournament by defeating Cloverdale 8-1.

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Players arrived Thursday to Spokane Washington for the 12U “Best of the West” Tournament with teams entered from Idaho, Montana, Washington.

Thursday night we we able to arrange an exhibition game with a local Spokane All-Star team. With all 13 players batting and using 7 different pitcher to get used to the portable mounds Team BC defeating them 7-5.

Friday the Tournament begins and a welcome BBQ followed by the Tournament Skills Competition.

Two Pool games scheduled for Team BC Saturday again the BBC Crew followed in the afternoon Spokane Marlins.

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After Province wide tryouts, game and tournament evaluations, BC Minor Baseball is pleased to announce the final team roster for the 2014 BCMBA 13U Selects:

Liam Applegath Kamloops Minor Baseball
Ryan Blight Coquitlam-Moody Minor Baseball
Callum Borden Coquitlam-Moody Minor Baseball
Jacob Davies White Rock South Surrey Baseball
Tony Dela Pena Greater Victoria Baseball
Carlin Dick Abbotsford Angels Harball
Rhys Follick Cloverdale Minor Baseball
Connor Hall Campbell River Minor Baseball
Daniel Martin West Kelowna Minor Baseball
Theo Millas Burnaby Minor Baseball
Noah Patterson West Kelowna Minor Baseball
Parker Wakelyn Abbotsford Angels Hardball
Joshua Walker Greater Victoria Baseball

Head Coach: Tim Blake
Assistant Coach: Dan Dick
Assistant Coach/BCMBA Director: John Braaten

BC Minor Baseball would like to congratulate these players, and would like to thank all the players who tried out, and all the parents who supported them. Over 120 players tried out for the team this year, and the talent was spread throughout the Province.

This team will be playing in the Best of the Northwest Tournament in Spokane, WA on June 20-22.

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March 20, 2014

For Immediate Release:

Attention all Local Association Presidents,

B.C. Minor and Baseball B.C. are very excited to announce that Rob Fai and the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club have invited you to participate in a weekly segment on the “Vancouver Canadians Game Day” Program broadcast provided by TEAM 1040 and the TEAM Radio Network.

This opportunity is one that will allow Local Associations to showcase and honor one of your own to the vast listening audience served by TEAM 1040 and the TEAM Radio Network.

“Vancouver Canadians Game Day” will broadcast for 28 consecutive weeks starting Sunday April 19 and running through to the end of the Baseball Season in the fall.

B.C. Minor and Baseball B.C. have determined together, that our sport is best served through its Grass Roots foundation and wish to see the spotlight shed on the people that make our sport happen. It is with this in mind that we feel the stories that are best told are indeed your stories……

We would like to suggest stories be isolated to your Athletes or one of your Teams, Officials, Volunteers or Administrators….there are very deserving people in your community we would like to spotlight.

In order to make this opportunity work for everyone involved, we will require the absolute cooperation and input from our member organizations to ensure we all make the most of this unprecedented opportunity with the Vancouver Canadians and TEAM 1040.

This opportunity has long been sought out as it will allow us to showcase both the Canadian Baseball System and B.C. Minor. We also feel this will help to show the Main Stream Media and general public that there are other programs beside Little League Baseball, that youth in B.C. can participate in.

We will be following up with a Submission Form for you to submit your stories and further information on the particular details of taping. (If from outside the Lower Mainland) or in person (Live in Studio) should the nominee be from the Vancouver Area in the event your nomination is selected.

For further information on this release, please contact one of the following:

Mike Sarai – President – B.C. Minor Baseball Association sarai0929@shaw.ca (604) 327-0928

David Laing – Executive Director – Baseball B.C. davidlaing@baseball.bc.ca (604) 586-3312

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Is American’s Pass-Time Canada’s Future?

While speaking at the Vancouver Coaches Association’s Annual Meeting, I was delighted to see the enthusiasm, excitement and pure joy that was exhibited at the event. The coaches are receptive to learning new things; they are well trained; they enjoy teaching their teams; and they love the game of baseball. It was like being in America 20 years ago.

It is a known fact that America’s Pass-Time has been slowly dying in popularity. Once the number one sports game in the country, it has fallen to a pitiful fourth place according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Each year little league teams scramble to get a full roster of players. Kids are no longer dreaming of being a pro-baseball player as more and more sports and activities compete for their time.

So what is the problem? Many things. Kids drop out of playing baseball because the practices are boring. Sad to say, but for the most part, coaches are untrained and not really interested in learning anything more than what they already know. They are putting in their time with their child’s team out of necessity, not desire. And it is well documented that if a player does well and enjoys the sport in their early days of playing, they will stick with it throughout life, playing at all levels, maybe college and even work or church leagues. And more importantly, they are a life-time fan.

If however, they have a negative experience, then all the pluses mentioned are erased and they go on to find something else to hold their interest.

The length of the season has also been noted as being too long, thus losing the fans along the way. Finding a hero was once an easy thing to do in the world of baseball, now, not so much. The major league teams have been scarred with drug allegations, cheating and off-the-field activities that darken the reputation of the sport itself.

Why is Canada so successful? Just look at their stats: Three Canadians have been MVPs since 1997; One Baseball hall of Famer; Two Cy Young Award Winners; One Rookie of the Year; Four Silver Slugger Award Winners, (totaling seven different years!); One Hank Aaron Award, and on and on and on!

After spending a weekend with about 250 coaches and managers, I saw a passion for the game. They train their players the way we used to train our players: Repetition, repetition, repetition! Hit, catch, throw and do it again and again. They build arm strength with drills and concentrate on making each player great. They start with kids at an early age and teach them to be the best they can be. They make practice fun and make sure they are prepared. I taught them some new drills and they were excited about learning—they readily put their egos aside and admit that even the best coaches can learn something new.

Canada has hundreds of college students who are on full baseball scholarships at American colleges. Why? Because they have been trained to be the best they can be and college recruiters see their talents and skills.

What can we do to bring back that passion? How can we revive the love of the game of baseball? My life has been spent in the world of this game. I have been in many positions, Rookie of the Year, World Series player, International player, hitting coach, manager, International Coach. Now I spend my time teaching coaches to reignite the fire in their players; my greatest desire is to see this generation of young players be the ones that bring back America’s Pass Time. I want to hear little kids singing “take me out to the ball game!” once again. Together we can make sure that baseball has a future in America by taking an example from our Northern Neighbors.