News from West Toronto
For the 2017 Season, contact the respective coaches for more information:
Midget (18U): Contact - John Miceli - email@example.com
Midget (17U): Contact - Naeem Siddiq - firstname.lastname@example.org
Minor Midget (16U): Contact - David Quattrociochi - email@example.com
Bantam (15U): Contact - Naeem Siddiq - firstname.lastname@example.org
Minor Bantam (14U) Contact Jim Carey-Hill - email@example.com
The time has finally come, Baseball Ontario's newest and most competitive league is set to kick off its season schedule this Friday, May 1st. The opening season (and league!) game is being played at West Toronto's own Keelesdale Park and our 18U team is playing the Brampton Royals.
In other exciting news, the MEL leagues webpage has been launched! check it out here: http://www.midgeteliteleague.com/
Want to know more about MEL? visit the FAQ section of their website: http://www.midgeteliteleague.com/#!blank/c3m
Also, check out MEL's tournament being held on July 3-5. Teams from all over the province and US are set to attend. Contact Frank Fascia for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck to all the Players and Coaches!
Read Adam Bunch's article at Spacing.ca. This exceptional journey captures the unique and vast history of Baseball in Toronto.
Spacing, the magazine, was launched in the fall of 2003 by a group of young journalists and public space advocates who felt that Toronto need a publication that would bring together a number of key urban issues that were not being discussed by the local media. Topics like public transit, urban design, public art, community planning, and sustainable development were brought together under one umbrella to create a forum for residents and the urban curious to discuss these pressing topics
Hanlan’s Point Stadium, 1897 (via “Baseball’s back in town” by Louis Cauz)
In a press release this morning, the Jays Care Foundation announced its continued extension in partnership with Kidsports, helping provide the means for 500 children and youth across the nation to participate in Baseball Programs again this year.
The Jays Care Foundation will again, as it has done in past years, invest $100,000 in to the program. Last year, this investment led to a substantial 25% increase in Kidsport Baseball grants.
This investment by the Jays Care Foundation and the work by Kidsport is a definite homerun!
This is an amazing initiative that creates an immediate positive impact in our communities. Thank you to both Jays Care Foundation and Kidsport. Keep up the great work!
For further information on this, please click on the following link: http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/tor/community/kidsport.jsp
Jays Care Foundation Website: http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/tor/community/
Kidsport Website: http://www.kidsportcanada.ca
Article via: Canadian Baseball Network (http://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/)
In a media release posted February 23rd, 2015 the Ontario Baseball Association and the Select Ontario Baseball Association have successfully completed a merger of the two associations. Moving forward, all branding will continue under the name Ontario Baseball Association (OBA).
What does this mean for teams and players in both leagues? In an article written by the Canadian Baseball Network (http://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/articles/baseball-ontario-merges-soba/) all the changes are positive and help continue to promote baseball at a community, Provincial and National level.
Both Presidents offered comments on the merger:
"It is an exciting step forward in brining all of baseball in the province under the same umbrella" - David Huctwith, President of Baseball Ontario.
"We feel strongly that becoming one organization will help avheive the strategic goals of growing the game of baseball in Ontario" - David Black, President of Select Ontario Baseball.
The entire article can be found here: http://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/articles/baseball-ontario-merges-soba/
OBA's new MEL (Midget Elite League) is gearing up for a promising start. With the conglomeration of leagues across the GTA, the new MEL League has added substantial number of teams, creating a more intensive schedule with Elite Level competition. Along with the longer schedule comes the opportunity for further exposure and promotion of MEL's high performance athletes. League Officials, Coaches and players are all anticipating the inaugural season opener only months away.
Adding to the excitement, is the news release that the MEL will also be hosting a Tournament this summer. Please contact Frank Fascia for registration and details.
Dates: July 3rd - 5th
Location: Brampton, Oakville, Etobicoke
Ages: 18U & 16U
Bat Requirements: BBCOR or Wood (Team Choice)
Follow the MEL on twitter at: @Eblobaseball
MLB publishes 'Pitch Smart' - Guidelines to help avoid arm injuries in youth pitchers
<Nov. 13, 2014>
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball published an initiative to help reduce youth pitching arm injuries. The title is appropriately called 'Pitch Smart' and is geared towards Coaches, Players and Parents providing detailed information and guidelines that should significantly reduce the amount of arm injuries to pitchers in baseball leagues across the globe, if they are followed that is.
This initiative was lead by the renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews with support from a impressive advisory committee that includes other top tiered orthopedic surgeons as well as a lengthy list of MLB team physicians.
Here are some quick (and shocking) stats that can be found on the 'Pitch Smart' website. They focus on youth pitchers:
West Toronto encourages all readers to read through the 'Pitch Smart' article and view the videos and resources available.