The BC Baseball Coaches Caravan is coming to Cloverdale Ball Park on Sunday April 22!
This FREE fun-filled event is for all players, parents and coaches, and will be broken into two sessions 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM for 5U through 9U (Blastball through Tadpole) and 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM for 11U and 13U (Mosquito and Pee Wee).
This is the 8th year that the Coaches Caravan has been travelling the province, but only the 2nd time that we will be hosting it in Cloverdale, so we are hoping that everyone will take full advantage. You do not want to miss this event!
This year, the 2018 BC Baseball Coaches Caravan is setting tracks to 24 different baseball communities in BC! It is the biggest tour in the eight year history of the program.
The Coaches Caravan is delivered by BC Baseball free of charge in partnership with local associations, and designed to give players, coaches and parents the ultimate launch into the Spring baseball season!
There is never a dull moment with this group as they energize players, coaches and parents with instruction, drills and information on improving their coaching and playing skills.
This dynamic and engaging all-star cast of coaches like Pete Caliendo, Pete Wilkinson, Grant Rimer, Mike Kelly and Michael Dagg work hands on with coaches and players to teach new drills, demonstrate critical fundamentals and mechanics of the game as well as how to manage a practice pace.
Players, through the drills taught, learn sound mechanics, the importance of keeping the game fun and safe, and how to work with their coaches and teammates. Instructors encourage players to continue to use these drills through the duration of their season.
The goal is to help players improve their skills so that they have more on-field success and ultimately get more enjoyment from the game. This 90 minute experience usually opens with a group player warm up while the parents and coaches take moment to absorb sound insights around how to help their players enjoy the game. The group will then break out into 3-4 groups where parents and players pair up to work through different stations, hitting, baserunning, catching and throwing.
The 2018 BC Baseball Coaches Caravan is well worth your time! It is an ideal lead off to the season.
Carmen Marin, President of Prince George Youth Baseball Association had this to say
“....This group of coaches never disappoints us. This is the third year the Caravan has come to Prince George and our parents have told me they love the fact that they learn something new every year.
The passion and commitment to keeping kids interested for the long term development of the sport is evident in each drill they teach and the way they interact with the kids and parents.
Another successful Caravan with a great group of guys, and the addition of Pete Wilkinson was a great fit…..”
For those looking for an opportunity to fulfill their volunteer duty early, concession shifts are now available on the DIBS system.
This is a 4 hour shift in the concession, with possible duties including cash handling, grilling on the barbeque, food prep, deep frying and cleaning.
You must be 16 to work in the concession. Please don’t wear good clothing, and closed toe shoes are a requirement.
Children cannot be in the concession, so parents are asked to make appropriate arrangements while you are doing your volunteer shift.
If for some reason you need to cancel your shift within 72 hours please email the concession supervisor at email@example.com.
If the weather looks inclement please check the website before going to the park for your shift, to see if the park has been closed for the day. The web page should be updated by 4:00 pm on weekdays and 7:30 am on weekends. If you have two rainouts in 1 season your concession shift is considered fulfilled.
When a team needs to pursue fundraising activities (such as a AA or AAA team, or a summer ball team) to lower the expenses incurred by the families involved, holding a bottle drive is always an option worth considering.
To learn how to start, see the letter below from Regional Recycling Cloverdale.
Just a reminder to those who will be coaching in the 2018 season that they should complete their criminal record checks by APRIL 1.
The link below will take you to the page with complete detailed instructions, as well as the required documents.
The process is free for our volunteers, and is easy to complete (and fairly quick if you do it at a less busy time at the RCMP station such as Sunday morning).
Congratulations to Daniel Gernon for winning the Player of the Year award for BC Baseball. Daniel has been playing in Cloverdale since the start and is still playing on the Cloverdale Nationals College Prep team. He had an amazing 2017 ball season not only as a player but as a person. Whenever he had spare time from baseball and school you would see him out on the ball fields coaching and helping the future generations of players. Daniel is in his graduating year for the Nationals program and is looking at moving on to playing College Ball. Best of Luck to Daniel in all your future endeavours and good luck on the Season!!
Spring Baseball registration is still open. As divisions start to fill up we may need to start waiting lists to keep roster sizes manageable so don't wait and guarantee your spot now. Also keep in mind February 15th is when all division rates Super-T and up increase.
If this is your first year registering with Cloverdale, please check out the FAQ section of our website for detailed instructions on how to register and Spring league information! Click here for the FAQ
If you have a SportNgin account and to go to the registration link directly, click here: https://cloverdalebaseball.sportngin.com/register/form/370501463
Please note the Registration Rates have changed and the Volunteer and Uniform Deposits have been updated. The deposits are now $150 each and need to be dated for May 1, 2018. To opt out of volunteering, it is now $125 payable with your registration fee.
The concession volunteer policies have changed to immediate cashing of Volunteer Cheque with multiple last minute cancelation of DIBS shifts. Please understand that our concession staff count on your volunteership that you have signed up for. Last minute cancelations cost the association by paying part time young adults, and cashed volunteer deposits covers that cost.
Please note that your Blastball, T-Ball or Super-T child will not be assigned to their team until the deposits have been received.
For Tadpole ages and older, your child will not be allowed to participate in the skill assessment, and thus be assigned to a team until the deposits have been received.
Tadpole (9U) - FULL!
Mosquito (11U) - FULL!
PeeWee A (13U) - FULL!
Bantam A (15U) - FULL!
** SPOTS REMAIN IS DEPENDANT ON AVAILABLE VOLUNTEER COACHES
ALL OTHER DIVISIONS ARE OPEN AND ACCEPTING NEW REGISTRATIONS!
If you have any questions about registration or Cloverdale Minor Baseball, please contact your registrars:
Blastball (5U) to Tadpole (9U):
Mosquito (11U) to Midget (18U):
Finalized 2018 BC Baseball Bat Rules
Following further consultation with Baseball Canada, the bat manufacturing industry and sporting goods retailers, please find the an updated, finalized version of the 2018 BC Baseball bat rules which will be included in the 2018 BC Baseball Rulebook.
7U (T Ball/Rally Cap) 30 inch, 2 5/8 inch max diameter, unlimited length/weight drop – bats with greater than 2 ¼ in. barrel diameter must be marked “USABB”
9U (Tadpole) 30 inch, 2 5/8 inch max diameter, unlimited length/weight drop - bats with greater than 2 ¼ in. barrel diameter must be marked “USABB”
10U & 11U (Mosquito) 32 inch, 2 5/8 inch max diameter, unlimited length/weight drop - bats with greater than 2 ¼ in. barrel diameter must be marked “USABB”
13U (PeeWee) 32 inch, 2 ¾ inch max diameter, -10 max length/weight drop, marked “BPF 1.15” or “USABB”
15U (Bantam) A/AA 2 3/4 inch max diameter, -3 max length/weight drop marked “BBCOR”, or -8 max length/weight drop marked “BPF 1.15” or “USABB”
15U (Bantam) AAA -3 max length/weight drop, Wood, Bamboo or Wood Composite
18U (Midget) AA -3 max length/weight drop, and marked “BBCOR”
18U (Midget) AAA/College Prep Wood, Bamboo or Wood Composite
Wood, bamboo and wood composite bats are permitted in all divisions. Wood composite bats include wood bats with fibreglass sheathing and wood barrelled bats with composite handles. Wood composite bats do not include any bat that has any metallic component.
Changes in bats at the 11U and younger levels for 2018 season as a Pilot Project for review after the season.
Cloverdale Minor Baseball is looking for members who would like to become more involved in the association to fill a number of important volunteer positions, as listed below. Each position qualifies as fulfilling the required annual volunteer duty per registered player.
If you are interested in one of the positions, and would like more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Concession Manager is an executive position, requiring attendance at monthly board meetings. The Concession Manager oversees the operation of the concession (which is open from the start of April through the August long weekend), working with the concession crew chiefs to ensure the concession's proper staffing and operation, and working with the association treasurer to accurate financial control and reporting.
The Concession Manager position does not include physically working in the concession. They concession manager may optionally chose to also work as a paid concession crew chief, working in the day to day operation of the concession, which could also include the purchasing and ordering or product, and cleaning and maintenance of equipment.
Web Site Maintenance
Cloverdale Baseball requires one or two more people to help with the day to day maintenance of the web site. This requires people who have good communication skills, and some technical savvy. Ability to directly edit HTML code is a definite asset, as is experience with Excel (which we use to create import files for scheduled games, events, DIBS, etc).
Other Available Positions
Toronto Blue Jays T12
Cloverdale Minor Baseball is very proud to announce that five of its own have been chosen to play at this years Toronto Blue Jays Tournament 12 event in Toronto. Tournament 12 (T-12) is a national amateur baseball tournament held at Rogers Centre in Toronto, September 14-17, 2017. The goal of T12 is to provide a showcase opportunity for the best 160 amateur Canadian baseball players with college eligibility, as identified by Toronto Blue Jays scouting staff. T12 acts to centralize the best Canadian baseball players, with the intention of exposing them to as many pro and college scouts as possible. Congratulations and best of luck to:
Daniel Gernon - Current Cloverdale National Midget College Prep Player
Tyson McInnes - Current Cloverdale National Midget College Prep Player
Representing Team BC at Canada Games in Winnipeg
Daniel Gernon - Current Cloverdale National Midget College Prep Player
The Cloverdale Spurs 10U All Star team topped off an improbable season with a victory over the White Rock Tritons in the Gold medal game of last weekend’s Provincial Championships in Richmond.
The Spurs qualified as the #1 seed in the Championship after going undefeated in league play and the team sporting an overall record of 26 wins and only 1 loss, that coming at the hands of the Tritons in the final game of the Can Am Cup. After victories over Comox, Abbotsford, Vernon and Tri City in the round robin portion of the Championship, Cloverdale knocked off Ridge Meadows in the semi –final, leading them to a return date with the Tritons in the Championship Game. The Spurs jumped out to an 8-2 lead, but White Rock battled back in the later innings. The Cloverdale defense held firm, and the Spurs walked away with a 10-8 victory earning them the Gold Medal.
Back Row: Coaches Darren Gebert, Cam Gair, Jeff Leith, Brian Ginther
Middle: Logan Ginther, Logan Gebert, Jack Roberts, Carter Leith, Joey Tanasichuk, Oliver Knorn, Ty Jeffrey, Cole Grandia
Front Row: Sawyer Laven, Lukas Dance, Cohen Ginther, Duncan Gair, Mathew Fortuna