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Beginning on 6 January 2019, Baseball PEI will be running 13U player development camps in four different locations across Prince Edward Island: Hernewood Intermediate School in the Western region, Summerside Intermediate School in the East Prince/Mid-Isle region, the Norton-Diamond Indoor Soccer Complex for the Capital region, and Mount Stewart Consolidated School for the Eastern region.

The ten-week program will be compromised mainly for skill development with each session focussing on three different areas in an effort for each player to improve their game by learning and performing proper skills and concepts. The skill development will be at a higher level – the curriculum the instructors will be teaching will be formed based on latest elite baseball knowledge and teachings, with input and advice from both former and current Provincial team coaches. However, these camps are open to anybody regardless of their skill level.

Time and Locations for Camps:

  • Hernewood Intermediate School (O’Leary): Tuesdays from 7:30 pm – 9 pm, beginning on 15 January 2019
  • Summerside Intermediate School (Summerside): Sundays from 11 am – 12:30 pm, beginning on 6 January 2019
  • Norton-Diamond Indoor Soccer Complex (Stratford): Fridays from 6 pm – 7:30 pm, beginning on 11 January 2019
  • Mount Stewart Consolidated School (Mount Stewart): Sundays from 7 pm – 8:30 pm, beginning on 6 January 2019

The cost for the ten weeks is $75, which can be paid at the beginning of the first session. Anyone who will be turning 10, 11, 12 or 13 years old in 2019 is welcome to register. Each participant will be required to have a baseball glove, helmet, water bottle and indoor sneakers to wear (if you are a catcher and have your own catching gear, please bring that as well). We will only be registering 20 players per camp, so sign up ASAP (a waiting list will be created after 20 are registered for a camp). In order to register, please complete the Google Form for the appropriate camp below:

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Barlow at baseballpeimattbarlow@gmail.com.

Changes Coming From Baseball Atlantic AGM

12/03/2018, 12:30pm AST
By R. Byrne

Baseball PEI President Walter MacEwen and Executive Director Randy Byrne attended the 2018 Baseball Atlantic Annual General Meeting in Halifax, NS on 2 December 2018. Here are some changes that came out of this meeting that may/may not affect the membership of Baseball PEI:

  • In 2019 and beyond, all Baseball Atlantic Championships at the 11U “AA,” 11U “AAA,” 13U “AA,” 15U “AA” and 15U “AAA” categories will permit each team taking part to pick-up two players from different teams from the same age and same or lower skill category within their own province to have on their roster during the Baseball Atlantic Championship.
    • The major reason for this is due to the timing of the event – mid-September – many teams are missing players due to hockey, school or other activities. This helps teams with that problem.
    • Please note 18U “AA” was not included, as pick-ups were already permitted at this category.
  • Two instances came up prior to Baseball Atlantic Championships this year in that the host team also were the Provincial champions for their province, and therefore wished to be in the Provincial representative spot in the schedule (instead of the “host” spot). It was agreed that on the Baseball Atlantic schedules for 2019 and beyond, instead of listing the term “host,” the host team will be referred to as “Team #1” and the Provincial champion in the hosting province will be referred to as “Team #2” (unless the host wins the Provincial championship, and therefore will be referred to “Team #2” and the second-place team attending from the hosting province will be referred to as “Team #1”).
  • There was discussion as to whether quarterfinal games should be re-inserted into the schedule for Baseball Canada National Atlantic 13U Championships for teams that finish second and third place in their pool upon the completion of the round-robin. By not having quarterfinal games, teams that lost two games on Thursday were out-of-contention by Thursday evening but still had to stay until Sunday (plus, the fields were empty with no games by 3 pm on Friday). By having quarterfinal games, even if a team loses two games on Thursday, they still have a chance to make a quarterfinal game depending on if they win on Friday and how the other teams in their pool finish. Therefore, it was agreed that Baseball Atlantic would recommend to Baseball Canada that quarterfinal games be re-inserted to the schedule for the Baseball Canada National Atlantic 13U Championships in 2019 and beyond.
  • It was determined that in 2019, Baseball PEI, Baseball NS and Baseball NL will all be using the pitch count rules currently in place on Prince Edward Island (where, as long as the coach declares to the opposing team and the umpire that the pitcher will be facing their final batter, any pitches thrown after the threshold met during that at-bat will not count against their pitch count. For example, if at the 11U level, if a coach declares that this will be the final batter his pitcher will be facing, and the pitcher meets the threshold of 25 pitches and exceeds it during the course of that at-bat, when the pitcher comes out of the game, they will only be credited with throwing 25 pitches). Upon completion of the discussion, it was voted to adopt this rule for at Baseball Atlantic Championships (basically, at Baseball Atlantic Championships, they will be using the same pitch count rules as PEI does).
  • A discussion took place in regards to the rule at Baseball Atlantic Championships that there is always one Championship game, which can and has led to scenarios where a team finished the round-robin 4-0 and lost in the final to a team that finished the round-robin 2-2 (i.e. what happened at the Baseball Atlantic 15U “AAA” Championships this year) Most in attendance felt this was not fair, and all in attendance felt there should be a Championship game. A motion was passed where tiebreaker games are removed from Baseball Atlantic Championships if multiple teams are tied with 2-2 records, and if a team that finished the round-robin 4-0 meets a team that finished the round-robin 2-2 in the Final, the 2-2 team must win two games on Sunday to become Baseball Atlantic Champion (if the 4-0 team wins the first game, they are declared Champion). As well, if a team that finished the round-robin 4-0 meets a team that finished the round-robin 3-1, there will be just one Championship Game and the winner will be declared Baseball Atlantic Champion.

For more information, contact baseball@sportpei.pe.ca

Baseball PEI Handed Out its 2018 Awards

11/21/2018, 10:15am AST
By R.Byrne

Baseball PEI held its 2018 Baseball PEI Awards Night last night at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Charlottetown. The following ADL/Sport PEI awards were handed out:

  • The ADL/Sport PEI Junior Official of the Year: Owen Morrison
  • The ADL/Sport PEI Senior Official of the Year: Jack McCabe
  • The ADL/Sport PEI Volunteer Administrator of the Year: Tanner Doiron
  • The ADL/Sport PEI Masters Award: Scott Harper
  • The ADL/Sport PEI Coach of the Year: Mark Arsenault
  • The ADL/Sport PEI Junior Female Athlete of the Year: Selena Ford
  • The ADL/Graysen LaPorteSport PEI Minor Junior (13U) Male Athlete of the Year:
  • The ADL/Sport PEI Major Junior (14-18) Male Athlete of the Year: Josh Myers
  • The ADL/Sport PEI Intercollegiate Male Athlete of the Year: JP Stevenson
  • The ADL/Sport PEI Senior Male Athlete of the Year: Shawn MacDougall
  • The ADL/Sport PEI Team of the Year: Capital District 13U “AAA” Islanders

Other Awards handed out:

  • MLB/Baseball Canada Volunteer of the Year: Nora Dorgan
  • Baseball Canada National Grassroots Coach of the Year: Desi Doyle
  • PEIBUA Stan Porter Award: Frank Deziel
  • PEIBUA “Heart and Hustle” Award: Cole Perry

The following teams were honoured:

  • Stratford 11U “AA” Athletics: Baseball PEI Provincial 11U “AA” Champions
  • Eastern 11U “AAA” Express: Baseball PEI Provincial 11U “AAA” and Baseball Atlantic 11U “AAA” Champions
  • Charlottetown 13U “A” Royals: Baseball PEI Provincial 13U “A” Champions
  • Cardigan/Northside 13U “AA” Clippers: Baseball PEI Provincial 13U “AA” Champions
  • Capital District 13U “AAA” Islanders: Baseball PEI Provincial 13U “AAA” and Baseball Canada National Atlantic 13U Champions
  • Cardigan 15U “A” Clippers: Baseball PEI Provincial 15U “A” Champions
  • Cardigan 15U “AA” Clippers: Baseball PEI Provincial 15U “AA” Champions
  • Capital District 15U “AAA” Islanders: Baseball PEI Provincial 15U “AAA” Champions and Baseball Atlantic 15U “AAA” Silver Medalists
  • Summerside 18U “A” Chevys: Baseball PEI Provincial 18U “A” Champions
  • Cardigan/Northside 18U “AA” Clippers: Baseball PEI Provincial 18U “AA” and Baseball Atlantic 18U "AA" Champions

Other recognitions:

  • Alex Curran: Pitched a Perfect Game in the Gold Medal Game of the 2018 Baseball Atlantic 11U “AAA” Championships    

A huge thanks to Zack Bell, who was the Master of Ceremonies, the staff at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, and all those who attended to make it a fantastic evening.

St. Peter’s Bay native Nathan Jones has signed a letter of intent to play Junior College baseball at Williston State College (https://wsctetons.com/index.aspx?path=baseball&&tab=0), starting in the fall of 2019.

Jones, who was a member of the 2018 PEI Youth Selects and 2017 PEI Canada Games team, is currently in his second year at Badlands Baseball Academy (http://www.badlandsbaseballacademy.com/) in Oyen, Alberta. The Grade 12 student has committed to play with the Williston State College Tetons, who play NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) baseball in the Mon-Dak Conference. Williston State is located in Williston, North Dakota.

Nathan Jones is an all-round player who has a big bat, is very sound in the infield, and has a great amount of potential as a pitcher. At the National level, Jones has excelled in the past. At the 2018 Baseball Canada Cup in Moncton, NB, Jones hit .364, and as a pitcher at the 2017 Canada Games, Jones pitched five innings, giving up no runs on two hits, walking two batters and striking out eight. As well, he was named a tournament all-star in the 2016 Ray Carter Cup (Baseball Canada National 15U Championships) in Summerside.

Baseball PEI congratulates Nathan and wishes him all the best in the remainder of the school year at Badlands and the upcoming year at Williston State College.

The 2019 PEI Youth Selects will be competing at the Baseball Canada Cup in Regina, SK, from 7 – 11 August 2019. 
The Youth Selects coaching staff is currently planning to hold ID Sessions on Saturday, 1 December from 7 pm – 9 pm and Saturday, 15 December 15th from 7 pm – 9 pm at the Norton/Diamond Indoor Soccer Complex in Stratford.  

All players born in 2001 - 2003 who are interested in attending the ID camp(s) are asked to register for ID sessions at the email address peiyouthselectsbaseball@gmail.com with the following information: 

  1. Name
  2. E-mail Address
  3. Contact phone number
  4. Bats: Right or Left
  5. Throws: Right or Left
  6. Primary position
  7. Secondary position
  8. Third position 

The cost of each session is $15. For more information, contact head coach Kevin MacLean at peiyouthselectsbaseball@gmail.com.