Do you have a photo of an old baseball team from PEI? Baseball PEI would love to see it!
Baseball PEI is hoping to collect old photographs of baseball teams from PEI. These could be minor baseball teams, Senior or Intermediate teams, or even teams that represented Prince Edward Island at National Championships. They could be teams from the 2000s or as far back as the 1930s! We welcome a photograph of any team that has ever played baseball on PEI.
Why are we asking for these? Baseball has been played on Prince Edward Island at least as far back as 1896. We would love to highlight the great history of baseball on PEI on social media and create a collection of photographs of baseball team on PEI.
If you have a photo you wouldn't mind sharing with us, so we could keep in our files and maybe even share on social media, please scan it, take a photograph of it, or get it to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in advance for your help!
Thanks to some support provided by the Sport Partnership and Engagement Program (a project of the Sport Participation Bilateral which is jointly funded by the Province of PEI [Department of Health and Wellness] and the Federal Government [Canadian Heritage - Sport Canada]), Baseball PEI is pleased to announce that all costs for any women or girls completing baseball National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) clinics and/or Prince Edward Island Baseball Umpires Asociation (PEIBUA) certification will be covered in 2021. NCCP and PEIBUA clinics will be free for all women and girls.
As such, Baseball PEI will not charge the minor baseball associations for any NCCP clinics completed by women (or, if the minor baseball association does not cover these costs, will not charge the individual), and Baseball PEI will reimburse the PEIBUA for any women or girls completing certification with the PEIBUA (and those costs will not be forwarded to the minor baseball associations).
Baseball PEI is committed to making baseball on Prince Edward Island more inclusive and hopes these initiatives will make it easier for women and girls to pursue coaching and umpiring in baseball on Prince Edward Island.
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Knowing the rules isn’t the sole determinant as to whether an official will become top class. Knowledge of the rules is critical, but working hard and constantly striving to improve are the keys to becoming a top official. For Gavin Wells, the 13-year-old first-year umpire from Sherwood, he understands what is needed to become a top-class umpire and consistently demonstrates hard work and learning on the field each time he is on the field as an official. While playing 13U baseball with Sherwood/Parkdale, Wells started umpiring in 2020 and loved it. Wells constantly displayed hustle on the field, he worked hard to improve his knowledge of rules – which is essential but also comes with time and experience – but most importantly, Gavin constantly reached out to senior officials to get their feedback on certain situations and how to learn and grow. This demonstrates maturity and humbleness, which indicates Wells will become a leading umpire within a few years. When you see Gavin Wells on the field with his PEIBUA uniform, you will constantly see him smiling and he is a perfect recipient of the 2020 PEIBUA Heart and Hustle Award!
At all levels of minor baseball, especially the 11U level, you are dealing with children. Children, like anybody else, have good days and bad days, days where they feel sharp and days when things are a struggle. As a result, consistency can be elusive at the 11U level. However, there was no more consistent team in the 11U “AAA” league, or perhaps the entire province, than the Eastern 11U “AAA” Express in 2020. During the regular season, they went 16-4 for a .800 winning percentage. They score 219 runs in those twenty games and allowed only 95, meaning they averaged 10.95 runs scored per game and only 4.75 runs allowed per game. Their defence was also at the top of the 11U “AAA” league. However, more importantly, the coaching staff of Desi Doyle, Grant Doyle, Stephen O’Shea and Adam Smith did this while focussing on development. More than half of their players got an opportunity to pitch, each player played multiple positions, and at the end of the season, each player felt more confident in their abilities as a baseball player than at the start of the season. It all came together during Provincial Championships, as Eastern went 3-1, scored 19 runs and only allowed one run (and only four hits!) during the four games. This team was as complete a team as any on Prince Edward Island in 2020, and there is no question the players on this team will be making more baseball headlines in the years to come on PEI! The Eastern 11U “AAA” Express is the 2020 Baseball PEI Team of the Year, presented by ADL and Sport PEI!
Grant Grady has been a top player at the senior level on Prince Edward Island for the past number of years, but in this strange 2020, there was no better senior-aged baseball player in the province. Playing for the Stratford Athletics in the Kings County Baseball League, Grant Grady was top-notch defensively at both third base and behind the plate for the A’s. However, it was at the plate that Grady rose above the opposition this season. During the KCBL regular season, Grady led the league in hits (17), batting average (.567), doubles (5) and tied for first in triples (2). He also tied for second in runs (11) and stolen bases (5), tied for third in walks (6) and tied for fifth in RBI (7). No player at that level had such a complete and dominant season offensively, and Grant Grady displayed power and patience in the top part of the Stratford order that led to the ability to both get on base, produce and drive in runs. On top of this, Grant Grady possesses the intangibles that teams need to win and is a real leader on every team of which he is a part. The success Grady had this summer surprises nobody close to him as few players in the province put as much work and preparation into their game as Grant. Grant Grady is the 2020 Baseball PEI Senior Male Athlete of the Year, presented by ADL and Sport PEI!