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Blue Jackets, Jays Care Foundation to Open New Baseball Field in Central Bedeque on June 16

A picture of the backstop at the new baseball field in Central Bedeque featuring a Jays Care Foundation sign.

A picture of the backstop at the new baseball field in Central Bedeque featuring a Jays Care Foundation sign.

BEDEQUE, P.E.I., June 7, 2022 – The Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association (BAMBA) will open its new baseball field in the community of Bedeque on June 16 alongside Jays Care Foundation. 

Fun and games will be hosted by Jays Care Foundation with accessible and varied baseball activities available to children of all ages. There is no charge for individuals to attend and each athlete will receive a memento at the end of the session. 

“Our association is thrilled to have Jays Care Foundation join us to open our new field and celebrate the occasion as a community,” said Ryan McKenna, co-president with the Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association. “Jays Care Foundation’s generous donation helped get this project off the ground and make this new field possible. We can’t wait for area youth to reap the benefits of this new field and create special memories.”

BAMBA was a 2021 recipient of Jays Care Foundation’s Field Of Dreams program, which provides funding to design and build safe spaces for children to play baseball, develop life skills and learn from positive role models. Jays Care’s investment was made possible through the support of TD and used to construct the field and purchase key field infrastructure.

“Jays Care Foundation is delighted to be on hand in Bedeque to open this new field and congratulates the Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association on their successful completion of this Field Of Dreams project,” said Robert Witchel, Executive Director, Jays Care Foundation. “We are excited to see the new opportunities this brand-new diamond will create for the children and youth of Bedeque so they can learn and grow through the game of baseball.”

BAMBA is also grateful for additional major funding and donations from the Government of Prince Edward Island’s Rural Growth Initiative, the Bedeque Development Fund, William and Helen Callbeck, Ron and Carol Rayner, Duffy Construction, Faye Toombs, Bedeque Farms, Eastern Fence, Linkletter Welding Ltd., and Master Packaging.

The grand opening event will start at 4 p.m. with a handful of speeches followed by a ceremonial first pitch. Children will then split off into groups for baseball activities with food and beverage available on hand.

The new field, which has yet to unveil an official name, will field teams from the 15U level and above with games starting in early July.

About BAMBA
The Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association (BAMBA) is home to the Blue Jackets and is one of 11 minor baseball associations under Baseball PEI.

Established in 1993, BAMBA has a strong history of featuring talented young players from Bedeque, Borden-Carleton, Kinkora, Crapaud and 34 surrounding areas.

For further information, contact Ryan McKenna, Co-President, Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association, 647-381-0448, ryan.b.mckenna@gmail.com

Coaches

Bedeque Area Minor Baseball Association is looking for coaches for both “A” and “AA” leagues. Like most community organizations, BAMBA relies solely on volunteers.

Parent volunteers are needed to fill the roles of coaches, assistant coaches, team managers, pitch counters, help with field dragging and maintenance. Lots of positions to fill in order to get our BAMBA athletes on the fields!

VOLUNTEER COACHING APPLICATION:

https://form.jotform.com/211177553950255

If you are interested in a volunteer role, outside of coaching, please reach out to us at bamba.area@gmail.com

BASEBALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

BASEBALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Registration Deadline is May 1, 2022

Please visit this link to register:

http://bedequeball.rampregistrations.com/

Again this season, we are using the RAMP Interactive platform for registration. Your 2022 receipt is the email showing receipt of payment to BAMBA. There is no in person registration, online only.

BAMBA REGISTRATION 2022 FEES:

Rally Cap 7U = $130.00 ($105.00 Registration + $25.00 Tickets) - No Umpires Required – No provincials

Jr. Mosqutio 9U = $150.00 ($125.00 Registration + $25.00 Tickets) - No Umpires Required – No provincials

Mosquito 11U = $225.00 ($165.00 Registration + $ 25.00 Tickets + $ 35.00 Provincials) Umpires Required

Peewee 13U = $240.00 ($180.00 Registration + $ 25.00 Tickets + $ 35.00 Provincials) Umpires Required

Bantam 15U = $240.00 ($180.00 Registration + $ 25.00 Tickets+ $ 35.00 Provincials) Umpires Required

Midget 18U = $240.00 ($180.00 Registration + $ 25.00 Tickets + $ 35.00 Provincials) Umpires Required

Fee Change: One minor change for 2022. Baseball PEI Provincials fees are now rolled into the initial cost. This way, team managers will not collect for Provincials mid season.

| LATE REGISTRATION |

After registration closes, there will be a waiting list & players will be accepted based on space. In addition, late registrations incur a late fee of $25. The registration deadline is May 1, 2022. Players must be registered BEFORE they attend any field times, ID sessions and/or tryouts for insurance purposes. No exceptions. Last year was our biggest enrollment to date! Be sure to register early.

ADDITIONAL NOTES & FAQS:

| “AAA” Opportunities |

11U, 13U & 15U “AAA” tryout opportunities for BAMBA are offered with The Mid Isle Mustangs (as per Baseball PEI zones, this includes players from Bedeque, Cornwall & Kensington associations) Often, the assumption is made that Summerside Association is our affiliate district for “AAA”. It is not, it is Cornwall. Please follow the CAMBA (Cornwall Area Minor Baseball Association) on Facebook for upcoming tryout dates & announcements.

| “AA” Opportunities |

BAMBA will field several “AA” teams. Before tryouts, there will be several I.D. sessions for 11U leagues and up. These sessions are for everyone - athletes who plan to try out for “AA” and those who are not. It is an opportunity for all players to refresh skills with coaches and complete spring training activities & drills.

| “A” Opportunities |

BAMBA 7U & 9U all play at the “A” level. The start dates for 7U & 9U are typically late May AND are highly dependent on an adequate number of volunteer coaches. Dates & times for these I.D. & spring training sessions will be announced on this page.

Our 11U, 13U, 15U & 18U athletes will all have the opportunity attend initial I.D. & spring training sessions, followed by tryouts. These session dates & times will be set by coaches and will likely get started the end of April/first part of May, weather permitting.

| Fundraising Tickets |

Tickets are paid & included in registration fees so players/parents can recoup $25 by selling the tickets for some great prizes. Sell the tickets or write your name on them and hand into your team manager. The draw will be in early August.

| Volunteers |

We are looking for baseball coaches, assistant coaches and team managers. The sooner BAMBA fills team roles, the sooner the kids hit the field! Additionally, if you are interested in helping us further organize our season, we have volunteer positions in various roles. Ie. spring field preps & clean ups, coordinating and assisting in ID sessions at various levels. It takes a village! Please reach out to us at bamba.area@gmail.com

BAMBA Coaches FAQ

A coach speaks to his baseball players as they kneel on the infield grass.

BECOMING A BLUE JACKETS LEADER

FAQ ON EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE COACHING

Coaches have a tremendous impact on the development and growth of young individuals. The benefits of coaching are plenty and the Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association is looking for your help this season.

If coaching baseball is something you have considered, there may be some information you are looking to know. We have put together a one-stop shop with answers to some of the most pressing questions:

What is the time commitment of being a coach?

The time commitment depends on age level you are coaching and can start from one day a week (Rally Cap) to three days a week (18U).

Am I required to have previous coaching experience?

No! We welcome volunteers of all stripes and experience levels. BAMBA has several board members who can help answer any questions you have along the way.

What day of the week is my game/practice?

Baseball PEI decides when games are scheduled for the higher levels. Teams typically have a standard home game night and practices can be co-ordinated with BAMBA’s field co-ordinator.

Do I need to buy my team’s equipment?

While players need to bring their own glove to the diamond and purchase a pair of pants, Blue Jackets teams and coaches are provided with a bag of equipment every year. This includes catcher’s gear, bats, baseballs and more. Missing something? Reach out and we would be happy to make sure you get it.

Am I responsible for buying my team’s jerseys?

BAMBA, not coaches, are responsible for providing Blue Jackets players with their jerseys, T-shirts and hats. Coaches may be occasionally asked to help with sizing, but do not have to cover any costs associated with apparel.

What if I don’t know how to properly score a game?

BAMBA is happy to work with interested coaches and their team trainers to train them on the necessary knowledge to score a game. This experience is not a prerequisite to coach the game of baseball.

What is the best way to run a practice?

Baseball PEI and Baseball Canada have a multitude of great resources and drills available online to help prepare you for your practices.

Are there any courses I need to take?

Baseball Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is required for all coaches although all fees are covered by BAMBA. These courses vary in length and time to complete based on the age level you are coaching (i.e. someone coaching Rally Cap would have a shorter course than someone coaching 15U).

Are there any prerequisites in order to coach?

A willingness to have fun and help youth do so as well!

 

CONTACT US TODAY AT BAMBA.AREA@GMAIL.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

ABOUT BAMBA

The Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association (BAMBA) is home to the Blue Jackets and is one of 11 minor baseball associations under Baseball PEI.

Established in 1993, BAMBA has a strong history of featuring talented young players from Bedeque, Borden-Carleton, Kinkora, Crapaud and 34 surrounding areas

Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association Secures Funding for New Baseball Field in Central Bedeque

An aerial view of the new baseball field in Bedeque, Prince Edward Island.

An aerial view of the new baseball field in Bedeque, Prince Edward Island. (Corey Ross/Century 21 Northumberland Realty)

BEDEQUE, PEI, Jan. 28, 2021 – The Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association (BAMBA), in partnership with the Rural Municipality of Bedeque and Area, is proud to announce its successful funding acquisition to build a new state of the art baseball field in the community of Bedeque.

The association is grateful for the generous donations from the Government of Prince Edward Island’s Rural Growth Initiative, Jays Care Foundation’s Field of Dreams and the Bedeque Development Fund to make the project possible.

“Our board of directors realized the need for a sustainable option for children in the community to play baseball in the years ahead,” said Ryan McKenna, co-president with the Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association. “We’re looking forward to continuing to grow the sport in the community and seeing Blue Jackets players play here for years to come.”

The new field, which has yet to unveil an official name, is being constructed off Route 1A in Central Bedeque and will field teams from the 15U level and above. 

“The Department of Fisheries and Communities is happy to assist with this new facility for the BAMBA, as well as all residents of the Rural Municipality of Bedeque and Area,” said Jamie Fox, Minister of Fisheries and Communities. “In a time where we are recognizing the importance of outdoor recreation, I am confident that this exciting state of the art complex will be put to great use by the community.”

“Jays Care Foundation is pleased to announce another investment in Prince Edward Island and congratulates Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association on their successful application to our Field of Dreams program,” said Robert Witchel, Executive Director, Jays Care Foundation. “We are excited to invest in the construction of a brand-new diamond to create new opportunities for the children and youth of Bedeque to play and learn through the game of baseball.”

BAMBA’s board of directors would like to specifically thank former Rural Municipality of Bedeque and Area Mayor Ron Rayner along with Kevin McKenna, BAMBA Senior Advisor, for their continued contributions and work on this project. Without their tireless efforts, this new field would not be possible.

Construction for the project is currently underway with an estimated completion of August 2021.

About BAMBA

The Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association (BAMBA) is home to the Blue Jackets and is one of 11 minor baseball associations under Baseball PEI.

Established in 1993, BAMBA has a strong history of featuring talented young players from Bedeque, Borden-Carleton, Kinkora, Crapaud and 34 surrounding areas.

 

For further information, contact Ryan McKenna, Co-President, Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association, 647-381-0448, ryan.b.mckenna@gmail.com 

Photo Credit: Corey Ross/Century 21 Northumberland Realty