Montréal to host first PLAY BALL event in Canada!

March 28, 2017


OTTAWA-Baseball Canada is pleased to partner with Major League Baseball, Jays Care Foundation and Baseball Québec to bring the first ‘Play Ball’ event to Canada and Montréal on Sunday, April 2nd at the Olympic Stadium.

The PLAY BALL initiative is MLB’s collective effort to encourage young people and communities to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, events and casual forms of play.

This event in Montréal will complement the weekend of festivities surrounding the exhibition games between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This ‘Play Ball’ clinic is aimed at youth aged 13 and under and is a free festive event where young people will have the opportunity to participate in baseball activities while having fun. Participants in Montréal will have the opportunity to meet with two baseball legends, Tim Raines and Marquis Grissom, as well as the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, and MLB Vice-President of Youth Programs, Tony Reagins.

Sunday’s ‘Play Ball’ event is scheduled for 9am to noon, at the Olympic Stadium in Montréal where over 300 youth are expected to participate. The event attracted so much interest among young people that all available places were filled in less than 24 hours!

"For the fourth consecutive year, we are hosting baseball clinics at the Olympic Stadium, and we are very pleased to be able to partner with Major League Baseball, Jays Care Foundation and Baseball Canada to collaborate on this event in 2017. This is yet more proof of the credibility of Baseball Québec in the eyes of influential people in the world of baseball. With partners like them, it's the young people who will be the winners, "said Maxime Lamarche, Executive Director of Baseball Québec.

"Baseball Canada is very pleased to partner with Major League Baseball, Jays Care Foundation and Baseball Québec to host the first Play Ball event on Canadian soil in the City of Montréal. Major League Baseball's support and Baseball Québec's continued efforts to develop baseball in the beautiful province will make this event a great success, "added Jason Dickson, President of Baseball Canada.

For more information on Play Ball, please visit playball.org and for more information about the event in Montreal, contact Audrey Lessard at alessard@baseballquebec.qc.ca.

 

Partners

Rawlings

Rawlings is the official bat, baseball and batting helmet for Baseball Canada’s National Team’s program and all National Championship tournaments. From Major League Baseball ballparks to neighborhood sandlots across the country, Rawlings is everywhere baseball is played. Since the company’s inception in 1887, Rawlings mission has always centered on enabling participation by developing and producing innovative, high-performance equipment and apparel for the professional player. Visit them at www.rawlings.com

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MLB Canadians

Andrew Albers

Current MLB Team: Seattle Mariners
Hometown: North Battleford, SK

Shaped by our Game

Baseball Canada is pleased to introduce Shaped by Our Game, a new initiative on baseball.ca that will profile people who have used our sport to achieve success later in life. Baseball is a sport that provides great life lessons and teaches skills that are applicable for future success in life whether on the baseball field or not.

 Dominic Therrien

 Isabelle Higgins

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

What is LTAD?

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a systemic approach being developed and adopted by Baseball Canada to maximize a participant's potential and involvement in our sport. The LTAD framework aims to define optimal training, competition and recovery throughout an athlete's career to enable him / her to reach his / her full potential in baseball and as an athlete.