OTTAWA- Looking to beat the winter blues? Baseball Canada is pleased to present the 2011 Calendar of Events which can only mean that baseball season will soon be upon us. It will be a busy year on baseball diamonds all over the country and also in international competition with the various National Teams.
“With spring just around the corner it is an exciting time as we look forward to another great year of baseball in Canada and with our National Teams on the international scene,” says Director General of Baseball Canada Jim Baba.
Last month’s Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser kicked off the year as alumni, corporate partners and friends gathered in Toronto for a memorable evening.
In February, a group of Bantam girl’s will head down to Cuba for the second consecutive year to participate in a Development Camp. The Junior National Team will also be heading south as they will assemble in St. Petersburg, Florida for the first ever Spring Training Alumni Week. The highlight of the trip will come on March 4th when the JNT square-off against a split-squad version of the Toronto Blue Jays MLB club.
The Juniors will assemble once again in April and May for their annual trips to ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orland and the Dominican Republic respectively.
On the administrative side of things, the Baseball Canada AGM will take place in Toronto in mid-June.
Championship season gets underway at the end of July as the Senior Women’s Invitational and Bantam Girls Championships will take place simultaneously in North York, Ontario. These events are crucial in the selection process for the Woman’s National Team as they prepare for the Women’s World Cup scheduled for Edmonton in 2012.
All other championships run during the month of August while the Peewee Atlantic Championship will take place during the second week of September. Baseball Canada’s showcase event, the Baseball Canada Cup, will head to Moncton, New Brunswick after two successful years in Kindersley, Saskatchewan.
From there the scene shifts to international baseball as the JNT will attend the Americas World Junior Qualifier at the end of September in Cartagena, Colombia in hopes of qualifying for the 2012 World Junior Baseball Championship in Seoul, South Korea.
After qualifying last October, the Senior National Team will represent Canada at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico from October 19-28. The IBAF recently announced that the 39th Baseball World Cup will be played in Panama City, Panama with the dates still to be determined.
As always the final event on the baseball calendar is the Baseball Canada Fall Convention slated for November 2-6 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Note: The 2011 Baseball Canada Calendar of Events can be found by clicking here…Please check back to www.baseball.ca as dates and locations for events will be entered on the calendar once they become available.