NMBA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016 4:00PM
ROTARY FIELD HOUSE 850 THIRD STREET, NANAIMO, BC
All members are invited to come and discuss Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association business as well as to vote in your new executive for the 2016-2017 season!
- Please note that nominations for Board positions can be sent to the Administrator Jason Vance at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Positions to be voted in for 2016-2017:
o 1st Vice president
o 2nd Vice president
o Midget Division Director
o Bantam Division Director
o Peewee Division Director
o Mosquito Division Director
o Tadpole Division Director
o T-ball/Rookie Division Director
o Umpire in Chief
o All Star Director
o Equipment Manager
o Fields Coordinator
o Uniform Manager
o Concession Manager
All parents of NMBA players are encouraged to attend. One vote per registered player.
***There will be a free registration draw for the 2016 season at the end of the AGM for anyone in attendance!!***
Letter from the NMBA President:
October, 5th, 2016
Dear Association Members;
As we close out our 60th anniversary year at NMBA I would like take this opportunity to invite you to our 2016 Annual General Meeting which will be held at the Rotary Fieldhouse (adjacent the 3rd St. Serauxmen Fields) on Sunday October 23rd at 4:00pm. Typically the AGM will run for about 1 hour for the elections of our 2107 Officers and Directors. This year we will have an additional vote on changes to our NMBA Constitution and Bylaws which will put NMBA in compliance with the new Societies Act changes made by the Province of BC.
2016 was another exciting and progressive season for the association which saw our registrations exceed 600 players once again across our 7 divisions from T-Ball through Midget. The growth of youth baseball has been tremendous over the past several seasons and it is our hope that we will retain the majority of our players from the past season and add many more new players across all divisions to enjoy our great game. Registration growth and program delivery obviously doesn’t happen without the incredible amount of hours and effort from the many volunteers within NMBA. Thank You to all of the board members, division managers, coaches, managers, field crew, concession operators and other volunteers who made 2017 a success. We hope that you saw the value of your hard work and the enjoyment it brought our players and plan to come back to help in 2017. Additionally please consider becoming a member of our NMBA Board of Directors. We have a number of experienced board members with intentions of returning but benefit greatly from bringing new people and energy to the board. These fresh set of eyes helps provide us with new and different perspectives that improves our association for the benefit of our players and parents. There are many things we hope to accomplish each year as a board and sometimes don’t as we are limited by a lack of time and people. If a board position is not of interest we still encourage you to attend our AGM to get a good perspective on NMBA and its future direction.
Lastly I want to finish off by highlighting and celebrating some of the exciting association accomplishments of the past season. At the end of the day, in addition to providing our players with fun, friendship and skill development, we are hoping to provide our players and parents with great memories that will last a lifetime.
- Registration for NMBA for the season was 602 players
- Continued field improvements including the development and use of the Sherry Fields for our Rookie Division
- NMBA received $150,000 from Blue Jays Field of Dreams Foundation to put lights at Mariner Field. This grant in partnership with the City of Nanaimo should have us lighting a field in 2017
- NMBA Hosted a very successful Roberto Alomar Foundation Kids Camp (90 players) and Charity Banquet (250 attendees)
- Awarded the 42ndAnnual Shewchuk Family Memorial Trophy to the Pee Wee House Tournament Champion Pee Wee Angels
- NMBA fielded 10 Single Season or Summer All-Star Teams from Tadpole through College Prep with all participating in Regional Qualifiers and/or Provincial Championships
- NMBA Hosted 2016 Bantam AAA BC Baseball Provincials at Serauxmen Stadium and Mariner Field
- NMBA Hosted the 2ndAnnual Nanaimo Tadpole Pirates Summer Bash
- Our College Prep (U18) Bucs won the Baseball BC Provincial Championship and represented NMBA and BC at U18 Nationals in Sherbrooke, Quebec
- NMBA was represented on:
o Team BC at Girls U21 National Invitational & Sr. Women’s National Invitational by Veronica Wong (Silver & Gold)
o Team BC at Girls U16 National Invitational by Celia Leaf and Isabella Bortalotto (Bronze)
o Team BC at U17 Canada Cup and Toronto Blue Jays T12 Tournament by Jayden Marsh (Silver, Silver)
Lots to be proud of as an association for 2016 and to build on for the upcoming season.
We hope to see you all at the AGM Sunday October 23rd.
Nanaimo Minor Baseball
NMBA Summer and Competitive Concerns Meeting
NMBA will be hosting a meeting on Thursday, September 29th at the Rotary Fieldhouse at 7pm. The purpose of the meeting will be to provide Parents and Players information and answer questions on the Summer All-Star and Competitive programs for the 2017 Season. Members of the NMBA Board as well as coaches from the Bantam and Midget single season teams will be in attendance. This session will particularly beneficial to families with players in the Tadpole, Mosquito, Pee Wee and Bantam divisions considering playing All-Star Summer Season ball after the recreational season. In addition families interested in learning more about the NMBA single season Competitive programs at the Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget levels will get more information on those programs. We will be discussing the history of the programs, the commitment and costs for families, the Provincial landscape for Summer All-Star and Competitive baseball as well as the programs philosophies on coaching and player development. We look forward to your questions and feedback so that we can deliver programs that meet the needs of our association membership.
Lastly I would like an address a topic that concerns some parents currently. I will reiterate that neither NMBA nor its coaches currently have, or have ever had, a policy of excluding players from the association who choose to participate in other programs and leagues through the Fall or Winter. It is not what we are about nor will it ever be what we are about. In fact, over the 5 years I have been a NMBA board member not once have we not signed a release to allow a player to participate in another community’s recreational or competitive program. We are a community-based program that believes in giving families choices. Our goal is to provide the best opportunities for both recreational and competitive players from Nanaimo and the surrounding communities, but recognize that families may decide to try a different path or program. That has no bearing on their eligibility to try out for competitive NMBA teams in the future. Similarly, we believe strongly in the multi-sport athlete and, while we provide programming in the off season, we work hard to support our players and their families in all their interests and pursuits. At our core we are hoping to grow better people in addition to better ball players and will continue to show leadership in this regard.
On behalf of the board I would like to thank you for your participation and volunteer service over the past year. We are excited about the momentum we built in 2016, NMBA’s 60th anniversary, in both our recreational and competitive programs. We look forward to building on our success in 2017 and in helping our membership enjoy another fun and successful season.
Local Ball Player Veronica Wong Making Baseball News
Veronica Wong celebrates winning a gold medal with Team B.C. at the Baseball Canada Senior Women’s Invitational Championship earlier this week in Red Deer, Alta.
A NMBA baseball player is a double national medalist.
Veronica Wong earned a gold medal playing with Team B.C. earlier this week at the Baseball Canada 2016 Senior Women’s Invitational Championship in Red Deer, Alta.
B.C. defeated Ontario 9-8 in Sunday’s final. Wong hit .500 in limited at bats at the tourney.
She was invited to play with the team after hitting .438 over five games at Baseball Canada’s U21 Women’s Invitational Championship Aug. 4-8 in Halifax. Her B.C. team took silver at that tourney.
Way to Go Veronica From all of us at NMBA
NMBA Fall Baseball Season for Mosquito, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget Divisions
Hello Baseball Parents,
We have organized a Fall Baseball Season for recreational Mosquito, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget age players. These session will be instructed by NMBA Coaches and are designed for players looking to Details are as follows:
Monday & Wednesday evenings from 5:45pm – 7:00pm
September 7 – October 12 (11 total practices / games as we will take Thanksgiving Monday off)
Serauxmen Fields on 3rd St.
Cost: $50 per player
If you are interested in registering your players please email email@example.com and I will add them to the list. Registration fees can be paid by Cash or Cheque at the first practice on September 7th.
Thank-you and I look forward to seeing you on the field.
VIBI Fall Baseball Program
Fall Baseball Workouts
5:30pm to dusk switching to 5:00pm Sep 27 onward
Tuesday – Sept 6, 13, 20, 27 Oct 4, 11
Thursday – Sept 8, 15, 23, 29, Oct 6, 13
Midget(grade 10-12)- $220
Pee Wee(grade 6,7)-$160
- All players will receive a VIBI workout shirt and hat.
Wednesday night VIBI League(invitation)
4 teams-All players placed on teams
Fields-Stadium and 3rd St
Players will receive team shirt
First pitch 5pm
All teams will have dedicated coach for league
Game days are;
Sep 7, 14, 21 Oct 5
Championship Oct 12
1 vs 2, 3 vs 4
League Cost $100 5 games(weather permitting)
VIBI Fall Teams(competitive schedule)
VIBI Midget AAA
VIBI Bantam AAA
VIBI Pee Wee AAA
- Cost to be determined based on schedule and travel
Weekends for Fall teams
Sept 10/11,Sept 17/18,Sept 24/25,Oct 1/2,Oct 8/9
Coaches for workouts and Competitive teams include;
Jordan Blundell, Nick Salahub, Connor Russell, Jereme Campbell, Tyler Armstrong, Andrew Evernden, Austin Penner, Nathan Wedgewood
As well as other possible guest coaches and current college players. There will be 2 umpires for all games
Please register your son or daughter via email with Jordan Blundell,firstname.lastname@example.org.
Players with conflicts can attend on a per session base. Please contact Jordan Blundell email@example.com in regards to part time attendance.
All payments to be made to VIBI. Payments are due on first day of fall baseball. Please arrive a half hour before the first workout for processing.
Any questions please forward to Jordan Blundell, firstname.lastname@example.org or myself at email@example.com
Thanks for your time and I look forward to seeing you in the fall.
Mid-Island Pirates Fall Baseball Program
For any of those interested in the Pirates Fall Ball program please go to the link below
registration for the program is always open
Thanks Doug Rogers and Keith Radix
Celia Leaf Isabella Bortolotto
Two local Nanaimo Minor Baseball products continue to represent
Two local Nanaimo Minor Baseball products continue to represent our
association and province this weekend at the Baseball Canada, 16U
Girls National Championships in Vaughan, Ontario. Isabella Bortolotto
and Celia Leaf are both leaving lasting impressions on their opponents
and coaches while helping Team BC boast a 3 and 1 record heading into
tomorrows semi-finals. Isabella Bortolotto is one of Team BC’s
batting leaders with an average of 500 after 4 games. Defensively,
Celia Leaf has seen the most innings pitched while leading her team to
an 18-5 victory today over Newfoundland/Labrador. Both players have
been named game MVP’s
Also another Update Veronica Wong’s performance at the U21 Nationals in Halifax recently has earned her a spot on the BC roster for the Womens Open, August 15-29 in Red Deer Alberta. This prestigious tournament is a National Team ID camp. It’s where the roster for the Baseball Canada Womens National team is determined. Go Veronica!
NMBA Players Having Success on BC and Canada Teams
Congratulations to Veronica Wong and Jayden Marsh, both Team BC for bringing back Medals from their respective Canadian Championships. Veronica helped her 21U Team BC win a Silver Medal in Halifax, NS at the Baseball Canada 21U Women’s invitational while batting .438 for the tournament.
Jayden was a member of the always strong 17U Team BC Team which won the silver medal at the 17U Canada Cup played this past week in Ft. Mc Murray. The tournament starts an exciting few weeks for Jayden as he heads to Sherbrooke, Quebec with his NMBA College Prep Bucs teammates for the Baseball Canada 18U Championships. In addition Jayden was selected to compete for Team BC at the Toronto Blue Jays T12 Tournament at the Rogers Center September 15th – 19th.
Two other local female NMBA players Celia Leaf and Isabella Bortalotto will once again be representing Team BC at the Baseball Canada 16U Girls Invitational in Vaughn, Ontario August 18 – 22nd.
NMBA congratulates all of the players for their tremendous seasons and wishes them the best of luck at their respective championships.
Jayden Marsh Makes 17U Team BC
Congratulations to Jayden Marsh of the NMBA College Prep Bucs for being named to the 17U Team BC squad which will be competing in Ft. McMurray at the 2016 Canada Cup. Great example of a young athlete working hard and overcoming adversity to reach his goals. Best of Luck from your friends, coaches and teammates at NMBA.
18U Bucs Helping Out The Tadpole Buc’s
Thank you Tadpole Buccaneers for a great night on Tuesday. The 18U Bucs will work hard to prepare for our next game so we don’t get beat so badly. Good luck with the rest of the season.
NMBA 18U BUCS Summer Baseball Camp
Hello Nmba Parents & Players,
The NMBA College Prep BUCS won the 2016 Baseball BC Provincial title July 7th and will now represent NMBA and the Province of BC at the National Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec August 18 – 22nd. In an effort to help raise funds to offset the cost of travel to Sherbrooke, Quebec the College Prep and Midget AAA BUCS and Coaches will be hosting a camp for players in Tee Ball, Rookie, Tadpole and Mosquito. The 2-day camp will provide instruction from the BUCS & VIBI Coaches and Players on the fundamentals of baseball as well include fun games for the kids.
In addition the players will enjoy a Hot Dog BBQ and a Soft Drink after their session on the 11th. If anyone would like more information on the camp or would like to provide financial support to the BUCS on their quest for a National Championship they can contact Michael Holyk at firstname.lastname@example.org
· When: August 10th & 11th
– Tee-Ball & Rookie 10:00am – 12:00 noon both days
– Tadpole & Mosquito 1:00pm – 3:00pm both days
· Where: Sid Clark Gyro Fields
· Cost: $40 (includes a camp t-shirt if registered by Aug 5th)
You can register by sending an email to email@example.com with your name, division and t-shirt size.
PEE-WEE ANGELS WIN “42nd SEWCHUCK FAMILY TROPHY”
Co-Captains Ben Coghlan and Brady O’Brien Accept the Trophy from the Sewchuck Family.
Congrats to the Pee-Wee Angels on winning the “42nd Sewchuck family Trophy”
Nanaimo College Prep Buc’s Win BC Provincials
Nanaimo Midget College Prep Buc’s Deafeated the Parksville Royals in the Final at the Baseball BC Provincials. The Team is now off to Sherbrooke Quebec in August to Represent BC at the U18 National Championships.
Way to go Buc’s!
Fall Baseball Season for T-Ball, Rookie & Tadpole DIV
NMBA Bantam A team would like to thank Smokin’ George’s as their major sponsor for the 2016 season.
George and his crew are proud baseball sponsors and they have been very generous in their support of youth sports in the Nanaimo Community.
Thank-You again to Smokin George’s!! from the Bantam A team and the whole Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association.
Important Info To Coaches, Players and Spectators
Hello Members of Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association:
Please Have a read about the Zero Tolerance in actions towards NMBA Umpires.
Nothing good comes out of a game from Harassment to Our Umpires.
NMBA Board of Directors.
Young Pitchers Need To Be Wary of Overuse
Here is a great Article for Young arms, This has been a issue for years that we are over using kids pitching arms and they are causing big problems as they develop into young adults.
NMBA Alumni “Dumesnil Brothers” Giving Back to the Association
“Vancouver Island Pest Control”
For every job done for an association member by VI Pest Control.
A 10% donation will be donated back to NMBA.
Please Visit at: www.vancouverislandpestcontrol.com
Thank-You! Bryan Dumesnil Owner of VIPC.
Need Division Info?
See our Recreational Division Page
NMBA Monetary Policies
1. Registration does not take effect until the registration form is complete, fees are paid in full and funds have cleared. 2. A $20 service charge will be applied to all N.S.F. cheques. 3. A $20 late fee must accompany all registrations received after March 15th. Players will be wait-listed after this date! 4. A $20 Administration fee will be charged on all refunds. Prior to any refund being processed, the player’s uniform (hat, shirt, socks) MUST be returned to his/her coach. 5. Withdrawal of a player after league start-up but prior to May 15th will be reimbursed 50% of the registration fee. Prior to any refund being processed, the player’s uniform (hat, shirt, socks) MUST be returned to his/her coach. 6. There will be no reimbursement for player withdrawal on or after May 15th.
NMBA Burt Lansdell Memorial Award
Nanaimo Minor Baseball offers the Burt Lansdell Memorial Award for graduating players continuing their education. This $500 award in memory of Burt Lansdell will be awarded to a student who has been active within the Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association and who has played for several years at the Player Pitch, Bantam or Midget Level. Applicants must submit in writing their history with NMBA, their post-secondary plans and a recent transcript of marks. Please mail your application to NMBA, PO Box 327, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 5L3 by March 30. Proof of registration from a post-secondary institute is required before funds are released. The money is to be claimed within two years of being awarded. Please contact your school for further information on this scholarship.