Baseball PEI

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Baseball Prince Edward Island
Sport Baseball
Jurisdiction Prince Edward Island
Abbreviation Baseball PEI
Founded 1997 (1997)
Headquarters Charlottetown
Location Charlottetown
President Don LeClair
Chief Exec Randy Byrne
Sponsor Sport Canada, Baseball Canada
Official website
baseballpei.ca
Canada
Prince Edward Island

Baseball PEI is the provincial governing body for baseball in Prince Edward Island.[1] Baseball PEI is a member of Baseball Canada[2] and Baseball Atlantic.[3]

History of baseball on Prince Edward Island[edit]

Baseball was introduced to Prince Edward Island during the late 19th century and early 20th century, often by natives of Prince Edward Island, who went to the United States to work, returning to or visiting Prince Edward Island.[4] The first provincial championship was in 1896, when Charlottetown defeated the Pisquid club.[5] After this point, the Maritime Amateur Athletic Association loosely organized provincial play-downs and championships to determine those teams representing Prince Edward Island at Maritime championships.[6][6] On Prince Edward Island, organized and semi-organized leagues formed by the 1920s in various pockets of Prince Edward Island, especially in Kings County, Charlottetown, Summerside and western Prince County, and the health and popularity of these leagues ebbed-and-flowed through the pre- and post-war decades.[7]

In 1964-65, the Prince Edward Island Amateur Baseball Association (PEIABA) was formed to take over the organizing of provincial play-downs and championships in order to determine the Prince Edward Island representatives at Maritime and National championships.[6] Shortly after this time, the PEIABA began organizing county leagues. In 1969, the PEIABA took the responsibility of organizing and fielding a provincial representative for the quadrennial Canada Summer Games; and in 1989, also took on the responsibility of fielding the PEI Youth Selects, the Prince Edward Island representative at the Baseball Canada Cup. After this point, all teams that represented Prince Edward Island in a Maritime, Atlantic and National championship were determined by the PEIABA.[8]

By the mid-1990s, the provincial government and other sectors required more organization from the PEIABA. On 12 September 1997, the PEIABA became a not-for-profit organization within the province of Prince Edward Island and changed its name to "Baseball PEI." Since that time, Baseball PEI has grown significantly.[9] On top of running Elimination tournaments, provincial jamborees and championships, and fielding and organizing provincial teams, Baseball PEI now offers province-wide leagues from Junior Mosquito/9U to Junior/21U (with the Intermediate Kings County Baseball League also a member). Baseball PEI also is heavily involved with grassroots baseball; it assists associations with the set-up of Rally Cap/8U and runs Rally Cap Jamborees. As well, Baseball PEI has the Summer Clinic Program, where teams and members of Baseball PEI can have two clinicians come out and run a clinic on a baseball skill (in 2015, there were 60 clinics run across Prince Edward Island).[9]

Due to Baseball PEI's efforts at the grassroots level, and its dedication to improving the skills and enjoyment of its members, it has been named Baseball Canada's "Province of the Year" in 2013 (in which it shared with Baseball Ontario) and in 2015.[10]

Mission Statement[edit]

Baseball PEI is a non-profit organization that continuously enables the development of baseball skills and knowledge among youth across Prince Edward Island.[9]

Structure[edit]

Board of Directors[edit]

President of Baseball PEI, Don LeClair

Baseball PEI has a Board of Directors that makes rules, policies and procedures concerning the managing of affairs, discipline, and operation of Baseball PEI teams, associations and competitions.[11] The Board of Directors of Baseball PEI is as follows:

President: Don LeClair

Director of Administration/High Performance: Walter MacEwen

Director of Provincial Teams: Allan Kelly

Director of Mosquito Competitions: Darrel Kirev

Director of Peewee Competitions: Ken Gaudet

Director of Bantam and Midget Competitions: Allison Macdonald

Executive Director: Randy Byrne

Associations[edit]

There are eleven minor baseball associations across Prince Edward Island that make up Baseball PEI:

- Souris Minor Baseball Association

- Northside Minor Baseball Association

- Cardigan and Area Minor Ball Association

Slide at Queen Elizabeth Park, Summerside

- Stratford Minor Baseball Association

- Sherwood/Parkdale Minor Baseball Association

- Charlottetown Area Baseball Association

- Cornwall and Area Minor Baseball Association

- Kensington Minor Baseball Association

- Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association

- Summerside and Area Minor Baseball Association

- Western Minor Baseball Association[12]

"AAA" Zones[edit]

Charlottetown Bantam "AAA" Royals - 2015 Baseball Canada National 15U Championships Bronze Medallist

Each association is a member of one of four "AAA" zones across Prince Edward Island (each zone must have at least one "AAA" team in each age division each season).[11]

- Eastern (Souris, Northside, Cardigan, Stratford)

- Capital District (Sherwood/Parkdale, Charlottetown)

- Mid-Isle (Cornwall, Kensington, Bedeque)

- Egmont (Summerside, Western)

Leagues and Competitions[edit]

Baseball PEI organizes and runs the following leagues:[9]

Morell/Cardigan Juniors being presented the league championship, 2015.

- Junior Mosquito (9U)

- Mosquito "A," "AA," and "AAA" (11U)

- Peewee "A," "AA," and "AAA" (13U)

- Bantam "A," "AA" and "AAA" (15U)

- Midget (18U)

- Junior (21U)

Baseball PEI organizes and runs the following provincial jamboree/championship (please note that the provincial champion represents Prince Edward Island at the corresponding Baseball Atlantic competition, unless it's in Newfoundland and Labrador, in which there is a provincial elimination tournament held to determine the Prince Edward Island representative).[9]

- Rally Cap (Jamboree)

- Junior Mosquito (Jamboree)

Junior Mosquito game

- Mosquito "A" (Jamboree)

2014 Baseball PEI Provincial Midget Championships

- Mosquito "AA" (Provincial Championship)

- Mosquito "AAA" (Provincial Championship)

- Peewee "A" (Provincial Championship)

- Peewee "AA" (Provincial Championship)

- Peewee "AAA" (Provincial Championship; winner is awarded The Mitch MacLean Memorial Trophy)

- Bantam "A" (Provincial Championship)

- Bantam "AA" (Provincial Championship)

- Bantam "AAA" (Provincial Championship; winner is awarded The Tanner Craswell Memorial Trophy)

- Midget (Provincial Championship; winner is awarded The J. Vernon Handrahan Trophy)

- Junior (Provincial Play-Offs)

Grassroots Programming[edit]

Baseball PEI Summer Clinics Program, Church Field, Morell

Baseball PEI is heavily invested with promoting grassroots development of players and coaches across Prince Edward Island. In the summer, their Summer Clinics Program runs clinics on hitting, throwing/pitching, fielding and other baseball fundamentals (as well as Rally Cap testing and the "My First Pitch" program) for teams and associations across Prince Edward Island. In 2016, there were over 60 clinics ran across the province, mostly for players 11 and under, and in 2016, Baseball PEI hired two player clinicians and one coach clinician (who worked with grassroots coaches). As well, Baseball PEI works very closely with its associations to offer the Rally Cap (8U) program, and runs Rally Cap jamborees in the latter part of August each year.[13]

Other grassroots programs offered by Baseball PEI are the Winterball program (in partnership with schools across Prince Edward Island to distribute and implement over the past 10 years) and the Challenger program (in partnership with the Stratford Minor Baseball Association; this program is designed for players with a physical and/or mental disability).[13]

Provincial Teams[edit]

The 2015 PEI Midget All-Stars at the Baseball Canada National 18U Championships

Baseball PEI organizes and fields the following provincial teams each year:

- The PEI Youth Selects (representing Prince Edward Island at the 17U Baseball Canada Cup each year [except Canada Games' years])

- The Midget All-Stars (representing Prince Edward Island at the Baseball Canada National 18U Championships)

Also, Baseball PEI sends a team to the Baseball PEI National 15U Championships each year; that team is usually the club team (plus pick-ups) that wins the annual Elimination tournament in July. In years where the National Championship is relatively close, Baseball PEI sends a provincial team to the Baseball Canada National 21U Championships.

Kent Walter, PEIBUA Supervisor of Officials

PEIBUA[edit]

All umpires used for Baseball PEI sanctioned-games are supplied by the Prince Edward Island Baseball Umpires' Association (the PEIBUA). The current Supervisor of Officials is Kent Walker. It is the PEIBUA's mandate to carry out all umpires' certification and recertification at the start of each season - usually in May - and to supply umpires for all Baseball PEI exhibition, tournament, regular season, Elimination and provincial championship games (as well as any Baseball Atlantic Championship games being held on Prince Edward Island).[14]

Troy Coffin, 2015 Baseball PEI Masters Athlete of the Year

Baseball PEI Award Winners[15][edit]

2015 Baseball PEI Award Winners[edit]

Award Winner
Team of the Year (tie) Charlottetown Bantam "AAA" Royals;

Charlottetown Gaudet's Auto Body Islanders

Senior Male Athlete of the Year Dillon Doucette
Intercollegiate Athlete of the Year John Patrick Stevenson
Junior Male Athlete of the Year Tyson McInnis
Junior Female Athlete of the Year Tessa Hood
Coach of the Year Bill Dow
Volunteer Administrator of the Year Spencer Myers
Masters Athlete of the Year Troy Coffin
Senior Official of the Year David McQuaid
Junior Official of the Year Dylan Noonan
Brian Lewis Award Morgan MacLean
Baseball Canada National Grassroots Coach of the Year Dale Martin
Baseball Canada/MLB Volunteer of the Year Mike Cameron

2014 Baseball PEI Award Winners[edit]

Award Winner
Team of the Year Summerside Peewee "AAA" Chevys
Senior Male Athlete of the Year Morgan MacLean
Intercollegiate Athlete of the Year Brody McDonald
Junior Male Athlete of the Year Kyle Pinksen
Junior Female Athlete of the Year MacKenzie Pinet
Coach of the Year Dave MacIsaac
Volunteer Administrator of the Year Allison Macdonald
Masters Athlete of the Year Scott Ellsworth
Senior Official of the Year Mike Richards
Junior Official of the Year Dylan Schut
Brian Lewis Award Morgan MacLean
Baseball Canada National Grassroots Coach of the Year John Munro
Baseball Canada/MLB Volunteer of the Year Ian Clays

2013 Baseball PEI Award Winners[edit]

Award Winner
Team of the Year Cornwall Quik-Stop Midget Cougars
Senior Male Athlete of the Year Dillon Doucette
Intercollegiate Athlete of the Year Brody McDonald
Junior Male Athlete of the Year Matt Barlow
Junior Female Athlete of the Year MacKenzie Pinet
Coach of the Year David McQuaid
Volunteer Administrator of the Year Dave MacIsaac
Masters Athlete of the Year Josh Coffin
Senior Official of the Year Kevin McKenna
Junior Official of the Year Marc Gunning
Baseball Canada National Grassroots Coach of the Year Joe Carroll
Baseball Canada/MLB Volunteer of the Year Walter MacEwen

2012 Baseball PEI Award Winners[edit]

Award Winner
Team of the Year Charlottetown Midget Royals
Senior Male Athlete of the Year Andrew Macdonald
Intercollegiate Athlete of the Year Harrison Carmichael
Junior Male Athlete of the Year Willem Slauenwhite
Coach of the Year David McQuaid
Volunteer Administrator of the Year Wayne MacIsaac
Official of the Year Larry Allen
Baseball Canada National Grassroots Coach of the Year Steve LeClair
Baseball Canada/MLB Volunteer of the Year Reg Conohan

2011 Baseball PEI Award Winners[edit]

Award Winner
Team of the Year Morell Chevies
Senior Male Athlete of the Year Andrew Macdonald
Junior Male Athlete of the Year Matt Barlow
Coach of the Year Allison Macdonald
Volunteer Administrator of the Year Mike Cameron
Official of the Year Taylor Albert
Baseball Canada/MLB Volunteer of the Year Wayne MacIsaac

2010 Baseball PEI Award Winners[edit]

Award Winner
Team of the Year Summerside Bantam "AAA" Chevys
Senior Male Athlete of the Year Scott Ellsworth
Junior Male Athlete of the Year Mitch MacLean
Coach of the Year Nick Hann
Volunteer Administrator of the Year Ian Clays
Official of the Year Terry MacLeod
Baseball Canada/MLB Volunteer of the Year Karen MacIntyre

2009 Baseball PEI Award Winners[edit]

Award Winner
Team of the Year PEI Midget All-Stars
Senior Male Athlete of the Year Stephen Birt
Junior Male Athlete of the Year Neil Sherren
Female Athlete of the Year Jessica Pendergast
Coach of the Year (tie) Desi Doyle, Bob Doyle, Keith Craswell
Volunteer Administrator of the Year Walter MacEwen
Official of the Year Terry MacLeod

2008 Baseball PEI Award Winners[edit]

Award Winner
Team of the Year Cardigan Peewee "AAA" Clippers
Senior Male Athlete of the Year Grant Doyle
Junior Male Athlete of the Year N/A
Female Athlete of the Year Jessica Pendergast
Volunteer Administrator of the Year Patti Arsenault
Official of the Year Frank Deziel
Baseball Canada/MLB Volunteer of the Year Roger Richard

2007 Baseball PEI Award Winners[edit]

Award Winner
Baseball Canada/MLB Volunteer of the Year George Morrison

Social Media and Website[edit]

Twitter: @BaseballPEI1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BaseballPEI/

Website: www.baseballpei.ca[16]

Location and Contact Information[edit]

Office: Room 203, Sport PEI, 40 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown, PE, C1E 1E6

Telephone: 902-368-4203

Fax: 902-368-4528

Other Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.baseballpei.ca
  2. ^ "Baseball Canada | Home". www.baseball.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Baseball Atlantic". Baseball PEI. Retrieved 2016-03-15. 
  4. ^ MacDonald, G. Edward. If You're Stronghearted: Prince Edward Island in the 20th Century. 
  5. ^ Howell, Colin D. (1995). Northern Sandlots: A Social History of Maritime Baseball. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 33. ISBN 978-0802069429. 
  6. ^ a b c Interview with D. LeClair. 12 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Island Voices Interview". 
  8. ^ Lewis, Brian (2013). Sixty Years of Charlottetown Baseball. Charlottetown: RetroMedia Publishing. p. 23. ISBN 978-0-9781818-6-4. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Baseball PEI". Baseball PEI. Sport Ngin. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Annual Baseball Canada Awards handed out in Saskatoon". Baseball Canada. 7 November 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "2016 Baseball PEI Policy and Procedures Manual" (PDF). Baseball PEI - Downloads. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Baseball PEI - Association Websites". Baseball PEI. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Baseball PEI Summer Clinics Program". Baseball PEI. Sport Ngin. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "PEIBUA - Our Team". Prince Edward Island Baseball Umpires' Association. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "Past Baseball PEI Award Winners". Baseball PEI. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "Baseball PEI - Contacts". Baseball PEI. Sport Ngin. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2016.