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Baseball Canada
Sport Baseball
Jurisdiction Baseball in Canada
Founded 1964 (1964)
Headquarters Ottawa
President Ray Carter
Men's coach Greg Hamilton
Women's coach André Lachance
Sponsor Sport Canada
Official website
baseball.ca
Canada

Baseball Canada is the governing body for Baseball in Canada.[1] Incorporated in 1964 as the Canadian Federation of Amateur Baseball, it is made up of 10 provincial associations which represent players, coaches, and umpires across Canada. Baseball Canada is a member of both the Canadian Olympic Committee and the International Baseball Federation and competes in international tournaments as Canada. It is funded and recognized by Sport Canada and Heritage Canada, and is recognized by Revenue Canada as having charitable status.[2]

National Baseball Team Development[edit]

Baseball Canada's sole mission is "dedicated, through collaborative leadership, to develop, promote and deliver ethical athlete centred programs which allow individuals to maximize their potential." [3] Founded in 1999; the Junior National Team began an elite selection process in developing baseball players in North America. Canada Baseball organizes numerous teams composed of High School, College, and Professional baseball players competing nationally and internationally.

Canada Baseball also fields the Junior National Team featuring the best under-18 prospects. The Mizuno Elite Development Camp which selects the top under-16 prospects in Canada every September to play at the Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays; evaluated by top coaches in the country.[4] Another event that takes place annually is the Baseball Canada Cup. This event takes place every August within Canada. The competition features the under-17 players from each of the 10 provinces in Canada contending for a national championship.[5] The final stage of the Junior National Team eventually leads to the World Junior Baseball Championship which takes place every other year. In the past this tour has included games against top collegiate summer teams, elite travel or club teams, and national teams from other countries both at the high school and college level.[6] Since 1981, Canada has tallied one gold, one silver, and seven bronze medals with their most recent silver medal coming at the 2012 18U Baseball World Championship, held in Seoul, South Korea. [7]

The Junior National Team has produced numerous players that have gone on to play professional and college baseball, along with players who have represented Canada in the World Baseball Classic, and also the Olympics. Some of these players include 2006 American League MVP Justin Morneau, 2004 National League Rookie of the Year Jason Bay, National League MVP Larry Walker and Joey Votto, first round picks Adam Loewen and Jeff Francis as well as current Major League Baseball players: Brett Lawrie, Russell Martin,Ryan Dempster, and John Axford.[8]

National Baseball Team[edit]

Canada regularly competes in international play.

Provincial Associations[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davidi, Shi (August 18, 2009). "Olympics gone, Baseball Canada shifts focus". The Spectator. Hamilton, Ontario. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.baseball.ca/eng_cat.cfm?CatID=10
  3. ^ "Baseball Canada Our Mission". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Baseball Canada Announces Mizuno Camp Information". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "2013 Baseball Canada Cup Champions". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Junior National Team Program Information" (PDF). Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "18U Baseball World Cup". 
  8. ^ "Baseball Canada". Retrieved 3 April 2013.