London & District Baseball Association Inc.: L.D.B.A. News

Saturday, May 18
NEW WEBSITE IS OPERATIONAL
THE NEW L.D.B.A. WEBSITE IS NOW OPERATIONAL.  ALL SCORES AND SCHEDULES ARE NOW POSTED.  PLEASE VISIT WWW.LDBABASEBALL.CA 

Monday, November 26
LDBA MONTHLY MEETING DATES 2013

 

January 20 


February 17

March 24 - NOTE: It was decided at the February meeting that we would repsect the Irish in our association and move the March meeting to the 24th.

April 21 

All meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

At T-Block on Elizabeth St.

 



Munsters House

Thursday, November 29
LONDON WEST TINCAPS

New Team in Town ----

 

Oakridge Optimist Baseball and Byron Optimist Baseball are proud to announce their merged competitive program, the London West Tincaps.  The Tincaps will begin their inaugural season this coming Spring!!!

 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION BEGINS DECEMBER 1ST

 

For registration information please contact scott.warren@oakridgebaseball.com

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE GO TO:

 

www.oakridgebaseball.com

www.byronbaseball.ca



Monday, November 19
BASEBALL ONTARIO AWARDS GALA
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Justin Snively received the Level 5 Umpire of The Year Award and Matthew Smith of the London Badger Midgets was named Adult Player of the Year at the 96th Baseball Ontario Awards Gala in Alliston on November 17th.

Smith who is currently in his first season at Roane State C.C. in Harriman, Tennessee was an integral part of the Badger Midget team that captured the bronze medal at the Baseball Canada Midget Championships in Quebec City in August. In the bronze medal game he pitched eight complete innings allowing only two hits.

Justin Snively who was among the umpiring contingent at the 2012 Baseball Canada Cup in London was awarded the Don Gilbert Award which is presented annually to a Level 4/5 Baseball Ontario Umpire who shows exceptional devotion and dedication to the game.

Also at the Baseball Ontario AGM, London was awarded the 2013 Baseball Ontario Senior Elimination Tournament. The tournament will take place over the Civic Holiday long weekend (Aug. 2-5) with the champion moving on to the Baseball Canada Senior Men's Championships which will be held in Windsor, Ontario August 22-26, 2013.



26th ANNUAL BEST EVER COACHES CLINIC
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Jerry Weinstein - Colorado Rockies

                                   Come meet Jerry Weinstein of the Colorado Rockies.

 

2012 ML Catching Coach, Colorado Rockies

Former Manager of the Rockies High-A affiliate Modesto, leading the Nuts to a winning record in each of his five seasons

Head coach at Sacramento City College for 23 seasons, posting a record of 831-208-12 while guiding the Panthers to 16 conference championships, two co-conference titles, a state title in 1988 and a national crown in 1998

Author “ USA Pitcher & Catcher Manual “ and co-author “ Baseball Coaches Survival Guide ”

2009 Collegiate Baseball Pitching Coach of the Year

 

                                                 BASEBALL ONTARIO

                                                                     Presents

                                        26th ANNUAL

         BEST EVER COACHES CLINIC

                                                          January 18-20, 2013.  

 For more details including the full slate of instructors visit www.baseballontario.com

 

          

 

 



Tuesday, September 18
THE SADDEST DAY OF THE YEAR IS THE DAY THE BASEBALL SEASON ENDS....... Tommy Lasorda

Tuesday, October 11
BASEBALL ONTARIO A.G.M.

This year's Baseball Ontario's AGM is being held in London, Ontario and hosted by London District Baseball.    Don't forget to register early.   Check out the Baseball Ontario website www.baseballontario.com for more information on seminars, etc.   Jerry Howarth will be the guest speaker at the banquet on Saturday evening.

 



THREE FROM LDBA CLAIM BASEBALL ONTARIO AWARDS
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Rob Companion

At the Baseball Ontario Awards Gala held at the Delta London Armouries on November 19, London Badgers head Coach Mike Lumley received the 2011 Baseball Ontario Coach
of The Year Award while Badger Midget player Byron Reichstein of St. Thomas was named Baseball Ontario Adult Player of The Year. Lumley’s Midget Badgers captured the Gold Medal at the 2011 Baseball Canada Midget Championships in Regina. It was the second Gold Medal in three years for the London Midget Badgers to go with a bronze medal in 2010. Reichstein was an integral part of this year’s Midget Badgers posting a .404 bating average, and he is currently attending Texarkana C.C. in Texarkana, Texas on a baseball Scholarship. In 2010 Reichstein was a member of the Ontario Youth team that won a Silver Medal in the 2010 Canada Cup.

In addition to Lumley and Reichstein receiving honours, London and District Baseball Association Umpire-In-Chief Rob Companion was named Baseball Ontario Level 5 Umpire of The Year. Companion put in long hours developing the curriculum for the Level 3 Umpire Super Clinics in 2011, as well as working on the field in the Baseball Canada Junior Championships in Windsor where he successfully received his endorsement for International eligibility.

Bantam Badger head coach Steve Cochrane explained why he thinks Mike Lumley is one of the best baseball coaches in Canada,

“Mike is truly a fantastic coach when it comes to game management. He has the innate ability to read opponents defenses and offenses. It is uncanny how well he can anticipate plays prior to them unfolding. No doubt he is a student of the game and has over tens of thousands of innings developed his abilities as one of the best coaches in the nation.”

Reichstein is the fourth Midget Badger Player to win Baseball Ontario Player of the Year honours. Previous winners include: Chris Robinson 2001, Jamie Romak 2002 and
Ryan Zimmer 2009.



Thursday, January 19
LDBA Teams and Ontario Expos
In response to a number of enquiries from parents whose children are committed to playing on the Ontario Expos U12 or U14 teams in the summer of 2012, please be advised that the Ontario Expos are not affiliated with Baseball Ontario nor by extension, the LDBA.  

As per Baseball Ontario Policy, players who play on the Ontario Expos U12 and U14 teams are prohibited from concurrently playing for the Ontario Expos and any team governed under Baseball Ontario.  This includes all teams within the LDBA.


Saturday, March 24
BASEBALL LOST A FRIEND!
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LDBA Hall of Fame member and long-time member of Baseball Ontario's Board of Directors, Bob Humphries of London passed away on Saturday March 24 after suffering a massive stroke and massive heart attack earlier in the week.

Bob coached with the Eager Beaver Baseball Association and served as president of  EBBA. He was a  member of the Baseball Ontario board of directors for approximately 25 years where he worked extremely hard coordinating Baseball Ontario's Risk Management program. Bob received the Barry Salt Award - Director of the Year in 2009

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 27 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at FOREST LAWN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1997 Dundas St. E. (at Wavell) where a Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 28, at 11 am. Burial will be on Thursday, March 29th at 1 pm in Brussels Cemetery, Brussels Ont. Donations may be made to the University Hospital, London, Cardiac Care - ICU or Ontario Baseball Association as expressions of sympathy.

Bob will be dearly missed by the Baseball community in London and throughout the province of Ontario.

 

The following reamrks and condolences have been received by LDBA:

"This is very sad news for me. As the Executive Director of Baseball Ontario, I had the pleasure of working with Bob for many years. He took a stance on Risk Management issues and worked tirelessly on behalf of the youngsters and Volunteers in our Province. He was sincere, reliable, thorough and above all dedicated to everything he did. Minor Baseball is in a much better position today because of his efforts.
I am currently in Florida enjoying Spring Training, my thoughts and prayers are with Bob's family and many friends."

Bob McKillop

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"It was with great sadness I learned of Bob's death. He will be missed. I have known Bob for close to 20 years through the LDBA and Baseball Ontario. He did a lot of work for both organizations, and he was always helpful to me when I had a question. I sat with Bob and his wife at the OBA convention banquet last November.

Could you pass along our condolences to Bob's wife and family from the Sarnia Braves Minor Baseball?"
Sincerely,
John Vasey
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I sat beside Bob last Sunday. He is or was one of the finest people whom I have met in my 50 odd years in baseball. Our game has lost a wonderful person, but more importantly his family has lost a great husband, father and grandfather. RIP Bob
Howie Birnie
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This is very sad, sad news.
Nancy and I are both shocked and very sad to hear of Bob's passing.
Not very good news for Bob's family, his many friends, and the sport of baseball.
Our best wishes and condolences to Bob's family.
Bob Thibert
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What a sad loss for Bob's family and friends. The baseball community was very well served by Bob for many years. I am so glad that I chatted with him recently.
Jo Ann Fredin
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If you have comments and condolences that you would like to have posted, please e-mail them to danhaughwfc@live.com

 

 

 

 

 

 



LONDON BADGERS MOURN LOSS OF TREVOR BARTON

BADGERS MOURN LOSS - REST IN PEACE TREVOR

 

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the loss of one of our Badger family members, Trevor Barton.

Trevor lost his life early Saturday morning when he was struck by a train passing through the downtown London area. Our condolences go out to his family and to all that he has shared his life with.

In his short baseball career Trevor was the 2004 Baseball Ontario Junior Player of the Year, has won the National Championships with the London Badgers in 2009, the Elimination Championships in 2009 and 2011, the OBA championship in 2009 and also attended St. Clair Community College on a baseball scholarship.

He was a huge asset and ambassador to the Badger program and truly epitomized what a Badger is... A fierce competitor who backed down from no one! I would ask our Badger Community to keep Trevor's family in your thoughts and prayers.

-Mike Lumley

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Visitation for Trevor Barton will be held on Wednesday May 16, from Noon – 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London.

The funeral service will be conducted at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington Street, London at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Cremation to follow. 



Tuesday, August 14
PEEWEE ALL-STAR TEAM
2012 Peewee All-Star Team Tryout Information
CONGRATULATIONS to the following LDBA players who were successful in their attempt to make
the LDBA PeeWee All-Star team.    LDBA would like to thank all those who tried out. 
Daniel Battel  London Badgers (Minor)
Nicholas Battel North London Nationals
Joshua Douglas Strathroy Royals
Ryan Esler St.Thomas Cardinals
Trent Lofgren Oakridge Reds
Turner Lofgren Oakridge Reds
Parker McFee Strathroy Royals
Gino Pak London Badgers (Minor) 
Colton Ritchie E.B.B.A (Minor)
Brett Reid London Badgers
Cameron Sanderson London Badgers (Minor)
Tristan Sedlak Strathroy Royals
Terrell Spring London Badgers (Minor)
Tyler Thuss Strathroy Royals
Aaron Wheeler Oakridge Reds
Austin Young London Badgers 
 
Peewee All-Star Team - Coaches Chris Devlin, Derek Bloomfield, Kyle Harris & Mark Reaume
To register for the Peewee All-Star team, please email Chris Devlin directly at cdevlin@rogers.com .
Thursday Sept. 13th - 6:30pm - 9:00pm @ Stronach Stadium (Team Practice)
 


Saturday, September 8
MOSQUITO ALL-STAR UPDATE (as of September 9)

CONGRATULATIONS to the following LDBA players who were successful in their attempt to make
the LDBA Mosquito All-Star team.    LDBA would like to thank all those who tried out.

Mosquito All-Star Team - Coaches Adam Stern, Adam Arnold, Tom Arnold and Mike Ambrose

Team practices and tournament information ----
Tuesday Sept 11, 2012 6pm-9pm NEW YORK CENTRAL PARK IN ST THOMAS
Thursday Sept 13, 2012 6pm-9pm Stronach Park Final Team Practice
As part of the Bob Humphries Memorial Mosquito All-Star TOurnament the LDBA All-Star team will play at Stronach Stadium at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 15  and 9 a.m. on Stronach #3 on Sunday, September 16.   Semi Finals are at 11:30 a.m. and the finals are at 3 p.m. at Stronach #3 on Sunday. 
     
Brad Verhoeven   St. Thomas Cardinals
Anthony Polowick   London Badgers
Cole Tucker   London Badgers
David Williams   London Badgers
Jaryd Lund   London Badgers
Nick Brooks   St. Thomas Cardinals
Deklan Garinger   London Badgers
Noah Riley   EBBA Tecumsehs
Spencer Carroll   EBBA Tecumsehs
Ewan Mason   London Badgers
Riley McFee   Strathroy Royals
Tyler Mosher   St. Thomas Cardinals
 Zachary Jackson    North London Nationals
 Ryan Sweeney    North London Nationals
 Tanner Dawe    North London Nationals
     


Tuesday, February 12
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT REGARDING RELEASES

A number of people have asked us why we have a “no release” policy, as referenced on our website.  Good question.  The LDBA Board, which consists of the executive and representatives of all the Associations, approved this policy in 2006.  It is designed to protect our associations and help us field balanced and competitive local leagues. 

 

Our objective is to have each association field competitive teams at all or most age groups.  We have the best chance of accomplishing this objective if each player plays in the association in which he or she resides (i.e. their home association”).  Therefore we do not grant releases prior to registration and require each player to register with their home association.  If we were to grant releases with no consideration for our objective, we would have difficulty forming good local leagues for our players.        

 

Following registration, if an association does not have enough players to field a team, a player who registered in that association can play for another LDBA association without the need for a release.  The following season we would expect the player to once again register with his or her home association.  The LDBA will ensure that every player has a team to play on if the home association does not have a team.  

 


Thursday, April 3
OUT OF AREA PLAYERS

Associations should NOT be registering or recruiting out of area players.  Doing so is in violation of Baseball Ontario rules P1-4(i) and P1-4(j)

"Any coach or manager who allows a player to participate in any game(s) or practice(s) with a team that does not hold his/her playing rights will leave the said coach and/or manager open to suspension by the OBA."

"NO player, coach or manager may approach any other player for whom their team does not hold the playing rights with the intent of securing said player for their own team without the permission of the Local Association that holds the player's playing rights.  Violation of the rule will leave the player, coach and/or manager open to suspension by the OBA."

This would include all indoor workouts/tryouts, outdoor workouts/tryouts, practices, etc.



Wednesday, May 5
REPORTING OF SCORES

When reporting your score to your convenor, please include the division, game number, scores, and pitch counts of both teams.  It is the home team's responsibility to do this.  Please ensure that you send the score to the correct division convenor as listed in the handbook which all coaches received.



O.B.A./L.D.B.A. BAT RULE

UPDATED FOR THE 2011 SEASON

BAT RULES (P2-5) Baseball Ontario enforces the following rules in regards to bats:

In Minor Bantam, Bantam, Minor Midget, Midget, Junior, and Senior, only wood bats may be used. These are subject to provisions in the Official Rules of Baseball.

ENFORCEMENT: A player using a bat that violates this rule shall be declared out AND ejected under Rule 6.06(d). All runners return to the base occupied at the time of the pitch.

In Bantam Girls, Peewee, Mosquito and Rookie Ball, metal bats are permitted with no restrictions beyond the provisions of the Official Rules of Baseball.

NOTES: For the purposes of the rule outlined above, the following are to be considered wood bats: * Bamboo bats * Composite wood bats All BESR and BBCOR certified bats are allowed in Baseball Ontario play from Rookie to Peewee and all female divisions, with the understanding the list may be modified from time to time.

Solid wood bats are always approved for Baseball Ontario play.

 



Tuesday, June 9
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY RE LANGUAGE

LDBA has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to language on the field.  It is inappropriate to swear during games.  Please be aware that there are parents and other family members attending games.  The umpires will be enforcing the zero tolerance policy. 



Friday, June 19
LIGHTNING
All umpires and coaches should read the attached handout regarding lightning.  It is very important that has coaches and umpires you adhere to the policy.
Handout: Lightning

Dedication of Dan Pulham Memorial Field

Dan Pulham Memorial Field Dedication - June 12, 2010.
 
A dedication was held on the afternoon of Saturday June 12 at Dan Pulham Memorial Field.

It was a very nice presenttation that fit the occasion.  The mayor of the City of London, Ann Marie DeCicco-Best spoke on behalf of the city, Bob Humphries spoke on behalf of Baseball Ontario, Quinton Twohey of the Badger Bantams spoke on behalf of all LDBA players and LDBA president Joe O'Neill was master of ceremonies. 


 

The following is a tribute written by Dan Haugh that was included in the presentation to the city when it was first proposed that LDBA park where Dan Pulham spent many summer nights, be renamed Dan Pulham Memorial Field.

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A wise man once said that, “I turn to the sports pages first because they are a record of a man’s accomplishments, while the front page only records a man’s failures.”

It is fitting that the sports pages are where we can find the accomplishments of  a man who came and touched so many people in the London sports community and left us far too soon.

For so many people who organize and play the game of baseball in the City of London, the name Dan Pulham meant fairness and sportsmanship.  He was a tireless volunteer and administrator who always had time to listen to concerns and ideas.

In a 2005 London Free Press article acknowledging the top 25 most influential sports people in the city, Dan Pulham was among those people listed.

Born September 28, 1948, Dan Pulham attended Aberdeen P.S. and G.A. Wheable S.S. where he played many different sports.  He was employed at the University of Western Ontario for 39 years.

He played Eager Beaver Baseball for the Senators, and began coaching in the association in the early 1980s. Dan held many positions within EBBA.  The positions he held ranged from scheduler, umpire, equipment manager, coach, director, to president.  In 1989 when Dan Pulham became EBBA president, he was one of only two men who at that time, had played in the organization and later became president.

Dan later sat on the board of directors of the London District Baseball Association, serving as vice-president and then as LDBA president from 1998-2007

Dan’s coaching experiences were far too many to list.  He coached in the Eager Beaver Baseball Association, was an original coach and organizer of the London Badger Baseball program, and was very recognizable as the coach of the Junior Hornets.  In 1998 Dan coached the St. Thomas Tomcats to the OBA Junior ‘C’ title.

Pulham was named London Sportsperson of the Year in 2001, Volunteer of the Year by Baseball Ontario in 2002, and he was inducted into the LDBA Hall of Fame in 2007.

The long list of Dan’s achievements and contributions to the game of baseball in the City of London could only be surpassed or equalled by a similar list of achievements and contributions to the game of hockey.  The London Minor Hockey Association has re-named one of their annual tournaments, the Dan Pulham Memorial Tournament.

Dan Pulham passed away on July 2, 2008 and left behind his wife of nearly 38 years, Jackie, a son Casey, a daughter Christine, and a granddaughter Brooke.

If a man’s life isn’t measured by years alone, but by his accomplishments and what he has left behind for future generations to enjoy, then Dan Pulham’s nearly 60 years were as long and full as they could possibly be.



Monday, December 6
L.D.B.A. Board for 2012

President - Joe O'Neill
1st Vice President - Derek Brooks
2nd Vice President - Daryl Badder
3rd Vice President - Dan Haugh
Treasurer - David Ramsdale
Secretary - Diane Wakefield
Diamond Assignor - Brandon Fox
Umpire Assignor/U.I.C. - Rob Companion
OBA Rep - Dan Haugh



THE FRIENDS WE MEET ON OUR BASEBALL TRAVELS

A FIXTURE AT AGRICULTURE PARK IN GODERICH PASSES AWAY

by Dan Haugh

Each summer local baseball teams travel across the province of Ontario to play in tournaments. Some of those tournaments are of the highly-competitive variety, and are used as tune-ups for Provincial championships, while other tournament destinations provide a fun weekend away playing the game we all love.

One of those fun spots for LDBA teams has always been Goderich. The Goderich tournaments always provide an opportunity to enjoy a combination of the beach, camping and small-town hospitality. You always are made to feel at home, but if you ever made a second trip to Goderich you felt like part of the 'baseball family.' This summer there will be a very familiar friendly face missing from that ‘baseball family’ at Agriculture Park when we travel north to take part in Goderich’s annual tournaments.

Long-time umpire Jimmy Harrison who was known in and around Goderich as 'Jimmy Who', passed away on February 3, 2011, at Alexandra and Marine General Hospital in Goderich at the age of 73. Harrison was a fixture at the ball diamonds in Goderich and central Huron County for decades, and the one face that was always recognizable upon arrival at Agriculture Park.

For those of us who have taken teams to Goderich tournaments and coached in games he umpired, we may not have always agreed with Jimmy’s calls, but the games he umpired were guaranteed to be entertaining regardless of the outcome.  

Although Harrison was not an LDBA umpire, he will be remembered by LDBA players, coaches and parents as someone who could make you laugh and make every game an enjoyable experience regardless of the score. It has been suggested that Jimmy may have had a personal preference towards one particular LDBA association.  There is no positive proof to back up that accusation, but one thing is for sure … Jimmy Harrison will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to encounter him on their baseball travels.

It points out the importance of the friendships we all make as we attempt to provide the best possible experiences for our young baseball players.

Every year we meet many people just like Jimmy Harrison who may only touch our lives briefly, but we should always stop to consider their contribution to youth baseball, and we should remember that in every community there are people who give of their time to enrich the lives of young baseball players throughout Ontario.

While we won’t see Jimmy behind home plate at the racetrack in Goderich this summer, we should remember his contributions to youth baseball, and stop to appreciate the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers just like him.

Without people like 'Jimmy Who' the game we all love would not be the same!

                                                     ~30~

Link to Goderich Signal-Star article ...

http://www.goderichsignalstar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2968489



Sunday, April 3
London Majors
See London Majors information at the "new" sidebar heading.

HOW BASEBALLS ARE MADE!

From Discovery Channel's show - 'How It's Made'

Click HERE to see how baseballs are manufactured.



Tuesday, May 3
SCHEDULES HAVE BEEN ADDED

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING WITH REGARDS TO SCHEDULES ----

ALWAYS GO BY WHAT YOUR COACH IS GIVING YOU AS YOUR GAME DATES -- SCHEDULES ON THE WEBSITE MAY NOT REFLECT GAME CHANGES SUCH AS RAIN DATES, ETC.

THE MINOR ROOKIE SCHEDULE NOW HAS EBBA PLAYING ON TUESDAY AT HOME -- THIS IS CORRECT

THE MOSQUITO SCHEDULE NOW SHOWS THE ADDITION OF AYLMER, DELHI, AND TILLSONBURG -- THIS IS CORRECT

THERE WERE A COUPLE OF MIDGET GAME CHANGES -- COACHES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED.

THERE WAS A GAME DATE CHANGE TO THAMESFORD IN MIDGET 3 -- THIS IS NOW CORRECT.



Saturday, May 21
REPORTING OF SCORES --- IMPORTANT

When coaches/managers report a score of a game, please do so in the following manner as it helps us record the score for the proper division ---

In the subject line, please include division -- eg.   Rookie, game 23

In the body of the e-mail, please include the following -- Team A ___and Team B ___

For divisions that report pitching, include pitcher's name and the number of pitches thrown.

A report of the game is not necessary (eg. who had hits, stole bases, etc.,) unless there happens to be an injury or ejection.



THREE LDBA UMPIRES OFF TO NATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS

Each year Baseball Canada selects umpires from the Level 4 and Level 5 umpiring programs to officiate in Baseball Canada Championships.

In the past many LDBA umpires have traveled across the country to National Championships, and 2011 is no exception. Adam Poirier will be in Vaughn, Ontario for the Bantam nationals, Justin Snively will be in Regina, Saskatchewan for the Midget nationals, and LDBA Supervisor of Umpires, Rob Companion will be in Windsor, Ontario for the Junior championships.

Once again this is an indication of the fine umpires that LDBA has to offer. If you see any of these gentlemen on the diamond in the upcoming weeks be sure to congratulate them.



Tuesday, June 14
BASEBALL ONTARIO NAMES TROPHIES AFTER TWO LONDON BASEBALL MEN

Bob Humphries and Bob Stark have both been involved in the London Baseball scene for over 35 years. Bob Stark has been involved with the competitive t-ball and Rookieball programs with the Oakridge Optimists Baseball Association, while Bob Humphries' involvement began in the east end of London with the Eager Beaver Baseball Association and has evolved into several years as a member of the Baseball Ontario Board of Management.

Baseball Ontario has recently named championship trophies after both men. The Rookieball 'A' trophy will be known as the Bob Stark Trophy, while the Rookieball 'AAA' trophy will be named the Bob Humphries Trophy.

Stark's involvement started in 1972 when someone from the Oakrdige Optimists asked him if he would form a competitive t-ball team that his son would end up playing on. Bob didn't think that it would end up being a lifelong coaching career, but he talked about the relationships that evolved from staying at the same age group for the next 35-plus years, "I have great relationships in the community and you learn a ton about yourself when you coach young kids and deal with a new set of eager parents every year. I never got tired of this. Every season was a fresh challenge. After a while, it was just part of the spring routine. Maybe if I had moved up with the kids as they aged I would have deeper relationships with kids and parents, but I think it was a good trade-off."

Bob Stark coached a lot of the Oakridge kids in hockey as well as baseball. One of his players from Rookieball days who also played hockey is Brock Kjeldgaard who is currently playing in the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system and recently was named the Florida State League 'Player of the Week' for the third consecutive week. Brock has fond memories of his days playing for 'Mr. Stark' as most people still call Bob, "Mr. Stark was a very positive influence on me.  He instilled a sense of commitment, respect and love for the game at a very early age.  His dedication was evident and he really cared about each player and teaching them the importance of teamwork. He was well known for teaching the basics and he gave me a strong foundation for my baseball career."

Bob Humphries started out with EBBA and served in different capacities including President. He also served on the LDBA executive. He is currently in his 26th year as a member of the Baseball Ontario Board of Directors, 15 years as the LDBA representative and since 1995 he has been an elected member of the Basball Ontario board of management. Humphries has been the Rookiball series chairman for the past nine years and the chairman of the Baseball Ontario Risk Management Committee for the past 10 years.

Bob also spoke of the relationships that were developed through his years of being involved in baseball as a coach and administrator, "I am not much for personal awards, but like any volunteer, it's nice to be recognized once in a while and know that someone or some group, appreciates the work you do. I just want to thank 'Baseball' for everything it has done for me over the years. I've met a lot of great people, gained a wealth of knowledge and have had many rewarding experiences."

Neither of these men being honoured by having trophies named after them, would have imagined 35 years ago that they would have continued as long as they did, but there are a lot of young baseball players and parents who can be very grateful for all the time and energy that they have both contirbiuted to baseball in the London area and throughout Ontario.

THANK YOU BOB! TWICE!



Monday, July 11
Emslie Field and Labatt Memorial Park Make the List of the Top 16 in "Canada's Favourite Ball Park" Contest!

Baseball Canada has identified the 16 finalists for the title of "Canada's Favourite Ball Park".  LDBA is proud to have two parks, Emslie Field in St. Thomas and Labatt Memorial Park in London make the list.  Onlyfive  out of the 16 parks are in Ontario.
 
The 16 ballparks stretch from coast to coast and have been randomly placed into four groups with four entries in each group. Beginning July 11th, Group One, a group of four ballparks, including Emslie Field, will be showcased on baseball.ca where fans will be able to vote for their favourite ballpark amongt the group of four. The ballpark with the most votes each week will advance to the semi-final round where again they will be matched-up against another park where voting will determine the two finalists. The final round voting will then determine 'Canada’s Favourite Ballpark'  
 
Voting for Labatt Memorial Park will occur August 1st to August 8th.  If both Emslie and Labatt are successful in getting out of their group, they will not meet in the semi-finals so there is a possibility if we can get enough people to visit baseball.ca and vote, both parks may end up going head-to-head in the final.  
 
The full story about the contest is available at www.baseball.ca The enthusiastic support of all members of LDBA is needed to help both Emslie and Labatt make the final four.  Voting for Emslie takes place July 11th to July 18th and Labatt is August 1st to August 8th.
 
We ask ALL members of LDBA, the affiliate Reps to contact their teams; players, coaches, parents, executives, to make sure all their members vote.
 
Thanks,
 
Joe O'Neill
President
London & District Baseball ASsociation 


Tuesday, July 12
PLAYING NON-REGISTERED TEAMS AND PLAYERS

Teams are reminded that playing non-registered teams and players will result in suspensions.   If you are not sure if the team is a registered OBA team, please contact Dan Haugh at danhaughwfc@live.com   We do not want to see any team or player suspended from play.

Section P7.1 PLAYING NON-REGISTERED TEAMS AND PLAYERS

a) Any registered team or player shall automatically suspend themselves upon playing with or against any team or players which are not registered with the OBA without first securing written permission from the OBA Board of Directors or the OBA Office; except where an entire team is playing an exhibition game(s) with teams up to and including Midget age, permission may be granted by the secretary of the Affiliated Association to which the team belongs.

b) Any OBA team participating in a non-OBA sanctioned tournament without permission of the OBA shall be liable for a fine of up to $500 and may be suspended from further participation in any OBA sanctioned tournament and the OBA play-offs.



HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE

When the temperature rises, be sure to stay cool!

Extreme heat puts some people at risk for heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Know the symptoms of these illnesses and take steps to protect yourself and your family.

It is expected that the number and intensity of extreme heat days will increase as a result of climate change.


Check this link for more information ...

http://york.ca/services/public+health+and+safety/environmental+health/extreme+heat.htm



Wednesday, September 7
LABATT PARK IS #1
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IT IS OFFICIAL!!

 After weeks of voting to narrow the field from 16 to one single baseball park that will be forever recognized as Canada's Favourite Ball Park, the announcement was exactly what all of us involved with the LDBA have known for years.

LABATT PARK is ... 'Canada's Favourite Ball Park.'

Check out the Baseball Canada link for details on the final tabulation of votes.

 



Jeff Flesher -Sean Taylor
Friday, September 23
JEFF FLESHER AND SEAN TAYLOR TAKE PART IN MIZUNO CAMP

Local coach Jeff Flesher took to the Rogers Centre field in September with some of the top 15-16 year old baseball players in the country for the 2011 edition of the Mizuno Elite Development Camp. The camp is hosted annually by Major League Baseball, Mizuno Canada, the Toronto Blue Jays and Baseball Canada.

Instructors included Blue Jays and the National Team staff as well as coaches from each province who assisted with on-field drills. The coaches completed the ten modules required in Baseball Canada’s NCCP Competitive Development stream.

Flesher said, “It was a fast four days. The daily routine was basically an on-field workout followed by about four hours in class and then relaxing at the Jays game. The talent level of some of the kids was unbelievable, and having a chance to work with big league and national team coaches was a great opportunity. I picked up a lot of stuff that I look forward to sharing with coaches and players in our region through NCCP clinics and other events that local associations host.”

When asked for his highlight of the camp, Flesher said the answer is easy. “The showcase game, for sure. I coached with Adam Stern (Centrefield Sports) while London umpire Sean Taylor worked the bases. It was great to be part of a London presence at a national event.”

The Mizuno Camp features an impressive list of alumni as big-leaguers Brett Lawrie (Langley, BC) and Russell Martin (Montréal, QC) along with former 1st round picks Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC), Phillippe Aumont (Gatineau, QC) and Kellin Deglan (Langley, BC) have all attended in the past.



2011 LDBA PeeWee All-stars
2011 LDBA PeeWee All-Stars
Friday, September 23
LDBA Pee-Wee All-Star Team
 
The boys had a great weekend and represented the LDBA very well. The team was 3-0 in pool play beating HDBA (3-2), YSBA (7-6) & EOBA (3-2 in 9 innings). We then had to play COBA in a 4 inning tiebreaker game to see who would play ICBA in the finals. The boys played great and fought hard but came up a run short losing 3-2.

The coaching staff would like to thank all the players that participated in the tryout and give a special thanks to the players and families that made them team for making this past weekend a great experience.
Players:

Matthew Brooks (Badgers)
Brendan Echlin (St. Thomas)
Thomas Henderson (Minor Badgers) (MVP game #3)
Adam Keyes (Badgers)
Travis Keys (Badgers)
Alex Lamont (Badgers)
Daniel Lichty (Badgers) (MVP game #2)
Justin McDonald (Badgers)
Micheal Mommersteeg (St.Thomas) (MVP game #4)
Jonny Rive (Badgers)
Carter Sanderson (Badgers)
Jared Schembri (North Minor)  (MVP game #1)
Brady St. Denis (North Minor)
Austin Young (Minor Badgers)

Coaches & Crew:

Derek Bloomfield (Strathroy)
Chris Devlin (Oakridge)
Kyle Harris (Strathroy)
Andrew Devlin (Batboy - Oakridge)
Tyler Thuss (Bullpen catcher - Strathroy)