Spitz Canadians Baseball Club: Welcome

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Welcome to the online home of the Lethbridge & District International Baseball Foundation and our member clubs.

The Spitz Canadians Baseball Club is entering their 12th year of operations of providing quality high performance opportunities to 14 & 15 Year old youth of Lethbridge and area from February to October.  The program remains committed to this end and working with other baseball programs to provide an even better learning experience in a cooperative environment for each player with the goal to move the player onto other programs in the future. With the tremendous support of Spitz International, players are given an extraordinary opportunity to learn baseball and life skills while practicing, traveling, and playing baseball.

The program is pleased to announce the addition of two new clubs in 2011, the Junior Bulls for 12 & under players and the Junior Canadians for 13 & under players.



“To provide the top learning experience in Southern Alberta for aspiring baseball athletes aged 9 to 15 in the areas of skill development, game understanding, and life values”













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Tuesday, October 18
California or Bust!

The Spitz Canadians baseball season is winding down and the club is very excited to be getting ready for their big finale'. The team departs Thursday Oct. 20 for Los Angeles where they will play 2 exhibition games in addition to the "USSSA Monster Tournament" in Riverside, CA. After doing a little sightseeing the boys are off to Las Vegas for their final tournament of the year, the "Desert Fall Classic", before returning home Oct. 31.

Friday, October 14
PBF Returns

The Spitz Canadians will once again play host to the Calgary PBF Redbirds Oct 15 for another double header. The Canadians will be looking for 2 more wins against the PBF as they prepare for California and Las Vegas.

Thursday, October 6
Give Thanks for Baseball

This Thanksgiving weekend sees the Canadians playing a home and home affair with the Calgary Pro Baseball Force Redbirds. The club will travel to Calgary Saturday and play host to the PBF on holiday Monday at Spitz Stadium.

Wednesday, September 28
Medicine Hat Fall Event

Medicine Hat is next on the docket for the Spitz Canadians. Their fall event is scheduled for Oct 1 and 2. The Canadians play Saturday at 11:00 and 6:45; both at Medicine Hat's premier field, Athletic Park. Sunday's games are 11:45 and 2:30 at Kin Coulee and McCoy High School. Opponents are Calgary Red Birds, Edmonton St. FX, Red Deer Braves and Calgary Cannons. The team will leave for the Hat after practice Friday night from Spitz Stadium.

Saturday, September 3
Canadians set to host Spitz Fall Classic

The Spitz Canadians Fall Classic is set to go Sept 9-11 and features teams from Okotoks, Calgary Pro Baseball Force and St.Francis Xavier Academy in Edmonton. Six teams will battle at Spitz Stadium and the Canadians hope to perform well as this weekend is only the beginning of a busy September schedule which sees the club playing in 4 consecutive weekend events.

Saturday, September 3
Jr Canadians play in AABC 13-14 Extravaganza

The Jr Canadians are hoping to catch the eye of Team Alberta coaches at the 2nd annual 13-14 Extravaganza being held in Medicine Hat this weekend. This event has 8 teams from all over Alberta and is the AABC's youngest talent ID tournament.

Saturday, September 3
Canadians veteran Sturm selected to Team Alberta

Congratulations to 3rd year player Justin Sturm of the Canadians who was selected to Team Alberta's 16U Prospects team. The 16U prospect tournament was held in Lethbridge last weekend and showcased some of the province's best 16 year old talent. Sturm and Team Alberta are in Swift Current, Saskatchewan this weekend to play against Manitoba and Saskatchewan in a prospect series. Good luck Justin!

Wednesday, August 24
Lethbridge to host AABC 10th Annual 16U Championship

The Spitz Canadians are the proud host team for this years Alberta Amateur Baseball Council's annual 16 and Under Baseball Championship. There are 8 teams in this tournament and games will be played Aug 26, 27 and 28 at both Spitz Stadium and Lloyd Nolan Yard. This is a true Alberta championship with players from all leagues and the Canadians are excited to play in this prestigious event.

Tuesday, July 26
Denver Bound

The Spitz Canadians departed Monday afternoon for Denver, Colorado to partake in the 2011 Triple Crown World Series. The tournament features teams from Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Washington, Montana and New Mexico.

Tuesday, June 28
Canadians reach Consolation Final in Belgrade

The Spitz Canadians finished 4th place in the 2011 Annual Wood Bat Tournament in Belgrade, Montana this past weekend. After going 2-1 in round robin play the team was looking for gold as they stomped the Livingston squad in Sunday's first bracket pool game. They lost however in the semis to the eventual tournament champion Missoula Frontiers. The consolation final was a lopsided affair with the Canadians losing to Gallatin Valley, a team that Lethbridge had beaten the previous day.

Monday, April 18
Canadians return from Washington

Even though the Canadians posted only 1 win in 4 games during the Golden Glove Tournament in Yakima, WA they shouldn't be too disappointed. The club was in each of the 3 losses until about the 4th inning when fatigue seemed to set in. Considering the poor weather has forced the team to practice indoors they played fairly well compared to their southern competition who have enjoyed a more seasonable Spring to prepare for this event. The Canadians' coaches anticipate a great season for 2011. 

Wednesday, April 6
LDIBF teams prepare for Yakima, Washington.

The Spitz Canadians are excited and ready for the Golden Glove Tournament this upcoming weekend in Yakima but they are not alone. They will be joined by the Junior Canadians 13U team and the newly formed 12U Junior Bulls. All 3 clubs will be playing in the Washington event April 9 and 10. The teams leave early Thursday morning and will also visit Seattle to take in the Mariners' home opener!

Wednesday, April 6
2011 Spitz Canadians roster named.

The 2011 version of the Spitz Canadians features 5 returnees from last season in Justin Sturm, Tanner Shirakawa, Dayton Johnston, Ryan Kiczula and Tristan Thiessen. Making the jump from last years' Junior Canadians are Jason Wong, Josh Hagen and Adam Kress. Rounding out the roster are Matt Odland, Logan Enns, Jason Wegner, Matt Perin, Lane Doerksen, Louis Lovell and Catlin Thiessen. The team consists of players from Lethbridge, Milk River, Picture Butte, Vauxhall, Taber and Hays.

Sunday, April 3
Break in the weather nets Canadians 2 wins

  In preparation for the Golden Glove Tournament in Yakima, WA the Spitz Canadians played host to Kate Andrews High School on April 1 in a double header. The club used the first opportunity to play outdoors to break out the long ball as 3 home runs were launched at Atso Field. The team, which has been training indoors since early February, has been looking forward to Spring weather. The 2 wins over KAHS should boost the players confidence as they head out on the road next week to Washington.

Saturday, February 13
Canadians Alumni and History Continue to be Developed

The Spitz Canadians continue to look through archives and post the team's Alumni from its past!  Check out the Alumni tab and see who played on the team and where they advanced to in their academy and college years!


Wednesday, May 5
Famous Baseball Quotes

This one comes from the Captain of the New York Yankees - Derek Jeter

"God, I hope I wear this jersey forever."

That is an awesome example of passion and loyalty to the game and his team!

One of the greatest catchers in baseball history was renowed for his interesting quotes:

"Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical."

 Yogi Berra at least had it half right! 

Watch for more quotes from the great game of baseball in the coming weeks!