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Update - Message regarding COVID-19 from Bedford Minor Baseball

April 2, 2020

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is staying safe in this difficult time.

Baseball Nova Scotia has extended the cancellation of all in-person activities until May 4th at which time there will be another update.  With the province still in a State of Emergency and the provincial organization mandating this time frame, Bedford Minor Baseball will be adhering to this time frame as well.

 What does this mean for Tri County tryouts?  They are on hold until at least May 4th.  We had already met and determined the likelihood that tryouts would not begin until we were able to get outside anyway so if we are fortunate enough that we are out of a state of emergency we will look at tryouts to begin in May.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Ken Lenihan

President 

klenihan@accesswave.ca


Registration for 2020

Registration for the 2020 baseball season will begin on February 3, 2020.   

Registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, for as long as space remains.   We are not able to accept players from outside our catchment area (Bedford to Larry Uteck area, including west Bedford) due to limited field availability.

 

In order to register, you must create an account if you did not already do so previously.  Please review your contact information carefully to ensure the information is up-to-date and entered correctly.  

IMPORTANT:  After you enter and submit the player registration information through the website, you will receive an email from "support@leaguelineup.com" listing the players and programs for which they are registered.  If you do not receive this email, it indicates there was an issue somewhere along the line.    The most common reason for not receiving the confirmation message is that all the steps were not completed to the end with all changes saved and then "submitted".  Technical support advises me that using a desktop or laptop with Chrome browser works best, and mobile phones do not work well with this system.   Please contact me at bedfordminorbaseball@hotmail.com if you require assistance.  I am able to enter your child's registration for you if you have difficulties with the system.

 

 Payment Information:

At this time, we are not collecting registration fees.  Once we are sure that we are sure that baseball will take place this summer, we will ask those who have not paid to send payment.

  

New Members: If this is the first time that your child is joining Bedford Minor Baseball, you must provide proof of age for your child.  If you are sending payment by mail, you may include a photocopy of the birth certificate, NS Health Card, or passport for the child you are registering.  You can also scan or photograph this document and email it to bedfordminorbaseball@hotmail.com

  

Tri-County Rangers Rep Team Tryouts:  If your child is trying out for one of the Tri-County rep teams, the registration deadline is March 31st.  The $60  tryout fee must be paid before attending tryouts.  Information regarding the tryout schedule is posted at www.tcrangers.ca .  

 

 In order to get a refund you must contact the Registrar at bedfordminorbaseball@hotmail.com no later than June 15th.  There is a $25 non-refundable amount included in the registration fee.  No refunds after June 15th.

 

Divisions for 2020

7U - Rally Cap:  for players born in 2013, 2014, or 2015.  Fee is $125.

9U - Rookie:  for players born in 2011 or 2012 .  Fee is $200.

11U- Mosquito: for players born in 2009 or 2010.  Fee is $225.

13U - PeeWee: for players born in 2007 or 2008.  Fee is $225.

15U - Bantam:  for players born in 2005 or 2006.  Fee is $225.

18U - Midget:  for players born in 2002, 2003, or 2004.  Fee is $250.

21U - Junior:  for players born in 1999, 2000, or 2001.  Fee is $300.


Challenger Baseball In Bedford

 Challenger Baseball is an adaptive program that provides an opportunity for children and youth with cognitive and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the full benefits of participating in organized baseball at a level structured to their abilities.  For more information and to register, please go to the Bedford Challenger Baseball website: bedfordchallengerbaseball.com 


Prodigy Sports Sale!

Prodigy Sports is offering 40% off most in-stock products… Some items are excluded, however, everything is on sale!

 You can shop online and use Voucher Code: MARCH2020

 https://prodigy-sports.com/en/

 New products will be added to the website over the next few days so check back often.

The store is still open, if you want to come in, but to limit social interaction, Online Orders can be picked up in-store when notified or shipped by courier. Please be aware that shipping times may be delayed.

 


Tri-County Rangers Rep team tryouts information

Information and dates for rep teams tryouts is now available at www.tcrangers.ca .

In order to attend rep team tryouts, you must be registered through your home baseball association (Bedford, Sackville, or LWF), and pay the $60 tryout fee to that association.


ALL SEASONS BASEBALL PITCHING CAMP 2020

 SACKVILLE HEIGHTS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL


KENT PIETRACUPA – 902-252-1641

E-mail: kent.pietracupa@bellaliant.net
410 – 35 Legacy Court, Lower Sackville, NS, B4C 0A5

www.leaguelineup.com/asbcamp

 Kent will be holding a Pitching camp for those going to and those in

Rookie / First Year Mosquito  (7,8,9,10,11) year olds

Also For Second Year  Mosquito / Pee Wee (10,11,12,13) year olds

 At Sackville Heights Junior High School on Friday nights. The purpose of the camp is to provide the fundamentals of pitching. Each session is 1.5 hours long and the players will learn the 5 links of the chain to pitching (Footwork, Balance, Power Position, Rotation & Follow-through), agility exercises and pitching drills.  

  Please forward players name, parent’s names and phone numbers.

 The cost is $150.00 for 5 sessions (16 players per session) and the camps have been filling up quicker every year. Due to problems in the past, your child is not registered until payment is received. I just want to ensure all kids have a chance to participate in the camp. You can send an Interact E-transfer to: kent.pietracupa@bellaliant.net or you can do a cash drop off.

 Rookie/ Mosquito - April 24 May 1,8,22 and 29 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm – first 16 paid are registered

 Mosquito / Peewee - April 24 May 1,8,22 and 29 – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm – first 16 paid are registered

NOTE:  If the school is closed due to storms or other reasons then the gym session is also cancelled. If there is an in service the gym is still open. Visit the camp website for updates on sessions in case of closures. 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me any time and I look forward to this years Pitching camps.

 Kent Pietracupa

kent.pietracupa@bellaliant.net

Home: 902-252-1641


Superskills Hitting Clinic - February 2020


Baseball Nova Scotia Awards 2019

Congratulations to Mark Clare who was selected by Baseball Nova Scotia as  the 2019 Volunteer of the Year.  Mark was the Head Coach of our 7U - Rally Cap baseball program in 2019.  He also established the Challenger Baseball program in Bedford this year, which was a resounding success.  Thank you for all of your efforts!

 

The Bedford Minor Baseball Association was the Baseball Nova Scotia recipient of the 2019 Association of the Year Award.

 


ALL SEASONS BASEBALL CAMP 2020

SACKVILLE HEIGHTS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

KENT PIETRACUPA – 902-252-1641

E-mail:  kent.pietracupa@bellaliant.net

410 – 35 Legacy Court, Lower Sackville, NS, B4C 0A5

www.leaguelineup.com/asbcamp

Kent will be holding a Winter Baseball camp for those going to and those in Rookie,First Year Mosquito (7,8,9,10 Year olds)  and those in Second Year Mosquito / Pee Wee (11,12, 13 year olds) at the Sackville Heights Junior High School on Friday nights.

The purpose of the camp is to provide the fundamentals of the game and more importantly having fun. Each session is 1.5 hours long and we will do 1 skill set, agility and cardio exercises and we always end the session with a fun wiffle ball game.

Please forward players name, group, parents names and phone numbers.

 The cost is $125.00 for 5 sessions (20 players) Due to problems in the past, your child is not registered until payment is received. I just want to ensure all kids have a chance to participate in the camp. You can send an Interac E-transfer to: kent.pietracupa@bellaliant.net / Cash drop off to the address above.

 The sessions are as follows:

 Rookie/First Year Mosquito –January 10,17,24 February 7,14/ 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

 first 20 paid are registered

Second Year Mosquito / Pee Wee – January 10,17,24 February 7,14/ 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm  first 20 paid are registered

 NOTE:  If the school is closed due to storms or other reasons then the gym session is also canceled. If there is an in service the gym is still open. Visit the camp website for updates on sessions in case of closures.

 MAKE UP DATES:  The following dates for make up date due to cancellation will be February 21

March 13

 

 


High-Performance Baseball Training Camp

 

Dates: 

  • The camp will begin on November 17 and run through to March.
  • Each athlete will attend two camp sessions per week on Sunday and Monday evenings.

Age Groups: Based on the 2020 Baseball Season

  • AA, AAA and Provincia Level Athletes
  • Age 12-14: (PeeWee and First-Year Bantam) - 7 to 8 pm
  • Age 15 and Up: (Second Year Bantam and Above) - 8 to 9 pm
  • Maximum 10 athletes per session

Location

  • Training will take place at 20 Mount Hope Avenue at Falck Safety Systems.

Instructors:

  • Jeff Reeves, Mike Reeves, Chris Thibideau and Phil Appa

Program Description: 

  • The goal of the camp is to develop athlete strength in combination with baseball skills.
  • This is a three-phase program that includes strength and conditioning, power and flexibility, and a progressive throwing program to increase velocity. 
  • The camp will also include a hitting component that will strive to increase bat speed, power, work on launch angles and exit velocity.
  • Each athlete will receive a personalized program in which they are required to follow in between camp sessions.  

Camp Fee:

  • The camp cost is $500 per athlete (Approx.. $17.50 per session)
  • Payment plans can be established

Contact:


TriCounty Rangers 11U AAA take silver at Atlantics

The 11U AAA Tri-County Rangers represented Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championships in Fredericton this past weekend. They went 3-1 in the round robin and won the silver medal in an epic battle that went to 2 extra innings. This capped of a great season for Team Rangers.


TriCounty Rangers 11U AA win Atlantics

Congratulations to the 11U AA Rangers team for winning the Atlantics.  The team went 5-0 at the Provincials and went on to represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantcs, where they took the championship with a decisive 13-3 win in the Gold Medal game.


ALL SEASONS FALL BASEBALL CAMP 2019

SACKVILLE HEIGHTS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

KENT PIETRACUPA – 902-252-1641

E-mail:  kent.pietracupa@bellaliant.net

410 – 35 Legacy Court, Lower Sackville, NS, B4C 0A5

www.leaguelineup.com/asbcamp

 

Kent will be holding a Fall Baseball camp for those going to and those in Rookie,First Year Mosquito's (7,8,9,10 Year olds)  and those in Second Year Mosquito / Pee Wee (11,12, 13 year olds) at the Sackville Heights Junior High School on Friday nights.

The purpose of the camp is to provide the fundamentals of the game and more importantly having fun. Each session is 1.5 hours long and we will do 1 skill set, agility and cardio exercises and we always end the session with a fun wiffle ball game.

Please forward players name, group, parents names and phone numbers.

 

The cost is $125.00 for 5 sessions (20 players) and the camps have been filling up quicker every year. Due to problems in the past, your child is not registered until payment is received. I just want to ensure all kids have a chance to participate in the camp. You can send an Interac E-transfer to: kent.pietracupa@bellaliant.net / Cash drop off to the address above.

 

The sessions are as follows:

 

Rookie/First Year Mosquito –Oct. 4,11,18 Nov.1,8 / 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

 first 20 paid are registered

Second Year Mosquito / Pee Wee – Oct. 4,11,18 Nov.1,8 / 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm  first 20 paid are registered

 

NOTE:  If the school is closed due to storms or other reasons then the gym session is also canceled. If there is an in service the gym is still open. Visit the camp website for updates on sessions in case of closures.

 

MAKE UP DATES:  The following date for make up date due to cancellation will be Nov.15

 If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us any time and we look forward to this years camps.

 

Kent Pietracupa

kent.pietracupa@bellaliant.net

Home: 902-252-1641                                     


Tri-County Rangers 11U -Mosquito AAA win Provincials

Congratulations to the Tri-County Rangers Mosquito AAA team who won the Nova Scotia Provincial Championship 2019. It was an exciting, quality game versus the Halifax Mets. The final score was 8-1. The team will be moving on to compete in the Atlantic Championship Tournament in Fredricton this September. Good luck Rangers! 


Bedford Minor Baseball announces program changes for children born between 2010 - 2014

February 11, 2019

Please note that beginning the 2019 season that Bedford Minor Baseball has made changes to the 6U, 8U and 11U divisions.

After the feedback from the 6U and 8U surveys the past few years we have decided to follow the model that some other local associations have been using.

We have established a 7U division (for kids born 2012, 2013, 2014) which will be led by Mark Clare.  This division will be similar to the Rally Cap program of the past few seasons, however, kids will be broken up by their ages and both fields will be used.  HRM has done significant work to the larger field at Meadowbrook and it has been realigned.  This age group will remain on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting in early June and running until the end of August.  Start time will be 6:30 p.m.

We are establishing a 9U division where players born in 2010 and 2011 will participate in a league with Sackville Minor Baseball.  Please note that there is no set playing nights so participants can play any night of the week including weekends.

By creating the 9U division this will have our 11U division now be for players born in 2008 and 2009 which aligns with a lot of other associations.  We are open to having anyone who is born in 2010 and has a sibling in the 11U division to play up for convenience for the family.  There will be no consideration for anyone who is born in 2011 to play up.

The 9U division will play similar rules as the current 11U division which means the players will be pitching.  In June the schedule will entail one practice and one game per week.  In July and August there will be 2 games per week and practice time will be scheduled by the coaches but will be mainly weekends as the field is being used on a regular basis.

By creating a 9U age group this will better align with Long Term Athlete Development.  We have heard from many families from the 8U group and also the coaches and families from the 11U group that often many of the kids who are 9 or turning 9 are losing confidence and are afraid when playing against 11 year olds. 


CHALLENGER BASEBALL IN BEDFORD

Registration is now open for the first season of Bedford Challenger Baseball.  Registration is FREE.  We will play Sunday evenings beginning in June.

  • Challenger Baseball is an adaptive program that provides an opportunity for children and youth with cognitive and/or physical special needs to enjoy the full benefits of participating in organized baseball at a level structured to their abilities.

To register, contact Mark Clare at:  challengerbaseball.bedford@gmail.com

 

 Challenger Baseball is seeking Volunteers

Bedford Challenger Baseball is seeking volunteers (Buddies) for our first season.  We will be playing Sunday evenings beginning in June.

 What is a Buddy?

  • A buddy is the name given to a volunteer that assists a player in the Challenger Baseball division.​A buddy is someone that desires to help children with cognitive and/or physical special needs enjoy the sport of baseball in a recreational, non-competitive environment.​
  • A buddy has a desire to give something back to the community.
  • A buddy is prepared to commit regularly to be at Challenger Baseball games.
  • A buddy helps participants with catching, throwing, batting, fielding and getting around the bases.
  • A buddy is a friend that the player can rely on for assistance during their time together.
  • A buddy assists but also lets the players do as much as they can on their own.
  • Youth and adults can be Buddies!!

To volunteer, contact Mark Clare at:  challengerbaseball.bedford@gmail.com

 


Looking for Umpires

Bedford Minor Baseball is always looking for players 13 years of age and older to get involved in umpiring. This is a great way for a young person to make some money during the summer. The payment structure for the various divisions is listed below:

Mosquito House League & Rep - Plate $30; Bases $25
Pee-Wee House League & Rep - Plate $35; Bases $30
Bantam House League & Rep - Plate $45; Bases - $40

You must attend an umpire clinic in order to work as an umpire. The cost is $70. Once you have attended the clinic, the association will reimburse you $30 towards the clinic fee if you are a first-time umpire.  For more information:


Volunteers



Volunteers are needed to help in areas such as coaching and executive positions. No sport can be successful without volunteers and Bedford Minor Baseball is no different. We encourage you to sign up on the registration form in the space provided, or contact one of the members of the executive. The association presently is run by a small group of volunteers, who also volunteer with various teams as coaches or managers.

If you are interested in coaching and would like some formal instruction, Bedford Minor Baseball will support you by paying for your start up course, which consists of an on-line course and a four hour technical course.

When and Where do they teams play?

Rally Cap - The 7U Rally Cap division plays at Meadowbrook field (behind Basinview School), twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 PM.  

9U - Rookie division will participate in a league with Sackville Minor Baseball.  In June the schedule will entail one practice and one game per week.  In July and August there will be 2 games per week and practice time will be scheduled by the coaches but will be mainly weekends. Please note that there is no set playing nights so participants can play any night of the week including weekends.  

 

Recreational teams (House league) – 11U - Mosquito age and older play in a league with teams from Sackville and Fall River, and perhaps from Hammonds Plains and St. Margaret’s Bay as well.  The recreational leagues start in late May/early June and run until early September (usually Labour Day).  Teams usually play 2 games per week, one at home and one away.  Away games are played at the home field of the opposing team. Another Note on Recreational Teams:  When the number of players registered in an age division has been too low to field a team, we have combined our Bedford players with some players from another local association (Sackville, Hammonds Plains or Fall River) to form a team. 

 

11U Mosquito - The Bedford 11U teams use Joan Lenihan Memorial Field (Range Park) as their home field, and occasionally use Meadowbrook Field for practices and to make up rained out games.  Home games take place on Sunday afternoons.

 

13U PeeWee and 15U Bantam – These teams play at Joan Lenihan and Robert Lenihan Memorial Fields (Range Park).  The 13U Pee-Wee play home games on Thursday evenings. 

  

18U Midget Recreational - At this level, the teams play in an 18U Midget A League.  Depending on the number of teams in our area, they may play in a local Midget A League.  For example, in 2013 our Bedford recreational 18U Midget team played in a Midget A League comprised of teams from Bedford, Sackville, Fall River and Hammonds Plains.  In other years when the number of local teams was low, they played in the Blue Nose Midget A League through Baseball Nova Scotia, which required more travel.  Please note that you do not have to attend try-outs to play on these teams. 

 

Tri-County Rangers Rep Teams - At the rep level, Bedford is combined with Fall River and Sackville to form the Tri-County Baseball Association.  Depending on the age group, home games are played in the Bedford, Sackville, or Fall River/Waverley areas, and away games may be anywhere in Nova Scotia.

 


What do I get for my registration fee?

Players in the 7U - Rally Cap division get a hat and t-shirt to keep, as well as Baseball Canada hats through our Rally Cap Program. 

At the recreational level, players receive a hat to keep. The team uniform, consisting of a jersey and pants, must be returned at the end of the season.

In all age groups, equipment such as bats and baseballs are provided by the Association, along with all umpire and field associated costs. Bedford Minor Baseball also insures all players with Baseball Nova Scotia, at a cost of $20 per participant.  


Suggestions and Feedback

Bedford Minor Baseball is always looking for ways to improve our association. Your suggestions and comments are welcome. Please contact us at bedfordbaseball@hotmail.com.


Field Closures


To find out if baseball is canceled due to field conditions, please click here for HRM Field Conditions.

Exceptions: Les Mayo (Payzant's) and Windsor Junction (WJCC) are privately owned and operated.  Please check the condition of these field  on the Sackville Minor Baseball website.

Weir Field is operated by Springfield Lake Recreation. Check the website www.springfieldlakerec.com for conditions at Weir.


Batting Helmets


Bedford Minor Baseball encourages all participants to purchase their own helmets for this coming season, however, we will still be supplying them for the 2009 season inside the team equipment bags. Beginning in 2010 all players will be required to have their own helmets. This decision has been made based on many studies about personal hygiene with sharing equipment such as helmets. Helmets can be purchased at stores such as Cleve's or SportsWheels for between $20 and $30.

Contact Information


Please be sure to keep us informed of your up-to-date email address, as information regarding registration and baseball camps, as well as tax receipts, are sent by email.

Looking for Volunteers!!!!


Executive Coordinators and Coaches

The BMB Executive is made up of a small number of volunteers who dedicate their time to the continuation of Baseball in Bedford. We are always looking for persons interested in helping in any way, whether you know Baseball or not. Many of the duties of the Executive are organizational and we are always in need of a helping hand. If you can volunteer time or a skill, please call a member and talk it over with us. We generally meet every second month unless it is a busy time such as season start-up which requires a somewhat larger time commitment through April and May.

Each year BMB undertakes a search for volunteers to act as Coordinators and Coaches at both the Rep and Rec/House League level. Coaching volunteers must have their Coaching Level I Certificate (Triple AAA teams, Level II technical)to be on the field but teams need other volunteers as well to organize players, schedules and finances. Coaches make up the largest number of volunteers. They meet pre-season to make up teams and schedules. They do the phoning, collect gear and sign out uniforms. Above all, their job is to teach skills, rules, sportsmanship, fair play, responsibility and baseball to their young players and ensure they have fun while learning.
Please submit a resume and letters of character reference now, or give us a call to talk it over.


Team Volunteers

It is hoped that parents will become involved in the sport of their child's choice by bringing them to the games, promoting positive sportsmanship at all times and by offering to volunteer in at least some capacity, however small. We often needs grounds crews for tournaments, canteen people, and those who help with special events. Many small efforts can easily add up to a large success over the season. Please do not wait to be asked.

Umpires

Umpires are always in demand. Teens who are over 14 and adults are invited to attend local clinics and then apply to be placed on the roster. Watch for local clinics.

Financial Assistance

Funding opportunities are available to help cover baseball registration fees:

 

Jumpstart

 

Kidsport










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