Spring is near, and that means baseball is around the corner. Yes, the world is different, but if you have ever played the game, you know how exciting it can be. Opening day is approaching fast, and although baseball will look different this year, we will be offering programming for all ages. COVID protocols will be in place to keep you and your kids safe. If something arises, plans are in place to act quickly and efficiently. We believe that sports provide an opportunity for kids to stay active and healthy. Baseball in Richmond has been around for over 50 years and has a very proud tradition. We will get through this together, by looking forward to the future and continuing this tradition.
While the rain has been falling over the past few months, the Board of Directors has been busy preparing for this coming season and beyond.
Some highlights include:
REGISTRATION – Registration is set to open on February 1, 2021 through February 28, 2021 for all age groups. Programming will be tailored to meet current Provincial Government Health Protocols and in compliance with Baseball BC.
SCOREBOARDS – RCBA has recently purchased two scoreboards. One scoreboard will be at Palmer Field 1. The other scoreboard will be at Blundell Field. There are also plans in the works to have a wooden scoreboard built for Gibbons Park.
UNDER ARMOUR – RCBA has partnered with Under Armour as our exclusive apparel provider. Members will have seen our Christmas pop up shop. We will be opening another pop up shop on February 1 to coincide with Registration. There are plans in place to have Under Armour be RCBA’s exclusive uniform provider going forward. Grab some gear with the new logo on it!!
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT – RCBA has partnered with Jack Thompson and 5 Tool Baseball to be the skill provider for RCBA’s in season grassroots program (5u – 11u).
RCBA has made skill development it’s highest priority and we have further partnered with some of the best skill providers in the Lower Mainland such as:
§ Logan Wedgewood (former College player and coach) current Head Coach of the 15u AAA team
§ Tyson Gillies (draft pick of the Seattle Mariners) owner of Travail Baseball
§ Tom Robson (draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays) current Pitching Coach of the 15u AAA and AA teams
§ Dave Van Ostrand (draft pick of the New York Yankees)
§ And many more former Chucker players
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM – RCBA will be launching a new Volunteer participation program. As RCBA is a non-profit association we rely solely on volunteers to build a successful program. We will be aligning RCBA with the majority of other baseball associations in the lower mainland with a structured volunteer program. Stay tuned for a further email from RCBA in the near future.
FIELDS – RCBA continues to re-invest in our fields and we are working closely with the City of Richmond to continue to build on the work completed at Palmer last season.
SPONSORSHIP – RCBA is excited and thankful for the many sponsors that are joining the Chuckers family (including Trail Appliances, Trigate Properties Group, 5 Tool Baseball and others) If you, or a company that you know, would be interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact our Sponsorship Coordinator, Alex Tsakumis at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I will leave you with a quote:
"This game, it's a part of our past. It reminds us all that once was good and that could be again" - Field of Dreams
Stay safe and see you on the field!