Ontario District 1 Little League
Major League Baseball® Pitch, Hit & Run Competition coming back to Oakville
OAKVILLE, Ont., Oakville Little League is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the local round of the Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run competition in the spring of 2014. The competition will be open to all children regardless of whether they play in Oakville Little League or not.
John Sweeney, President of Oakville Little League said “We are extremely happy to be partnering with Major League Baseball and Scotts to sponsor the 2014 local competition. The mission of Pitch Hit & Run is to encourage youth participation and emphasize the “FUN” element of baseball competition, something Oakville Little League focuses on in their house league program. It is also a great opportunity for youth to have fun, showcase their baseball skills and participate for a chance to make it to the Toronto Blue Jays Pitch Hit & Run Finals at the Rogers Centre and possibly the MLB Finals at the 2014 Major League All-Star Game® in Minnesota.”
Pitch Hit & Run is the Official Skills Competition of Major League Baseball. More than 560,000 kids across the North America, ages 7-14, will participate in this year's program. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete; free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills of pitching hitting and running.
The participants pitch to a strike zone target from a 45 feet distance, hit off tee for distance and accuracy and race in a timed sprint from second base to home plate. Pitch Hit & Run is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasizes the “FUN” element of baseball competition.
Competitors are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including the Toronto Blue Jays Team Championships and the Pitch Hit& Run Finals at the 2014 MLBTM All-Star Game®.
Local competitions like the one in Oakville are scheduled around North America from late March through mid-May, with the winners advancing to sectionals in late May.
The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each age group at the Oakville Local Competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of competition for the right to go to the Toronto Blue Jays Team Championships at the Rogers Centre.
To find out more about Pitch Hit & Run baseball skills challenges or more information about the Oakville local competition of Pitch Hit & Run visit the Oakville Little League website at www.ollb.org
Oakville Little League 2014 Baseball Preparations Underway
The 2014 season preparations are well underway for Oakville Little League. This year will be an exciting one as the league gets set to kick off the season with over 100 teams across nine divisions from Blast Ball to Big League. In addition to their strong house league program, Oakville Little League continues to build out a competitive All-Star program says John Mooney, Vice President of Operations. Our Minor (10U), Major (12U), Intermediate (13U), Junior (14U), Senior (16U) and Big League (18U) have their goals set on the 2014 Little League World Series. The Little League World Series is the final stop during the summer as part of the All-Star play downs as teams participate in Districts, Provincials and Canadians to get to the Little League World Series.
“We’re obviously very pleased with the participation numbers we have seen so far and expect to see another strong and exciting year.” said John Sweeney, President of Oakville Little League. “We are also pleased that so many more children and families are receiving the benefits of participation in Little League Baseball. This underscores Little League’s position as the largest and most respected organized youth baseball program in the world.”
Increasingly, Oakville Little League is becoming recognized as one of the best, high-caliber, fair-play house league baseball programs in Oakville. Every All-Star player must also play in our house league program in order to qualify for the All-Star team raising the quality of play for all players in the league. Mr. Sweeney added, “The Little League philosophy is one of house league first. Our experience has been that having the best players participate in house league can help other players improve their baseball skills faster.”
Mr. Sweeney said, “There is also a great deal of excitement within the League’s volunteers, coaches, players and families surrounding our showcase ball park on Cornwall Road. The park will be buzzing all season as the league has a full slate of tournaments throughout the summer. Tournaments such as the District House League tournament, Minor and Major All-Star tournament, the Whitecaps T-Ball tournament and our very important Adam Fedoruk Memorial tournament.
In addition to these programs and tournaments, Oakville Little League is entering their fourth year running a program for Autistic children which has been very successful.
For more information on the program offerings of Oakville Little League or to register, please drop into our fieldhouse or visit us at www.ollb.org. The office is open every Tuesday from 7PM – 9PM and every Saturday from 9AM – Noon.