First off, “Thank You” for your interest here in checking out an exciting new opportunity for those wanting to play Little League Baseball in Richmond. Our goal here is to try to answer every question or concern you may have prior to registering your child anywhere for the 2018 Season.
- “What’s the difference between Richmond Little League and Richmond City Baseball”.
There’s definitely a number of differences between the two….Richmond Little League is affiliated directly with the Province’s Provincial Sport Organization (Baseball BC), while Richmond City Baseball belongs to B.C. Minor Baseball (also known as BC Baseball)…. This does get confusing for participants – and as recently shown in the RCB YouTube video – even for their own existing players, coaches and Executive…. Besides that, they have some different rules to play by, some direct opportunities to play in Western and National Championships are different, their participant costs are definitely different, (see below), and of course, being able to play in the WORLD RENOWNED Little League World Series would be different… Those are just a few differences.
If you’d like any further questions answered on that, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to explain the difference to the best of my knowledge.
While TDC re-established the LL program in Richmond, it’s being turned over to a newly formed Society known as “Richmond Little League“. This after our TDC group put together a very successful 2017 INAUGURAL Season on behalf of 25 first time players and their families. More information is available on the new groups website at www.richmondlittleleague.ca
2. “What’s the cost to play”?
That’s to be reviewed by the new board of “Richmond Little League”, but the plan is to keep it substantially lower than what has historically been offered by others for “Community Baseball”. For the 2018 Season at least, it’s going to be *FREE for the 2018 season for those children 8 years old and younger. (And for those parents that sign up to volunteer on a regular basis be it for coaching, board positions, etc)… KidSport funding is also available for those 9-12.
NOTE: Participants will always incur some cost for buying pants, cleats, and athletic support for sure. Helmets, bats and gloves would also be needed if not wanting to use the ones provided. Of those, we STRONGLY suggest players have their own helmets for sure.
Any other costs would be either approved by the team as a whole (i.e. jackets, bags, etc) or perhaps covered by sponsorships.
3. “Is there financial assistance available if needed for registration”?
Absolutely, as our belief is no child should hold off participating due to financial concerns. As a member of the PSO, kids playing baseball through the Little League organizations are eligible to apply for KidSport funding… Beyond that, if further help is needed, please reach out to us to see where we can help out be it through TDC or 5C.
3. “What days would games and practices be?”
ALL GAMES for 2017 were scheduled right at KING GEORGE PARK for either SAT AND/OR SUN, for either an 11 A.M. arrival (mostly 8-11 year olds) or a 2 P.M. arrival time (mostly for 10 – 13 year olds) . 2018 will depend on registration numbers and park availability.
PRACTICES: While the season has come to end – save for some exhibition games in Summer Ball – TDC has begun running the “Just Play Ball” programs again… Registration for those can be done at www.baseball.bc.ca/justplayball and further details can be found at www.thedugoutclub.ca/justplayball.
It’s our 2nd year of just inviting kids to take a bit of time to learn some basic skills of playing baseball, and then to have a “FUN GAME”.… Kids come out “for the FUN of it”, make some new friends, and then if they happen to really take to it, they can look to play organized baseball the following season... If not, at least they’ve been introduced to the game at the same time as possibly making “friends for life”.
NOTE:It was from this initial program – where we put through approx 110 participants during the Summer of 2016 – that the “Inaugural Richmond Blue Jays of 2017” were formed!!
4.“How many games would they play”?
They’ll likely strive to set up an approx 16 game schedule again depending on number of teams and then playoffs.... Their intent is to keep travel to a minimum once again for the SPRING SEASON.…..But beyond that, depending on the enthusiasm of the group, there’s tournaments that can be entered as well Summer Ball and “ALL-STARS” for those that qualify and make the teams… The “MAJOR” winners would compete in District 6, with the Provincial winners then moving on to the Canadian Nationals and that “rare shot” at going to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania!!
4. “Is it just for boys or will girls be included as well”?
Absolutely it’s for both. Baseball BC has a program for Girls Baseball and we’d like to think we can be a part of it. That said, for those girls that would like to play Fastpitch – or both games – we’ve built a tie with RGSA and have added Fastpitch Instructors to our partner facility.
5. “Why do you think the LL option is better than RCB’s BC Minor option”?
We absolutely don’t believe that… It’s just a “different option” and both have their merits (such as lower costs and/or reduced travel going the LL route)……One has to look into their own beliefs, concerns, location, and hopes to ascertain what could work best for them….The LL program also lends itself very well to those playing other sports and just want to “test out baseball”.
6. “What’s their goal in the number of players they’re trying to get registered”?
While they 100% want to get out as many participants as possible – at a very, very nominal fee to play organized sports – their hope is to build on the one MAJOR and one MINOR team they had for the 2017 season, by adding a MIN of 32 players between the age of 6-8 years old… With the registration costs for the younger group being reimbursed to them providing they attend at least 60% of the event’s games or practices.
7. “Will TDC Still Have The Summer Fun League”? (JPB Program).
Absolutely!!…It began once again on APRIL 19th of this year!!………That’s always going to be the foundation for us trying to help grow Baseball over to the East side of Richmond…… As a matter of fact, we moved it INDOORS to McNeely school this past Winter.
NOTE: There’s a bit of “confusion” out there, with RCB also calling their programs “Just Play Ball”…. We’re more than fine with that, as they’ve always tended to “follow in our footsteps” when it comes to “great ideas”, but it should be pointed out just in case anyone has a bad experience while participating within their RCB programs.
8. “What volunteer positions could we do besides what’s shown on the normal registration forms”.
With Richmond Little League just starting out “fresh and new”, MANY positions will need to be filled for the 2018 Season... Which really lends itself for many new voices to help form the basis of Richmond”s first and/or newest LITTLE LEAGUE program!!
9. “Can we register somehow besides just on-line”?
Registration is once again being handled by SVLL.. At this stage, it was deemed to prudent to continue the great working relationship that was established with them during the 2017 Season…. A link will be provided as soon as it’s determined what diamond is best suited for their growing needs.
10. “Could the team play in Baseball BC’s Provincial qualifier AND also still have a shot at going to the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania each year?
Absolutely….For those players age eligible….. Also, with LL being a member of BASEBALL BC, they’d get in at the member rates and receive travel assistance if successful.
11.“Could my child play “ALL-STARS” in the summer and have a chance to go to the Little League World Series”?
YES!!!.. If they were good enough and met the criteria as far as being in Richmond’s catchment area. If interested in that opportunity – after playing at least 60% of the the Spring Season games – please review both the Richmond boundary maps and the League Age Determination Chart to ensure you would qualify.
Richmond Little League will have their own charter for the 2018 season. On that, a “letter of support” has been provided by Little League Canada.
12. “Could my son play BOTH BC Minor Baseball and play Little League so I could try out for the LL Summer All-Star team when the time came”?
While LL would have no problem with that- as long as you played 60% of RLL’S scheduled games – it may be against BC Minor rules at this point… (Even though they do seem to allow some players and teams to do that…. You’d have to ask them if it’s possible to play both in order to enjoy the same experience they continue to covet in places like White Rock.)
13. “Who will be doing the “Player and Coach Development” for the new Richmond LL Program”?
RLL is in discussions with Sean Callegari – who is currently running our JPB programs, Ryan Klenman – who is just starting up an exciting new business, and Jack Thompson from 5Tool Baseball. Further information on that development will be available on their website in the coming weeks.
That’s it for now, but PLEASE keep your questions coming!!… Chances are that if YOU are wondering about it, then perhaps many others are as well.
I’ll send out another link to this page when we get another few questions asked of us.
It’s been exciting for us and appreciate all the support we’ve been given in “championing the cause” here on behalf of those that would like “a choice” in how to spend their “sporting dollars”!!
Serj Sangara – TDC Director