The Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN), Bahamas celebrated their 25 annual opening day on Saturday, January 18 in Nassau, Bahamas. On had to celebrate this silver anniversary and present a commemorative banner were (from left to right) Julian Brown, JBLN President, PONY Baseball and Softball President Abraham Key, Bahamas Region Director from Grand Bahamas, Patrick Knowles and Terran Rodgers, PONY Field Director and JBLN Director.
JBLN has been a member of PONY for six years and has sent teams to the Colt League World Series and the Pony-13 World Series. Congratulations to JBLN and best wishes for your 25th anniversary season.
As originally posted on The Bahamas Weekly Website
Bahamas Baseball Federation meets their mandate
By Theodore T. Sweeting, Secretary General, BBF
The Bahamas Baseball Federation continues to meet its mandate of exposing its members to baseball opportunities.
The first weekend of its 2008 Winter Baseball Informational, Instructional and Prospect Showcase was a resounding success with 65 Young Men (5 from BIMINI) and (2 from Grand Bahama) being exposed to high-level baseball exposure.
Team One Baseball, "The Leader in Player Development & College Placement in the USA" Directors Jim Gemler and Justin Roswell gave the enthusiastic young men and their parents a very informative question and answer session on Friday November 21st at the Wyndham. The session was filled to capacity, as the Team One outlined in details the theme for the weekend "What must I do to Be Recruited". The parents were very pleased with the information provided, as it pertains to preparing their sons to excel and benefit from the sport of baseball on the next level.
Purpose of the 3 week sessions: With the enormous growth and development of the Youth & Junior Baseball Programs being experience throughout The Bahamas and the overwhelming desire by our young men too play baseball at the next level (High School & College), the BBF in conjunction with Pony Baseball-Nassau saw the need to bring the baseball expertise and recruiting to the Bahamas to give our young men an opportunity to showcase their talent to the various clinic educators.
The next session is scheduled for Friday, December 5th 2008 @ 7:30pm in the "Cat Island Room" Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino.
Saturday Session: Begin at 10:00am - Saturday December 6th 2008 @ Freedom Farm Baseball Complex Sunday Session: Begin at 2:pm - Sunday December 7th 2008 @ Freedom Farm Baseball Complex
Weekend Theme: "The Importance of Showcases and Camps"
Clinic will be conducted by:
Professional Scout: Mike Lord (Boston Red Sox)
College University from: Lyn University / Barry University / Florida Southern University
The Bahamas Baseball Federation would like too thank the Coaches from Freedom Farm & JBLN for their support and participation on Saturday & Sunday. Thank you to the JBLN Executive Team for the use of their Field of Dream Complex. A thank you & appreciation to Terran Rodgers - Pony Baseball-Nassau local Director and Patrick Knowles from Grand Bahama - Pony Baseball - Regional Director for their assistance and contribution to hosting a successful weekend.
Thank you to Thompson Trading (Gatorade) for the sponsorship of Gatorade for the players for the weekend activities.
Theodore T. Sweeting, Secretary General
As originally posted on The Nassau Guardian Website
Success with Team One and Baseball Factory
BY DAHALIA SMITH, NG Sports Reporter
Jim Gemler and Justin Roswell from Team One and Baseball Factory showcase and recruitment services peered out from behind their protective fencing at home plate at the Field of Dreams on the weekend, in hopes of taking Bahamian players to the next level.
A shot at high school, college (through scholarships) or major league placement was afforded by the Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) and Pony Baseball Bahamas on the weekend, under the theme "What must I do to be recruited". At least 65 Bahamian prospects between the ages of 13-20 signed up for a showcase with the premier U.S. Team One and Baseball Factory recruitment services.
Seven of those Bahamian collegiate prospects took a break from schooling in Florida to attend, five came in from Bimini and one from Grand Bahama.
Gemler (Scouting Director) and Roswell (Team One Baseball Senior Director) used the weekend showcases on Saturday and Sunday to evaluate the players' skill levels.
Later on this week, Gemler and Roswell will disclose their results which will determine if the prospects are likely candidates to compete for scholarships or major league draft opportunities.
The players who do have potential will then be invited to another U.S. based Team One showcase, against U.S. students.
"There is a lot of raw talent down here," says Team One Baseball Scouting Director, Gemler.
"The level of baseball in The Bahamas is at an early stage. There is a lot of athletic ability and talent that needs to be developed a bit more. There are some guys who have better fundamentals than others. The raw talent, however, can be a positive thing in that, once developed, the sky is the limit."
Gemler also compared the Bahamian youth baseball skill level to their U.S. counterparts.
"There are a lot of challenges for Bahamian students who are trying to attain athletic scholarships. The experience that U.S. youth baseball prospects have with recruitment services in general is far more. Nonetheless, a part of what we are doing here is setting the foundation of what recruitment services can do for parents and youth players," added Gemler.
Pony Baseball Bahamas Representative Patrick Knowles said that if they can advance 15 per cent of the Bahamian prospects to the next level, that would be considered a success.
This is only the second international showcase and recruitment service that Team One and Baseball Factory conducted since their collaboration in 2004.
This showcase is only one of three planned. The second showcase will be held under the theme, "The importance of showcase and camps" and is scheduled for the weekend of December 5-7, at FFBL.
This second session will kick off on Friday, December 5, with a question and answer period in reference to the expectations, limitations and procedures/policies that govern the recruitment process in the U.S.A. from the high school, university and MLB perspectives.
The practical sessions get underway Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, conducted by coaches from Division I teams' Lynn, Barry and Florida Southern Universities. Furthermore Major League Baseball Scout Mike Lord from the Boston Red Sox will be on hand to evaluate prospective talent.
The third and final session is set for Sunday, December 14 to be conducted by four representatives from the top boarding schools in the Southern U.S. The representatives are expected to provide valuable information as it relates to boarding schools in the U.S. and what is required for enrollment.
The top private high schools expected to send representatives include Christ School - North Carolina, Darlington School - Georgia, Christchurch School - Virginia and Rabun Gap School - Georgia.
Gemler explained that the showcase is the first stage in taking the BBF to a higher level.
Legacy Baseball Selected For ‘ 07 Pony World Series Colt Division
(Bahamas Journal - July 26, 2007) - Legacy Baseball out of Grand Bahama is continuing the partnership with PONY Baseball that was started many years ago by joining the Caribbean Zone Region. This Zone was very attractive to the Legacy Baseball League because it was in its infancy stages (started in the year 2000). It contained countries that were starting or renewing their youth baseball programme, but it also had countries that were recognized and respected as power houses in the sport of baseball in the region and the world. Puerto Rico's programme for example produced world champions year after year in all the various age groups from this newly found Caribbean Zone Region.
For more information, visit the Bahamas Journal Article here.
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