A look at Brandon Minor Baseball

Brandon Minor Baseball is in the midst of another successful season on the diamonds.

More than 350 players registered to compete with the local organization this spring. That is a new record and part of an ongoing trend of increased registration.

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“We continue to have record numbers,” president Blake Stephens said. “Each of the past three seasons, we’ve had substantial growth in all divisions.”

Brandon Minor Baseball is proud of its game and believes it has a lot to offer.

“It’s life’s perfect summer sport and a lifelong sport acquisition. Teamwork. Physical literacy,” Stephens said.

The organization has about 30 teams this season – and about half of those are in the rookie ball and rally cap divisions as Brandon Minor Baseball continues to draw strong numbers of new players to the game.

New to this year is the rally cap program. Developed by Baseball Canada, it’s aimed at first-year players under the age of 10. Youngsters earn a different coloured baseball cap for each skill they’ve mastered. After they have earned all of the hats, they join the rookie ball games.

“The program is an initiative to enhance players’ and coaches’ first experience with the game,” states Baseball Canada via its website. “The program helps teams teach players the fundamentals of baseball in a fun and safe environment.”

Brandon Minor Baseball is also taking steps off the field. The organization offered online registration this season. As well as being more convenient for working families, it also helps cut down on administrative headaches. A hard registration deadline seemed to help Brandon Minor Baseball increase its enrollment as well.

The organization is partnering with the Westman Youth Football Association to create what will be called Boyd Stadium. The project, in the planning and development stage, would create a new home for football at Simplot Millennium Park. The park is named after the late Kevin Boyd who had been involved with the WYFA and was the head coach of the Crocus Plains football team.

“They needed land. We had land,” Stephens said. “It’s the right thing to do. Done deal.”

Brandon Minor Baseball’s success can be attributed to the people who give up their time to coach, organize and do other duties that make it all happen.

“We’re very thankful of all of our coaches and volunteers who continue to step up year in and year out, providing opportunities for our boys and girls to play baseball,” Stephens said. “Without these dedicated people, there would be no baseball in our city.”

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