Uganda Little League Baseball







Team Photo - Williamsport August 2012

Uganda Little League Baseball

Developing Little League Baseball throughout Uganda

Serving over 15,000 children sharing about 1000 gloves, we could use your help, join us.

Supported by 303 Development Foundation Corp.

Entire First Class First time Students use tablets

Allen V R Stanley Secondary School of Math and Science for the Athletically Talented


International School Started January 28, 2013 for 50 students at Little League Complex. 

This is the most unique school in the world with students from all over Uganda.

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AVRS Secondary School facilities:

Two dorms that can hold 150 students each in eight rooms. One for boys and one for girls.
Facilities for housing teaching staff and other staff on site.
Classroom block consisting for 8 classrooms where one is set up as a video room for 100 students.
Administration building housing offices, board room, nurse's living quarters and infirmary, and a large laboratory with bench locations for 56 students.
Guest house for visitors with 6 bedrooms, 3 toilets with showers, dining room and fully equipped kitchen, and large lounge with large screen TV for meetings.

Sports facilities:

Currently 5 baseball, softball and soccer fields.
Two full size basketball courts
Three volley ball courts

To come:

Indoor arena for basketball, volley ball, badminton, wrestling, theater productions. -- Ready in 2016
Eight lane, 25 meter swimming pool for meets.                                                           -- Ready in 2017
Eight lane, 400 meter running track with soccer field.                                               -- Ready in 2017

Agriculture Program:

10 dairy cows currently, expecting to expand to 20.
Gardens planted by biology students
Fields for other crops
Matokie plantation on site
Fish Hatchery

Funds Needed for 5 teams to travel by June 2016:  ( $175,000)

Travel to Europe where Little League regional Tournaments are held every July. Winners go on to the respective World Series. The cost for air fares, visa fees, bus travel, housing and feeding comes to $35,000 per team. In 2015 we sent three teams and two went on to their respective Little League World Series. We would like to send 5 teams to Europe in 2016 since Little League refuses to let Africa (Uganda or anywhere else in Africa) host any of these tournaments.


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September 2015:


We have come through a very eventful June, July and August and now things are beginning to settle down at the school in Uganda as the students are all returning for the third and final semester of this year. June saw 36 students travel to Nairobi, Kenya to apply for their visas to Poland and get finger printed, basically losing a week of school. Then those same students traveled to Poland in July, losing two weeks of school, and then two thirds of them traveled to the U.S. in August, but still missing the last days of the second term. It is expected that this term will be much more normal as all students should be at school for all the days of the semester.
August became quite an experience for many people besides the players that managed to travel to the U.S. to participate in their respective tournaments. There are many adults at the school, at Little League International and the U.S. Embassy in Uganda that would not like to go through what happened a second time. The kids had a great time in Portland, Oregon for the girls and Williamsport, Pa for the boys and everyone learned a lot. I think everyone would like to see some changes made in the timing of July events and August events, but I doubt that they will be able to be made. The real solution would be to give Africa its own regional tournament with the winner going to the respective World Series in the U.S. Unfortunately, Little League International will not let it happen now.


The problems regard timing of European Tournaments and travel and U.S. visa timing. The girls did not get home from Poland until the evening of August 3. On August 4, they paid the $4500 payment for the 28 US visas required so that they could make the next day appointment at the U.S. embassy that the players and their parents and the coaches had to attend for the visa interview. The U.S. embassy told everyone that they would get the visas but they would not get their passports back until August 12, but the girls had to leave Uganda on August 10. Little League International would not authorize it's travel agency to purchase the airline tickets for either team until they were sure the passports with the visas were in the hands of the teams. The U.S. Embassy visa section claimed they were over worked and never want to see this happen again. Finally, they did return the passports on Monday afternoon, August 10, and only then did the travel agency begin to look to book flights for 15 people to get the softball team to Portland, Oregon in time for Tuesday afternoon, with opening ceremonies scheduled for Wednesday. Those tickets did not materialize until 6:30PM Uganda time on August 10 with the coaches now notified you have less than three hours to get your team together and to the airport when the travel time from the school to the airport is about 2 hours when there is no traffic.


The Managing Director of the school is also the head softball coach of the school and she had to get to the school and get the bus to take them to the airport. Upon arrival at the airport, they found there was no ticket for one of the coaches. Fortunately, she had significant dollars on her that she had intended to use to purchase things for the girls in Portland that he now had to use to purchase the ticket for the coach. Fortunately, I was to meet the team in Portland and I had booked a motel room for myself and rented a car and had a charge card with me. While the girls had a wonderful time in Portland, and made many friends amongst the players and spectators, they were starving. These are not American girls. They do many athletic activities, which they enjoy, but they also eat. What was being served for meals with no seconds was barely an appetizer for them. Since they were staying in a hotel with each room having a small refrigerator and micro wave oven, we could do certain things to supplement their meals, such as pizzas, frozen microwave able meals, chicken pieces and lots of soda that I was able to purchase at super markets and at Domino's pizza, and bring these items to the hotel with my rented car. The girls went to the zoo when some one arranged for their transport. A Portland family brought them to their home for a very extensive barbeque, But then problems surfaced as the head of the neurology department at the University Hospital invited them for a tour and a lunch. Unfortunately, at the time of the lunch, they were supposed to at the airport, that due to miss communication, they were not aware of and thus missed their plane. Again the new adult friends took care of them for sleeping, feeding and getting them to the airport the next day. They were very generous and adapted the head coach as their daughter.

The boys only found out that they were going to be traveling early on Thursday morning from Uganda on Tuesday morning and thanks to the Managing Director, were able to arrange for their travel to leave the complex before 3 AM to get to the airport on time. Once again, they were confronted with no ticket for one of the coaches. This time, Allen was not there with dollars as she was in Portland, Oregon. The coach now had to travel back to the complex and I arranged for him to fly on Sunday where I would meet him in New York and bring him to Williamsport on Monday. The boys, because of no seats on such a late date, had to fly south to South Africa, sit there for 12 hours and then fly to New York where a bus took them to Williamsport. From the time they left the complex to the time they arrived in New York, what should have been about 20 hours became 33 hours, again sitting in South Africa for 12 hours with no dollars or Euros to purchase things to eat or drink. Coming through Europe, the between plane stay would have been 2 hours or less and no need to purchase food or water. Going back was the same route.
The last time an Ugandan team came here was 2012. We were able to bring them to Trenton, N.J. to play against a West Windsor Little League team and then go to a Trenton Thunder game in the evening. Unfortunately, that Little League game was rained out and we wanted this team to come and play the game this year. In 2012, they also played a game north of Philadelphia, went to a Phillies game, then to Yankee Stadium for a Yankee game and then with the North American Ugandan Society hosting them, to the United Nations for a tour of the General Assembly and Security Council and a visit to Major League Baseball's Offices. Due to the lack of our input into the scheduling, we had to pay $2400 to change the airline ticket to delay their departure so they could once again come to Trenton to finally play that game. The West Windsor Little League has been one of our equipment donors and you can see West Windsor Shirts on some of the players on the web site pictures taken at the school in Uganda.

Several years ago, we had said we wanted to get the Ugandan teams to the Little League World Series, but not only to get there, but to win. While we did not win the World Series, we did show that we can and did win. The girls became the first European team to ever beat an American Regional Winner and just fell short of making the championship round. The boys got the first win in the regular tournament and showed that they were certainly competitive on the International level. While we are the best in baseball and softball in Europe and Africa, we are certainly competitive in the world. Now we need the rest of Africa to come and try and beat us, because we can now be their measuring stick as to how good they have to be in order to compete on the world stage. We hope they do that.

To avoid all the headaches at Little League International, their travel agency, the U.S. Embassy and for any African team coming to the Little League World Series, Little League needs to break Africa away from Europe. We could host our tournament in June and have plenty of time to get U.S. visas, airline tickets, and have African input regarding travel arrangements.

Finally, Uganda needs to evaluate the benefits of paying $35,000 per team to participate in the regional tournaments which consists of about 2, or at most 3 competitive games. That is a very high price to pay per competitive game. Ninety five percent of the cost disappears for African teams if the tournaments were to be held in Uganda.


The Trenton Thunder supplied the hats and shirts that the team wore in Poland.  The Trenton team was rooting for them to win so that they could come to the U.S. and visit the Trenton stadium and be introduced to the media and the crowd at a Trenton Thunder ball game.   Uganda would have been the first African Little League team to make it to the Little League World Series in its almost 80 year history.






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