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 700 gloves, we could use your help, join us.

Supported by 303 Development Foundation Corp.

Allen and Richard at Trenton Thunder game June 2012"  - Rudy C. Jones

Little Leaguers Form Friendship

Entire First Class Students at work
First time Students use tablets First time Students use tablets

 

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

started the second year with 50 new students.  This is the most unique school in the world with

 students from all over Uganda.  Read about how it is being run by Clicking here     

 

 

Funds Are Needed For

Cost

Funded

Complex of 3 full size and 3 Little League/Softball fields

$   500,000.00

$  500,000.00

   

School for Academic & Sports - Emphasis on Baseball & Softball

$4,000,000.00

$1,000,000.00

- School will accommodate 1500 students located at Little League Complex

- Click here to read why Uganda needs this school

   

Finish fields 3, 4 & 5

$   150,000.00

$0.00

Fence, backstop and dugout fields 1-5

$   200,000.00

$0.00

* Click Here to make a Tax Deductible Donation to 303 Development Foundation Corp.

Read Jay Shapiro's Blog on filming baseball in Uganda at http://myquaintandquietlife.tumblr.com

 


October, 2014:

While the summer has been a major disappointment for Uganda Little League, we will continue to move on and a number of people are willing to help move forward. One problem we are working on is the question of why the European Union, in the form of the Polish Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, denied all three teams visas that would have allowed the Ugandan teams of 11-12 year old boys, 11-12 year old girls and 13-14 year boys a chance to participate in the European/Africa regional tournaments this past July. In all three cases, the three teams would have been favorites to win the Regional titles and continued on to play in their respective World Series in August. Without a doubt, they would have all been competitive because they all had the pitching in speed and numbers and they all had the experience of hitting against this speed. Would they have won their respective World Series? That is hard to say, but with a little bit of luck, they certainly would have had a chance. The 11-12 year old boys would have come with four pitches throwing at 70 miles per hour and above with the ability to hit that speed and curve balls. A huge improvement over the team that came in 2012.

But that is finished. We are now pursuing the visas for 2015 for all three teams. We know that the local embassy will follow the rules and policy regarding visas to Poland. Thus we know that no matter what we do, our teams will be denied again unless we can change the policy regarding African Little League teams. If we are not successful in doing this, then no African team will ever be allowed to play in Little League tournaments so long as Little League International forces every African team to play the qualifying tournaments in Europe. Unfortunately, Little League International has informed us that that will not change any time in the future.

To over come that problem, we are asking the Ugandan Foreign Minister to intercede with the Polish equivalent of their Secretary of State to have the Polish Embassy in Nairobi to grant the Ugandan Little League teams the visas. We are asking Little League International to work with the U.S. State Department to also intercede with their counterparts in the Polish government to make sure the embassy in Nairobi does grant the visas sometime in late May of 2015 that allows the Ugandan Little League teams to travel to Poland for the June, July tournaments. We have assurances that the Ugandan Government will work on this, but we are awaiting assurance from Little League International at this moment. We expect it to come shortly.

Secondary School program and annual January Coaches Clinic:

Once again, we will be operating our 6th annual two week January Coaches Clinic starting on January 7, 2015. We expect a very large group of new coaches this year, even though we want to limit it to only 60 trainees. On November 21, of next month, we and the Ugandan Commissioner of Sports, will be meeting with the Head Masters of eight Secondary Schools, (Two each in Apach, Gulu, Lira and Soroti.) to get baseball programs running in each school starting late January 2015. We will expect at least four teachers who will become baseball coaches from each school to attend the Coaches Clinic of January, if not more. We expect several coaches from several relatively new programs for softball and baseball to be sending a number of coaches as they want to expand the number of Little Leagues, plus those existing leagues that are growing more than a few teams. We have already promised two spots for new future coaches of a Little League program in Rwanda.

In the secondary program, we expect each secondary school having at least four teams at each school composed of students at the S1-S2 level. They will expand in a year or two as these players age into at least 4 more teams into S3-S4 level, and eventually to the S5-S6 level. The players will be trained on catching, throwing, hitting, fielding and strategy during the daily Physical Education classes of the normal school day. Each weekend will see all four teams playing at least one game per week and annual championships each year for the all star teams from each school. Our goal is to get Uganda an invitation to participate in the preliminary round of the World Baseball Classic in October or November of 2016 and eventually represent Africa at the Tokyo Olympics in baseball and softball. With what has been happening in the last two years and what we expect in the next couple of years, I firmly believe Uganda will beat any other African team in getting to the Olympics and eventually to the World Baseball Classic.

Other events in Uganda regarding baseball:

A group of Americans based at the U.S. Embassy have decided that they wanted to have some fun and begin to play baseball in Uganda. They expect to play games every Saturday starting the beginning of November and running to mid December, and then resume again late in January and play for several months of Saturdays. They will have a team of Embassy players, another team of Embassy players from Japan, and two adult teams made up of others, mostly Ugandans, and two teams made up of our 13-14 year old Little League students. This is the only way we can find competitive games for our school players. The U.S. Embassy players feel this is a way to have young players learn by watching. The rules are a little bit different as you can have both a defensive team and an offensive team. These rules are carefully spelled out in formal by laws and rules that have been written up especially for this "FUN" league The adults will play for fun, but we will play it straight. I am sure that the games we play against the adults will become very competitive over time as I believe the fun loving adults of the U.S. Embassy will want to show that the kids are not that good. Certainly the two Ugandan teams will not want to be beat by kids half their age and they will eventually play to win. I do not how the team from Japan will react. If this becomes serious baseball, it will certainly help the development of baseball in Uganda and I expect it to lead to future media coverage over the years as the interest grows and many more teams join and better quality of play results.
 


Breast Cancer:   

Our hopes to build our Breast Cancer Clinic later this year has failed to raise the funds in time for us to become part of the three year clinical trial program.  We have not given up on the fund raising.  We are still planning to get it done.  The property is there, the utilities are at the location, the only thing we need is to raise the one million dollars to build the clinic, purchase the 3D ultra sound instruments and tie us into the cable so the images will be able to be read anywhere in the world.  CIVUS is going ahead with the clinical trial which is expected to eliminate 80% of the biopsies that prove benign and catch the earliest development of breast cancer..  The clinic trial will prove that this procedure is far superior to any mammogram, unfortunately, we will not be part of it at this moment. 

 


 

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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