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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.

 Read about how it is being run by Clicking here     

 

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.

 

* 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

 


 

February, 2016:


During the second and third weeks of January, we held our annual Uganda Coaches Clinic for our usual 60 or so coaches who were already coaching programs or were just starting to coach their programs. It was a very eventful two weeks and very different in some ways from the past. For new coaches, we certainly distributed simplified rules, ran our usual tennis ball training sessions in catching and throwing and our usual tennis ball "T" ball tournament the first week and our pitching tournament the second week with the respective champions meeting on the final morning of the program to decide the eventual winning team. But what was different, we broke up the teams into half new comers and half experienced coaches and mentors. The idea being that not only would the new coaches learn from the formal instruction, but the experienced mentors were now responsible for the training of the new members on their team. In addition, a great deal of effort was spent on getting everyone to actually umpire games and learn from actual drills that the S1-S2 local team was going through. The ultimate goal was to have everyone learn from the first annual S1-S2 National Championship tournament.


January was marked by some very different and significant programs taking place. On January 4th and 5th, we entertained two scouts from the Cincinnati Reds. We tried to get them to stay at the complex, but they claimed they already had a hotel booked in Kampala, but after seeing our guest house, the next time they will be staying. We brought 20 or our better players to the complex for two reasons. The S1-S2 boys were going to be playing in the National Tournament later in the month and the 10 S3 boys were going to be taking part in a very special program for the three weeks before school was scheduled to start. As a result on January 4 and 5, the 20 boys participated in four baseball games, one each morning and one each afternoon for the tow days, put on for the benefit of the Cincinnati scouts. The older students, composed of 10 girls and 10 boys from formally S3 were to be taking part in a three week program designed to teach them how to write, produce, and actually make a movie, which they did do. That movie will be shown at the Kampala film festival during June of this year. At the same time, the instructors were also making a documentary on how they ran the class. That we look forward to seeing on International television. During the scouts visit, they were filming some of the baseball games being played in the morning and afternoon of January 4 and 5 and were going to send those clips to the Cincinnati Reds scouting bureau.


During the coaches program, we distributed over 12 full sets of catcher's equipment, 20 dozen baseballs, 8 dozen softballs, over 100 baseball gloves, 300 tennis balls, over 50 baseball and softball bats, and at least 70 helmets to the 12 programs who were represented at the coaches clinic. Our tournament for the S1-S2 Championship did not go off as planed. While the government was supposed to provide the transport for the teams, the head masters of 3 of the respective schools did not want to send the teams without the money in advance. Thus, three teams did not come. One of the teams from Soroti did come. Thus a very serious problem solving session involving the officers of the Head Master's Association and the Uganda Sport Commission and us took place to make this program work smoothly in the future. What was resolved was that we would attend a serious meeting upon my return to Uganda in March with four very serious Head Masters who will make sure they provide four coaches each that will make sure this program works. This meeting will also involve me and the Uganda Sports Commissioner and several other people. It will be limited to only four schools at the start because there will be money involved for each school's winning coach. Private schools will also be able to compete in the tournament but would not be able to obtain any government aid in travel. In May, the coaches of these schools will be at the complex during our tournaments and they will be trained on what is expected of them in running their programs. They will go back at the start of the second semester and continue through the third semester in running their respective leagues. In December, they will select an all star team of their league to come to the Little League complex next January to compete for the National Championship. We already have more applicants than we need right now. I am confident that this will work this time. All these championship tournaments in the future will take place in January of each year, expanding soon into the S3-S4 bracket and then into the S5-S6 level. Everyone is committed to making this work. We expect the scouts of many teams coming to Uganda every January for these tournaments in the near future.


During the month of January, we held our annual Uganda Little League meeting. It was decided that we would not send an 11-12 year old girl team to the regional tournaments since that would require the players to make a 16 hour bus trip each way to Kenya to be fingerprinted for the visas. We would allow the boys 11-12 year olds to do that. The girls we are planning on entering them in the Europe/Africa tournament for the 14 and under girls that will be played in Italy this July since Italy has an embassy in Kampala where we would have to apply for their EU visas. For the older boys, we are working on having them come to the U.S. directly and try to have them involved with the RBI program in Cincinnati this August. If that cannot be worked out, we then may decide to have them play in the 15-16 year old tournament that will also be played in Italy. What is ironical about this is Italy has no place to house or feed the teams during these tournaments. We were told about 8 years ago, Uganda cannot host these tournaments because we had no place to house or feed these teams, which ironically, we now do, but still cannot host any of these tournaments. Africa is still forced to keep paying the $35,000 entry fee cost to play in each regional tournament and thus all of Africa is excluded from playing in Little League Tournaments, unless they can find a foolish person who thinks paying $10,000 per tournament game played is good economics.


The last program of interest is that our annual meeting of the Uganda Cancer Clinic was held during January. Dr. Rosemary was selected to travel to San Francisco to partake in viewing the, operation and training of the Ultra Sound Breast Imaging device that will change the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer around the world. While our original goal was to start the clinic operating this July, it will now be put off until the start of 2017. This will allow us to get use to the ultimate design of the instrument that will ultimately come on to the world market. The science is now proven, but the esthetics will be greatly improved over the next couple of months. We look forward to the future of taking down breast cancer in the world tomorrow.

 


 

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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