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     

 

 

Each tournament will be a double elimination tournament for the six teams that are invited to each tournament.  All teams will be expected to arrive the afternoon before the scheduled date of the respective tournament they are invited for.  Each league sending a team must have all their league team rosters and schedule of league games to Paul Kateregga no later than March 1, 2014.  Upon arriving for the tournaments, they will have to present proper birth certificates for each player, and the school they are attending for the 2014 school year.

 

2014 Uganda National Little League Championship Tournament Schedule

 

Boys age 11-12    May 9 thru 12

Girls under 14      May 17 thru 20

Boys age 13-14    May 14 thru 17

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

 

New lab, Infirmary and Administrative Offices Building opens February 2014

 


April 2014: 

Many things continue to happen in regard to Uganda Little League Baseball and Softball. We are preparing to run our three Uganda National Tournaments starting in early May to determine our representatives to the Europe/Africa Little League Regional Tournaments. We will be sending a team of 13-14 year olds that will start play in Kutno, Poland on June 29. Then we will send a team of 11-12 year olds that will start play on July 12, and finally a team of 11-12 year old girls that will start play on June 24. These are the only regional tournaments being held in Kutno this year. The other tournaments are being held where we have to stay in hotels that we have to pay for, supply our own meals and provide transport to and from the fields. In addition, most of the others locations require us to travel very far to other countries to just a apply for visas, much less obtain them. This is the hypocrisy of Little League Baseball when they originally told us the Uganda could not host tournaments because we did not have a place to house and feed the visiting teams. We have had that ability now for over 4 years, but yet they allow tournaments to be held that do not have these facilities.

Once again, the cost to bring the three teams to Poland this year will cost us slightly over $100,000 US, or about $35,000 per team. We are the only country in all of Little League that is annually penalized in this matter and yet is not allowed to host any tournaments, much less have to fight to get visas to Poland or other countries. All that disappears if we were allowed to host tournaments. Uganda attended the Little League Congress in Minneapolis from April 4 thru 7 and nothing has changed except other countries sympathized with our plight. That doesn't help in paying the travel costs. By the way, we were the only African Country to attend the congress which is held every 4 years now. Yet Little League wants to expand into Africa. That will not happen until Africa is broken away from Europe and is allowed to host its own Regional Tournament's just like Australia was granted this right in 2013.

The Allen VR Stanley school continues to make great progress and we continue to work with the Uganda Sports Commissioner to expand the baseball and softball program to Uganda Secondary Schools. In January, the Uganda Baseball and Softball Federation people asked if we would join their U15 league. We did not want to because they would restrict us to playing one game on Saturdays and we felt we were too strong for that league. We wanted to play against the adult players. They did not believe us. Since they claimed to have 6 teams playing, and we would make 7, we finally negotiated an arrangement where we could play two games on the days we were scheduled to play. Since they could only play on two fields, only four teams would play on any Saturday, leaving two teams to be idle. We agreed to travel to the two idle teams and play each team which would always force us to travel at our expense, but they would not allow us to play against the adult teams.

March 15, 2014 was the opening of the Federation Leagues for U15, Adults, and Women. We traveled to Luzara Prison grounds to play the home team, supposedly at 10:00AM and then a near by team at 1:30PM. Allen's bus drove the boys team of 16 members, three coaches and an umpire. We brought our own bases which we had to use to layout the field which consisted of a relatively flat ground and supplied the baseballs. The game started late because the home team did not show up until 9:55. At 12:15, the game ended during the 4th inning with the score 37, or there about, to 4. The four runs we gave up was mostly due to our pitchers throwing a lot of balls into the dirt because they were throwing slightly up hill instead of off a mound. The second game started on time at 1:30 after we ate lunch. It lasted less than three innings as the other team quit after the score got to 26-0 and in no inning did we get three outs. When we returned home that evening, we were advised that we were the only teams to play as all the other teams refused to play because their was no travel money coming from the Federation. It seems what money was there, disappeared. Teams that three years ago played when no travel money was available got spoiled by the money via Ruth Hoffman and now refuse to play anymore unless they get travel money. As of this date, the Federation has canceled its entire schedule.

The Uganda Commissioner of Sports advised us of a significant meeting at the Ministry of Education and Sports. It seems the government is very concerned with all the Federations not supporting youth sports and wants to take immediate steps to get the youth sports program going. The Allen VR School is serving as a model of what can be done with Secondary School Sport Programs. Thus, the Commissioner and we have agreed to get 6 secondary schools playing baseball and softball that our Little League programs can feed into. At this moment, there will be two schools in Gulu, two in Lira and two in Soroti that will start playing with the second term this year. Each will have 4 teams at the S1-S2 level playing a game each week. We will supply equipment and train the teachers to become coaches at the complex during the school break in May, which is when we will be running our tournaments. In 2015, the complex will host the National Tournaments for these schools, which will expand to 4 teams each at the S3-S4 level in a year or two, and then to the S5-S6 level two years later. This is in line with what the Ministry wants the Federations to support in all sports, or else there will be a lot changes in how Federations work.
Back to the Allen VR School teams. On March 29, Allen's bus, leaving the complex at 7:30AM carried the boys and girls team to Lugazi to play two games against their teams. Only one of the two expected playing fields were available to us, but the girls started play at 10:00 AM and after 6 innings, had won the game by a large difference in scores. They then ate lunch while the boys played. After 5 innings and a difference of about 20 runs, the game was ended, and the boys ate lunch while the girls now played their second game. At 3:30, the girls game was ended after 5 innings and the boys played their second game. Both of these games ended with lopsided scores. We arrived back at the complex around 8:00PM.

On Saturday, March 22, and again on Sunday, March 30, the male coaches arranged for 7 adult players to come to the complex and join them in playing against the 13 year old boys team. Finally, we had competitive games. The first game ended with the adults winning 7-5 when the lunch time curfew ended the game in the fifth inning. It had started late due to travel problems. The second game of the day had the kids winning 11-9. The game of the following week would up 6-5 with the adults getting just 3 hits for the game and obtaining 6 unearned runs. The last game was rained out. While Bernard and three others pitched for the adults, the kids pitching was superior in the number of strikeouts recorded and hits allowed. While both teams made numerous errors, mostly on throws, the kids made more. The kids got an opportunity to hit against decent pitching and learned about faster runners, while getting pitching confidence by pitching against adults. They still have a lot of work to do and were scheduled to play the adults for two more games, weather permitting, this past weekend. What was demonstrated is that this team of 13 year olds is just as good and competitive with the adult teams in Uganda. That does not say much for the quality of baseball in Uganda. We will now have to make it through the May tournament and then have to see how good they may be in Poland against European 13-14 year olds at the end of June.

The school continues to make progress. Since the last news letter in early Feb, the new laboratory and office building has opened. The nurse now occupies the top floor next to the infirmary. The Head Master and Managing Director's offices also occupy the top floor, along with staff meeting room. We are now constructing bigger toilets for the boys and girls and staff buildings. Both should be done around May one. We will then redo the volley ball court and begin working on the basketball courts. By the middle of January 2015, we will have built an eight room classroom block. We have invited, and expect to host the LC5 chairman at the complex. He is the equivalent of a Governor of the district. We met with him in March and he was very excited about what we were doing and was trying to assist us as soon as possible in getting our road paved from the main road to the complex. We also hosted a representative of the Uganda Investment Authority regarding getting our road paved. Promises were made and now we will see what happens.

Our first tournament games will be held on May 10. Mr. Apitta, Omara, the Ugandan Sports Commissioner has promised that he will be throwing out the first pitch. The last time he did this was in 2009, before the Sports Commissioner's Office was created and we hosted an African Tournament for teams from Tanzania, South Sudan and Kenya. We have high hopes of once again having Kenya come and play, along with a team from Tanzania in a year or two. We have been approached by Americans supporting a primary school in Tanzania who seem to be very serious about getting a good baseball and softball program going at their school. We know Kenya is already developing their Little League program. We now need a program in Rwanda and South Sudan, and then a lot of pressure will be put on Little League International to break Africa away from Europe. We will work very closely with the Tanzania program in the coming months.


 

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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