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. 

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

 


February 2015

The past two months continued to be eventful for Uganda Little League Baseball. In December, we attended the Winter meetings of Professional Baseball in San Diego and had the opportunity to be present for the evaluation of the RBI players from the area at San Diego State U. We had an opportunity to interact with a number of scouts from MLB and other teams as they put the players through the various tests. While the players we saw ranged in age from 14 to 18, the players in Uganda would have matched up very well with them, even though the Ugandan players are no older than 14. When the various scouts were shown the numbers for the AVRS kids in time for 60 yards and pitching speed, the comments from the scouts was "We know. Just keep going." Most want to see the AVRS players, but cannot make it to Uganda. We hope to solve that problem soon by bringing them to the U.S. as part of the RBI program.

During the meetings, we managed to share the numbers regarding running and pitching speeds with Uganda Little League's friends amongst the Detroit Tigers, LA Dodgers, N.Y. Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks. All are very interested in the progress we are making and looking forward to the near future and the expansion of baseball into the Uganda Secondary Schools in 2015. They are most impressed by the running speeds as at least 4 run 60 yards in under 7.0 seconds and several are throwing in the high 70s.

In January, we ran our annual two week coaches clinic at the Little League Complex. We tried to cap the number of coaches at 65 so that they could be broken up into four groups. With the help of Ed from Canada returning for his fourth year, Harry of NJ returning for his third year, and Evan who has come over to teach American English at the AVRS school for this and possibly a number of future years, we ran a very successful program. We start with breakfast at 8:00am, followed by one hour classroom type instruction at 9:00am. We then go on the field for two hours, have lunch at 12:30pm, then back on the field at 2:00pm to watch or partake in a baseball game as coaches or umpires, then have the teams play a game using tennis balls from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. Each of the teams play 6 games in the first week and 5 games in the second week. Break for dinner at 6:30pm and watch actual games played by Uganda at the Little League World Series in 2012 and the St. Louis-Texas World Series games from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. The seventh day of the program is a free day, and the clinic ends with the winner of the first week afternoon tournament games playing the winner of the second weeks games on the morning of the last day before everyone goes home after lunch with the baseball equipment they need to run their programs. This year we gave out over 200 gloves, 40 dozen baseballs, 30 dozen softballs, 100 bats, 80 helmets and at least 16 sets of catcher's equipment.

This year we had three visitors from Rwanda who were to go back and advise their government on getting baseball and softball started in Rwanda supported by the government. One was a teacher and the other two were paid consultants to the government. They expect to get the program started this month in the primary schools and also in the secondary schools with government support. That means the national governments in Kenya and Rwanda are putting money into their baseball programs. We hope that Uganda will soon follow suit. The Ugandan government will get their opportunity this year as at least 6 secondary schools will be starting play with each having four teams at the S1 and S2 level playing this year and expecting to play for the National Championship during the third week of August at the Little League Complex. Each of these schools sent teachers to learn how to play, coach and umpire baseball and softball. They are expecting the government to cover their travel costs to the National Championships in August. In a year or two, they expect each school to expand to four more teams at the S3 and S4 level, and eventually to the S5-S6 level. This is what Major League Baseball is looking for because it will mean about 250 or more players turning 16 years of age each year with significant baseball experience.

On January 26, the AVRS Secondary School started its new school year with the admission of its third class of 20 boys and 20 girls. We know they can all run, but we now will turn them into ball players and soccer players. With the girls, we start them playing the same way as we teach the new coaches at the clinic, and that is by throwing tennis balls so they learn to catch properly with two hands and throw accurately without needing gloves or getting hurt. We then have them play "T" ball with the tennis balls and over the course of the week, move them up to softballs and gloves.

We are now constructing two basketball courts and two volley ball courts, one for girls with a 7ft net and one for boys with an 8 foot net. They are next to the new classroom building bloc so that the security lights on the building light the volley ball courts. They are expected to be completed by early March. The new classroom bloc has six classrooms of 600 square feet each and one double room for video and DVD showings of 1200 square feet. Since this school year, we will only need three classrooms, we will be able to turn two of the rooms at the end of the building over to our breast cancer program. All these rooms are naturally lit with clear plastic roof panels and are also equipped with solar lights for work after dark. Obviously new benches have been installed in the three classrooms.

Early in January, the Uganda Cancer Clinic people met with a prominent Radiologist and a Uganda Health Commissioner to review the protocol that has been presented to us called an "Out come study." The meeting generated a work schedule so that the study would actually happen which is tentatively scheduled to start around September of this year. It was agreed that we could follow everything in the protocol, but we would need to get a digital mammogram into Uganda as none currently exists in the country. We believe that one can be donated based upon a promise of a couple of years ago. All the work would be done at the complex and it would be done in a rather unusual way to collect the women needed for the study. Now we need to raise the money to cover the cost of the study. The paperwork required by the Ugandan Government is now being done and should be done in the next two months, and we are working on the digital mammogram. Our next meeting should take place in March where we will establish the number of people needed and come up with an approximate budget.

 


 

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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