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Webber Academy – A Dream

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It’s a vision that goes back, and back, and back, but will never be gone.

Dr. Neil Webber’s baseball roots go back to his early days of being an Alberta farm boy. He loved the sport, at an early age, and enjoyed playing with other farm boys from the Endiang area, north of Hanna. From his childhood, along with his experiences as an educator and grandfather, originated the dream of a baseball academy. His idea of an academy created more excitement with others as well and today we have an institution that has changed the Calgary baseball landscape, as well as the Alberta baseball scene.

Founder Dr. Neil Webber (left) welcomes Wildcats head coach Chris Reitsma to the program back in September of 2021 

The focus of the Webber Academy and the Wildcats baseball program is to grow the grow the game of baseball and extend as many opportunities to young athletes as possible. At the high school level, Webber’s program is offering a College Prep program, which is a 12-month program designed to help prepare/develop players to move on to the collegiate level. The goal is to move kids’ skill levels along so that they can have better chance at fulfilling their baseball dreams/goals. Webber Academy hopes to give the players immediate feedback, and, hopefully, move their skill sets along faster.

Webber Academy believes that having the player for the entire year will be a big advantage to players and the coaching staff. All activities/practices will try to fit the Webber Academy stated goal of developing “high achieving students, but always respecting others.”

Webber Academy also hopes to run extensive camps with younger players and it is hoped that all Calgary baseball programs will benefit from the camps. It is anticipated that the camps will grow the numbers of kids playing baseball in Calgary, and the rest of Alberta. At the younger age levels, the desire is to not be in competition with other associations, but an additional program to help supplement their present program. The idea is to start small, and success should come easier, and at a higher level, while competing as an older baseball participant.

Webber Academy is also building an Athletic Park in Springbank. The facility, which will be open in the spring of 2022, will have two full-sized fields, with artificial playing surfaces. The complex will also contain a trio of outdoor batting cages, a bullpen training centre, stadium seating with a press box, and one field will include lights. Soon, two additional fields, a soccer pitch, and a state of the art indoor training facility will be completed. The indoor facility (50,000 square feet) will include four batting cages, a full-sized infield, a bullpen area, a weight room, a couple of classrooms, and a restaurant/lounge with a patio overlooking the fields and mountains. A patio, and the entire complex, includes majestic view of the Canadian Rockies.

The hope is that Webber Academy Athletic Park will become a destination location for the Calgary baseball enthusiasts, as well as the Alberta, and the entire Canadian baseball community.

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Baseball BC High Performance Pathway’s Document Now Available

Share Baseball BC High Performance Pathway’s Document Now Available February 9, 2024 9:04 AM PST   The purpose of this document is to provide athletes, parents & guardians, and associations with a comprehensive summary of the Baseball BC high-performance program for the 2024 season. This includes explaining the high-performance pathways for each age division, event…

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Baseball BC High Performance Pathway’s Document Now Available

February 9, 2024

9:04 AM PST

 

The purpose of this document is to provide athletes, parents & guardians, and associations with a comprehensive summary of the Baseball BC high-performance program for the 2024 season. This includes explaining the high-performance pathways for each age division, event dates, selection processes, and camp locations. The Baseball BC staff contact for high-performance is Kyle Williams (kyle@baseball.bc.ca)

To view the document, click here: https://baseball.bc.ca/uploads/files/High-Performance%20Pathways%202024.pdf

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Langley Blaze are heading to AZ for their Annual Pro Tour March 16-26, 2024

From the Langley Blaze website: The Langley Blaze Pro Tour is gearing up for its 23rd consecutive year of excellence, promising to showcase top-tier talent and add another chapter to its storied legacy. This annual high-performance baseball pilgrimage is set to take place from March 16 to March 26, 2024, across various cities in Arizona,…

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From the Langley Blaze website:

The Langley Blaze Pro Tour is gearing up for its 23rd consecutive year of excellence, promising to showcase top-tier talent and add another chapter to its storied legacy. This annual high-performance baseball pilgrimage is set to take place from March 16 to March 26, 2024, across various cities in Arizona, reaffirming its status as THE premier event on the Blaze calendar.

What sets the Langley Blaze Pro Tour apart is its ability to attract top-tier talent, evident in the staggering numbers of players drafted into professional leagues. A remarkable 166 players who participated in the tour have been drafted, and among them, an impressive 11 have been selected in the first round. This statistic not only underscores the caliber of talent on display but also solidifies the tour’s reputation as a crucial platform for talent scouts and baseball enthusiasts alike.

This is the trip of a lifetime for many of the young athletes participating as they get set to walk on and play on professional diamonds vs professional players along with facing competition from top-level AZ JUCO Colleges.

The 2024 edition promises to be exciting, with an extensive itinerary covering various cities in Arizona. The tour will weave through baseball hotspots, including Peoria, Yuma, Prescott, Coolidge, Thatcher, Tucson, and more. Each stop is carefully selected to provide players with diverse playing conditions and exposure to different baseball communities, enriching their overall experience.

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Perfect Game coming to Canada in 2024!

Share Perfect Game coming to Canada in 2024! November 6, 2023 10:37 AM PST   Nov 6.23: The Langley Blaze, Abbotsford Cardinals and White Rock Tritons are excited to announce the West Coast Canada Challenge hosted by Perfect Game.  4 fields will be used throughout the Pacific Northwest including McLeod Park in Langley, Delair Park…

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Perfect Game coming to Canada in 2024!

November 6, 2023

10:37 AM PST

 

Nov 6.23: The Langley Blaze, Abbotsford Cardinals and White Rock Tritons are excited to announce the West Coast Canada Challenge hosted by Perfect Game.  4 fields will be used throughout the Pacific Northwest including McLeod Park in Langley, Delair Park in Abbotsford and South Surrey Athletic Park in Surrey.  Teams from across the west will be split into 2 divisions, 17u and 15u.

To request your invite to participate in this event, please click here: https://tinyurl.com/perfectgamecanada

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