Mission Baseball returning to the diamond

Opening pitch set for April 13 at Mission Sports Field

Mission Baseball opens on April 13.

It’s almost time to play ball in Mission.

Opening day for the Mission Minor Baseball Association (MMB) is set for April 13, with 7U, 9U, 11U, 15U and 18U registration ongoing.

MMB has already announced that 13U registration is full, with limited spots remaining for 11U, 15U and 18U.

Registration is now only available online, with details posted on missionbaseball.org.

Challenger baseball, which gives children with cognitive or physical disabilities the opportunity to hit the diamond, also has availability and it’s offered for anyone aged four and up and is free to participate.

All seasons wrap up in mid- to late-June, with home games played at the Mission Sports Park.

May is a big month for MMB, with the annual River Rush Spring Tournament.

The event, for peewee and bantam A squads, runs from May 23 to 26 this year.

Another big event on the local baseball calendar is the Ice Breaker Summer Tournament, which runs from June 27 to July 1.

Peewee A and midget AA teams are set to take to the field.

Those interested in umpiring still have a chance to be certified this season, with the closest training session occurring in Richmond on April 7.

For more information on the clinics, visit members.bcbua.ca/?pg=clinics.

MMB is always looking for volunteers in a variety of positions, both on and off the field. They encourage the idea by refunding a $75 volunteer fee at registration if a family member contributes by being a head coach at any level.

Registrants can also receive the refund by working a four-hour shift in the concession, being a scorekeeper or being a field dresser at one of the MMB’s tournaments.

For more information on the organization, visit www.missionbaseball.org.

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