As the year is drawing to a close, we continue to make significant progress
playing baseball and developing the school. In December, four of the AVRS
Secondary School students will be attending the Major League Elite training
program in South Africa during the early 10 days. Two of the players are in
S4 and are about to turn 16. The other two are in S3 and are about to turn
14 and 15. Are they our best players? Not necessarily. But they are players
that the Major League Baseball people responsible for this program invited
when they stopped by at the school in July for a couple of hours. Even
though they will be among the youngest at this program, we believe they will
be making a significant impression on the scouts there. We do know that
Cincinnati will be watching very closely one of the players they liked in
January of this year when they spent two days watching our young players. He
is one of the four selected to go next month.
We have been advised that Major League Baseball will be hosting a continent
wide meeting for the heads of the respective African baseball federations in
Kampala around the 10th of December. Another item that is beginning to show
that Uganda is on its way to becoming the center of African Baseball.
On this Saturday,
November 11, 2016 the AVRS student team will be playing their last two games
of the year in the Uganda adult baseball league supported by a charity based
in Japan. This will bring them to a total of 12 games spread over 10 months.
If they win both, they are definitely the champs. Right now they are 9 wins
and 1 loss where everyone they play is on the average several years older
than everyone of our players. We are also the only team that will play two
games every time they play as the other teams only play one because they use
only one pitcher, where we use at least two pitchers for each game and
sometimes three for each game.
We are in the final stages of bringing a team of players from the school to
spend about 10 days playing many games here in the U.S. We expect this
program to be played in the early part of August 2017, based around the Toms
River area of New Jersey. We are also trying to expand that visit to play
some RBI teams in the Cincinnati area.
Unfortunately, under the new interpretation of Little League rules, they
have declared that the AVRS school will not be allowed to participate in any
Little League tournaments since we have students at the school from all over
the country. They want us to only allow players from Kampala to play, which
we refuse to do as that would be unfair to all the other students from the
rest of Uganda. They have little idea about how schools in Uganda operate.
On January 9, 2016 the Little League complex will be hosting the first
annual Uganda National Baseball Championship for secondary school teams of
S1 and S2 students. We expect in January 2018 to be hosting this tournament
and one for the next level up. That is teams of S3 and S4 students. We
expect eight to be playing in the double elimination tournament. We expect
two games being played starting at 10AM and two games each afternoon at 2PM.
The Uganda Commissioner of Sports will cover the transportation costs of the
traveling schools and a trophy. Uganda Little League will be housing and
feeding all the players and coaches.
Also starting on January 9 will be running our eight annual two week coaches
training clinic. We expect around 60 coaches to be attending. The program is
by invitation only as Uganda Little League covers every ones housing and
feeding costs. All they have to do is come to the complex. This program has
been a major contributor to the expansion of baseball in Uganda over the
recent years and we expect it to continue to do this in the future.
This year, as the AVRS school starts its' fifth year, two major components
are being added to the school program. A young American from the U.S. is
coming over as a volunteer to set up a film production school for all our
students. In about 6 to 12 months you will be able to see a movie written,
produced, directed, acted, edited and distributed by the students of the
school. This will be the first film school in Uganda and we hope you will
see a number of their productions in the future. They will also be using the
new Pavilion where theatrical productions of various play rights will be
preformed, possibly including plays written and acted in by the students.
The final touch will be a musical band that will be developed amongst the
students starting with the new school year in January. Will it be a marching
band? We are going to be working to that as the next step. As we indicated
earlier, lots of things are going on.
Keep watching this web site, because we expect to be putting on videos of
some of the baseball games, softball games, basketball games and soccer
games that are being played at the school. We also expect to post some
theatrical productions on the web site. If you would like to assist in some
way, we would welcome you to the school.
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.