The objective of KidSport NB is to assist children of families facing financial obstacles to participate in community sport programs. The KidSport goal is to provide these children with the opportunity to achieve physical, social, intellectual and moral development through participation in sport.
It is administered by Sport New Brunswick, a volunteer non-profit organization.
For more information, please visit KidSport™ New Brunswick website.
The Canadian Tire JumpStart program is specifically focusing on helping individual children become involved in organized sports and recreational activities to help them develop a healthier lifestyle in their younger years. The program assists financially disadvantaged families in getting their individual children aged 4-18 involved in sports and recreation programs.
For more information, please visit The Canadian Tire JumpStart website.
AA - Peewee U14 - still requires interested candidates
A - on or before April 24, 2016 (please express interest & credentials)
The Fredericton ServiceMaster Mosquito AAA Royals were happy to present Jeff Wright a donation of over $1000. This donation was made possible through the team’s 2015 baseball season fundraising efforts and a contribution from ServiceMaster Fredericton. The Royals’ families decided to invest in the community by making this donation that will support a special fund at the Fredericton Community Foundation in memory of Jeff’s son, Jackson Wright.
Jackson was killed on June 14th by an out of control vehicle while playing baseball on his front lawn. He was a month short of turning nine years old.
The donation was presented by Royals’ player Aaron Hicks, Jackson’s friend and teammate. "Jackson was a great ball player, and he loved the game. It is very kind of Aaron, the coaches, and the families to suggest and decide to contribute this money in memory of Jackson." says Jeff, "We are learning to live without our little man; our little ballplayer. It helps to know that he had great pals and teammates who care about him, and will always remember him."
“Me and Jackson loved to play baseball and that’s why we were buddies”, adds 9-year old Aaron, “I think about him when I play ball and I miss him and I know we were going to be teammates for a long time" The FMBA Board of Directors and Association members are please to support this great effort to support community in memory of Jackson. Well Done!
New 5 year plan established for Royals uniforms
The 2012 Fredericton Minor Baseball AGM put into place some new faces and for the first time a uniform policy that will bring consistant branding throughout the organization for the next 5 years. Tim O'Hara became the new Vice-President, taking over from Jason Fitzgerald who had to step down because of the illness of his daugther. Tony Hay became the new Field Coordinator, Tracy Allen, Bantam Coordinator and Adam Humphrey has taken over the Rookie division as the 2013 coordinator. As part of the new business for 2013 was the plan to update and bring consistency to the uniforms within the organization. Equipment Coordinator Andrew Connolly and President Paul Hornibrook put together a presentation to the board that would see all uniforms updated for the competitive teams in 2013 and the same for recreational teams in 2014. The uniforms will be a consistant style with two of the colors shown, California blue and Royal blue and the FMBA logo embroidered on the sleeve and Royals logo on the front with the number and New Brunswick flag on the back. A top quality New Era type hat will also be part of the new look as well a similar red jersey will be offered with the same embroidery. Pant style will include white or grey with a royal blue pinstrip down the side. Belts will be also available in royal blue, black or red. Board members asked a number of good questions including if teams desire to get second jersey color and hat. Teams would be in charge of paying for the second set of jerseys and would be required to have the uniform embrodiered and labelled exactly as the approved jersey's presented to the board and approved. The motion passed unanimosly and production of the uniforms will begin over the next month or so. FMBA, as always, is greatful to all it volunteers and is looking for a Rally Cap, Mosquito and Pee Wee coordinator for 2013. If you are interested, please contact President Paul Hornibrook.
Former Jays share their baseball knowledge
Moncton NB - As every player knows, if your serious about your baseball, a chance to learn from Major League level players can do nothing but help. Players from FMBA recently attended the Blue Jays Honda Supercamps in Moncton and were able to meet and learn from former Toronto Blue Jays Roberto Alomar, Jesse Barfield, and Duane Ward just to name a few. Some 100 kids ages 10-16 were put through their paces and provided technical training to help them improve their game. FMBA's Sam Tingley was one of some 12 players from our area who attended the camp and enjoyed some time getting photos with both Roberto Alomar and Jesse Barfield. Another player from Fredericton, Jackson Wilson, who found out how much Blue Jay outfielder Jesse Barfield love his Tim Horton's coffee made sure he brought one to him during camp. In fact, Jesse is holding the coffee Jackson brought to him in the photo with Sam. Right photo, Sam Tingley, Jacob Palmer and Jackson Wilson.
Long time community member Bob Kenny addressed the 2012 Royals Baseball Campers on the first day of Camp June 29, 2012. Bob taught campers the importance of team play and of celebrating health. Former Blue Jay and all-star, Tony Fernandez, was on hand along with other camp coaches to hear Bob speak and were encouraged by his remarkable approach during a time in his life where Bob is battling Lou Geriheg's Disease (ASL). The same week former Jay and World Series home run hero, Joe Carter, dropped by and was part of a group, including TD Canada Trust, Blue Jays Care Foundation, Fredericton North Rotary Club, Grant Thornton and the City of Fredericton, that announced a $25,000 grant to rebuild the Royals Field dugouts and were named after Bob Kenny for his longstanding committment to baseball as a player, manager and community supporter. Bob had all the campers in attendance stand together with all the special guests and those gathered for the event to sing "Take me out to the ball game". It was truly a great celebration of baseball and life.
Former MLB All-Star Jason Dickson confirms his attendance
FMBA's President and Executive Director of FMBA Camps, Paul Hornibrook, announced today that All-Star shortstop and 1993 World Series Champion, Tony Fernandez will be the headline coach at this year's June 2012 baseball camp for kids ages 8-14. Tony won the World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays and was a four time Gold Glove award winner during his 17 year Major League career. The Camp week will also be highlighted with a fund raising and camp kickoff dinner on June 24th at Kingswood Lodge. Funds raised at the dinner will help support the TFFoundation, a foundation started by Tony to help underpriviledge kids in Dominican Republic, US and Canada.