Spring at the School Program by Fraser Valley Baseball Academy

Spring at the School Program by Fraser Valley Baseball Academy

Meet the strong players of Fraser Valley Baseball Team when you register for the spring training program! There are different activities that the team can offer to give you the best sports training possible. 

A brief introduction to the inner workings of baseball is discussed during the first three days of the program led by outstanding coaches of the University of Fraser Valley. This program has a month-worth of sessions that will keep you active during spring break.

Register immediately before the slots are filled at the end of the year. Contact us through the information provided at the end of this page for your reservation. Fraser Valley Baseball Academy welcomes beginners and pros alike so that there is diversity within the spring team. The coaches alongside their top players of the year will look over the training session to teach and guide you on the things you need to know to become a good athlete.

Registration is open throughout the year so you can contact us anytime you want. 

A brief introduction on baseball

There are two opposing teams each made up of nine players for each game. These two teams alternate at offence and defence where they try to score points that are then added in the end. The team with the most score wins the game. 

In special cases where there is a tie, there will be an additional inning to break it. Whoever wins that round will be pronounced as the winning team. Most exciting plays happen during this tie-breaker round because you do not know what to expect. 

Baseball fields are divided into two sections which are the infield and outfield separated by a diamond shape with four bases. There are approximately 90 feet in between each of the four bases. The defensive players scatter around the field to help the batter when it comes to touching down on all bases. This is an important strategy to score a perfect home run.

For the defensive team to score, the batter must run and touch all bases of the field after hitting the ball. The offensive team can steal the ball that is in play while the batter is running towards the bases. The other team can score points when they successfully diverted the ball to all bases before the batter reaches the goal. 

Players can score multiple goals from one hit if their teammates are already on the other bases. This is where the game gets the phrase “the bases are loaded” when each base has a representative of a team present. The batter can tap out of running towards the goal and pass it on to his teammates on each base before tagging out. 

The goal for each team is to outscore their opponents. Each team can score a maximum of four points in each inning. 

Defensive play by the Fraser Valley Team

There are always two teams that play in each baseball game—the home and visiting team that alternates as defensive and offensive in every inning. Usually, the visiting team plays first offense and the home team bats at the bottom of every inning. 

Each team is required to fill exactly nine players in the game, adding more players gives an unfair advantage that is why this rule stands. While the batting team is playing offensive, the defensive team will put players in specific areas of the field to prevent them from scoring. The role of the defence is to prevent the other team from getting hits and scoring runs. 

The defense can score an out when their fielders catch the ball, tag the base runner with it or get to the base goal first with the ball before the batter does. They also score points whenever the offensive hitter strikes out, which means he did not hit the ball for three consecutive tries. 

Nine vital positions should be fielded by the defensive team. Each position has its own function in the team to score points. The defensive team comprises of the following:

  1. Pitcher – He starts the game by standing on the mound near the first base and throwing the ball towards the catcher. This is an attempt to make the batter either swing and miss the ball or put it in play so the other defensive players can catch it to score a point.
  2. Catcher – His function is to squat behind the home plate in order to catch the missed balls by the batter. When the ball is in play, he throws out the offensive players that try to steal the bases. He also adds support by fielding the area around the home plate. 
  3. First baseman – The goal by this player is to field the area near the first base and throw out the offensive players trying to score a point. 
  4. Second baseman – Similar to the first baseman, this player fields the area between the first and second bases. Along with the other basemen, they try to throw out the offensive players.
  5. The third baseman – His goal is similar to the first and second basemen but he fields the area near the third base. This is crucial to the game because touching down the third base would mean the offensive wins.
  6. Shortstop – This player offers support to the second baseman because he fields the area between the second and third bases.
  7. Left field – He offers support on the portion of the outfield on the batter’s left side. 
  8. Center field – The area he fields are the middle portion of the outfield.
  9. Right field – Opposite the left fielder, this player fields the outfield on the right side of the batter.

Offensive play by the Fraser Valley Team

Unlike the defensive team’s nine vital positions, the offensive side only has two important types of players—the hitter and base runner. The other members of the team scattered around the field to offer support to the batter when trying to score a home run. 

The hitter is considered at-bat when he is standing at the plate. During this time, the pitcher of the opposing team throws the ball to the catcher and the batter tries to put the ball in play. Each ball thrown by the pitcher is called a pitch and the umpire or the referee judges if it is a ball or a strike. A strike means that the batter missed the ball. On the other hand, a ball is a pitch that goes to the strike zone. 

There are different things that a hitter can act on during an at-bat, which includes the following:

  1. Walk – When the defensive pitcher throws four balls before drawing three strikes, the hitter is awarded a free base. 
  2. Hit by pitch – The time a hitter is struck a pitch, the umpire can award the player a first base.
  3. Single – The hitter can hit the ball into play far enough to get to the first base.
  4. Double – Similar to singe, but the ball goes far enough to get to second base.
  5. Triple – When the ball is swung by the hitter far enough to get to the third base.
  6. Home run – This is the most exciting part of the game because when the hitter swings the ball over the outfield wall, he is awarded a free trip around the bases. For this to work, the hitter needs to run around the bases and touch each plate until he reaches home run. 
  7. Fielder’s choice – During this play, the hitter swings at the ball but only reaches the base because a fielder chose to throw out an offensive runner. 
  8. Error – This is awarded to the hitter only when the player makes contact with the ball but only reaches base because the fielder misplays the ball. 

The Fraser Valley Baseball Team roster of 2019

During Spring at the School, the baseball players that are participating in the roster helps out their coaches in handling the program. Whoever registers at this training program gets a chance to play with outstanding Fraser Valley athletes of the university. Get to learn from the masters so register today while slots are still available!

Here are the top players of the 2019 roster of Fraser Valley Baseball Team:

  • Jordan Sass 
  • Jack Ray
  • Liam Campbell
  • Dylan Emmons 
  • Jonah Weisner
  • Evan Petersen
  • Matt Poirier
  • Jason Powers
  • Markus Gregson
  • Josh Berenbaum
  • Jared Pringle
  • Riley Jepson
  • Brody Vogel 
  • Flynn Ridley
  • Ryan West
  • Zane Webber
  • Riley Ens
  • Zach Chaba
  • Stephen Horner
  • Dylan Sheardown
  • Dylan Merritt
  • Rajan Gill
  • Brad Bishop
  • Travis Klein

Contact Fraser Valley Baseball Academy today!

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