January 1, 2014 (ISN) – The past year has been an exciting year of growth at Vancouver Island Baseball Institute, with many additions and upgrades within the program in 2013. Below is just a brief recap of an exciting past twelve months for VIBI Baseball.
January saw VIBI launch the overhauled www.VIBaseball.ca, providing a comprehensive online home for the program. All information on the program can be found online, along with regular news updates and stories. During the season, web broadcasts are provided on the website along with recaps of every series. Starting this coming season, series recaps will include a video highlight pack. A renewed commitment was also placed on the program’s Facebook and Twitter homes.
VIBI struck an agreement in January with the Canadian Baseball Network to have the CBN, founded by 2012 JG Taylor Spink Award winner Bob Elliott, run all major news and content from VIBI on www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com
February saw the introduction of VIBI Webcasts. Beginning in 2013, live audio/video broadcasts of all VIBI games are now streamed on VIBaseball.ca with Jonathan Hodgson providing play-by-play
May saw VIBI win three games at the CCBC Tournament in Kamloops, reaching the CCBC Semi-Final game
Summer 2013 saw several VIBI players have outstanding summer seasons in the summer collegiate West Coast League and Western Major Baseball League. Connor Russell (Victoria Harbourcats), Cody Andreychuk, and Darren Kolk (Kelowna Falcons) all had tremendous summers in the WCL, with Kolk being named to the league’s all-star game in Victoria. Five VIBI players competed in the WMBL.
August saw the Toronto Blue Jays send their Honda Super Camps series to Nanaimo, with Blue Jays alums including Roberto Alomar, Lloyd Moseby, Duane Ward, and Cecil Fielder among others hosting instructional camps in Nanaimo for youth players. VIBI players were invited to assist in the camps.
September saw the addition of Digital Media Specialist, Ryan Peppin. Ryan is providing photography of all VIBI games and events, produces video features on events and games, is producing the new VIBI Newsletter, and is involved in other promotional and creative elements.
October saw VIBI stage the annual 100-Inning Game, and saw Ryan Peppin produce his first video feature, ‘A VIBI Halloween’.
VIBI Communications Director, Jonathan Hodgson on the developments of the past year,
“It is exciting to be a part of what we are building here. 2013 has been a very productive year putting many elements in place that will be huge tools in growing our program as time goes on. Our new commitment to our online presence, both through our official website and our social media pages enhances our image and profile in the baseball world.”
“Providing online broadcasts of our games as well as the photo and video coverage we now offer, gives us the ability to display our product in a dynamic way to the baseball world, and as well, is a unique opportunity for our players to have their games carried in such a way, even something as simple as giving their parents and family a chance to watch all of their games live.”
2013 only laid the groundwork for things to come at VIBI, as 2014 promises to build on the successes of this past year. On deck for this coming year is an overhaul of the fans’ game day experience at Serauxmen Stadium, which includes Hodgson and Assistant Coach Nick Salahub investigating the addition of game day promotions in 2014 to make VIBI Baseball @ Serauxmen Stadium a top of the line baseball experience for the people of Nanaimo, and Vancouver Island.
The first priority however for Head Coach Jordan Blundell, remains putting a team on the field that will compete for the program’s second CCBC Championship. Early indications from fall ball are that this will be a competitive, entertaining group and we look forward to getting on the field in the not too distant future!