Women Playing Baseball Association
The mission of the WBL Girls International Baseball Academy is to unite children from around the world who love baseball and provide instruction in baseball while educating them about their sport’s history, future, and opportunities.
GIBA Objectives are…
To help develop the baseball skills needed to continue a career in youth and women’s baseball.
Provide role models for the girls through baseball accomplished female instructors and supportive male coaches.
To teach the rules of baseball through umpire clinics, lessons in rule interpretation, and integrated training.
To provide the mental tools necessary to compete at both a high level of baseball and in a male dominated sport through learned sports psychology tools.
To provide a safe, fun, and supportive environment to participate in the physical activity of baseball through caring and qualified instructors, good facilities, and a predetermined safety and health plan.
The Australian Women’s Baseball Team will be competing in the Inaugural Women’s World Series in Toronto next year.
Grant Weir -Manager
With 20 players on the squad Team Australia will take on Japan, Canada and the USA with games to be played at the Sky Dome.
Australian National Women’s
Australian Women’s Baseball Team
Grant Weir, Head Coach
(Victorian Baseball Association)
Kane Longstaff, Assistant Coach
(Port Melbourne Baseball Club)
Emma Binks (Malvern)
Rebecca Coombes (Chelsea)
Pamela Donald Melbourne)
Narelle Gosstray (Malvern)
Marion Grant (Malvern)
Samantha Hamilton (Greenhills/Montmorency)
Ella Holien (Blackburn)
Jade Hough (Doncaster)
Christina Kreppold (WA)
Deanne Lee (Watsonia)
Shae Lillywhite (Chelsea)
Kellie Manzie (Sandringham)
Shelli Marklew (Sandringham)
Paula Papanicolau (Port Melbourne)
Shandelle Ross (Port Melbourne) Catherine Row (Greenhills/Montmorency)
Terina Stokes (Port Melbourne
Renee Straumietis (NSW)
Simone Wearne (Springvale)
Melissa Whitaker (Malvern)
Other areas where women play baseball in Australia.
NSW Girl’s Under 14
The Australian Women’s Baseball Team will be competing in the Inaugural Women’s World Series in Toronto next year. A Squad of 30 players from last Easter’s National Tournament has been chosen and the touring party of 20 players will be selected before Christmas
Victoria has 19 players in the squad, the only exception being Sue-Ann Lord (Melbourne) who has unfortunately had major knee surgery. Team Australia will take on Japan, Canada and the USA with games to be played at the Sky Dome.
% of Women vs Man in Baseball
Mo’ne Davis born 2001 is the first woman player to win Little League World Series baseball game, and she did it at the age of 15.
Hotdog’s are the most famous food beverage at the stadion during baseball games. It is said that 5,508,887 were eaten during major league season in 2014.
Effa Louise Manley born in 1897 is the only woman to this day that is placed in Baseball Hall of Fame, no woman got placed there except her.
Justine Siegal: President of Women’s Baseball League
Justine is the President & Founder of Women’s Baseball League. She has played baseball for twenty-five years, with seventeen of those seasons on male teams. She has played/coached
in Australia, U.S.A., Japan, Canada, Venezuela, and the United Kingdom. In 2005 & 2006, she served as an IBAF coach at the World Children’s Baseball Fair.
Justine served on USA Baseball’s Women’s Steering Committee during the formation of the team USA’s gold medal win the IBAF World Cup. Her self-designed undergraduate degree (St. Olaf College) was, “Variations of Leadership: Baseball, Religion, Military” and her Master’s Degree is in Sport Studies (Kent State University). Justine is NCCP Level 3 qualified. Of and on the field, she enjoys spending time with her eight-year old daughter.
Patrick McCauley: Founder of Team Canada Women’s Program
Patrick is the President of Central Ontario Girls Baseball League and the Vice President of Women’s Baseball League. In 2003, he led Team Canada to victory at the AAU Women’s National Championships. Once a coach for Team Ontario Women (2001-2003) he now coaches the Team Ontario Peewee Girls(13U). In 2003, he was named a Baseball Ontario Coach of the Year. His start in girls’ baseball began with his oldest daughter twelve years ago.
Nikki Ross: Baseball Canada Umpire Course Conductor
Nikki is an Umpire Course Conductor for Baseball Ontario and Baseball Canada. She serves as the Supervisor of Umpires for both Women’s Baseball League and the Central Ontario Girls Baseball League. She was the Umpire in Chief for the 2005 Women’s World Series at Disney World. She is the President of Mississauga North North Baseball and also heads the “Right Call,” a company that sells umpire uniforms, team uniforms, corporate wear. As a grandmother, mother, and wife, Nikki is both active on and off the field.
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St.Petersburg (Fla.) City Council made this Thursday a vote giving the Rays legal clearance to study relocation of their stadium sites outside the city, for the first time. It provides the option either to remain in Tampa Bay or move to Montreal or Mexico. These two options provide solace to fans favouring their continuance in Tampa Bay, as well as to those vying for their relocation to new places as above. In this context, Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner Manfred has favoured Mexico as a possible new place for shifting.
To begin with, Rays are concentrating searching around their close neighbourhoods such as Pinellas and Hillsborough. Next to Tropicana Field, is Tampa Bay a prospective, suitable League market for Rays to play? Rays owner Stuart Sternberg will find this easy to answer as this site will satisfy a section of fans. And, in the event of Rays landing on a suitable site for their stadiums in their vicinity (first option), private and public funds will be raised. If however they find no such place, then, Sternberg has the inevitable option to seek suitable places elsewhere.
Rays agreement with St. Petersberg is valid until 2027. But, Thursday’s mandate maintains that they cannot play elsewhere in the region until 2018. It’s OK, in so far as the team will generally get minimum a year’s time to study the market. If, breaking the agreement, Rays move into a new place for the 2018 season, they have to shell out $24 million to St. Petersburg.
Then another question arises. When $24 million is an acceptable compensation for shifting a baseball franchise across the bridge, what should be the compensation when it is shifted to a distant place like Mexico or Montreal (Canada)?
But, the St. Petersberg Mayor Rick Kriseman plans to ensure two things in the interest of the city, when Rays decide to leave: (1) the place is suitably redeveloped, and (2) the Rays give a fair amount to the exchequer while leaving the town.
Meanwhile, Sternberg, a pragmatic man as he is, prefers a place in the present region. He has begun house-hunting which is good news for all stakeholders.
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Ive been part of this association since 2013, I’m proud of it and I encourage any women that is interested in baseball to join us!Jersey McKiney