New 3 year plan established for Royals uniforms
The Fredericton Peterbilt DQ Royals are giving Fredericton Minor Baseball Association's 12 competitive teams the Royal treatment.
The three-year deal has a number of key players.
The senior Royals, FMBA and DQ are working in coordination with Under Armour, MacTavish's Source for Sports, and Valley Graphics.
The partnership will unify and brand all the competitive-level FMBA Royals with new Under Armour royal blue jerseys and all teams will be branded DQ Royals moving forward.
Each team will have the option for a secondary major team sponsor as well.
The Fredericton Senior Royals/Nationals Tournament Committee and DQ will be funding the deal.
It's a financial commitment "in the low five figures," said Kristian Dewar, who wears two hats -- senior Royals president and DQ co-owner.
Dewar says it's an investment worth making.
"Fredericton minor ball was a huge supporter, from a volunteer perspective, for nationals," Dewar said. "The players and coaches were great -- from chasing balls to being batboys or being part of the tournament committee. Honestly, I don't know if we could have done it without them."
As a show of appreciation, Dewar said the senior Royals agreed some of the proceeds from the nationals should go towards FMBA.
"With the competitive-level Royals, there are a lot of different jerseys ... some baby blue, some royal blue, so having that uniformity in uniforms was something we identified as being a goal."
The plan came together over several months. Under Armour regional rep Jason Mackinnon will work in consultation with approved Under Armour supplier MacTavish, with Robbie Weale as the point man there. Once Weale gets the orders in, he sends it to Valley Graphics to add the Royals logos.
This year the four AAA level teams -- 11U mosquito, 13U peewee, 15U bantam and 18U midget -- have received their new jerseys. AA teams will be next year and A teams will be in year three.
Last year, Under Armour announced a 10-year partnership deal with major league baseball, which starts in the 2020 MLB season.
"Under Armour is becoming huge," Dewar said. "We'll have their jerseys, hats, pants, hoodies, dri-fit shirts -- all their apparel -- for our teams. By 2019, we'll look the same from head to toe."
FMBA president Tim O'Hara says there are 11 competitive teams this year, and is optimistic a 15U A team will be in place by year three. Even so, those 11 squads have 139 players.
The association's overall registration total is 651, up 79 players from last season.
"The partnership between us and the senior Royals has been very beneficial to our members," O'Hara said.
Royals import Shane Kraemer will start five straight weeks of camps in July. As it is, "he already helps a lot," O'Hara said. "He comes out to practices ... as do Mike Washburn Jr., Jody Peterson, Corey Wood -- all of them help out, here and there."
O'Hara says that mentorship isn't lost on the young Royals.
"Everybody within minor baseball looks up to the senior Royals and aspires to play for them one day," O'Hara said. "This is a pretty big deal. It took a while to put in place and a lot of work on Kristian's part. It's something we very much appreciate."
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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.
Matt Stairs will be in Fredericton to do an autograph session Saturday November 19th from 1pm to 3pm at the Exhibition Grounds and is the special guest at the Annual Fredericton Sports Investment Dinner December 3rd.
The event is to support the local SPCA and Matt will be offering signed baseballs for a $5 donation to the SPCA and raffle tickets on the Matt Stairs collectables will be available for $2 each with $1 on each ticket going to the SPCA. This will be the first autograph session in Fredericton since our hometown hero retired from 19 years of Major League Baseball.
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