2022 Women’s Invitational Tournament Slides into Home Plate in Stonewall
Canadian girls and women have always dabbled in baseball. However, they usually mixed in among the boys; but not in the numbers they play the sport now, 20 years after the first sanctioned national championship for girls’ baseball in 1998.
Historically, females played softball and males played baseball in Canada. The reason was mostly cultural, reported Andre Lachance, former general manager of Baseball Canada and former field coach of Canada's National Women's Baseball Team.
Baseball Canada's Director of Business Development and Sport, André Lachance, bid farewell to his duties at the federation's national office. He indicated in the past.
“Baseball associations would simply not offer baseball for girls. I’m not sure about why. Perhaps a stereotype that girls cannot handle baseball or that they would get hurt. He offered. “I would say things started to change in the late 1990s. We had our first national championship back then. The first Women’s Baseball World Cup was in 2004. Lots has happened in just 15 years.”
This summer will be a golden opportunity to see some of Canada's best ball players.
The 2022 Women’s Invitational Championship is heading back to Stonewall, Manitoba. The popular event featuring the top female baseball talent in the country will be hosted from July 21 -24, 2022. The previous event scheduled in 2020 and 2021 were both cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Stonewall is no stranger to hosting Baseball Canada National Championship events. They have previously hosted the Baseball Canada Cup on three occasions in the late 90’s while recently putting on successful editions of the 21U Women’s Invitational in both 2017 and 2018.
“The Manitoba Girls Baseball committee to so pleased to be hosting our third National event.
We had the privilege of hosting two 21U tournaments and will use that experience to welcome the best women players in Canada in July.
The calibre of baseball is excellent, and we would love to see fans from across Manitoba come out and enjoy weekend a exceptional baseball,” said Gail Lanqlais, co-chairperson, Women’s Invitational Championship Committee.
Manitoba Hosts 14U Female Baseball Western Championship Tournament
American culture has identified boys as baseball players and girls as softball players. Despite this cultural undercurrent, Manitoba has a wealth of girls on baseball teams.
They are authentic! Only if “normal” is being one of the elite players on their all-star baseball team. And what if all their teammates are boys. These girls are not interested in making a statement. They have played baseball their whole lives, and they are good.
Across the country, girls devoted to baseball, and with as many seasons of youth ball under their belts along side as their male teammates.
One such avenue is the Girls Baseball Program administered by the Manitoba Baseball Association. Presently, there are four female programs currently running – U14 Team Toba, U16 Team Toba and the 21U Team Toba and Senior Women’s Provincial Teams.
The 14U Team Toba will be taking part in the Western Canadians being held in their home province of Manitoba on August 20th and 21st, 2022
“The host site, Optimist Park in Winnipeg has a long history of hosting provincial and national events. St. James Assiniboia Minor Baseball is pleased to partner with the Hosting Committee to be the host site for the 2022 14U Girls Western Canada Baseball Championships
It has hosted to the Pan Am Games, North American Indigenous Games, Western Canada, and National Championships,” stressed Treasurer Brent Mahoney.
“We are excited to host the 14U Girls Baseball Western Championship in Manitoba and look forward to a return to baseball,” indicated Roger Langlais, Chairperson, 14U Tournament Committee.
Be sure to come and cheer on Manitoba’s up and coming talent and enjoy a weekend of quality youth baseball.