I have been involved in baseball in Alberta since moving to Calgary in 1996. I coached baseball in Ontario in 1989, and when I came here wanted to continue that. I went to my local little league and volunteered to coach any team that would take me and they enlisted my services right away. I led a team that was drafted without my input (i.e. all the players none of the other coaches wanted) to the league championship my first year. As we were short on umpires I volunteered to umpire some games as well. I then got more involved in the league, being on the Board of Directors in several capacities including division co-ordinator, tournament director, scheduler and umpire-in-chief. When our league hosted the Prairie Championships I was on the tournament committee and was put in charge of the skills competition. I also helped to run league wide and all-star team selection evaluations, and was an all-star coach..... and THEN my son became old enough to play himself. And that's when I got more involved.
I joined the Board of Directors of the Baseball Alberta association his team played in, and served as VP of Marketing, Director of Fundraising and VP Technical Director & Player Development among other duties. I also got more involved in umpiring, doing many games a season at a local little league, being a member of CABUA and officiating in games at several levels right up to Midget AAA.
I am also a contributor for the Canadian Baseball Network, focusing on Alberta related happenings.