Hello Asahi families,
On behalf of the coaching staff, we would like to thank all the players and parents for supporting us through the selection process. Picking our final 5 players was very difficult and there will never be a "perfect choice" that will please everyone.
While other travel teams pick players simply on skill and talent with the sole purpose to Win, we have chosen our players based on improvement throughout the year, dedication to the Asahi program, demonstrating the Asahi spirit, and effort "away from the play". Of course, we value skill and talent as well.
We also value players who go out of their way to help set up and tear down the game/practice environment and equipment. Finally, Verbal Support for fellow players and communication during games and practices is valued very highly.
We would like to congratulate the following players in making the tour team.
The Asahi Baseball Association has been instrumental in bringing the prestigious Tokyo-Kitasuna Little League to the VILLC. Tokyo-Kitasuna has represented Japan at the Little League World Series (LLWS) six times since 2001 and won the Championship Four times in 2001, 2012, 2015, and 2017. The Tournament host is Little Mountain Baseball. Tokyo-Kitasuna will be bringing 28 players and participate as 2 teams. Below is a partial list of the schedule including all Asahi (highlighted) and Tokyo-Kitasuna games. Please come out and support the Asahi and Tokyo-Kitasuna. This is a wonderful opportunity to see Japanese baseball at the highest level for the age group.
Thursday May 3
Home Visitor Location Time
Asahi vs Kitasuna #1 UBC Varsity 5:30 pm
Hastings Selects vs Kitasuna #2 Hastings 5:30 pm
Friday May 4
LMB Nationals vs Asahi Hillcrest 9:30 am
Taiwan vs Kitasuna #1 UBC Varsity 4:00 pm
Kitasuna #2 vs Jericho Selects Carnarvon 4:00 pm
Saturday May 5
Asahi vs Taiwan Carnarvon 9:30 am
Kitasuna #1 vs Victoria Selects Hillcrest 9:30 am
Whalley Selects vs Kitasuna #2 Hastings 9:30 am
Victoria Selects vs Asahi Nobel Park (UBC) 3:00 pm
Kitasuna #2 vs LMB Selects Hillcrest 2:00 pm
Kitasuna #1 vs LMB Nationals Hillcrest 5:00 pm
Sunday May 6 (Semi-finals)
Pool A 1st place vs Pool B 2nd place Hillcrest 10:00 am
Pool B 1st place vs Pool A 2nd place Memorial South 10:00 am
PLAYOFFS - Finals (Sunday May 6)
3rd Place vs 4th Place Hillcrest 1:30 pm
1st Place vs 2nd Place Hillcrest 4:30 pm
FIELDS AND LOCATIONS:
Hillcrest - 4595 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver V5Y 2M4
Carnarvon Park - approx. 2969 W 16th Ave @ Carnarvon St., Vancouver
Hastings Community Park - 3157 E. Pender Street, Vancouver
UBC Varsity - 3085 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
Nobel Park - approx. 3999 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
Memorial South Park - East 41st Avenue & Ross Street
The Asahi Baseball Association (formerly known as the Canadian Nikkei Youth Baseball Club) is dedicated to creating healthy communities through the game of baseball. Inspired by the legacy of the Asahi Baseball team, for their skill, perseverance and accomplishments, it is our collective dream to bring back the Asahi Baseball Team to the Nikkei Community and Canada.
We believe in fair play, hard work and teamwork. We are a new club and are open to all, without regard to gender, ethnic origin or residency.