Volunteers needed for 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup

May 3, 2017

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- With the WBSC U-18 baseball World Cup now less than four months away, the Thunder Bay International Baseball Association (TBIBA) is on the hunt for volunteers to staff the event that will take place from September 1-10, 2017.

“Volunteers are the backbone of events such as this one,” said Warren Philp, Executive Director of TBIBA. “No baseball expertise is needed for many of the positions that are available. If you have an interest, register today.”

Yesterday, at a news conference at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay, tournament officials revealed an online database housed at thunderbay2017.com where volunteers can register for positions ranging from team hosts and ticket takers to social media and music coordination.

With over 40 volunteer roles to be fulfilled, there is literally something for everyone to become involved with the tournament.

Other announcements coming out of the news conference included Air Canada coming on board as an event partner joining a list that includes Tbaytel, Goldcorp and CN Rail.

An update was also given on host venues Port Arthur Stadium and Baseball Central who are both currently undergoing construction and improvements.

“We have a number of projects that are ongoing,” says Reg Galbraith, Director of Facilities for TBIBA. “Fortunately we began the improvements last fall and we therefore have a head start. We will be ready for the audit the WBSC officials will conduct in June.”

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.