Canadian Elite Players International College and University Showcase

Almost 80 baseball players will attend the Canadian Elite Players International College and University Showcase on the weekend (Oct. 28-29).

The Canadian Thunderbirds Elite Baseball Club of Hamilton and the Premier Baseball League of Ontario are hosts for the event at the Hamilton Soccerdome, 104 Frid Street. The two-day event targets graduating 2007 and 2008 players seeking athletic scholarships or professional draft opportunities in Canada and the United States.

In its brief history, more that 200 college or university scholarships have been offered to players who have taken part in this great event.

Showcase co-ordinators say more than 30 college and university coaches have registered for what has become Canada’s premier elite indoor showcase for Canadian players. Several Major League Baseball scouts are also expected.

In addition to players displaying their skills, there is a College and University Coaches Seminar at the Hamilton Firefighters Banquet Centre at 176 Dartnell Road from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. This program will provide information to families about post-secondary school life.

Mickey Hiter, the president and founder of SANDLOTT Baseball International, the fastest growing baseball conference in North America, will also be in attendanc to talk about SANDLOTT Baseball in Canada.

Each of the coaches on the panel will speak about what their respective university or college programs have to offer. Among the topics they will cover include:

  • How to properly prepare a player’s bio package
  • What coaches look for when scouting a prospect
  • The importance of high academics
  • How an international student is treated in terms of admission
  • Admission requirements
  • NCAA clearing house certification
  • Learning disability programs
  • Tutorial assistance programs
  • Calculating the proper GPA
  • Calculating overall student academic averages when combined with SAT scores.
  • Admission restrictions for International students
  • A typical day in the life of a student athlete
  • Red shirting
  • How a player can lose a scholarship.

The cost of the seminar is $25.00 per person and includes a hot luncheon with all proceeds going to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Players interested in participating may obtain registration forms by contacting the Canadian Thunderbirds office by e-mail at or by phone at (905) 574-1173.