Baseball5 – Baseball Canada
Baseball Canada partnered with five of their provincial organizations to implement Baseball5, a modified version of baseball that can be played in a school gym without equipment. The program was designed to determine whether Baseball5 could enable boys and girls to participate together and if Baseball5 would be an effective introductory program to children with no baseball experience. The pilot projects took place in Montreal and Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Richmond, British Columbia, Sherwood Park, Alberta and Prospect, Nova Scotia. The target population for the project was children between the ages of six and 14; 150 children participated in the project in total.
Implementation of Baseball5 in schools lead to the following results:
- A potential to increase the participants’ skill levels;
- Ability to have participation reflect the diverse population of the school;
- Development of skills that are transferable to regular baseball;
- Participation of girls and boys together in the same activities.
“If you don’t already play baseball it kind of gives you a chance to try it out and try it in a different way than actual baseball whereas you don’t need all the equipment.”
Figure A. Participants Motivation Levels
Figure B. Participation Rates
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