Looking at the river and adjacent to the water, heaven bestows a good house, swinging the bat to start the game, and fighting hard. This weekend, baseball teenagers from the two cities along the Yangtze River “swinged with passion” and staged a heated competition. The 2022 MLB CUP Youth Baseball Open Spring Split Wuhan Station and Chongqing Station ended successfully on the 18th and 19th respectively. official.
Chutian city heroic exhibition, Jiang Tao praised the hero. MLB teamed up with Hubei Ehu Baseball and Softball Club to hold this Wuhan competition. 17 teams contributed to four groups of exciting games in the two-day schedule. In the end, the Optics Valley Six Little Bands and HANLIONS FUN won the U10 and U6 championships respectively, while Hubei Ehu won the U12 and U8 championships.
Among the teenagers running hard on the field of Wuhan Station, there is a struggling figure, he is 10-year-old Qian Ruochu. His team, the Optics Valley Six Team, won the MLB CUP U10 championship, and he himself won the “Best Base Runner” award. Opportunities are always reserved for those who are prepared. Ruochu, who was weak from a young age, did not have smooth sailing in the process of learning baseball. From the discouragement of “sitting on the bench” in a game, to the 11th Youth Games in Wuhan City. Taking the opportunity to prove himself, from the bench to the main player, he will do his best no matter where he is. In this MLB Cup, I won the first individual award in my life, and I played very well, proving my strength to everyone. The child’s mother said it was baseball that changed him. Baseball brought him self-confidence and growth, and more courage to work hard and fight hard.
Chongqing’s baseball teenagers also shine on the green field. MLB joined hands with Kuda Baseball Academy and Bloomage International (Chongqing) Cultural Industry Co., Ltd. to bring the Chongqing station game. The Pepsi TOP baseball team finally won the U10 group championship, and the Fengming Tianlang baseball team came out on top in the U8 group.
In 2021, MLB CUP entered Wuhan for the first time. A total of ten teams participated in the competition. This year, the scale of the competition has expanded, and the quality of the competition has also been significantly improved. With the implementation of the “integration of sports and education” policy in Wuhan, the Wuhan Municipal Sports Bureau and the Municipal Education Bureau jointly promoted and established an annual sports event system for primary schools, junior high schools, high schools and colleges. Many schools and baseball clubs have introduced professional youth baseball training programs, allowing more young people to start from scratch to develop an interest in baseball, understand and love baseball, and the baseball culture has also been disseminated and promoted. At present, baseball is very popular in primary schools and even college campuses in Wuhan, and has covered more than 10,000 young people.
Baseball and Chongqing are also “old friends”. As early as 2010, the Chongqing Municipal Government held a baseball friendly match and launched baseball exchange activities. The Chongqing Baseball and Softball Association closely follows the development of baseball and softball in China, and adopts the new idea of ”point to surface” to promote the vigorous development of baseball. In 2019 alone, the Chongqing Baseball and Softball Association hosted three national-level baseball and softball events. In the same year, as the predecessor of MLB CUP, the MLB Junior PlayBall Youth Baseball League kicked off in Chongqing, setting off a national baseball boom.
In 2021, following the footsteps of MLB CUP events, MLB First Pitch baseball charity classes will also enter Chongqing one after another to popularize baseball culture. With the sports work conference held in Chongqing at the beginning of this year, the future sports work was designed from multiple dimensions such as reserve talent training, sports event construction, industrial system construction, etc., showing the determination to build a sports city that matches the status of the municipality directly under the Central Government. Many schools in Chongqing Baseball training camps and baseball lessons have been launched, hoping to bring the soul of baseball to Shancheng.
The MLB CUP Youth Baseball Open not only brought a visual feast to the audience, but also showed the high-spirited and unyielding sportsmanship of the teenagers, which also provided nutrients for baseball to take root in more cities in China. Previously, the MLB CUP spring games were just successfully held in Changsha and Chengdu. A total of 38 teams and hundreds of baseball teenagers actively participated in the competition. This number is still rising. After the two games in Wuhan and Chongqing, MLB CUP will also Towards more cities.
Qi Dong, managing director of MLB China, said, “Baseball is a sport that not only combines running, jumping, and pitching, but also pays attention to strategy. Under the background of the integration and double reduction policy, the diversification of sports is advocated, and baseball is more and more recognized. MLB has also been changing and upgrading events. From the beginning, it only includes 5 cities, and each city has only one U12. The age group has now landed in nearly 20 cities, and each city includes five age groups: U6, U8, U10, U12 and U15. With the popularization of baseball, we also believe that the development of baseball in China can be expected in the future. .”
When the baseball event was launched, the MLB “Love is Awesome” charity campaign did not stop, and continued to launch a donation initiative in the competition area in conjunction with the Strong Stick Angel Project to raise materials for children in poverty-stricken areas in the west and give them a life. Guaranteed and baseball experience that opens up a new world. The young team members participating in Wuhan and Chongqing also donated idle sports equipment, learning items and clothing and other materials to send the warmth of the great boy to friends far away.
In the future, MLB will continue to devote itself to the popularization and development of baseball in China, attract more young people to love and participate in baseball with a good platform and high-quality resources, and contribute to the development of baseball in China.