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President's Message

2016 Season
Mar 28, 2016, 11:15 am





BOMBA President

Paolo Mari




On behalf of the BOMBA Board of Directors I would like to welcome you to the 2016 baseball season.  For those of you who are new to BOMBA, welcome to our baseball family.


The upcoming season promises to be the largest in recent history with BOMBA’s registration increasing by approximately 40% from last year. This season we will have over 90 House League baseball teams.


Our Burlington Bulls REP division has also expanded with the addition of a second Junior Rookie Ball team and a 16U Bulls team competing in the newly created Baseball Ontario Elite Division.


BOMBA is also proud and excited to be entering into its fourth year of our Challenger Baseball program   Challenger is looking for volunteers to help the Challenger athletes during the season. If you, your player, or someone you know is interested in helping with Challenger Baseball please contact Kelly Scott at burlingtonchallenger@gmail.com


As President of BOMBA Baseball, I would like to personally invite you to Parents Night on April 14th at Mainway Auditorium. That night you will have the opportunity to meet BOMBA’s Board of Directors who will provide you with important information about the upcoming season, including the team formation process, uniform pick up and game scheduling. The information night will be divided into two sessions, with the entry level divisions of Blastball, T-Ball, and Soft Toss at 6:30pm and the intermediate and senior divisions of Grasshopper to Midget starting at 7:45pm.


Industry specialists from Corbett’s Source for Sports will be present with baseball equipment for purchase as well as Tyler Patzalek of Power Alley Baseball with information about summer training camps.


With the increased enrollment in 2016 BOMBA is seeking additional House League Team Sponsors. If you or your company would like to learn more about House LeagueTeam Sponsorship opportunities, please contact our Director of Sponsorships through the BOMBA office at 905-631-0211 or administrator@baseballburlington.com.


If you have volunteered to Coach or Assistant Coach a House League team in 2016, BOMBA will be hosting a police check night at Burloak Sports Centre on Wednesday, April 6th from 6pm – 8pm. All coaching volunteers must provide a police check, issued within the past two years. BOMBA will cover the cost of police checks conducted that evening.


Please keep the weekend of May 6th to 8th available for Baseball is Back – BOMBA’s official opening weekend!   Game schedules for this weekend will be distributed and posted on BOMBA’s website by May 1st. During this event, BOMBA will be hosting its first annual “Batting Out Hunger” Food Drive for the Salvation Army. Watch your e-mail for more information about this food drive in the next few weeks.


BOMBA’s Summer Camps will also return this year. The Burlington Summer Baseball Camps are driven by Power Alley Baseball led by Tyler Patzalek. In the coming weeks you will receive an email about the Summer Camps with instructions on how to register. We plan to build on the tremendously positive feedback from the 2015 summer camps and 2016 winter camps to provide a unique development environment for both House League and REP players.


If you are as anxious to get going as we are, this coming week, BOMBA is hosting DK Bats (dkbatcompany.com) who will provide a demo and instruction night(s) about wood bats, used in the Bantam and Midget divisions.   DK Bats will be at Burloak Sports Centre from 5pm – 7:30pm   Monday March 28th to Wednesday March 30th. Players that purchase a bat will be able to customize colours and have their name engraved on the bat. Everyone is welcome to drop by and learn about DK Bats’ products.


Check the BOMBA website www.baseballburlington.com regularly for information about the season and all of the upcoming season events.   The Events Calendar on the website is constantly updated with all of the latest information.


We are very excited about the 2016 season and hope that every athlete has a fantastic experience full of fun and development!


Don’t hesitate to e-mail us if you have any questions throughout the season!


Please "follow" us on Twitter  @BOMBAbaseball and "like" us on Facebook#BOMBAbaseball


Baseball is Back Weekend
Feb 8, 2016, 5:59 pm


BOMBA President

Paolo Mari





Join us for our Opening Day Weekend games.


Please "follow" us on Twitter  @BOMBAbaseball and "like" us on Facebook#BOMBAbaseball





Fall Baseball Clinics
Oct 26, 2015, 2:10 pm


BOMBA President

Paolo Mari





Looking for Fall Baseball Clinics?


BOMBA Baseball Academy announces exciting new fall development clinics


The BOMBA Baseball Academy is holding 4 multiple week camps in November and December.  The camps will be led by Tyler Patzalek and held at the Bulls Pen.


High Performance Hitting Clinic - REP Players

REP players will be taught hitting fundamentals through drills, which will improve their mechanics. Players will learn the mentality you need when on offense to be successful at the plate.  The clinic will run for 6 weeks led by Tyler Patzalek.


Fall House League Development Program 

The BOMBA Baseball Academy House league development program is back and for the first time offering a fall session.  The house league development program focuses on improving the core strengths of baseball by breaking down the basics of throwing, hitting, fielding, and pitching.  If your son or daughter has a passion for baseball and is looking to make great strides in their game... this is the program for them.  The development program provides an excellent mix of professional instruction and training that is guaranteed to provide you with the skills you need to play the world greatest game.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to take the next steps to becoming your teams MVP.  


High Performance Catcher Clinic - REP Players

Calling on all Rep catchers with a burning desire to develop at the ever-demanding position.  This class is for strong competitors who have a knack for the game and position.    The high-performance catching class will run 6 weeks and cover a range of material from set ups and receiving to blocking and game calling.  Led by Tyler Patzalek.


SmallBallers Program

This program calls for all little all-stars ages 3-7 who want to start their bright baseball careers early.  Over the course of 5 weeks your athlete will learn the very basics of baseball including hitting, catching and throwing. The SmallBaller programs instruction, drills and games have been specifically designed to improve your athlete’s baseball and motor skills all while having the most FUN of the fall season!  If this is your childs first time touching a baseball or if they are already an all-star, SmallBallers is the program for your up and coming MVP!



 To register for Fall Baseball Clinics click here


 Please "follow" us on Twitter  @BOMBAbaseball and "like" us on Facebook#BOMBAbaseball




Burlington Bulls Elite
Aug 10, 2015, 10:45 am



BOMBA President

Paolo Mari





BOMBA will be fielding teams in the Midget Elite Baseball league. BOMBA will field a 15U, 16U and 18U teams for the 2016

To find out more or register for tryouts click here 


Please "follow" us on Twitter  @BOMBAbaseball and "like" us on Facebook#BOMBAbaseball





2015 Summer Clinics Announcement
Mar 11, 2015, 6:05 pm


BOMBA President

Paolo Mari



Looking for Summer Baseball Camps?


BOMBA Baseball Academy announces an exciting new partnership with the Burlington Bandits and Ontario Blue Jays. 


The Burlington Baseball Camp powered by the Burlington Bandits of the Intercounty Baseball League and the Ontario Blue Jays, Canada’s Top Amateur Program strives to offer campers a full-day baseball experience. The camp will be staffed by highly trained and respected members of the Bandits and Ontario Blue Jays and will give campers the opportunity to learn and develop in a demanding yet supportive environment. The camp will feature age and position specific curriculum and will cater to players of all ages and levels of ability through using incrementally progressive instruction and programming. Players will receive a strong knowledge base in the fundamentals specific to their position as well as learning about all aspects of game play. Campers will have an opportunity to display their newly found and improved skills in regular intersquad game play throughout the week.


The Burlington Baseball Camp is designed so that campers can progress from week to week and continue developing their skill set to the best of their ability. Whether the camper attends for 1 week or the entire summer, they will learn new things and face new challenges each day.


The camp dates and location are:






June 29-July 3 (No camp July 1)

Nelson Park


July 6-July 10

Nelson Park

High Performance

July 13-July 17

Nelson Park


July 20-July 24

Nelson Park


July 27-July 31

Nelson Park

High Performance

Aug 4-Aug 7 (No camp Aug. 3)

Nelson Park


Aug 10-Aug 14

Nelson Park


Aug 17-Aug 21

Nelson Park


 To register for the Burlington Baseball Camp 2015 click here



 Please "follow" us on Twitter  @BOMBAbaseball and "like" us on Facebook#BOMBAbaseball




2015 Development Plans
Dec 24, 2014, 12:04 pm


BOMBA President

Paolo Mari



2015 Development Plans


BOMBA is committed to the continuous development of our athletes, coaches, and umpires. The Board have taken great strides to advance our development plans.



Bulls Pen

BOMBA has exclusive use of the Bulls Pen (located at Burloak Sports) though the year. The addition of the Bulls Pen will advance development opportunities for REP athletes, House League athletes, and umpires. The Bulls Pen will be available to all teams throughout the year. Look under the BOMBA Baseball Academy menu for more details.




   The BOMBA Baseball Academy







Established in 2014, the Academy is dedicated to providing an environment of continuous development for all our athletes.


The program includes:


•Bulls Winter Development Program

•House League Development Program

•Specialized Position Training Programs

•Blue Jays Skills Camp

•Summer Clinics

•Umpire Development

•Coach Clinics (NCCP)


Visit the webiste often for upcoming development opportunties.


Please "follow" us on Twitter  @BOMBAbaseball and "like" us on Facebook#BOMBAbaseball




2015 Board of Directors
Dec 24, 2014, 11:46 am


BOMBA President

Paolo Mari



Welcome our New Board Members

Director of Concessions - Sue Boye

Director of Minor House League - Dave Lepoidevin

Director of Entry Level House League - Adrian Biggs

Director of High Performance Baseball - Jason Round

Director of Coach Selection and REP Development - Roger Watt


We thank these and all our volunteers for their time and continued support to grow the game. 


The complete list of Board Members can be found under the Contact Us menu.


Please "follow" us on Twitter  @BOMBAbaseball and "like" us on Facebook#BOMBAbaseball




2014 Season
Dec 24, 2014, 11:27 am


BOMBA President

Paolo Mari



What happened in 2014?


Registration increased 11% from 2013 with HL increase of 17.3%

    • 1200 players in BOMBA with 391 new players to BOMBA
    • 79 House League teams (from 72 in 2013)
    • 6 Select teams (from 4 in 2013)
    • 1 Challenger team
    • 16 REP teams
    • Total of 102 teams in 2014 from 95 in 2013


  • In House League, Milton joined our HL loop 7 teams from Pee Wee to Midget
  • 13 out of our 15 REP teams qualified for the provincial championships.HL Championship Day saw all Burlington teams win the HL Championship from Rookie Ball to Midget (from Pee Wee to Midget we included external communities)
  • 2 teams advanced to Championship Sunday with the Minor Pee Wee Bulls 1 team winning the AAA provincial championship


Development Programs


    • 3rd Year of the House League Development Program
    • 3rd Year of the Blue Jays Instructional Clinic
    • Created the BOMBA Baseball Academy – with the HL Development Program (5 Week Program) and Bulls Winter Development Program (15 Week Program)
    • Hosted 10 NCCP coaching sessions for both REP and HL coaches
    • Hosted Andrew Tinnish (AGM of Toronto Blue Jays) for coach session on practice planning
    • Sponsored REP coaches to attend Blue Jay Academy Coach Clinic and Baseball Ontario Best Ever Clinic
    • Partnered with the Burlington Bandits to offer Summer Baseball Clinics
    • Started Baseball’s Back – Opening weekend exhibition games focused on umpire development
    • Conducted Level 1 and 2 Umpire Clinics
    • Hosted 8 tournaments including Junior Eliminations, Minor Rookie Ball COBA playoffs, Minor Bantam and Major Pee Wee provincial championship



The Objectives of Baseball Burlington


Last year the feedback from parents helped developed our 2014 plans:


    • Training and Development (HL and REP)
    • Batting Cages
    • Coach Selection
    • Improve REP tournament (more involvement from BOMBA and making them more events)
    • Season is too short
    • Coach Mentoring to ensure BOMBA standards are being met
    • Improved marketing of BOMBA


How did we do to these goals?


Quality of our Baseball Diamonds


  • We have increased our dialogue with the city and have built a positive relationship. However, we are still at the mercy of the city with the quality of our diamonds. We have been active participants in the several revitalization projects.
      • In September, the city begun revitalization of Ireland diamonds (D1 to D3). The project involves:

          • New fencing and netting
          • Relamping of D1 and D2
          • New player benches
      • Brant Hills revitalization will commence in October to May involving new fencing and for our Rookie Ball teams electrical power at Brant Hills A
      • Sherwood Forest park is in the early stages of revitalization discussion which will include the current 4 diamonds


High Performance Baseball


          • Increased the level of development of our players through the Bulls Winter Development Program, House League Program, Hitting Clinics, and Coaching Clinics
          • Created a partnership with Sports Specific Training (SST) in Burlington – discounted rates for all BOMBA players
          • We added a Bulls 3 team in Minor Mosquito, Major Mosquito, Major Pee Wee, and Major Bantam. These teams replaced the Select teams for 2015.


Coach Selection


          • Changed the process in coach selection for the 2015 season.
          • Interviewed all applicants
          • Standardized questions and format
          • Scorecard applicant on leadership, experience, technical ability, communication skills, and philosophy
          • The interview committee consisted of more than 1-2 people – involved 4-6 people


Improve the marketing of BOMBA


          • We continue to utilize our website and adapt our website for improved communication. Changed the layout of the website to condense the menu options for ease of navigation
          • We need to advance out use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
          • Created a separate website for the Burlington Bulls
          • We started to track how new participants to BOMBA heard of us. Greater than 70% had heard of us from an existing player or member. Our biggest marketing tool is the experience we bring and the resulting word of mouth advertising.


Team selection

          • Tryouts in September were changed to involve more independent evaluators. Many of these evaluators were other coaches, Board Members, graduated players, and past coaches.
          • Tryout hats and shirts were added to create a common platform for all players
          • Ratings and Rankings were discussed with the coaches prior to team selection and notification
          • House League teams were selected through the HL committee based on ratings to balance the teams
          • Each HL player from Grasshopper to Midget is now rated for effective team selection



2015 Objectives:


          • Continue to build infrastructure working with the city to build batting cages at Ireland
          • Making Ireland exclusive to BOMBA teams – partnering with other baseball organizations in Burlington such as GHBL and Vintage leagues
          • Midget Elite Team – decided not to field a Midget Elite team in 2015 in order to plan and execute it properly
          • Leverage the Bulls Pen for HL Development Program, Free HL Clinics with registration, Hitting Clinics, Catcher Clinics, Pitching Clinics, Drop-In times, summer indoor practices.
          • Expand Baseball’s Back as our official opening day
          • Continue to grow Select Baseball through our summer All Star tournament team



Overall, the state of baseball in Burlington is bright. We are growing, we are stressing grassroots development of coaches, players, and umpires, we are willing to change and challenge the norm of community based baseball.


Please "follow" us on Twitter  @BOMBAbaseball and "like" us on Facebook#BOMBAbaseball




2014 Season Opening
May 13, 2014, 2:05 pm


BOMBA President

Paolo Mari



For many of us the 2014 season has begun.  Over the winter months BOMBA has been focusing on providing development programs for our young athletes and ensuring that the 2014 season is event filled and fun.


We launched the BOMBA Baseball Academy with the Bulls Development Program and the House League Development Program.  BOMBA also offered hitting clinics and coach clinics as part of our development focus.

Development opportunities will continue in the summer months with the Blue Jays Instructional Clinic (June 14th) and the Burlington Bandits Camps (July 14th and 21st). 


The return of Baseball is Back! on May 9th to 10th have a majority of our teams participating in exhibition games as our official Opening Day.  The day was also used for umpire development with many of our senior umpires mentoring our new and second year umpires.


In 2014, we launched Grasshopper baseball for 7 year old players.  Grasshopper is a progression to Rookie Ball utilizing a manual pitching machine.  We feel that Grasshopper will assist players in the transition to Rookie Ball.



The Board recently added Kurt Dobson as the Director, House League Development to advance our House League Development Plans.


The BOMBA Board of Directors is excited about the 2014 season and the increase in registration.  Overall, registration is higher than 2013 by 10% with House League registration higher by 17%.  BOMBA is now home to over 1,100 young athletes and 100 teams.  


We thank all our volunteers and sponsors for making these successes possible!


On behalf of the Board, we all hope that you have a great season.  More to come!


Please "follow" us on Twitter  @BOMBAbaseball and "like" us on Facebook#BOMBAbaseball




2014 Director of Marketing
Nov 18, 2013, 4:46 pm


BOMBA President

Paolo Mari



On behalf of the Board of Directors for BOMBA we are pleased to announce that John Vukanovich joins the Board as Director of Marketing.

John will lead our efforts in advancing our website and social media outlets - Facebook and Twitter. 

The role will involve work closely with Communications & Public Relations, Special Events, and Tournaments in marketing and branding our organization and events.

Please "like" us on Facebook @BOMBAbaseball and "follow" us on Twitter #BOMBAbaseball


Note: we still have open Board positions available for High Performance Baseball (REP Bantam to Junior), Fundraising, and Concessions. Help us make 2014 the best year ever!  Contact us if you want to help make a difference.


2014 Board of Directors
Oct 22, 2013, 11:23 am


BOMBA President

Paolo Mari



On behalf of the Board of Directors for BOMBA we are pleased to announce the following appointments;

Gary Hughes joins the Board as the Director of Intermediate House League

Bianca Bielski joins the Board as the Director, Parks and Facilities

Dave Langdon joins the Board as the Director, Junior REP Baseball

Linda Laugesen joins the Board as the Director, Coach Evaluation and Player Development

Brenda Macdonald returns to the Board as the Director, Communication

Steve O'Farrell returns to the Board as the Director, Communication

Thank you Gary, Bianca, Dave, Linda, Brenda, and Steve for volunteering your time and skills to make 2014 a great season.

The Board would like to thank Bill Themeles for his contributions to BOMBA as a Board Member, President, and most recently as Past President.  Bill worked tirelessly to improve and grow baseball in Burlington.  All of his efforts were very much appreciated.

There are still volunteer positions available for High Performance Baseball (REP Bantam to Junior), Fundraising, and Concessions.

Help us make 2014 the best year ever!  Contact us if you want to make a difference.

2013 Season Recap
Oct 22, 2013, 11:06 am


BOMBA President

Paolo Mari



2013 Season Recap

 What happened in 2013?

  • Registration increased 9% from 2012
    • 72 House League teams
    • 4 Select teams
    • 18 REP teams
    • Development Programs
      • 2nd Year of the House League Development Program
      • 2nd Year of the Blue Jays Instructional Clinic
      • Conducted 8 development sessions for REP players
      • Conducted both HL and REP coach clinics
      • Conducted Level 1 and 2 Umpire Clinics
      • Conducted Baseball Canada Initiation Clinic – free for all coaches
      • Hosted Andrew Tinnish AGM for the Toronto Blue Jays for a Pitching Clinic
      • Hosted 6 tournaments including Junior Eliminations, Minor Rookie Ball COBA playoffs, Minor Bantam COBA qualifiers, and Minor Bantam provincial championship
      • Collaborated with Burloak Sports to provide a baseball training centre. Through our feedback process, parents wanted BOMBA to get more involved in training programs but they also wanted it in Burlington.

Growing Baseball: 

Select Baseball

    • In 2012 COBA started plans to create a COBA Select Baseball loop. This was stopped by the Mississauga Baseball Association a Select organization that did not want to travel outside of Mississauga.
    • To advance the Burlington Bears we elected Jeff Brittain as Director of Select with the goal of reaching out to other associations to create a Select league (outside of Mississauga). We were successful in attracting between 4-6 associations joining the league at each level (Rookie Ball to Bantam). 

Challenger Baseball

    • BOMBA started a Challenger Baseball division to provide baseball to athletes with physical or cognitive disabilities
    • We had 18 players and 20+ buddies playing baseball every Saturday morning from May to July.
    • Partnership with the Intercounty Burlington Bandits
      • We started a partnership with the Burlington Bandits that created BOMBA days
      • Will advance to Bandit players conducting clinics for our athlet

13U Fall Development Program

    • Started a program that extends baseball until the end of October with games and practices
    • The program will play other organizations across Ontario and Western New York
    • Umpire Development

Growing baseball is not only for players it also relates to our umpires

    • In Burlington we have the privilege of some high profile umpires

      • Lisa Turbitt – represented Ontario at the Baseball Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec
      • Dave Margetts - represented Ontario at the Baseball Canada Midget Nationals in Trois Rivieres, Quebec doing plate at the Gold Medal game
      • Steven Jaschinski and Cody Bradt were invited to the Ontario Cup which is normally reserved for Level 3 umpires aspiring to attend the National Program
      • They were the two youngest umpires there and impressed all

Hope you all had a great season.  Looking forward to the 2014 season!  BOMBA continues to grow and continuously improve our organization and baseball in Burlington!


2013 Season
Aug 7, 2013, 8:47 am


BOMBA President

Paolo Mari



2013 Season

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone has enjoyed or continues enjoying the 2013 season.

At the end of every season we solicit your opinion to improve your baseball program and experience.

We use the coach evaluation process to provide valuable feedback to our coaches.  The quality of our coaches is extremely important in BOMBA’s efforts to ensure a fun and rewarding baseball experience for the players and their parents.

Please take a few minutes to complete the on-line evaluation.

 The results of this form are strictly CONFIDENTIAL, and at no time will a player or parents name be used in any discussion with our managers or coaches.

 By submitting this evaluation, you are helping BOMBA make every effort to ensure that we provide the best instructors and role models for the children of our program.

 Once submitted, the forms are sent to; 

Will Marshall - Director of House League




Gary Mitchell - Director of REP League




Dec 29, 2012, 9:24 pm


BOMBA President

Paolo Mari



Catch Baseball Fever in 2013

What a great time to be a baseball fan, especially if you are a Toronto Blue Jays fan.

With the additions of Reyes, Buehrle, Johnson, Dickey, and Cabrera the Jays have added some off season excitement.

Baseball in Burlington promises to be just as exciting.

In 2013, we are expanding our development programs for players and coaches.  Here are some of the programs we are planning to offer in 2013:

 1.    House League Development Program – this second year program will have 8 sessions on Sundays from February to April (excluding March Break and Easter Sundays).  The program is delivered by professional trainrs.  Registration is now open and limited to the first 30 players per age group (Soft Toss to Bantam),

 2.    REP Development Clinics – for our rep players we are offering 8 training sessions with professional trainers from February to April,

 3.    REP and House League coach clinics,

 4.    Blue Jays Instructional Clinic is coming back to Burlington in June, 2013,

 5.    Burlington Bears Select baseball is returning for our third year, and

 6.    Many more baseball camps being held in the summer for both REP and House League players.

Want to be part of the excitement; our House League Registration opens January 2, 2013.  Register at www.baseballburlington.com.

Come be part of our wonderful baseball community. 

If you have any questions about our programs please do not hesitate to contact us. 

New Board Members
Dec 29, 2012, 11:07 am



BOMBA President

Paolo Mari



New Additions to your Board of Directors

On behalf of the Board of Directors for BOMBA we are pleased to announce the following appointments;

Karen Redmond joins the Board as the Director of Special Events

Rob Shutt joins the Board as the Director, Minor House League Baseball

Jeff Brittain joins the Board as the Director, Select Baseball

Thank you Karen, Rob, and Jeff for volunteering your time and skills to make 2013 a great season.

We still have positions available for Entry Level House League (Blast Ball and T-Ball) and Intermediate Level House League (Pee Wee to Junior).

Help us make 2013 the best year ever!  Contact us if you want to make a difference.


Dec 29, 2012, 11:03 am



BOMBA President

Paolo Mari



Hello Everyone

I would like to introduce myself as your new BOMBA president.  My name is Paolo Mari and I have been involved in BOMBA for 9 years as either a parent, coach, or as a Board Member.

I take over for Bill Themeles, who will continue to be on the Board as past president.  I would like to thank Bill for all his hardwork and contributions to baseball in Burlington over the past three years as our president.

During this time the Board has worked tirelessly to increase registration, improve uniform quality, increase development programs, return junior age baseball to Burlington, and make the overall season enjoyable.

The Board is committed to continue to provide quality programs and value to our membership but we need your help.  As you are aware, BOMBA achieves its mission and objectives each year through the work and effort of our volunteers.  Whether you are a board member, coach, scorekeeper, or a helping hand you are a key to our success and are greatly appreciated.

We have started to plan for a fun and event filled 2013 season, which, promises to advance our organization in training and development programs.  We will communicate these programs over the next few months.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

I am honoured and privileged to be our association’s president and hope you join us to make 2013 an unforgettable season for our youth baseball players.

Hope you are having a great off-season and see you on the diamond soon.