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Toronto Blue Jays Care Foundation FHQ Rookie League Program

The Jays Care Foundation Indigenous Rookie League program is a summer baseball for development program created and delivered in partnership with First Nations, urban city centres, and Inuit communities across the country.

Eleven First Nations in Southern Saskatchewan make up the File Hills Qu’appelle Tribal Council (FHQ) all with an on- going commitment to standing together in solidarity, so it came as no surprise when FHQ partnered with Jays Care Foundation to create the inaugural Rookie League Program in 2018. The goals of the program were to promote unity and pride within each community, provide much needed summer programming for youth that build up their skills and self-esteem, and to use sport to provide cross-community healing. FHQ chose to host their Rookie League program over a nine-week period that included weekly practices and inter-community games for all eleven communities.

What Makes FHQ Rookie League unique?

Traditionally, teams accumulate points based on how many games they win, however in the FHQ inter-community league things get a lot more creative! During this year’s program, a new scoring system was devised that rewarded teams not just for wins, but for building cross-community connections. Points could be scored in many different ways like having a local Elder open a game with a traditional teaching, having the Chief throw the first pitch, or by providing food for the visiting team. Each game also included designated innings for both youth and adults to play, which encouraged participation from all the generations.

Little Black Bear First Nation

Winner of the League’s points title. This team earned 4,881 points throughout the season enabling them to win a trip to Toronto to watch the Toronto Blue Jays in the Jays Care Community Clubhouse.

Okanese First Nation

Winner of the 2018 FHQ Rookie League Championship Tournament and finalist in the Spring Classic tournament against the Treaty 3 Rookie League winners.

Rookie League Indigenous Report 2018

For more information, please contact:

Tara Griffith - FHQ Rookie League Coordinator

Phone: 1 (306) 332-8200

Fax: (306) 332-1811

Email: Tara.Griffith@fhqtc.com


 

Rookie League 2019 Team Standings

Updated - August 19, 2019 @ 1:04 PM

  1. Star Blanket - 1,826
  2. Okanese - 1,656
  3. Peepeekisis - 1,481
  4. Standing Buffalo - 1,212
  5. Piapot - 1,152
  6. Little Black Bear - 962
  7. Muscowpetung - 857
  8. Pasqua - 825
  9. Carry The Kettle - 282
  10. Nekaneet - 146

*Coaches Training point system : Each coach that attended the Coaches Training earned 50 points per day for a total of 2 days*

Star Blanket

Attended Coaches Training- 200 pts.

Practice

10 practices @ 20 pts = 200 pts.

Game

July 25, 2019 - 156 pts.

July 30, 2019 - 367 pts.

August 6, 2019 - 151 pts.

August 13, 2019 - 438 pts

August 15, 2019 - 314 pts.

Total Points - 1,826


Muscowpetung

Attended Coaches Training- 200 pts.

Practice

6 Practices @ 20 Pts = 120 pts

Game

July 9, 2019 - 217 pts.

July 23, 2019 - 184 pts.

August 7, 2019 - 136 pts.

Total Points - 857


Peepeekisis

Attended Coaches Training- 50 pts.

Practice

6 Practices @ 20 pts - 120 pts.

Game

July 10, 2019 - 394 pts.

July 31, 2019 - 390 pts.

August 6, 2019 - 226 pts.

August 16, 2019 - 301 pts.

Total Points - 1,481


Little Black Bear

Attended Coaches Training- 100 pts.

Practice

6 Practices @ 20 pts - 120 pts.

Game

July 25, 2019 - 285 pts.

August 6, 2019 - 217 pts.

August 13, 2019 - 240 pts.

Total Points - 962


Nekaneet

Attended Coaches Training- 50 pts.

Practice

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Game

August 6, 2019 - 96 pts.

Total Points - 146


Pasqua

Attended Coaches Training- 100 pts.

Practice

2 Practices @ 20 pts. - 40 pts.

Game

July 23, 2019 - 249 pts.

July 30, 2019 - 187 pts

August 6, 2019 - 249 pts.

Total Points - 825


Piapot

Practice

8 Practices @ 20 pts - 160 pts.

Game

July 25, 2019 - 153 pts.

July 30, 2019 - 180 pts.

August 8, 2019 - 215 pts.

August 14, 2019 - 444 pts

Total Points - 1,152


Okanese

Practice

5 practices @ 20 pts - 100 pts.

Game

July 9, 2019 - 203 pts.

July 25, 2019 - 218 pts.

July 31, 2019 - 243 pts.

August 7, 2019 - 261 pts.

August 13, 2019 - 292 pts.

August 16, 2019 - 339 pts.

Total Points - 1,656


Standing Buffalo

Practice

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Game

July 10, 2019 - 83 pts.

July 23, 2019 - 342 pts.

July 30, 2019 - 97 pts.

August 6, 2019 - 262 pts.

August 14, 2019 - 117 pts.

August 15, 2019 - 311 pts.

Total Points - 1,212


Carry The Kettle

Practice

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Game

July 25, 2019 - 87 Pts

August 8, 2019 - 126 pts.

August 13, 2019 - 69 pts.

Total Points - 282

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