BASEBALL FEDERATION OF KENYA

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

ABOUT US


ABOUT US
The game of Baseball was introduced in Kenya by the US marines in 1970 in Bahati estate in Nairobi. The Federation was founded in 1997 when Kenya Baseball and Softball Association (KEBSA) was formed. However, Baseball Federation of Kenya (BFK) was registered with the Registrar of Societies in the year 2002 as a non-governmental organization. Currently Baseball Federation of Kenya is registered as a National Sports organization under section 47 of the sports Act of 2013. The core activities of the Federation is to spread the game of baseball to Kenyans right from the primary schools up to institutions of higher learning. We pride in training both boys and girls in baseball at all levels.
Besides a number of persistent challenges, we take pride in our presence in 5 out of 8 regions/ former provinces of Kenya. Locally, The BFK is affiliated to Kenya National sports council (KNSC), National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK), and at continental level BFK is affiliated to Africa Baseball and Softball Association (ABSA), and internationally BFK is a member of the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC).

Kenya Baseball Federation has been assisting institutions and communities to spread the game nationwide and securing basic equipment, and training of coaches, officials and leaders as well as organizing competitions at local, national and regional levels to enhance friendship and peace. Kenya is now working towards the merger of the two Federations i.e. Baseball Federation of Kenya (BFK) and Softball Federation of Kenya (SFK).
Over the years Baseball Federation of Kenya has organized events at national and regional levels. We mostly rely on friends from countries that play baseball to train coaches for the Kenyan community. We have currently introduced baseball5 in Kenya and soon we shall spread it to schools and communities across the country. Our resilience to spread baseball is on high gear in the midst of many challenges. We hope to enable the Kenyan child choose from a pool of sports available so that they wouldn’t have to travel Asia, Americas or Europe to learn baseball but on the contrary play locally, and compete internationally.

We intend to use baseball as a tool to galvanise and unite local communities around common interest of friendship and peace. To develop players and instructors of integrity, with great value for ethics and teamwork while having fun and joy in their sports career. To Create role models among young people through participating in organized team sports, and finally to equip our coaches to participate in local, regional and international competitions.

The Baseball National Team is ranked No 62 in the world, and 5th in Africa. Kenya is placed in Zone East alongside Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eretria, Somali, Djibouti, Rwanda and Burundi. Kenya has very few baseball fields, the main ones being in Meru University of Science and Technology, and Lenana School, Nairobi. We look forward to partnering with the county governments to establish ball parks to enable children to play baseball undistracted and in set apart ball parks. We call upon all Kenyans residing within and outside the country and all friends and partners of Baseball Kenya to continually support Kenya Baseball Federation so as to keep flying the baseball flag high.

VISION


VISION
Our vision is to become the leading Baseball Federation in Africa that manages Baseball professionally, passionately, and joyfully while building the 21st Century Baseball leaders for the world.

MISSION


MISSION
Our Mission is to develop, implement and strengthen programs that enhance growth of baseball in Kenya.


Objectives:
a) To promote increased standards of recreational and competitive baseball.
b) To strengthen baseball associations at the branch level.
c) To expand the membership base of Baseball locally and internationally.
d) To train and certify coaches, umpires, and scorers for local and international tournaments.
e) To continually enhance baseball development at at all levels of the Kenya education system.

CORE VALUES


COMMITMENT

We endeavour to maintain a psychological state that desires to continue with sport participation. We inherently believe in an inner drive that puts our heart and soul into accomplishing tasks related to baseball or otherwise. This is enhanced by strong work ethic and an underlying belief that we are here to succeed. We believe that as high achievers dedication to the game is important in reaching our goals as a federation.

RESPECT

We encourage the positive feeling towards team members and holding them in high esteem. We encourage admiration for good or valuable qualities. Accepting each other even when they're different from us or when we don't agree with their view point. We believe that this respect builds trust in the sport making it easy and enjoyable

CAMARADERIE

We believe in the mutual trust and friendships among teammates. By spending a lot of time together we develop trust on the field and friendships off the field through team bonding events held by coaches and fellow athletes.

SACRIFICE

We believe in the act of giving up something that you would instead have for self-benefit. We believe in giving up free time, comfort and pleasure so as to help achieve our goals and help each other achieve their own.

OUR STAFF


Titus Mutwiri

President BFK

Mr. Titus Mutwiri is a Medical scientist, and a lecturer at the Kenya Methodist University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He has over ten years teaching experience in higher education and is also a doctoral student of Medical microbiology. He has deep interests in scientific research that has seen him travel to many countries to make presentations in his area of profession or attend scientific conferences. Mr. Mutwiri is passionate in Mentorship and is the vice-chair of Kamilimu, a structured mentorship programme for university students in Tech, currently involving students from over 15 universities in Kenya.

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Dedan Kariuki

BFK Vise President

Mr. Dedan Kariuki is a Physical Education tutor, trained in Sports Management both in Kenya & USA. He joined Kenya YMCA at the age of 13 years where he learnt all sorts of games and took leadership roles through local and International participations. Dedan worked as a Physical Education Director with YMCA- Kenya for a period of 10 years specializing in Basketball, Gymnastics, Soccer and Triathlon. He later joined SOS Technical Institute as the head for a period of 5 years. He formed” Sports for All Agent” an organization that promoted sports in the slums of Kibera for a period of 4 years.

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Rachel Baraza

BFK Treasurer

Rachel Baraza is a Parental Empowerment facilitator with over 20 years of experience. She holds a diploma in Secretarial studies from the now Technical University of Kenya. In the education sector Rachel serves as a board member at Olympic High School, a P.T.A member at Olympic Primary School, Saint Elizabeth High School and Red Rose Academy. In community and organizations leadership Rachel is the Chairperson of Building a Network of Peace (B-NEP), Chairlady in Kibera Peace and Reconciliation Network (KIPRENET)

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BFK PRESIDENT


BFK PRESIDENT
Message from the President,
Baseball Federation of Kenya

So many boys and girls have an unquenchable appetite to play Baseball. The Baseball Federation of Kenya has created an opportunity for all of them no as an alternative for the conventional sports in the country but as a sport that creates opportunity for them to networks with the world through sports.

Baseball is a ball game played between two teams of nine on a diamond-shaped circuit of four bases. The first official game of baseball in the United States took place in June 1846 in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became America's first professional baseball club. A century later baseball was introduced to Kenya by the US marines.
As John Tatum said Baseball isn’t just a game, but rather life being played out in a field – a field of dreams- on diamonds of green, Where players pursuing their dreams try to be the best they can be on the grandest stage of all – When men become boys and boys become men (or when Women become girls and girls become women). All speaking one universal language without uttering a single word.
I personally learned playing baseball late in life while in high school. This birthed in me my greatest admiration of the sport. I wasn’t the MVP but with time I realized there is space for everyone in the world of sports and it takes commitment, discipline, camaraderie, respect and sacrifice and these are the core values of Baseball Federation of Kenya.

Baseball in Kenya has gone through ups and down since late 90’s. The time for the growth of the sport in the region is now here and was cemented by Kenya hosting the first ever pre-Olympic qualifier in Nairobi in April, 2019. We have established a position among the leaders of baseball in Africa through our affiliation to Africa Baseball and Softball Association (ABSA) and globally through affiliation with the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC).

Part of our vision is to establish baseball in all counties in Kenya and also establish baseball for girls which has been a missing link in the country and in Africa. Counties have already been advised to initiate a process of establishing County baseball associations which will constitute the Baseball Federation of Kenya branches so as to enhance growth at the grassroots. These associations are then registered with the federation and with the sports registrar as required by law.

Baseball is currently being played in 15 counties in Kenya but there is great need to increase the momentum of establishing new clubs, getting new sponsorships and ensuring tighter collaboration with the county governments, national government and the international community. This is in our priority list.

I came in as president of Baseball Federation of Kenya in April 2018 but with me is a strong team that has been ahead of me, who have sacrificed a lot of time and resources to sustain this great sport. On the shoulders of these giants we see too much light ahead and there is only one option "to win"

To our friends who have stood with us during our local, national and international events we remain indebted and covet more of your support. As Charles Sledge Jr. said athletes are born winners, there not born losers, and the sooner you understand this, the faster you can take on a winning attitude and become successful in life.

Welcome to baseball Federation of Kenya

Titus Mutwiri
President, Baseball Federation of Kenya, Dip MLS, BSc, MSc, Ph.D.c


BFK VICE PRESIDENT


BFK VICE PRESIDENT
Message From
BFK VICE PRESIDENT


​The Baseball Federation of Kenya Technical Committee is an arm of the main body. It has been around the game of baseball for over 20 years. The technical arm interprets the practical application of the playing rules to the entire leadership and baseball fraternity at large.

Objectives of the Technical Committee include:
• To promote, encourage and develop the game of Baseball across Kenya
• To provide train opportunities for Coaches, Umpires, Scorers and Players
• To organize National Baseball Tournaments for all categories U-13, U-15, U-17, U-19 and seniors
• To organize International tournaments when sanctioned by the Africa Baseball Softball Association or World Baseball Softball Confederation

Achievements:
• Trained over 100 coaches, 60 Umpires and 10 Scorers between 1998 and 2020
• Hosted ABSA U-12 Baseball Tournament in 2000 & 2002
• Hosted U-17 Africa Championship in 2013
• Hosted Africa Zone East Tokyo 2020 Pre-Olympic qualifiers pitting Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania

Current activities:
• Spreading Baseball5, a new version of baseball that does not require equipment, but a tennis ball, to 50 Primary Schools in Nairobi County by year 2022
• To hold Baseball 5, Coaching & Umpiring clinics and Competitions throughout the Primary School Divisions of Nairobi as a pilot project that could be extended to other Counties.
• Introducing Women Baseball as a discipline for future games.
• Inclusion of Baseball in the East Africa Secondary Schools’ Games.

Good habits that are learned early pay off every day.


Dedan Kariuki
Technical Director/ V. President
Baseball Federation of Kenya

BFK TREASURER


 BFK TREASURER
It has been a great privilege to be a part of the Kenya Baseball fraternity leadership team. I oversee financial operations for BFK and I play a key role on matters logistics and analysis.My association with Baseball Federation of Kenya began in 2010, when I was engaged to organise and introduce primary schools from Kibera to participate in  baseball. 

As a federation ,we have witnessed the growth of the game from a pastime game initially played in select schools to a sport that is gaining traction and growing in popularity in the country. Over the years we have seen an increase in the number of teams in the various counties. This has been achieved despite the various financial and logistical challenges we have been experiencing. Most of our activities have been operating on personal contributions, assistance from well wishers, institutions and the government which has been facilitating our national events. Even with this support, it hasn't been enough to enable us to operate efficiently as the constraints have hindered some of our agenda particularly recruitment and training in counties around Kenya. 

We always welcome partnerships, mentors, collaborations, donations and friends who are willing to join us in this glorious journey.
In the ensuing years, I have worked closely with the President Mr Titus Mutwiri,  the Head Technical Director, Mr Dedan Kariuki, on a variety of technical and financial matters. The support has also included fundraising for equipment, donations and outsourced technical support and various club financial, valuation and transaction matters. I have also supported numerous BFK committees and special federation  projects through the years.
My mantra for baseball  has always  been and will always be 'EAT, SLEEP, WALK, TALK BASEBALL!!'


Rachel Baraza,
BFK, Treasurer, Finance Director  and  Chair of Finance Committee.

BFK ASS. COACH


BFK ASS. COACH
Message from
Assistant Coach – National Team

It has truly been an awesome experience nurturing the Kenya National Baseball Team over the last Ten years. As a coach, I have watched this National Baseball Program evolve from its infancy as a pioneer Federation introducing a totally new sport to the Kenyan Populace, with minimal resources and equipment and helped it blossom into formidable Baseball program competing with some of the best teams on the African Continent. Myself and the other coaches have grown together with the National Team Players in terms of skills, knowledge, experience and confidence.

I have taken pride in how we have all adapted and absorbed the intricacies of Baseball as we appreciated the transformative power of this sport in instilling discipline, self esteem and focus in both the Coaches and Players not only on the playing field, but also in our daily lives at home. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing my formerly shy, dejected boys recruited from all over Kenya be transformed by this Baseball program into industrious, inspired individuals ready to make a big impact on and off the field. I have had the pleasure of visiting with my National Team Players in their homes and have been thrilled to hear from their parents of just how much Baseball has changed them for the better.

Almost all of the parents mentioned that they have come to love and appreciate the Kenya National Baseball program after seeing how it has improved the character and attitude of their young men. I'm also grateful to the Baseball Federation of Kenya officials for their untiring goodwill and support. They have continually provided us with the desperately needed equipment, resources and training to enable us to sustain and improve our National Team. For my part, I was very fortunate to be chosen as one of the Coaches who were sent to South Africa in 2016 to attend a Coaches Development Program sponsored by Major League Baseball(MLB). My fellow Coach Peter Ndaga and I received invaluable training and knowledge that has helped us take our National Team to the next level of improved skills and expertise.

Through the National team training camps arranged by the Federation, we have now managed to Coach our boys to the point where they can now train independently at home even when not in an official camp setting. Lastly, we coaches are also thankful for the dedication and transparency of the Baseball Federation in the timely disbursement of allowances which are invaluable in supporting and motivating both the Players and the Coaches to fly the flag of Kenya high as we seek to bring glory to our Nation in the arena of Baseball Worldwide.

Morris Thuku
Ass. Coach National Team 


NATIONAL TEAMS


NATIONAL TEAMS
The Kenya Baseball National Teams comprise of the following categories:
U12 Men Baseball
U15 Men Baseball
U18 Men Baseball
U23 Men Baseball
Senior Men Baseball
Baseball5
Women Baseball


CLUBS


1. NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE 
The National Youth Services Baseball club was started by coaches and umpires from the United States and Canada in 2001 under the leadership of coach Susan Magiri, coach Salamba senior and coach Anyaswa (currently of Nazarene university,ongata rongai).
The NYS baseball club is based in Nairobi County and is devoted to improving the standards of baseball in Kenya. The NYS clubs has participated in various competition including local and international tournaments. The NYS team has both male and female players and are committed to developing and growing baseball across National Youth Service camps in Kenya. The team has more than 30 members and associates
The teams’ most memorably game was 2017 Baseball 4 Africa tournament, hosted by Leanna School –Nairobi County. The team won four matches straight to lift the cup. The team manager is Susan Magiri, the coaches are Gedion Chelimo and Goeffrey Asila, while Caleb Kibet is the consulting coach and umpire.


2. THE ZEUS MOMBASA 

The Zeus baseball club was started in the fall of 2017. It is a competitive baseball club based in the coastal of Kenya (mombasa).The Zeus are committed to growing youth baseball in Kenya and help them improve their skills and participate in international competition. This is a club that is true to proffessional development. We have a top tier training program at Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) that holds true to commitment of players. It consist of more than 18 players. For the past 2 years the club has been very competitive with players cooperation. The Zeus are headed by Mr. Mwanzia as club manager since 2017, Kelvin murunga is the coach and Young Samwel is the captain of Zeus.



3.  ALICE BASEBALL CLUB

The Alice in Africa Baseball Club was founded in 2010 in the town of Elburgon, Molo Sub-County, Nakuru County. It is a program of service to youth. Our goal is to provide children of all ages with an enjoyable baseball experience, which includes learning the basic skills of baseball, teaching and instructing youth in the rules of baseball, promoting teamwork, and developing skills necessary to play youth baseball safely. The organization aims to instil the values of sportsmanship, discipline and competition in youth and to provide lifelong habits of accountability, responsibility, exercise, and health in youth.

The primary objective of the Alice in Africa Baseball Program is to promote the growth of baseball at all levels of competition for the Elburgon community and in Kenya as a whole. The Club seeks to develop the best managers, coaches, umpires, and other adult leaders to ensure that our children have an enjoyable learning and playing experience.
The development of sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty, courage, respect for authority, and physical fitness are the organization’s priorities. In order to accomplish these objectives, we seek to attain the following objectives:

  • To govern the league in a manner that puts the development of our players, as both athletes and persons, above other considerations.
  • To provide our players with volunteer coaches who work with players of all ability levels and who remember that development of exceptional athletic skills and winning games is secondary to the development of players and to providing our players with positive examples and a positive baseball experience.
  • To provide our players with volunteer coaches who seek to teach those players the rules of the game along with proper baseball fundamentals.
  • To provide high-quality facilities and equipment for the use of our players.

The Club is Coached and Managed by Morris Thuku an MLB trained Coach affiliated with the Baseball Federation of Kenya. The Club Captain and Assistant Coach is Silvester Mwangi who is also a pitcher for the Kenya National Team.


4. SOUTH ROCKIES BASEBALL CLUB
South Rockies baseball club was started in 2/8/2019. It is a Baseball club based in South Rift Valley of Kenya in Bomet County. The South Rockies Baseball team are a group of youths and juniors greatly interested in playing baseball.
We are a family aiming for greater achievements in Baseball and Baseball5. We have experienced trainers in the group with skills, knowledge and exposure in professional baseball and Baseball5. We have a group of young, talented and enthusiastic juniors group, with close support in their career of professional sporting they will reach greater heights and map their positions in the growth of Baseball/Baseball5.
We have top training program at Shamira grounds where players and coaches meet to train and play. The club consist of 22 players, among whom 15 of them are Under 15 yrs of age.
The club is headed by Mitei Denis and Eli Kiprono as the manager and coach respectively and Emmanuel Kiptoo as the captain.

5. MIGORI ALL STARS 
In March, 2010, Missionary Thomas Wilson aka “Tom”, of Chicago in the USA, through Hands on Africa Mission, held a one week workshop on the basic skills of Baseball for Primary School heads, games teachers and community members from each of the eight (8) hitherto selected primary schools in Suna East Sub-County, Migori County.
Authority had earlier been sought from and granted by the Ministry of Education Headquarters to allow Hands on Africa Mission to introduce and operationalize Baseball and Softball in the initial eight (8) primary schools within the Mission’s area of jurisdiction in Migori.
Their main goal was to expose the children and the community at large, to the excitement and pleasure of playing base and softball as they get evangelized.
Each school had U 12 and U 15 girls’ and boys’ teams which were fully equipped. The schools met and played baseball for pleasure in the two fields, which had backstops constructed for the game. At the end of the games season, they would all meet to get the winning teams in each category. The winners would be awarded medals, courtesy of Hands on Africa Mission Director, Dr. Andrea Delport.
In March, 2014, Migori teams formed a Sub-County U15 team which hosted Meru and Nairobi Giants teams for a very successful three (3) day tournament.
In 2015 when our pioneer players joined secondary schools, St. Bernard’s Warisia Mixed Sec. and Wasio Mixed Secondary started the game and they had U17 boys and girls teams each. Another two primary schools were also enrolled.
In 2016, Migori All Stars Club was founded by beneficiaries of Hands on Africa Mission to raise baseball to the next level by nurturing, promoting and opening the youth talents to the outside world. The club formed U 12, U15, U17 and senior teams.
The club also promotes unity and understanding amongst the Youth by bringing them together to compete with other teams in Kenya.
The club’s intention is to produce high quality managers, coaches, umpires, scorekeepers and community leaders to maximize the production of talents and skills in our children as they enjoy and appreciate the game.

This is achieved by the management’s involvement in:
a) Giving clinics to the school trainers / coaches in rules of the game and training dynamics.
b) Organizing interschool’s’ league and annual finals where all players are appreciated.
c) Monitoring the training sessions at various fields.
d) Providing All Stars Team with volunteer coaches / trainers.
e) Give continuous exposure to the best talents in the game.

The organization’s Technical Bench has Peter Ndega, a MLB trained Coach, Jacinta Ouma and David Waore both WBSC trained Scorers all affiliated with Baseball Federation of Kenya.The management has Benedict Onam as the Resource Mobilizer, Jacinta Ouma as the Chair, David Waore as Secretary, Isaac Opiyo as the Vice Chair, Pamela Odhiambo the Asst. Secretary and Martin Ngao as the Organizing Secretary.


6. NYERI REBELS 


7. CITY ANGELS 


8. 
MERU ANGELS 

9. RYNDERZ 


10. NGARIET BOMET 


Baseball5


Baseball5
Baseball5
Baseball 5 is new exciting and fast moving game which though modeled in the principles of traditional baseball, adopts a more simplified approach in terms of space and equipment used. Played by 5 players against 5, it can be played anywhere there is open space including back yards and basket ball courts while the only equipment required is a rubber ball .

Since it’s launch a few years ago, the view this is best entry point for would be professional baseball players in future, is gaining currency among many stakeholders including the World Baseball and Softball Confederation, amid calls to make it an Olympic Sport .

In Kenya the sport is taking root and during COVID19 lockdown regional coaches received online training conducted by WBSC courtesy of Baseball Federation of Kenya and their counter parts national softball federation . Plans for the first continental Baseball 5, competitions in readiness to the World Championships are also at a advanced stage .

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Women Baseball


Women Baseball
Women baseball started in 1875 in the Americas. It has been a popular game in a number of regions giving girls an opportunity to enjoy the sport. Seven teams competed in the 7th edition of women baseball world cup in South Korea in 2016.

Despite many young girls desiring to play baseball like their male counterparts, there has been a missing link in this sport for the girl child in Africa. The Baseball Federation of Kenya has taken this opportunity to introduce baseball for girls and will be going to the counties to establish the sport alongside Men baseball.

Young men who play baseball have their friends, sisters, and colleagues who admire the sport and therefore giving this huge opportunity to the girls will help them experience more fun and network with other girls across the world through this new frontier sport.
We have started building networks with women baseball organization in Canada and we look forward to creating more collaborations to keep our girls with the ball.

UMPIRING DESK


It’s a great honour to be part of the Umpiring team of the Baseball Federation of Kenya. BFK has done provided opportunities to equip the umpiring department although a lot more needs to be done. In the last three years BFK has organised two umpiring trainings, one facilitated by the Baseball 4 Africa, and another one organised by the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC).
Currently we have over 10 trained umpires in Kenya who can referee matches professionally. They include Umpires Patrick Ndunda, Morris Thuku, George Kinuthia, Naomi Muratha, John Mbugua and Caleb Malel. During the 2019 Baseball Olympic pre- qualifiers held at Lenana School all these received immense training under the instruction of Paul Bokern of WBSC umpiring commission.

We currently experience challenges especially on Umpiring uniforms and protection gear. We look forward to higher level accredited training that follows a ranking criteria so as to position ourselves better in the region. We hope to develop a training programme to reach all the counties. We hope to get more exposure to the level of umpiring that happens in big competitions like MLB. We are in the process of establishing a committee for umpires in East Africa to help equip more umpires in readiness to officiating of regional games.

UMPIRING DESK

SCORING COLUMN


BASEBALL FEDERATION OF KENYA (BFK)
SCORERS COLUMN

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
We, Jacinta A. Ouma and David M. Waore, being BFK Scorers Technical Commission wish to acknowledge the following Baseball/Softball senior personalities for introducing and inducting us into this vital game:
1. Mr. Thomas Wilson of Chicago, Illonois, US for introducing us to the basic dynamics of the game in 2010.
2. Ms. Lessly cook of the South Africa Scoring Commission, who in December 2014 gave the first formal scoring Workshop in Meru, Kenya. This workshop preceded the 18U World Cup Qualifiers which featured Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa Teams.
3. Ms. Anne Maria Paini, WBSC Scoring Commission Chair who exposed us to more insight to the scoring of Baseball at the Lenana School, Nairobi in April 2019. This clinic was also preceded by 2019 Pre-Qualifiers of the Olympic Baseball Games, Africa.
4. Mr. Adrea from WBSC based in Italy who in May 2020 gave us both one on one skills and online clinics in well-choreographed presentations and last but not least, our gratitudes go to the BFK office under the very able captainship of Brother Titus Mutwiri who has enabled us to enjoy WBSC invaluable services.
ESSENSE OF SCORING

Scoring is the statistical story of a baseball game. Therefore, score keeping and statistics are the major pillars of baseball since they help the players, managers and teams to evaluate and compare performance. They also help to predict tendencies which help in forming team strategies, scoring and statistics also form a large part of fan-experience which makes Baseball a unique sport.
Hence a scorer’s main task is to accurately and objectively interpret and transcribe the games’ results on the field. According to rule 9.01 (c) of the Official Baseball Rules (OBR), “a Scorekeeper is an official representative of the WBSC- Baseball Division. He/she is entitled to the respect the dignity of his/her office. He/she should be accorded full protection by the WBSC-Baseball Division and shall report to WBSC-Baseball Division Tournament Director of WBSC Division Headquarters, any indignity expressed by any manager, player, team employee or team officer in the course of or as a result of the discharge of official scorer duties.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Interest in scoring baseball game was developed in both Jacinta and David way back in 2010 when Thomas Wilson (Tom) introduced the game in Migori County but he was the only one who could record the scores during games. The basic dynamics of the game were still very raw to us then.
In March 2012, Migori hosted Nairobi Giants and Meru Baseball teams for a three day 15U and 17U teams tournament. Jacinta and David participated as Tournament Scorers at this level very successfully with trophies being awarded to winning teams.
In December 2014, Jacinta and David alongside other scorers from Uganda and Tanzania, attended the first formal Baseball Scoring Workshop facilitated by Ms. Lessly Cook from the South Africa Baseball Scoring Commission. It went for one week and at the end, Level 1 Scoring Accreditation Certificates were awarded to both Jacinta and David.
The workshop preceded Africa 18U World Cup Qualifiers which was hosted by Kenya at Meru University Grounds where Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa participated. Jacinta and David participated as scorers under the supervision of Lessly Cook at this international tournament. Both were further engaged by Lessly Cook on an online tests in scoring for the rest of 2015.

In August 2016 the two participated in selecting the Kenya Baseball team to the major League Baseball (MLB) Try outs in Gayaza Field, Kampala City, Uganda.
In March 2018, Jacinta participated as the only Baseball Scorer at the Kenya Universities Sports Association Games held at Maseno University.

In April 2019, David and Jacinta, alongside other Kenyan Trainee Scorers. Attended a two-day Scoring Clinic based on WBSC Scorers Manual. The Clinic was facilitated by Anne Maria Paini, WBSC Scoring Commission Chair. She couldn’t give out certificates since the clinic was not long enough to validate issuance of certificates.
This clinic also preceded the Olympic Baseball Games Africa Pre-qualifiers, 2019. David and Jacinta participated as Scoring Officials under the supervision of Anne Maria Paini, the chair to WBSC Scoring Commission.
Despite the Covid 19 pandemic of 2019 – 2020, the scorers have continued to sharpen their skills through online clinics, courtesy of the WBSC, Scoring Commission, i.e. in May 2020, an online workshop for scorers was organized by WBSC and was for ably facilitated by Andrea and moderated by Anne Maria Paini, David and Jacinta actively participated.
In order to keep up with the new sporting inventions, the Kenya Scorers have not been left behind. They have continuously participated in online clinics which include the recently introduced Baseball5 Game where scorers are termed Table Officials.
We therefore look forward to take scoring to higher levels to promote the growth of the game both nationally and internally.
Kind regards
Jecinta Ouma and David Waore


Scorers, BFK

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