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Special Reports

Player hitting a pitchHere are special reports of interest:

Coping With West Nile Virus

May 18, 2003, by Charles A Upsdell

Humans are infected by mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus. Effects vary from mild flu-like symptoms to encephalitis and/or meningitis: those most seriously affected may die, or may suffer from short- or long-term disabilities. There is evidence that children tend to be less seriously affected.

You can help reduce the risk by eliminating mosquito breeding areas: see the sidebar at the right.


You can do two things to avoid infection during baseball activities: wear protective clothing, and use mosquito repellent. Wear light-coloured clothing that covers as much of your body as possible, tucking pants into socks, and avoiding thin clothing. And use insect repellents with DEET on exposed skin and thin clothing, but not under clothing. Health authorities advise that:

  • The repellent should have no more than 30% DEET for adults and 10% for children, with the optimum strength depending on the individual’s body size and on the duration and intensity of their physical activities. It may be necessary to re-apply the repellent after a period of time. Check with a pharmacist to determine what is best for each member of your family.
  • 24 hours before first use, apply the repellent to a small patch on the arm to check for special sensitivities.
  • Don’t get the repellent on open wounds, on irritated or sunburnt skin, or in the eyes. If you get it in the eyes, rinse immediately. For spray repellents, use in a well-ventilated area and avoid breathing the mist.
  • After use, wash your skin with soap and water.

You should also note that mosquitos are most active in summer and fall, from dusk to dawn.

For more information, visit websites maintained by the City of Mississauga, the Government of Ontario, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control, or refer to your doctor or pharmacist.

Elite COBA Baseball

June 1, 2004, by Charles A Upsdell

COBA is considering establishing Elite teams or divisions in 2005. To submit comments, fill in COBA’s Elite Baseball Feedback Form. For information about Elite baseball, see the Canadian Elite Baseball site.

Bloor and Cawthra Merger

July 12, 2004, from the Mississauga Majors Baseball Association’s Website

The Executive Committees of the Bloor and Cawthra Associations have voted to proceed with uniting under this prospective joint banner, Mississauga Majors, to form one Association. This club will now provide Jr. -T-Ball right up to Junior, Houseleague, ‘AA’ and ‘AAA’, as well as continuing with the softball programs that Cawthra already provides. Coach selection will be made for ‘AA’ and ‘AAA’ this coming August by a committee formed from executives of all 3 associations for the 2005 season under the Mississauga Majors banner. Coaches interested in applying for ‘AA’ or ‘AAA’ for the 2005 season may download the application (.doc format) and send it to the care of Steve Hartley, Chair Coach Selection Committee.

July 29, 2004, from the Bloor Baseball Association’s Website and the Cawthra Baseball Association’s Website

An Implementation Committee was established comprised of four Bloor Baseball Executive members and four Cawthra Executive members to work out all the different aspects pertaining to amalgamating both associations.

After several meetings the Implementation Committee has prepared a report which both the Bloor and Cawthra Executive members approved at their July Executive Meetings. Some of the highlights of the Implementation Committee report are:

  • There will be a Baseball Rep (AAA), Select (AA) and Houseleague (A) Division under a Vice President.
  • There will be a Softball Division under a Vice President.
  • There will be a Junior and Senior T-Ball Division under a Vice President.
  • There will be a Rookie Ball Division under a Vice President.
  • Since both Bloor and Cawthra currently have ownership of the Mississauga Majors, the new association will be called the Mississauga Majors Baseball Association.
  • A new constitution has been established.
  • The Mississauga Majors colours are red, white and navy.
  • Both associations have bingos and it was agreed to continue with the Wednesday night bingo at Delta Bingo at the Dunwynn Centre.
  • It was confirmed that both associations are financially stable.
  • Coach selection for Baseball Rep (AAA) and Select (AA) teams will be conducted by a coach selection committee comprising of a representative from Bloor, Cawthra, and the Majors, commencing in August.
  • There will be fall try-outs for the Baseball Rep (AAA) and Select (AA) teams in September.
  • A nominations committee has been established to ensure that a seamless transition will occur.
  • A General Membership Meeting will be held on Sunday, August 8, 2004 at 7:00 pm at the Cawthra Community Centre to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have. A copy of the Implementation Committee report will be available to you at the meeting. Implementation Committee members as well as Executive Members from Bloor and Cawthra will be available to speak with you.
  • Arrangements have been made to hold all association AGMs on Sunday, October 17, 2004 at the Cawthra Community Centre: Bloor Baseball Association AGM @ 6:30; Cawthra Baseball Association AGM @ 7:30; Mississauga Majors Association AGM @ 8:30

A special thank you to the Implementation Committee members for all their hard work:

Bloor Baseball

  • Greg Carney
  • Adam Hickman
  • John Wardell
  • Judy Wemyss

Cawthra Baseball

  • Bruce Cooper
  • Tony Jasinski
  • Pierre Lill
  • Tim Murphy

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either:

John Wardell
President, Bloor Baseball Association

Tony Jasinski
President, Cawthra Baseball Association