Video: ISD March Newsletter2023-04-10
Members of the Qlin Baseball Academy performed well in the China Junior Baseball Team U11 tryout, with Oscar Z. and James C. being selected for the team, and Timmy Z. and Richie W. being alternates. Coach Jim and Coach Mike from Qilin Baseball Academy, as well as Mr. Xu, the first Chinese MLB player selected, presented certificates and recognized the four players’ achievements.
在中国少年棒球队（U11年龄段）的成员选拔赛中，ISD麒麟棒球队队员表现出色，其中Oscar Z.和James C.成功入选，Timmy Z.和Richie W.也入选了替补队伍。ISD麒麟棒球队的Jim教练、Mike教练以及首位加入美国职业棒球大联盟（Major League Baseball, MLB)的中国球员许桂源教练分别为四名队员颁发证书，对他们的成绩表示肯定。
Baseball is a team sport that combines wisdom and competition. Players need to have the spirit of cooperation and solidarity as well as courage and determined individual heroics in order to succeed on the field. Each participant has the chance to be the “man in control,” but doing so also takes a broad perspective. The charm of baseball is that the birth of magical things may come at the moment of swinging the bat, the moment of catching the ball, or the moment of stealing the base. Established in 2016, the Qilin Baseball Academy at ISD was coached by a group of qualified and experienced pros. Kids of all ages may now participate in an MLB training program that has been created to help them train and get ready for a variety of national and local competitions. The team intends to advance in baseball through this practice while actively preparing kids to compete at the collegiate level and beyond, creating a solid foundation for the future.
Under the professional guidance of our baseball coaches Jim and Mike, Qilin baseball players trained hard to refine their skills. Since its establishment, Qilin Baseball Academy competed very well in various competitions and received numerous awards including claiming the championship in the 2021 MLB CUP Open Tournament Fall season (Guangzhou) and the 2022 China Youth Baseball Invitation U11!
在Jim教练和Mike教练的专业指导下，麒麟队的队员们努力训练，不断提高他们的技能。成立至今，ISD麒麟棒球队在各项比赛中表现出色、屡获嘉奖，例如，近期斩获了2021 MLB CUP棒球公开赛·秋季赛（广州站）冠军奖牌，以及在2022年少棒联盟全国邀请赛U11组别比赛中获得冠军！
Qilin Baseball Academy has developed many outstanding baseball athletes who have continued their passion for baseball even after they graduated and left the team. Jojo and Andre are ISD alumni and former players of Qilin Baseball Academy. After graduating from ISD, they started a new journey with their baseball dreams.
Jojo’s goal in life is to play baseball professionally. He was awarded a scholarship at Monroe College in New York after graduating from ISD in 2021 and plays college baseball there. He was chosen to participate in the prestigious Charles Johnson Collegiate summer league in Florida last summer. The summer was successful. He was selected for the all-star team, and after accepting a scholarship, he began playing at State Fair College in Missouri, where he is currently on the team. He is a pitcher on the State Fair baseball team. He was also chosen to play for the Philippines National Baseball team last summer, and he competed for them in a significant summer tournament in California. Jojo has continued his education, keeping a GPA of 3.2 or above while playing and training hard. He will carry on competing in the Florida State League this summer and work toward his ultimate objective.
Andre studies Mathematics and Economics at UCSD, but he doesn’t give up baseball while he is there. He joined the baseball club and spent three to four days a week playing in tournaments or practicing. He plays for the UCSD D1 league team or the UCSD club team as a center fielder and left fielder for his division, and he travels all over the country for competitions! Andre believes that playing baseball has made it easier for him to adapt to college life. He’ll be in Las Vegas for another week of competitions in early April.
Once more, congrats to our four Qilin Baseball Academy athletes! We’re hoping they’ll keep developing their abilities across more levels and have more success playing baseball!
-Some pictures by China Youth Baseball Invitation U11