Lethbridge won the 2016 Intermediate Division Canadian championship last month in Calgary. Beginning in 2017, Langley Baseball will host the national championships for 11 to 13 year olds. Langley will also host in 2018 and 2019.

Home field advantage: Canadian baseball championships coming to Langley

Langley Baseball awarded right to host 2017, 2018 and 2019 intermediate national championships for 11 to 13 year olds at City Park

The Canadian Intermediate League national champion will be crowned in Langley for the next three years.

Little League Baseball Canada announced that Langley Baseball has been awarded hosting rights for the championships beginning in 2017 and running until 2019.

The intermediate (50/70) age group is for players 11 to 13.

The 50 references how many feet to the pitching mound and the 70 is for the distance of the base paths.

The tournament, which will be played at the Cook Field at City Park, typically runs in the third week of July with the winner advancing to represent Canada at the Intermediate World Series, said Langley Baseball president Dan McLaren, who spearheaded the bid.

The World Series is played in Livermore, Calif., just outside of San Francisco.

McLaren said they decided to submit a multi-year bid in hopes of perhaps gaining permanent hosting rights, like Lethbridge has done with the junior championships.

“And the three-year bid was perfect to tie-in for our 60th anniversary in 2019,” McLaren said.

“It just made sense to put it on for three years.”

Langley will receive an automatic bid as the host team.

“I see the awarding of the tournament as a catalyst to boost the numbers and the intensity of our players, parent membership, and our City to host a great tournament,” McLaren said.

 

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