The all-time great American sport of baseball has never been quite well-received here in Malaysia as compared to other games such as, say, badminton or football. So imagine our surprise when we came across the latest baseball Malaysia news (kinda) of a well-known local institute of higher education encouraging the next generation of university and college students to take up the engaging sport.
Baseball On The Rise, Hopefully
More particularly, the Fifteenth College in University Putra Malaysia (UPM) has recently introduced baseball to its sporting regimen in order to encourage its students to pursue a different kind of sporting activity, as well as to promote and foster a love of the sport to the Malaysian community.
On the idea of introducing baseball, the Principal of the college, Assoc. Prof. Dr Zulkiflle Leman has mentioned that it was a personal challenge of his to expose the sport to UPM students. The shift to baseball as a sport was inspired by softball, which was already a main sporting activity at the college. To that end, UPM Fifteenth College has also initiated a collaborative training program with the Putrajaya Baseball Association (PBA) in order to offer the best professional training for their students.
Dr Zulkiflle Leman also believed that similar to the United States, Japan, and Taiwan, baseball had a bright future in Malaysia and could grow to be one of the major sports in the nation one day. According to him, the beauty of baseball lies not only with its physical component but also in encouraging thinking, strategizing, and how to apply soft skill elements in the game.
To further aid their plan in the mass adoption of baseball, the college has even organized a little baseball league intended for children under 12 years old to participate in. Hopefully, the league would be able to attract kids of every race and creed to participate as baseball, at its core, is a world-renowned sport.
A local baseball club, the Hornets’ President Muhammad Faiz Othman also spoke highly of the move to introduce baseball to a new generation of UPM students. The club was established in 2014 with the aim of strengthening softball and baseball teams that have become synonymous with college sports.
Specifically, the Hornets Club comprises both softball and baseball teams. And they are currently hard at training in order to participate in tournaments at the university level as well as to have friendly matches in the country and abroad.
If you’re interested in taking a peek into what baseball training typically entails, the Hornets Club has its training sessions on Saturdays from 3.00 PM to 7.00 PM, as well as on Sundays from 9.00 AM to 1.00 PM at the A & B fields in UPM — one of the few Malaysian baseball parks in the country. The training sessions are conducted by coach Syahrizal Abd Rashid, who has been training the club for nearly two years.
Along with that, the weekly training sessions are carried out with support from the Putrajaya Baseball team and UPM Sports Centre.