Western Cape Takes Lead on Continent

MOD Program becomes template for African Baseball

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) Western Cape has taken the lead in developing a program for mass participation, opportunity, access and growth that is becoming a template for baseball development in several other African countries.

The DCAS flagship policy is The Mass participation; Opportunity and access; Development and growth (MOD) Program, which is an after-school, mass participation program that provides school-going youth with access to various fun-filled, play-based and modified activities including baseball on a daily basis.

This program is hosted across the Western Cape Province, at MOD Centers that are based at either a Primary School or a High School. Generally, Primary School-based MOD Centers act as the feeder to their neighboring High School-based MOD Centers. In this way, the learner is presented with the opportunity to have continuous access and exposure to opportunities offered by the MOD Program, for a period of at least 12 years.

Through various talent identification and talent development processes, the participants that display the potential for further development (in baseball) have the opportunity to advance their skills and talents to another level. It can be said that participation in the MOD Program presents school-going youth with the opportunity to be part of a talent pool, especially with regard to baseball, as it creates a springboard for the youth to access next-level participation and opportunities, with these types of opportunities being offered via School Sport, through its various initiatives, projects and programs.

The program is central to the vision of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, namely, to create a socially inclusive, creative and active Western Cape. There are currently 181 MOD Centers across the province that provide sport and recreational activities to over 40 000 registered participants from disadvantaged communities and under-served schools. MOD has expanded significantly since its introduction in 2010 and now provides employment and skills development to almost 700 community workers across the province.

DCAS offers various activities to youth through its after School Program. We encourage learners, parents and other significant role players to invest in this holistic environment to create better opportunities for communities. 


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Mariners Relief Pitcher Makes History

Taylor Scott  and his team the Seattle Mariners will likely become part of history during their series against the Los Angeles Angels this weekend.

Tayler Scott was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 1, 1992. The 27 year-old will become the first South African to pitch in the Major Leagues. In fact, he will become the fist African-born pitcher to ever take the mound in a Major League Baseball Game.

Tayler will also become only the second African-born player to make the Major Leagues. Fellow South African Gift Ngoepe, in infielder, made his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates  in April, 2017.

With sports like cricket, soccer and rugby being the major sports in South Africa, Scott bucked the trend and grew up playing baseball. While he still makes South Africa his off-season home, his parents did help him realize his dream by partially relocating to Arizona so that Tayler could play high school baseball.  He attended Notre Dame Prep High School in Scottsdale.

The sacrifice paid off when he was drafted by the Cubs in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft.

Tayler Scott first African-born pitcher in the Major Leagues
Tayler Scott first African-born pitcher in the Major Leagues

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April 2017 South African Gift Ngoepe became the first person born on the African continent to appear in a Major League Baseball game. He made his debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Research shows that people who play school sports get better jobs, with better pay. 

Schools, with their resources of people, facilities, and equipment, are perhaps the most significant influence on youth involvement in sport 



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Gift Ngoepe - Pirates


The Pittsburgh Pirates, the team that made history by making Gift Ngoepe the first Africam MLB player in 2017, have signed Gift to a minor league contract (June 2019). He reunites with younger brother Victor in the Pirates organization.

Tayler Scott - Orioles


Tayler Scott was the first African-born player to pitch in the MLB. The Orioles claimed right-hander Tayler Scott off waivers from the Mariners. Scott has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Kieran Lovegrove - Orioles

Kieran Lovegrove, South African Baseball Player

Kieran Lovegrove, seen pitching in the MLB All Star Futures game, signed a free agent contract Baltimore Orioles in 2019

Dylan Unsworth - Free Agent

Dylan Unsworth

RHP Dylan Unsworth elected free agency after the 2018 season with the Los Angeles Angels.

Brendan Venter- - Braves


Brendan Venter was drafted in the 13th round in 2018 out of Auburn College by the Atlanta Braves.

Victor Ngoepe - Pirates

Victor Ngoepe - Pittsburgh Pirates

Victor Ngoepe, younger brother of Gift, plays in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

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Europe/Africa Baseball Olympic Qualifier

 The Africa/Europe qualification event will be a six-team tournament, with the winner earning a place at Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier will be top five finishers from the European Baseball Championship 2019 and the winner of the African Baseball Championship/Qualifier 2019.

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