Lefebvre and Myette spearhead 16U camp
With Jim Lefebvre and Aaron Myette at the helm, the BC Baseball 16U camp steered a perfect course over the weekend.
For three days in Aldergrove the camp focussed on power. Lefebvre is a premier hitting coach and he emphasized driving the ball. And former big league pitcher Myette zeroed in on the hurlers adding velocity.
Over 30 players attended and 15 will be selected for a wood bat tournament in Tacoma July 5 to 9.
Lefebvre, 75, spent eight seasons as a Los Angeles Dodgers infielder. He was rookie of the year in 1965 and a National League all-star a year later. His career includes playing in Japan, coaching in China, hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds, and managing three MLB teams, the Mariners, Cubs and Brewers.
Myette, 39, hails from New Westminster and played college baseball for the University of Washington Huskies. He spent six seasons in the majors, pitching for the White Sox, Rangers, Indians and Reds.
The supporting cast of coaches included Brian Ginther from Cloverdale, Stu Holloway from the Vancouver Mounties College Prep, Orville Germaine from Aldergrove and former Coquitlam Reds and BC Selects legend Bill Green.
Some of the comments from parents to BC Baseball president Mike Sarai exemplified the value of the coaching.
What an amazing weekend we just had! My son loved it. He learned a lot and did drills he has not seen in nine years of playing baseball. The knowledge and positivity were phenomenal. I truly appreciated all the coaches passion for the sport, and the admiration and respect they showed the kids. I also very much appreciated the association keeping the cost as low as you did. The value received this weekend was unfathomable. Please consider doing this every year for all ages. We were all very impressed by the knowledge of the coaches who were friendly, funny and very upbeat. My son is really tired today after three days of intense training, but it was worth every minute. Thank you for offering a great program. The coaches truly love the sport and it shows. It was run really well and very organized for a large group. It will be a tough job to have to choose the top players, as all the kids played hard. I would love to see more of these training programs offered. Everyone benefited from the wealth of knowledge.