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The BC Baseball Coaches Caravan picked up where it left off after last night, rolling into North Langley and South Burnaby.

The players and parents attending the South Burnaby event fought off the cold wet weather with ample energy and excitement. In fact, they were seemingly oblivious to the weather as they worked their base running, hitting, and fielding skills.

Over in Langley, the Caravan participants were also treated to a first class experience at their indoor facility and the addition of Pete Wilkinson to the Caravan coaching crew! Starting off with the indoor batting cages then moving outdoors to unleash the early season potential.

Lead coach and driving force behind the success of the Coaches Caravan, Mike Kelly, spoke with parents and they were saying this was the first time attending the caravan and were amazed that BC Baseball delivers this program for ages 5 and up and at no cost to parents or the association. North Langley Association President, Mark Burgess, stated that this was the second time that the travelling Caravan has stopped in North Langley and he noted that North Langley player registration is up again, especially at the younger ages. He went on to credit BC Baseball for promoting the sport in the province and Canada and is looking forward to hosting another one next year.

Next stops…. Coquitlam/Moody and White Rock

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The 2018 BC Baseball Coaches Caravan officially launched it’s 8th consecutive season tonight in the North Shore. There was a huge crowd to start off the 22 day province wide travelling baseball caravan, the only one in Canada.

With 370 players, parents, and coaches led by our Caravan crusaders the energy in the building was the perfect fuel to launch the 2018 baseball season! Jacquie Griffiths, President of the North Shore Baseball Association is very appreciative of the impact the BC Baseball Coaches Caravan has on players and parents alike, citing that the evidence of growth is obvious by the number of Blue Jays jerseys and hats donned by players young and old! Bill Duvall, also of the North Shore Baseball Association, said that this year’s caravan was even bigger than last year.

The Coaches Caravan was originally launched to help get participants primed and ready for the baseball season. This program is funded by BC Baseball and visits 24 communities around BC. It offers simple and effective drills and activities in a fun and energetic environment ideal to warm things up after a cold winter season.

This is also a great opportunity to remind everyone the of most important part of baseball, FUN! The purpose of the Coaches Caravan isn’t just about teaching the game, or rallying the players. It is about the reason why kids play the game and the reason why parents love being there with their children, because the game of baseball is a lot of fun. Judging by the smiles and laughter worn on every face at every event…. it works!

Wednesday, the Coaches Caravan rolls into North Langley and Burnaby South. Check out our list of dates and locations, odds are we are coming to a community near you!

More updates to follow as the road trip continues…

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2018 Travelling Caravan Schedule

Posted by BC Baseball Association at Mar 27, 2018 10:01AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

The Travelling Caravan is about to embark on its 33 day 24 association journey through the province starting Tuesday, April 3rd in North Shore and ending May 5th in Ridge Meadows. Attached is the stop-by-stop breakdown and times.

Dates and times of Travelling Caravan stops can also be found on the website calendar.

The document BC_Baseball_Website_Schedule_2018_Caravan.xlsx was attached to this post.

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Dear Presidents and Valued BC Baseball Members,

Over the past number of years BC Baseball has been consulting diligently with our member
associations and working to identify areas that we can provide a significant positive impact on
the game and the people involved in the sport.

One of the main areas we have prioritized is Player Development and Coach Training. We have
moved to a new Coach Training and certification program. One where we, as a population of
knowledgeable and experienced coaches, provide and manage the content. This program
works to uphold the principles of LTAD adopted by Baseball
Canada. Combined with countless hours of research and experience the intent of this new
program is to provide a more relevant and deliverable product to Coaches for their players.
The result will be a practical and current Coach

Training program that will remain dynamic and adjust as the needs of players and associations change.

This spring we will roll out the first stage of the program addressing coaches working with ages
5-8 years old in a format geared to their respective divisions. The feedback and data we collect
this year will be instrumental in what is designed for the next stage of the launch. Over the next
18 -24 months our intent is to formalize, deliver and implement our Coach Training program for the remaining divisions up to 18U.

This brings about a change in regard to Rule 11 for 2018 and will be updated in future
publications. For the 2018 Summer and Provincial season, there will not be any field staff
requirement of certification. However, B.C. Baseball will through a consultation process with it’s
association members during the 2018 baseball season, take into consideration new rule
compliance for the 2019 season.

In the meantime, stay tuned. B.C. Baseball will identify, through periodic updates to its member
associations, the progression of the Coaching Development Training manual as it meets the
continued steps towards older age groups.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please don’t hesitate to reach out. We
welcome the dialogue.

Thank you

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2018 saw BC Baseball host another successful Coaches Convention with over 200 coaches in attendance!

The convention program provided topics that were designed to equip our volunteer coaches with the abilities to improve themselves as coaches and have this in turn translate to their players and then on to the baseball field.

Attendee comments spoke to the inspiration, networking, personal development and key tips and tactics learned during the 2 day event. Having the opportunity to capitalize on the combined experience of the speakers and of their coaching peers are the type of “take away” skills and development that will continue to allow BC Baseball to provide the largest, most inclusive and most effective baseball curriculum in British Columbia.

The Coaches Convention also provided a forum for the 2018 BC Baseball Awards Luncheon. Congratulations to all the winners! It is through the development of coaching that the players, teams and individuals are proven to excel – having the awards presented in this environment adds to the recognition of the significance of developing as a coach!

We look forward to developing our program for the 2019 Coaches Convention and encourage all Associations to send representatives and participate.

The Coach’s Caravan is just around the corner and the goal to continue to provide the best baseball programming in British Columbia comes with that!

Podcast Show Hosted by Coach Caliendo at the BC Baseball Coaching Conference in Vancouver: http://www.baseballoutsidethebox.com/2018/02/28/coach-caliendo-bc-baseball-coaching-conference-vancouver/

Les Szabo
BC Baseball Marketing