News and Announcements
The 2015 BC (Minor) Baseball Coaches Convention has been a huge success so far this year. Approximately 200 coaches and another 200 players have attended this weekend with another day still to go. This year features an allstar line-up of presenters including the likes of Reggie Smith, Pete Caliendo, Pete Wilkinson, Ron Davini,Randy Town,Marty Lehn, Dave Empey, Rick Johnston and Greg Hamilton,Head Coach of the Canadian Jr National Team., former Toronto Blue Jay players Rance Mulliniks and Lloyd Moseby. As well, Matt Holtzman and Nilo Ghajar-Williams were part of the player developement clinics and presentations.
Coaches have come from all over the Province, including the Interior, Northern BC, Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland to attend the convention. The organizers have recieved almost 100% positive feedback to the event. The convention winds up Sunday at 3pm. As well as the general convention, Coaches who needed NCCP Provincial modules have been able to get those this weekend with instructor Charlie Law from Vernon. BC (Minor) Baseball continues to focus time and energy in coaching development in the Province of British Columbia with the goal of making the Baseball Experience for its almost 14,000+ players throughout the Province a very positive one.
January 28, 2015
Re: Special Resolution Committee Update to BC Baseball Associations
B.C. Baseball Association Presidents,
The Special Resolution Committee continues to work on the framework plan and will be forwarding to the B.C. Baseball Board their recommendations of the business plan for approval. During this due diligence phase, a number of options for various programs have presented themselves that need to be discussed by the B.C. Baseball Board of Directors.
The Special Resolution Committee will hold its weekly meeting Monday, February 2, 2015. Following that meeting, the committee report with recommendations will be forwarded to the B.C. Baseball Board of Directors. The next B.C. Baseball Board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2015.
Following the February 7th B.C. Baseball Board meeting the approved Special Resolution Committee report will be released to the membership on Sunday, February 8, 2015.
B.C. Baseball is in receipt, under B.C. Baseball Rule Book Article VIII “Request for General Meeting of Membership”, from the following associations on January 22, 2015:
- Burnaby Minor Baseball
- Coquitlam-Moody Minor Baseball
- Kamloops Minor Baseball
- Rutland Minor Baseball
- Vernon Minor Baseball
This letter serves as formal notice to B.C. Baseball Membership that there will be a vote on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the Sandman Signature 8828- 201 Street Langley, British Columbia. The General Meeting of the Membership will begin at 11:30am.
The B.C. Baseball Board of Directors has approved to cover the cost of attendance for one representative of each (association President or association designate with its proxy vote) for this meeting. The designated association representative will be reimbursed as follows:
1. Lower Mainland – $0.50/km for return trip mileage from home;
2. Vancouver Island – $0.50/km for return trip mileage from home plus return trip ferry vehicle and passenger charges;
3. Interior Associations – $0.50/km for return trip mileage from home plus one night hotel covered if necessary to a maximum of $150.00.
4. Expense reimbursement forms are to be submitted after the conclusion of the “Request for General Meeting” to the B.C. Baseball Treasurer for reimbursement. Forms will be made available.
5. Lunch will be provided at the meeting for association representatives and proxies.
6. Additional association attendee’s expenses over one (1) per association will not be covered.
7. In advance of this meeting it is required that each Association advise Val Greenwood email@example.com of their intent to attend, association name and Proxy representative name if it is not the President of the Association. Val needs this information by 5:00 pm Monday February 2, 2015 in order to book lunch.
Board of Directors
B.C. Baseball Association
The 18U (Midget) Elite program is shaping up as they prepare for their trip to Arizona.
The 18U’s will play in Tucson from March 14 to 22 against Junior College teams. Grant Rimer has scheduled a full slate of games plus practices.
The 18U tryouts will continue through February with two sessions a week, Saturday and either Wednesday or Thursday. (See schedule under “High Performance.”)
This is an Elite team to showcase players for pro scouts and college recruiters. After Arizona, the 18U’s will play in four or five high level tournaments here and in Washington State.
Dave Empey and Bill Green, two of the most successful coaches in Canadian baseball, are in charge of the development program. “We’ll carry 30 players,” says Empey. “That gives us enormous leeway so we won’t interfere with BCMBA teams. And we’ll have 18U coaches travelling with the Elite team to the tournaments.”
Dave Empey has coached 16 pro players, including four major leaguers, most notably Ryan Dempster, who pitched for 16 MLB years and won a World Series ring with the Red Sox, and James Paxton, the brilliant young Mariners starter. Empey has also sent eight players to the Canadian Junior National team.
Bill Green helped develop MLB star Larry Walker and spent 20 years as head coach of the B.C. Selects, winning eight national championships. He was also the local rep for the Major League Scouting Bureau.
Both have sent dozens of players into college programs as well. “That’s our main goal,” says Empey. “If we can obtain baseball scholarships for as many players as possible then the 18U Elite Program will be a success.”
Find attached here BC (Minor) Baseball Board of Director’s open letter to Baseball BC submitted January 6th, 2015http://www.bcbaseball.ca/organizations/1847/documents/106085
Midget baseball is taking a giant leap forward.
B.C. Minor kicks off a Midget Elite program in January with players from all over the Province. The elite team will showcase athletes for college recruiters and pro scouts.
Dave Empey and Bill Green, two of the most successful coaches in Canadian baseball history, will be in charge of the Elite development. “After tryouts we’ll carry 30 players,” says Empey. “That gives us enormous leeway so we don’t interfere with the plans of the midget coaches throughout B.C.”
The 30 players will be selected from Province wide tryouts, which are open to all players, plus recommendations from coaches. The Midget Elites will practice on the Lower Mainland in January and February before going to Arizona for a spring break training camp. Then they’ll compete in up to six high level tournaments in the States, plus games locally.
The High Performance coaching staff also includes Orville Germaine from Aldergrove and fitness expert Matt Holtzman, plus 18U (Midget) coaches who will travel with the team. “Bill and I will mostly be involved with development here,” says Empey. “Coaches from all over B.C. will take the Elite team to play in the States. This is all about developing players and adding to the expertise of the coaches.”
Dave Empey has coached 16 professional baseball players, including four major leaguers, most notably Ryan Dempster, who won a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox in 2013, and James Paxton, a frontline starter with the Seattle Mariners. Empey coached Dempster, a National League all-star in 2000 and 2008, for three seasons and continued to advise him throughout his 16 year career. Paxton is off to a brilliant debut with the Mariners, going 9-4 with a 2.66 ERA in his first 17 starts.
Empey has also sent eight players to the Canadian National Junior team, including slugging outfielder Rowan Wick, one of the top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Rowan hammered 20 home runs in only 74 games in 2014.
Bill Green is an icon in Canadian baseball, winning over 1,200 games with the Coquitlam Reds. He’s developed a dozen pro players, including Larry Walker, who starred with the Expos, Rockies and Cardinals.
Green was a mainstay as head coach of the B.C. Selects, winning eight National Championships. What’s more, Bill worked for the Major League Scouting Bureau for two decades and is friends with baseball gurus throughout North America. “Bill’s experience as a coach and a scout is invaluable,” says Empey.
The High Performance coaches will also run player development camps for players at both the 18U and 16U level. 18U (Midget) coaches who want to attend these camps should apply at the B.C. Baseball Coaches Conference in Langley on February 20-22. “This is a mentoring program for our coaches,” says Mike Sarai, President of B.C. Minor.
Further information will be posted on the BCMBA website www.bcminorbaseball.org under “High Performance.”