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The communities of Comox and Campbell River stepped up with almost 600 participants over showing up and putting in the work with the 2018 BC Baseball Coaches Caravan.

On Monday, the Caravan Crew rolled up sleeves and set to work, although it sure looked like a lot of play. The response from the participants was astounding! Association President, Shannon Gaboury was kind enough to share this with us…

“Just a quick note to say Thank You and let you know how much we as an association, the parents and the kids like and appreciate the effort made on our behalf by BC Baseball and the onsite coaching staff. We received, as always, a well run and age appropriate session that really benefits all participants, including coaches, players and parents. Our turnout reflects the eagerness of our players and parents to participate in these sessions and the requirement for continued support of these same types of programs within the provincial body.”

Thank you in return Shannon, it’s this feedback from our member associations that helps us deliver better programming every season!

In Campbell River on Tuesday, it looked as thought the rain might dampen attendance but the weather broke and the people came out to shine up their baseball skills for the 2018 season! Mike Kelly, BC Baseball Coaches Caravan pioneer, said he was blown away at how the clouds parted and the people came. It was the kind of energy needed to help recharge our Caravan Crew road warriors!

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The 2018 BC Baseball Coaches Caravan rolled into Nanaimo on the back end of their double header seeing 330 participants between the two stops. Nanaimo was a hive of baseball activity with the 13U, 15U and 16U Selects ID camps also in town.

Opening up with a stop in Port Alberni the Caravan Crew put players, parents and coaches through their paces with morning sessions working on the fundamentals of Throwing, Catching, Hitting, Running and Fielding. The opportunity to provide a baseball experience away from the competition of a game allows the participants, specifically the parents, to absorb the reason why players start playing the game, FUN!

But hey, don’t just take our word for it… come out and see for yourself. It works, here is some feedback from one of our participants.

“Hi NMBA,

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for hosting this year’s Coaching Caravan. Between the two of us, my husband and I have coached soccer, hockey, skiing and track and field and have both played sports all our lives. We found this coaching caravan incredibly helpful not only to our son but also to us! Even as somewhat experienced athletes and coaches we got so much out of this hour and a half. The clinic was really well run, the coaches were phenomenal and there was a lot of take away learning for all of us. I particularly loved lines such as ‘the most important skill in baseball is listening’ and the encouragement for parents to say things such as ‘we love watching you play’ instead of critiquing skills/play.

Thank you so much for bringing this to Nanaimo. We really appreciated it!"

Kudos to Mike Holyk, and his team of dedicated volunteers for crushin’ it once again!

Fond Farewell in Osoyoos

Posted by BC Baseball Association at Apr 14, 2018 3:38PM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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It was a great event to wrap up the final day of the Caravan’s tour through the Southern Interior! The players and parents of the Osoyoos Minor Baseball Association never disappoint!

Going into their fourth season as an association, the enthusiasm and energy at their park is contagious. Driven by a passion for the game, the 2018 BC Baseball Coaches Caravan was the perfect fit! All 150 players, parents, and coaches were fully engaged and absorbing the drills, strategies and philosophies shared by the Caravan Crew.

President of OMBA, Jason Bartsch shared the importance of the Coaches Caravan, as the only program of it’s kind in Canada, and the impact it has on promotion of youth baseball in his community. Jason and the members of OMBA have seen explosive growth through their hard work, and this growth has manifested in a new permanent ball field in Osoyoos! Job well done OMBA and the Town of Osoyoos for helping youth get into an amazing game!

Next the Caravan Crew will be sailing off to Vancouver Island!

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The Coaches Caravan rolled in to Kelowna on Thursday afternoon to warm welcome from the players and parents of the Central Okanagan Minor Baseball Association. COMBA is coming off a banner year where their 18U AAA team came home with the 2017 Provincial Championship AND their association won the 2017 BC Baseball Association of the Year honours!

Guy Posella, President and Joe Hobart, 2nd Vice President of COMBA were on site to witness the hard working team of players, parents and Caravan coaches get set up with refreshers and new drills for the 2018 season.

Speaking with one of the attendees, who had coached multiple sports at all levels in the US for the past 10 years, he mentioned that he had never seen anything like the format or calibre of coaching at the grassroots level that the BC Baseball Coaches Caravan offers.

Getting the opportunity to hear feedback not only from our member associations, but from their player and parent members is why BC Baseball works so hard to get out to our member communities. It is with this effort and the commitment from our member associations that we see success in growing youth baseball in BC!

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The crew of the 2018 BC Baseball Coaches Caravan was on hand to recognize and applaud the tireless effort and dedication demonstrated by Mandy McQuarrie, President of Revelstoke Minor Baseball Association. Mandy is the driving force behind the opportunities that the youth of Revelstoke and surrounding areas have to play baseball.

Pete Caliendo of International Sports Group and key member of the Coaches Caravan, teams up with Mike Kelly of BC Baseball to recognize Mandy for her work with RMBA. By providing RMBA with a free Bownet Big Mouth a valuable and practical tool for her association to enjoy. Congrats to Mandy and her team of dedicated families!

It’s a well known, but rarely talked about, aspect of success in youth sports…. volunteer dedication and effort. BC Baseball works tirelessly to reach out and support the smaller and more remote communities because we believe that every child should have the opportunity to pursue their sports goals. Whether it be recreational enjoyment of the game or swinging for the Bigs!

We look forward to another great season of baseball in Revelstoke and can’t wait to come back again!

Next stop, the Sunny Okanagan Valley. We hope you are ready for us Kelowna!