News and Announcements
Please see the attached agenda for the 15U A Summer Season Meeting on May 12th, 2018.
If your association is planning to field a 2018 15U A Summer Team your attendance, either in person or via conference call is strongly recommended.
We also recommend that if you have already selected your coaching staff that they also attend as this will be the ideal opportunity to discuss the upcoming season and any items relevant to a successful summer program.
The document BC_Baseball_15U_A_pre-summer_meeting_AGENDA_-_April_18__2016.rtf__1_.pdf was attached to this post.
The Caravan stopped in Duncan on Friday for their last stop on Vancouver Island. It was a great day with the crew running a practice for the Duncan 18U team. Another great opportunity to put boots on the ground working with our member associations. An effort graciously appreciated by the players, coaches and parents. The BC Baseball Coaches Caravan followed later with 140 attending BC Baseball’s flagship program for grass roots players and parents!
Richmond City Baseball’s President, John Braaten and his executive team popped a Grand Slam with 340 players, parents and coaches showing up in force for the first stop of the Saturday tour of the Coaches Caravan. An awesome event to either witness or be a part of!
Second stop for the Caravan on Saturday was Tsawwassen with 120 attending players, coaches and parents. Again coaches were happy with the drills and parents enjoying watching and participating in the drills.
Sunday had the Caravan showing up in Cloverdale as BC Baseball works to continually draw more and more grass roots players to the game. Speaking to president Chris Lund, he is ecstatic about the Caravan stopping in Cloverday and thanks BC Baseball for helping draw almost 250 players, coaches, and parents.
Monday was another great night with the Caravan travelling to Ridge Meadows where over 340 attended the Caravan in the home town and BC Baseball product Tyler O’Neill and Larry Walker. President Bruce Evans and Angie Gregson did a great job organizing the Caravan
Lake Cowichan was another great event as the 2018 BC Baseball Coaches Caravan stopped to work the Grass Roots and the Team BC Selects ID Camp hosted evaluations for eager and ambitions ball players looking to up their game through the BC Baseball High Performance programming.
The Caravan drew close to 250 coaches parents and players. Clearly the communities of the BC Baseball membership associations have a strong drive to support and foster the sport of Youth Baseball in all corners of the province!
To top it all off the BC Baseball Coach Development team also delivered the NEW BC Baseball certification program adding Lake Cowichan to the list of certified associations including, to this point Prince George, Comox, and Nanaimo as also hosting these clinics. To date, the BC Baseball Coach Development program has seen over 100 coaches attend.
The 2018 Coaches Caravan arrived at Salt Spring Island after taking a ferry ride from Crofton. The warm reception was we well received with 190 players, coaches, and parents attending. Corey Johnson also had barbecue for all attending the caravan the atmosphere reflected the recent successes of the Salt Spring Minor Baseball Association.
President Corey Johnson was gracious in his recognition of the roll that the Coaches Caravan and BC Baseball plays in fostering the sport of youth baseball in his community. He had this to share;
“I cannot tell you how much it means to our small organization to have the Caravan come and visit. Year after year the first question I now get as registration opens is “ when is the the caravan coming.”
The support this program gives to our grass roots program is amazing. The players, parents, and coaches take the lessons learned and put them into practice throughout the season. Our numbers in T-ball and Tadpole are on the rise, and our parents are excited to help on the field. The future is bright for Baseball on SaltSpring Island and the Mike Kelly, Grant Reimer, Pete Caliendo, and Michael Dagg, as well as the continued support from B.C. Baseball can take a lot of credit in that.
From all of us at SaltSpring Island Minor Baseball. Thank you to BC Baseball for sending this amazing program to our Island."
Thank you, Corey the Caravan Crew had a riot!
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!