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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!
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!
The second stop on the Interior leg of the Coaches Caravan saw the ripple effect of a story book 2017 summer season where the Salmon Arm U11 team took Provincial gold! Salmon Arm Minor Baseball Association has seen explosive growth in their player base again this year.
That growth was clearly evident in the 260 players and parents attending the 2018 BC Baseball Coaches Caravan on Tuesday night. Even more impressive was the number of parents eager to pair off and work with the players. Having top level coaches like those who travel with the Caravan go through fundamental drills and mechanics with parents provides immeasurable value to young athletes. The drills provided by the Coaches Caravan offer the tools for players and parents to work at home and on the field. The most important work an athlete can do to improve their game is done outside of practices and games!
To further that, the Caravan Crew spends a lot of time educating parents and coaches on the importance of keeping fun in the game, supporting their players, and discuss the real numbers on why players play, more importantly, why players quit. Often, an element that isn’t discussed enough in youth sports. It can be a tough subject to address but the Caravan Crew are pros, and they have a connection with the players and parents that can deliver those messages in a way that changes the way parents and coaches see the importance of their role in the lives of young ball players.
Next stop for the Caravan, Revelstoke!
Following a Sunday evening packed with the BC Baseball High Performance ID Camps for 13U, 15U and 16U. The 2018 BC Baseball Coaches Caravan continued its epic journey as more than 245 participants gave them a warm welcome in Prince George, BC.
The Caravan Crew were out in full force with Pete Caliendo, Mike Kelly, Peter Wilkinson, Grant Rimer and Michael Dagg. BC Baseball believes that one of the keys to nurturing growth in youth baseball is actively supporting our member associations regardless of their geographical location.
The Prince George Youth Baseball Association crushed it once again, by stepping up and hosting the event for a third year. Based on the feedback from the Caravan Crew, the travel was well worth it. The players and parents were fully engaged and participating in developing new skills and drills.
Association President Carmen Martin stated “The passion and commitment to keeping kids interested for the long term development of the sport is evident in each drill they teach and the way they interact with the kids and parents.”
Rounding out the trifecta, the BC Baseball Coach Development team presented their first instalment of the new Coach Training Program. The long awaited, hands on, age division tailored coach training model was engaging, well received, and will provide an outstanding foundation for coaches to build upon as their players develop and grow. We can’t wait to come back next year!
Next stop for the Caravan will be Salmon Arm!
The players and parents in Port Coquitlam and Ladner were blessed by the warmth of the sunshine on Friday evening as the BC Baseball Coaches Caravan hit the diamond for more family fun.
Ladner Minor Baseball Association president Grant Laidlaw was on site to witness the enthusiasm that 225 parents and players brought out to prime the 2018 baseball season. There was an aura of pride surrounding the even as the turnout demonstrated the evidence of strong growth in the Ladner baseball community.
Port Coquitlam saw 120 participants come out and warm up their baseball skills, once again with the generous help of the Tri City College Prep players.
One of the many highlights of the Coaches Caravan is the inclusion of parents as they get on field with their sons and daughters to work on athletic skills. Youth baseball is a sport that encourages an active lifestyle on and off the diamond. Having parents participate in the Coaches Caravan not only empowers them to join the players in the stands but it also tools them with sound drills and techniques to apply as coaches on field and at home. BC Baseball continues to uphold the commitment to the grassroots of baseball by providing this experience at no cost to participants or the host association.
The Caravan is on the road today in order to get the week started in Prince George!