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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!
Night three saw the BC Baseball Coaches Caravan in Coquitlam-Moody and White Rock.
In White Rock, 125 Participants picked up tips and drills to carry them into the fresh baseball season. With Randy Mckinnon, coach of the White Rock Pee Wee team, commenting on how many drills he picked up at the session and that he is looking forward to trying them out with his team.
The 300 attendees of the Coaches Caravan in Coquitlam-Moody were fortunate to have brought in the big guns with the Tri City College Prep boys coming in to work hands on with the younger players. The value of having the Big Boys come in and work with the young up and comers cannot be emphasized enough! The mentorship and inspiration provided by the young men and women of the BC Baseball College Prep program fuels the excitement of our younger players and provides them with a fence to swing for!
Seeing the connection develop between the younger players and the young men and women who have come up through the BC Baseball system is just another great example of the positive impact of youth baseball in BC. It is also another way that BC Baseball and their member associations work to instil the values and principals of community leadership and social responsibility. The BC Baseball Coaches Caravan is one of many vessels to showcase the calibre of people, young and old, fostering the sport of youth baseball in BC.
Tomorrow’s stops…. Ladner and Port Coquitlam, we look forward to seeing you there!
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
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…
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.