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BC Minor Baseball Coaches Conference Shines!

By Admin 12/20/2020, 1:15pm PST

BC Minor Baseball Coaches Conference receives 2020 Baseball Canada Event Recognition Award!

The Baseball Canada Event Recognition Award is handed out annually to a community, group or organization that has hosted a baseball event that has benefitted the baseball community or delivered a baseball experience in a unique fashion to the greater community. Events considered can include but are not limited too: a tournament, coach/officials clinic or convention, player development experience, convention bringing baseball communities together, a fundraiser.

The BC Minor Baseball Coaches Conference celebrated the 20th anniversary in February and reached close to 200 coaches and over 100 players. Structured as a three-day coach focused conference featuring the likes of Reggie Smith, Roberto Alomar, Aaron Myette, Pete Caliendo, Jeff Krushell, Jim Lefebvre, Tom House and a litany of other well-known baseball icons, it has grown in recent years to include high-performance player camps as well. 

Attendees annually come from far-and-wide including those outside of Canada to listen to speakers who share unique and insightful content that simply make better coaches. The conference continues to deliver long after the weekend is over with an exclusive Coaches Clubhouse via the BC Minor Baseball website where attendees have access to a video archive of all of the training sessions from current and past years. 

This BC Minor Baseball Coaches Conference also serves as the unofficial start to the baseball year in BC and has been energizing coaches, new and old, for many years. A place for learning and connecting and simply celebrating the game, this event, and its high quality speakers and development opportunities for athletes across the sport, is one that is looked forward to year after year.

Anne Hayes wins Baseball Canada Volunteer of the Year Award

The Baseball Canada Volunteer of the Year Award was created in 2001 to recognize the contribution of the most dedicated, enthusiastic person who has devoted at least ten years of volunteering within their provincial association. 

It took the extraordinary efforts of many to run some form of a baseball season in 2020 including those of Anne Hayes of Crofton, British Columbia who is Baseball Canada’s Volunteer of the Year for 2020.

In her role as division director Anne coordinated and created the interlocking schedule for 15U AA, 15U AAA, 18U AAA and 18U College Prep, divisions that include up to 20 teams from communities around the province including the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Islands, Interior, and Northern BC.

With COVID-19 restrictions changing by the week schedules needed to be revised numerous times and teams' abilities to participate were constantly in a state of change. As local, regional and cohort play was introduced, schedules needed to be reworked from scratch. Anne took them on and delivered day after day, week after week, month after month. For example, the 15U AAA schedule had to be reworked no less than 10 times. Anne left no stone unturned in her drive to make baseball happen for our members.

On top of all that, Anne managed to keep member players, coaches, and volunteers up-to-date with insurance coverage and navigate the myriad of financial challenges in refunds and adjustment in affiliation fees. With a massive drop in youth sports participation, Anne was also faced with the daunting task of navigating financial needs with little to no affiliation revenue. Her comprehensive knowledge of annual operations and projected needs allowed her to create a budget that was critical in delivering baseball to the youth of BC Minor Baseball. 

It would be hard to imagine BC Minor Baseball and its 18,000+ members experiencing the quality of baseball proudly delivered year in and year out without Anne’s efforts. It can be confidently stated that without Anne Hayes’ work and dedication during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, there would not have been much if any, organized competition for the players and families of BC Minor Baseball’s 52 member communities. The positive impact Anne has on the delivery of high-quality youth baseball in the Province of British Columbia cannot be overstated.

Want to do more for your Girls program?

By Admin 10/19/2020, 8:45pm PDT

Here's a great way to start!

A program opportunity for your association that focuses on girls & baseball in your community.  It is designed to create a culture of engagement in sport for all girls.  It’s called Girls At Bat offered by the Jays Care Foundation & the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 2021 Girls At Bat application for Grassroots Organizations and Communities can be found by clicking HERE.

 

The application deadline has been extended to WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th.  If you have any questions about the application or program in general, don’t hesitate to contact Bhanesha directly as she is always happy to help.


Bhanesha Ollek, Manager Gender Equity Programs and Initiatives - Jays Care Foundation
bhanesha.ollek@bluejays.com or 416 303 4375

 

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