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May 2017 Issue #1 - Baseball BC is on Instagram & you can win BIG!

We are excited to launch our new Instagram account!  Over the coming weeks and months you'll begin to see more content, photos and videos through Instagram.

What we really want to see, however, is YOUR content!  So for the month of May, we're running a contest looking for your best Instagram content.  The lucky winner will receive:

4 tickets to the Vancouver Canadians games on Aug 12 + 13 (including parking)
Accomodation at the Sandman Hotel Airport
A $100 gift card to Sienna South Granville

To enter the contest you simply have to do 3 things:

1. Follow us on Instagram - our handle is baseball.bc
2. Post a baseball-related picture or video from something happening in baseball in British Columbia.  It can be an action shot or game footge, a picture from a baseball event in your local area, a volunteer activity... you name it!
3. Mention @baseball.bc in the post, and tag baseball.bc in the picture or video.

We're looking for our favorite picture or video... so feel free to enter as many times as you want - the more shots you take the more chances you have to win!

Remember, the contest ends on May 31st so make sure to enter before then.  And keep taking pictures after the deadline, we'll likely continue to have contests in the future!

Click on the link to our Instagram page to get started!

Good luck and have a great ball season!

Athlete Assistance Distributed to Recipients

Baseball BC is proud to announce that athlete assistance has been distributed to the chosen recipients.

For the 2016/2017 period, Baseball BC received 17 applications and distributed assistance to 11 student-athletes, with assistance ranging between $500 and $1,500 per individual.

Applications were received from qualifying students attending 4 different post-secondary institutions.

Congratulations to the chosen recipients!  If you are a student-athlete looking for assistance, or know someone who would be a good candidate, we encourage you to apply for assistance for the 2017/2018 period.  To qualify, the student-athlete must be attending a British Columbia post-secondary institution.

Rally Cap Skills Day in Ridge Meadows a Success! 

Ridge Meadows Minor Baseball Association hosted a successful Rally Cap Skills Day on May 6th at Pitt Meadows Athletic Park.

Over 200 young athletes attended the skills day and participated in drills and activities designed to develop baseball fundamentals in various areas:

Catching/Receiving
Throwing
Base-Running
Hitting

A special thanks goes out to the former Douglas College players who lended their assistance in helping to run the skills day.

If your organization would like to benefit from Rally Cap Skills Day, or for additional information on Rally Cap or Grass Roots programming available from Baseball BC, click on the link below or contact Baseball BC Grass Roots Co-Ordinator Shawn Schaefer at 604-586-3310 or by e-mail at shawn@baseball.bc.ca

NCCP Program Certifies 11 New Evaluators in March!

As part of Baseball BC’s Coach Developer Training Series, Coach Evaluator Training for 11 of British Columbia’s finest Coach Developers was completed in April.  Coach Developers from the Interior, Island & Lower Mainland were provided the best coach training this country has to offer; the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), Baseball Canada & Baseball BC all had representation & contributed in the 18 hour weekend training sessions.

Feedback from Coach Developer participation was extremely positive.  Ryan Jones from Aldergrove Baseball writes “This weekend was incredible. I felt privileged to be a part of it and really enjoyed meeting others from around the province.”

When coaches want to advance their coach status to “Certified” from “Trained”, each coach benefits from an Evaluation Procedure, either during a practice or game or both.

Much of the value to the coach comes from educated Evaluators providing skilled & precise positive feedback focussed on the coaches own reflection & future improvements.  “The Evaluation Process plays important roles in the development path of a coach which makes it critical our Coach Evaluators are set up best to provide a coach that value” says coordinator of BC’s National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) Scott Mackenzie.

Baseball BC provided Coach Developers Facilitator Training last year as part of their goal in maintaining & providing BC coaches optimal coach training experiences. David Laing, Executive Director of Baseball BC simply states “When our Coaches are set up to succeed, so are our young athletes…!”

Open ID Camps are underway in May and June!

Baseball BC Open ID camps have now begun with sessions scheduled in Cranbrook, Parksville, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops and Coquitlam.

All players who wish to be considered for the Baseball BC High-Performance teams including the Selects program (17U), Pacific Northwest Championship (17U, 16U, 15U), or the Northwest Futures Tournament (15U), must attend one of the ID camps and be evaluated as well as attend one of the Provincial Camps.

Cost for these sessions is $50 per athlete.

Successful participants will be invited to proceed in this selection process and attend the Baseball BC Prospects Camp to be held July 11 - 13 in Surrey (Park TBA), where final team selections will be finalized.

For any questions on this program, please contact David Laing at the Baseball BC office at 604-586-3312 or via email at davidlaing@baseball.bc.ca

Registration is available through the link included below.

BC Amateur Baseball Association
#310 - 15225 104th Avenue
Surrey, BC
V3R 6Y8
www.baseball.bc.ca
info1@baseball.bc.ca

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