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By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network
LANGLEY, BC _ Tom House has been to a clinic or two.
Let’s see the renowned pitching guru usually goes to Texas and California high school coaches convention, the annual American Baseball Coaches Association, a stop or two in Canada and some others adding up to about eight a year.
How do they differ?
“Well, take a look,” said House, the best-selling author, Nolan Ryan’s pitching coach and throwing consultant to 28 of 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL.
From the side of the gym at the Langley Events Centre, House nodded toward Donald Hooton, Jr. lecturing to the 40-odd high schoolers on dietary supplements at the annual BC Baseball Coaching Conference, the longest running and largesst convention in Western Canada.
“I don’t want to say that this is the land that time forgot … but it reminds me of the US more than 15 years ago,” House said. “Look at them. They are so receptive and so attentive. If this was south of the border half of them would be on their cell phones texting after 20 minutes.
“Every time I come to Vancouver whether it is the players, coaches or parents everyone is so attentive and respectful. Baseball’s No. 1 enemies are the cell phone and the tablet.”
Sunday on the turf field was reserved for a 13U players clinic. The players were put through stations on hitting, fielding, catching and throwing. The 13U age group consists of 11 and 12 year olds. There is no doubt on the eagerness of this group to hone their skills and become better baseball players. The NCCP Pitching and Catching module was also offered on Sunday.
The hours of hard work that went into the planning and organization of the* Coaching Convention* paid off. It was impossible to spend even 10 minutes in one of the talks or sessions and not come away with an idea or two you could use to be a better coach, which will ultimately create a better experience for the 17,000 plus players registered in the BC Baseball Organizations and the many players of coaches from the other baseball organizations that came out to the convention . Mike Kelly and Committee, Thank You for putting on this event. See you on the diamond!
Module, ( the first in the series of NCCP required modules). Don Hooten Jr gave a talk on Myths about Steriods, while Eddie Diaz, gave an outstanding on-field clinic covering Coaching Third Base. That was followed by the Bill Harrison giving Ways to Slow a High-Speed Ball Down. Matt Nokes, High-Performance Hitting Mindset and Chris Carminucci on Team Building rounded out the days coaching presentations.
Meanwhile the High Performance seminar used the instructors who were not on stage to work with players looking to take their game to the next level. Carminucci talked about Scouts and what they are looking for. Jeff Krushell worked with the Players on* Warming Up*, Shoulder Moves, and On-Field Movement. After lunch, Don Hooten gave two talks. One on Dietary Supplements, and his Myths on Steriods talk he had given to the coaches in the morning. The Harrison’s talked about techniques on How to Slow Down a High Speed Ball, while Hall of Fame Sports Writer Bob Elliott and International Sports Groups, Pete Caliendo wrapped up the Saturday players seminar talking on Baseball Opportunies for Athletes.
With two days in the books, Sundays schedule includes a 13U baseball clinic along with more baseball coaching information and ideas.
The 2017 BC Baseball Awards Luncheon was held at the LEC in conjunction with the convention. Rob Fai, Vancouver Canadians play by play announcer mc’d the event again this year. This years recipients were
Roll of Honor Dan Marriot- Richmond City Baseball (Builder) Keith Oslie-Mission Minor Baseball (Builder) Mike Davidson-Mission Minor (Builder) Sonny Sangara-Vancouver Community-(Coach)
Coaches of the Year were, 13U Kevin Nicholson- North Langley, 15U Luke Yam- Vancouver Minor
18U-Mac Whitford Ridge Meadows.
Players of the Year were 13U-Mitchel Coxon Kamloops, 15U-Sean Saski- Delta Tigers 18U Braden Bydeweg Cloverdale Nationals.
Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year Jesse Mckay West Kelowna,
Elizabeth Brampton Memorial Award- Unsung Hero, Vicky Ross Aldergrove.
Wayne Bampton Rookie of the Year-Talessha Hall -Victoria
Most Valuable Player – Kate Rogers Mount Seymour Little league
Team of the Year 11U AAA Tier 1 White Rock Tritons, Todd Nadon ,Manager
13U AA-Oceanside-Coach Rob McGorman,15U North Delta Tigers,
18U -Cloverdale Nationals-Head Coach -Garnet Pawliw
BC Baseball Baseball would like to congratulate all the winners for their hard work and dedication to our sport.
The 2017 BC Baseball Coaches’ Convention began Friday night at two different venues. While the coaches were at George Preston Arena in south Langley, the players met at the Walnut Grove Community Centre. 50 players and nearly 100 coaches turned out on day 1 which were record numbers in both cases. Eddie Diaz led off speaking to the coaches on how to motivate your players and keep them engaged in the game. Eddie fielded lots of questions and the feedback from his talk was great. Next up Jeff Krushnell spoke on building the baseball athlete, touch on such points as nutrition, hydration and rest as being crucial in developing the all baseball athlete. This was one of the most thorough, detailed presentations on such topics. Following Jeff, Bill Harrison spoke on baseball specific vision and ways to slow the game down. The Harrisons have been leaders in sports vision for many years. Wrapping up the coaches’ sessions was one of BC Baseball’s strongest supporters, Pete Caliendo. Pete spoke on ways to make practice and drills fun again.
Meanwhile, over in Walnut Grove, players were divided into three groups and had an opportunity to spend about 45 minutes with each of Tom House, Chris Carminucci and Matt Nokes. Tom House, internationally renown pitching instruction, who also works with NFL quarterbacks, spent time developing his fundamentals of pitching with this group of 15U players. Chris Carminucci focussed his sessions on fielding and the defensive side of the game. While Matt Nokes focussed on hitting. All players went away with great skills drills and fundamentals that they can use to improve their game.
BC Baseball directors are extremely pleased with the great turnout and results from the start of the convention and look forward to a beneficial rest of the weekend for all participants.