Convention Launches with Huge Turn Out
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.