Base­ball clinic in cap­i­tal in late Fe­bru­ary

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

A base­ball coach­ing pro­gram is be­ing of­fered in Prince Ed­ward Is­land for the first time at the end of Fe­bru­ary.

The Na­tional Coach­ing Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram (NCCP) com­pe­ti­tion-de­vel­op­ment and in­struc­tional mod­ules will be avail­able dur­ing ses­sions Feb. 26 to 28 at Hol­land Col­lege in Char­lot­te­town. It is the first time the com­pe­ti­tion-de­vel­op­ment mod­ule has been of­fered on the Is­land.

“In or­der to get them, you’d have to go out of the re­gion or to the na­tional ju­nior men’s team camp in April,” said Base­ball P.E.I. pres­i­dent Don Le­Clair. “So this is a great chance for coaches from Prince Ed­ward Is­land and At­lantic Canada to learn about the game and im­prove as coaches. It’s a big deal for us.”

The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is re­quired to coach at the Canada Games or Canada Cup level.

There will be five com­pe­ti­tion­de­vel­op­ment mod­ules of­fered. For coaches want­ing to learn about the tech­ni­cal aspects of the game but not nec­es­sar­ily coach at the pro­vin­cial level, there will also be three NCCP in­struc­tional begin­ner mod­ules be­ing of­fered.

Ken Leni­han from Hal­i­fax will be the fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the com­pe­ti­tion-de­vel­op­ment mod­ules. Ken has coached Canada Cup and Canada Games teams for Nova Sco­tia, is a NCCP mas­ter learn­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tor/eval­u­a­tor, a mem­ber of the Base­ball Canada coaches’ com­mit­tee and is the MLB re­gional scout for At­lantic Canada.

Gerry LeBlanc from Monc­ton will be the fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the in­struc­tional mod­ules. Gerry coached the Monc­ton Mets of the New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League for more than 20 years, has coached sev­eral Canada Cup and Canada Games teams, was a for­mer scout for the Toronto Blue Jays, and is also a base­ball NCCP mas­ter learn­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tor.

Prince Ed­ward Is­land won prov­ince of the year at the Base­ball Canada Awards in Novem­ber in Saska­toon, Sask., for 2015. It was in large part due to large in­creases in NCCP cer­ti­fied coaches.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit Base­ball P.E.I. web­site at www.base­ballpei.ca. The reg­is­ter, call 902-368-4203 or email base­ball@sport­pei.pe.ca.

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