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Feb '13 07

BBF and BSUK to host second annual British Baseball Clinic

By British Baseball Federation

The British Baseball Federation, in association with BSUK, will host a one-day baseball coaching clinic on Sunday, 17 February in Milton Keynes with a top-flight line-up of instructors.

The clinic will be led by current BBF Coaches Commissioner Rob Rance and Will Lintern, the newly-appointed National Development Manager for BSUK.

Guest clinicians

Appearing as guest speakers at the clinic will be Tom Gillespie, an international scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates and former MLB European Academies Consultant, and Brian McCarthy, a former US high school coach and Assistant Coach for Great Britain Baseball.

Rounding out the clinicians will be Liam Carroll, BSUK Regional Coach and Club Development Officer for London and Head Coach of the GB Lions, and James Pearson, Assistant Coach for the GB Cadets and Youth Coach for the Cartmel Valley Lions Baseball Club.

Clinic details

The clinic will take place on Sunday, 17 February in Milton Keynes.

The session will run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and will consist of coaching theory and development work in the morning in the Holiday Inn Express Conference Theatre, with a hands-on practical session in the afternoon at the MK Dons Academy Dome in Woughton on the Green.

The day will feature coaching skills and drills for pitchers, catchers, hitters, infielders and outfielders, as well as looking at what makes a good coach and how to become the best coach you can be

Cost and criteria

The one-day clinic is open to any coaches currently working within affiliated BBF teams, junior or adult, as well as BSUK Coach Education tutors. Thirty places are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so register soon to avoid disappointment.

Cost to participants will be £25, which will include all clinic sessions and resources.

Attendance at this event can be included as CPD for coaches registered on the BSUK Coach Register.

For additional information about the clinic, or to find out about making payment via cheque or BACS transfer, please contact Will Lintern by email or call the BSUK office on 020 7453 7055.

Venue details and registration

Morning theory sessions will be held in the Conference Theatre at:

Holiday Inn Express
Eastlake Park
Tongwell Street
Milton Keynes, MK15 0YA

Hands-on sessions in the afternoon will take place at:

MK Dons Academy Dome
Woughton on the Green
Off Newport Road
Milton Keynes, MK6 3EA

To register for the BBF/BSUK Baseball Coaching Clinic, please complete a short online form and remit payment by debit or credit card for £25.

The programme

BBF Coaches Commissioner Rob Rance and BSUK NDM Will Lintern wanted to build on the success of last year’s clinic in designing the programme. Whereas last year focused almost exclusively on pitching, catching and hitting, the 2013 clinic will be designed to present coaches with a more well-rounded approach to developing players and with a new selection of skills and drills.

Attending coaches will get a chance to work with each of the skilled clinicians in the following areas: playing catch the right way, pitching, catching, hitting, infield and outfield.

BBF Coaches Commissioner Rob Rance said: “The goal is to send coaches away with as much knowledge and confidence as possible, building on what was covered last year, plus ensuring that coaches have a better understanding of how they can implement these skills in their own practices. Personally, I am really excited about the quality of clinicians we have this year. In particular, I think Tom [Gillespie] and Mac [Brian McCarthy] will bring some new ideas to the room that will really resonate with British club coaches.”

For more details on the speakers and a detailed program please visit www.britishbaseball.org

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