Baseball Softball UK, in coordination with the British Baseball Federation (BBF) and the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB), will host a special one-day baseball coaching clinic on Sunday 20 November in Milton Keynes. The clinic will be led by Sam Dempster, MLB Envoy and Head Coach of the Great Britain Baseball National Team. Coach Dempster has more than 30 years of baseball coaching experience, and has recently led Team GB to a European Qualifier victory in Israel. Dempster, who has spent the past five summers working as Major League Baseball’s envoy coach to Great Britain, is making a special trip to the UK from Canada to instruct at the clinic.
This Clinic will also be the initial launch vehicle for C.E.B’s New Coach accreditation programme, and it is expected that almost 30 coaches attending this clinic will be the first group of aspiring young coaches in Europe to receive the new C.E.B. Level 1 Certificates. This initiative which runs alongside National Baseball Federations Coaching education programme, will begin the process of applying certain recognized standards, transparency, and universality, amongst the 37 European baseball federations affiliated to the European Federation.
Vice-President of C.E.B, Mick Manning, thanked the BBF and BSUK for allowing CEBs involvement, “This is a wonderful opportunity to launch our initiative at such a well attended and prestigious Clinic, I know that Sam and his team will do a great job, and I’m sure that everyone attending will have a great day. I look forward to presenting our New CEB Certificates to my friends at the BSUK/BBF office, for distribution to each of the attending coaches, and I do hope that each coach will continue to further their education and improve their coaching skills, using the BBF and CEB syllabus, to help grow British and European Baseball”
C.E.B. hopes that other member federations who are planning, Coach education Clinics this winter, and for spring 2012, will request C.E.B. co-operation and Certification also, and further details may be found on the CEB website www.baseballeurope.com or by contacting the C.E.B. office at firstname.lastname@example.org