11U - Major Mosquito - TJ Carlson

Coach Letter

Updated Thursday December 13, 2018 by Kanata Baseball Association.

11U Mosquito Rep Baseball

 

Welcome to the 2019 Baseball season! My name is TJ Carlson, and this is my fourth consecutive year coaching Kanata baseball. In partnership with the association, I would like to present a high-level outline of the upcoming season, some coaching philosophies, strategies, and expectations for the 11U Mosquito Rep Team.

Our main goal is to create a structured, positive and fun environment to help our players to develop as athletes and as people. Every single player will be given equal opportunity to develop during practice and will be pushed hard to do so. Competitive sports offer many valuable lessons that kids can take with them even off the baseball diamond. Our guiding principle will be that the team will always come first. This means that playing time will not always be equal in games and that players may not always get to play their favorite position. That being said, those that work the hardest, have a positive attitude and provide the best opportunity for the team to have success will be rewarded. Success will not always be measured by wins and losses. Success will be measured by being a good teammate, showing sportsmanship to opponents and umpires, working hard on and off the field and playing the game the right way.

Tryouts:

Once again this year, tryouts are in January and there are two session types: conditioning and tryouts.  Conditioning is meant to allow players to learn the tryout drills and to ease back into baseball form. Conditioning will be run by coaches but not evaluated.  Tryouts will occur over the remaining dates posted.  The association will have non parents evaluate tryouts so that the process is fair and objective.  While players only need to attend at least one of the tryouts field tryouts & one of the Cubhouse tryouts, they are encouraged to attend as many of the tryouts as possible. Please remind your athlete that it is not just baseball skill that is being evaluated but also attitude and effort as we are looking to build a very close knit team.

I am looking to extend offers to approximately twelve players with some possible affiliate opportunities.

Indoor Training/Practices:

Indoor training will start in mid February and go up until the start of the season in May. February/March will be relatively light with most likely one baseball activity a week, possibly two on occasion. In April we will increase that to most likely twice a week and this year we may also look at doing some conditioning on top of the baseball skills but that will be determined at our parent meeting which will be held shortly after the team is formed.

Regular Season:

This is an intensive program that requires high attendance and can be fairly demanding for the players and families. Having said that we realize it is important to be able to get some time away and have a break so as we have done the previous two seasons we will try our best to find a week that we can block out during the season so people can enjoy cottages, camping and nice weather.

  • Games: We will be playing on average 2 games a week from May until August. Players are expected to be prepared for warm-up 45 minutes before game time. (Meaning on the field and ready for warm-up). As the season goes on and we get in a routine this will be reduced to 30 minutes. Games this year will also include playing teams from the Outouais.
  • Practices: The team will have 1-3 practices a week.  On field practices will be organized by a variety of drills which will start out station based to focus on fundamental baseball skills, move players around, keep them active and maximize repetitions and then move in to simulations to focus on team strategies and concepts. Life is busy but 90% or higher attendance is mandatory.

Player Development:

In addition to our team coaches, I plan to bring in some outside resources to assist further with the development of our players. Last year we had outside instructors come in and help with pitching, catching and hitting and it was great to have fresh voices with specialized knowledge.

Tournaments:

The final determination of tournament participation will be concluded shortly after the team is formed.  Our preliminary target is four to five tournaments which will be a combination of local and away tournaments throughout the season.  Some of the tournaments under consideration are local to the NCOBA region as well as Toronto, the United States and/or Montreal.  Our team may also win a spot in the Provincial Championships which will take place over the Labour Day Weekend and will likely be in Southern Ontario but the decision to attend will have to be made by the team. We will not go unless a majority of the team can attend, it is not necessary to attend to be on this team.

Cost Expectations:

What parents can expect for fees for the upcoming season are broken down as follows (please note that nothing is finalized this provides a guide only as to what your fees could be):

  • Team Training – Approx $125-$150
  • Kanata Baseball Regular Season Registration - $450-$500
  • Team Fees - we will collect team fees of approximately $400 to cover tournament entry and other team and player development costs. 

 

Important to Note: Players are also responsible for the cost of uniforms and we will need new uniforms this year. These will be owned by each player. Team management will source independently and communicate all costs and requirements.

Fundraising/Sponsorship:

Fundraising & sponsorship will be key to offset some of the costs and manage team fees for the competitive season. Final fundraising/sponsorship plans and ideas will be discussed at the parents meeting shortly after the team is formed.

Examples could include raffles, assisting in hosting a Kanata Tournament, etc.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at tjcarl@hotmail.com.  Looking forward to a great season in 2019 and hope to see you at tryouts!

TJ




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