12U - Minor Peewee - Troy Forgie

Coach Letter

Updated Thursday December 13, 2018 by Kanata Baseball Association.

12U Peewee Rep Baseball

 

Welcome to the 2019 Baseball season! Our training programs at the Kanata Cubhouse has been feeding the players love for baseball for this season and with continued growth in player registrations and increased program offerings as an organization we are really excited about the upcoming 2019 season. In partnership with the association I as a has head coach would like to present a  outline of the upcoming season and some coaching philosophies, strategies, and expectations for the 12U Peewee Rep Team.

My goal this year is to create a fun, hardworking learning environment, with high paced practices that focus on athletic conditioning, individual skills and teamwork.  I expect physical errors to occur and will encourage the  kids to continuously push themselves to make difficult plays without fear of failure.    Above all, our coaching staff will teach the players the values of respect, hard work and putting team success ahead of personal accomplishments.  The league has a published playing time policy for all ages.  Fundamentally this policy ensures that players have equal time on the field for regular season.  During highly competitive situations such as tournaments and playoffs, I will consult the kids and ask if they want to try and win or fair play as I believe this is their baseball experience not mine or any of the parents.

 
Tryouts:

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 coaches from different age levels 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. What I am looking for from players in tryouts are players who demonstrate baseball knowledge, game awareness, positional awareness, a variety of skills performance (Hitting, Pitching, Catching, etc…), athleticism and most importantly hustle and desire to win.   I believe I can teach baseball skills but the desire to win and hustle comes from the child desire to improve.   I will choose a kid with less baseball skills who shows a strong desire to win and improve over a more talented kid with a poor attitude.

I am looking to extend offers to approx. 13 Players

 

Team Training:

Team training will start in mid February and go up until the start of the season in May. I understand many kids are still in hockey and won’t be at every practice to start.  By mid March I plan to have two practices per week through to May. I plan to use the Kanata Cubhouse facility weekly to focus on specific skill development, some core strength training, and some additional gymnasium time will be booked to work on more team focus drills, athleticism, etc…

Regular Season:

  • Games: We will be playing on average 2 games a week from May through early August. Players are expected to be prepared for warm-up 50 minutes before game time. (Meaning on the field and ready for warm-up).  They will have a pre-game routine that is developed to constantly improve their strength and speed.
  • Practices: The team will have 1-3 practices a week.  I plan to utilize both the Cubhouse training facility and on field diamond time. The Cubhouse offers us coaches a chance to work with the players on more of a one on one skill focused basis. Focusing mainly on hitting and pitching. On field practices will be organized and fast paced with a strong emphasis on fielding and situational play. I will be looking for parent help with constant ground and fly balls.  Fielding is about repetition. I am a big believer in fitness and making the kids faster and stronger, my practices will consist of a lot of running, long toss and constant movement.   As the season progresses we will begin to teach baseball strategy including baseball fundamentals( ie:  when not to steal, plate approach with runners on base etc.. )

Player Development:

I encourage all players to attend one of the winter cubhouse training programs that are being offered..  I will be involved in the pitching programs this spring and I’m always available to anyone who wants any extra training.

Tournaments:

The final determination of tournament participation will be concluded shortly after the team is formed.  Our preliminary target is {4-6 tournaments} which will be a combination of local and away tournaments throughout the season and I will look for parent feedback regarding these.  I have been in contact with the Cleveland Indians youth baseball program.  I’m trying to secure a tournament in Ohio with our team getting a baseball experience with the Lake county captains the AA affiliate of the Indians. 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.

Important to Note: I will be making every attempt to attend provincials should the team qualify so I will be looking for early commitment from players.

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 $250-$400 to cover tournament entry and other team and player development costs. 

Important to Note: Players are also responsible for uniforms. 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 the Kanata Peewee Tournament. Proceeds from this tournament will go to the team budget, so it is in our best interest to do the best job we can to showcase the quality of programs, facilities and participants we provide. The association will provide support, but the responsibility is ours to make this tournament great.

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




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