13U - Major Peewee - Dan Goldie

Coach Letter

Updated Thursday December 13, 2018 by Kanata Baseball Association.

Kanata Cubs

13U Peewee Rep Baseball

 

Welcome to the 2019 Baseball season!

My name is Dan Goldie and I have been a coach with Kanata Baseball for the past five years.  I am excited to welcome all players from the 2006 birth year to try out for this year’s 13U Peewee Rep team.  I would like to present a general plan for the upcoming season along with some coaching philosophies, strategies, and expectations for the team.

Our goal this year is to create a fun, hardworking learning environment, with high paced practices that focus on a combination of athletic conditioning, intensity, individual skills and team skills.  Our coaching staff and technical advisors will focus on the values of respect, teamwork and putting team success ahead of personal gain.  Additionally, our players will become teenagers this year; so much of our focus will be on developing responsible young adults that own their actions and decisions.

For this age group, Canada’s long term athletic development model recommends that players have equal time on the field across regular season games and that players play multiple positions that settle down to 2 or 3 key roles by season’s end.  Since our goals are primarily about learning and continuous improvement, my plan is to abide by these recommendations as much as possible.  However, during highly competitive situations such as tournament playoff games and regular season playoff games, players may see some unequal playing time.

Tryouts:

There will be 2 conditioning sessions in early January for players to get back into baseball and learn the drills.  There will then be 6 tryout sessions, of which players must attend 2 (minimum 1 at Cubhouse and 1 at Fieldhouse).  There will be coaches from different age levels evaluating at our tryouts to ensure a fair and objective process.  I am looking for players who demonstrate enthusiasm for the game, a positive attitude, athleticism and a variety of baseball skills.

Spring Training:

Spring training will start in mid-February and go until the start of the season in May. By mid-March I plan to have two practices per week through to May.  The primary location for training will be our Cubhouse facility and some additional gym time will be booked to work more on team focused drills and conditioning.

Regular Season:

  • Games: There will be on average 2 games a week from May through early August in the NCOBA loop.  We hope to also have games included with ABEO, as the Major year rep team.
  • Practices: The team will have 1-3 practices a week.  On field practices will be organized by a variety of drills.  A mix of station based drills as well as game situation strategies are the general plan for our on field practices.  I plan to run team-oriented drills to have players pushing their teammates to drive for more success.
  • Exhibition Games: Depending on the final schedule/make up of the NCOBA loop, we will look to complement our season with exhibition games with EOBA teams as needed.

Player Development:

Winter Cubhouse training programs are highly recommended for all aspiring Rep team players.  This allows players the opportunity to focus on specific technical development in a focused format before the season gets underway.

In addition to our team coaches, I plan to bring in outside resources to assist further with the development of our players. Pitching, hitting and catching are areas of focus where specific experts can be hired to address technical development goals.  As a result, families can expect to see an increase in budgeted team fees.

Finally, to track progress throughout the season, the coaching staff will conduct mid-season evaluations and exit interviews with each player.   This is not meant to replace ongoing feedback; I am approachable at any time during the season.  Having formalized interviews ensures that everyone participates in the sharing of ideas and feedback. 

Tournaments:

Tournament participation will be determined in early Spring.  Our target is 4-6 tournaments which will be a combination of local and away tournaments throughout the season.  We do take into consideration the location/distance but our priority is finding opportunities where we can be competitive and challenge to win.  Our team may also win a spot in the Provincial Championships which will take place over the Labour Day Weekend and will be in Quinte (A) or Chatham (AA).

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:

Fees for the upcoming season are broken down as follows (please note that fees are still being finalized and this provides a guide only as to what fees could be):

  • Spring Training – $125-$150
  • Kanata Baseball Association Regular Season Registration - $450-$500
  • Team Fees - $300-$350 (covers tournament entry and other team and player development costs)
  • Uniforms – Cost of uniforms depends on items needed by the player, and will be reviewed at the initial parent meeting
  • Fundraising/Sponsorship – to be discussed at initial parent meeting.  If limited fundraising/sponsorship campaigns are decided by the group, team fees will be increased accordingly

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at dgoldie137@rogers.com or (613) 983-0846.  I am looking forward to a great season in 2019 and hope to see you at tryouts!

Dan




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