15U - Major Bantam - Al Brule

Coach Letter

Updated Tuesday December 18, 2018 by Kanata Baseball Association.

15U Bantam Rep Baseball

 

Welcome to the 2019 Baseball season! My name is Al Brule, and this is my fifth consecutive year coaching Kanata baseball and 20th coaching high level baseball. In partnership with the association, I would like to present an outline of the upcoming season, some coaching philosophies, strategies, and expectations for the 15U Bantam Rep 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. Mistakes on the playing field are opportunities for learning and will be treated as such.  Above all, our coaching staff will teach the players the values of respect, teamwork and putting team success ahead of personal gain.  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 games but during highly competitive situations such as tournaments and playoffs, players may see some unequal playing time.

 
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 may 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 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, effort and positive attitudes.  We will also be looking at where the player can fit in on the team.  Players will be asked to provide a primary and secondary position.  Now that the players are 14 and 15 years old positions will play a role in determining their place on the team.   

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. By mid March I plan to have two practices per week through to May. In April depending on where I feel we may need some extra focus before the season starts, I could look to add an extra practice or two. I plan to use the Kanata Cubhouse facility weekly to for 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. We are once again in the EOBA league which is mostly based out of the Durham region.  We will have one or two weekends away in the Pickering/Ajax region to complete our league schedule on top of tournaments.  Players are expected to be prepared for warm-up 45 minutes before game time. (Meaning on the field and ready for warm-up).  As stated above the league has a fair play policy and I will be following this for all our regular season games.
  • Practices: The team will have 1-3 practices a week. Most will be outside but the Cubhouse may be utilized throughout the year to work with the players on more of a one on one skill focused basis. Focusing mainly on hitting, pitching, catching. On field practices will be organized by a variety of drills.

The focus throughout the season is still on skill development and refinement but there will be more and more team strategies introduced as we get closer to the season.

 

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. I would be looking for specific skill based resources that I can bring in to assist the team. For example Chris Unrat who has assisted in catcher development for my team for the past 2 years. Chris is a former pro baseball player who offers the players pro knowledge of the position. Focuses on footwork, blocking, calling a game, positioning etc…

Tournaments:

The final determination of tournament participation will be concluded shortly after the team is formed.  Our preliminary target is {3-4 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.  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: By accepting an offer to play for this team you are committing to the 2019 Provincials Tournament should the team qualify

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-$350 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 Tournaments. 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 al_brule@yahoo.com.  Looking forward to a great season in 2019 and hope to see you at tryouts!




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