The second stop on the B.C. interior leg of the B.C. Baseball Coaches Caravan saw the continuation of the milestone 2017 summer season where the Salmon Arm U11 team took the provincial gold medal. The Salmon Arm Minor Baseball Association has seen explosive growth in their player base again this year, lending weight to the idea that baseball is making a triumphant return to the region.
That growth was showcased by the 260 players and parents attending the 2018 B.C. Baseball Coaches Caravan on April 10. Aside from running drills with the coaches, a number of parents were eager to pair off and work with the players. Having top level coaches go through fundamental drills and mechanics with parents provides immeasurable value to young athletes. The drills provided by the Coaches Caravan offer the tools for players and parents to work at home and on the field. After all, the most important work an athlete can do to improve their game is done outside of practices and games.
To further that, the coaches spend a lot of time educating parents and coaches on the importance of keeping fun in the game, supporting their players. They also discuss the real numbers on why players play and, more importantly, why players quit. This is often an element that isn’t discussed enough in youth sports as it can be a tough subject to address. The Coaches Caravan crew are pros and attempt to a connection with the players and parents that can deliver those messages and help parents and coaches see the importance of their role in the lives of young ball players.