CHESTERMERE – On March 27 and 28, the Little League Baseball Canada education program “Teaching for Tomorrow” was held at the Chestermere Recreation Centre.
On March 27, a group of 29 enthusiastic people participated in the “Learning the Game” session, which is designed to help coaches introduce the game of baseball to kids aged four to six. (ages 4 thru 6),
“It helps them introduce the great game of baseball to our children through well organized practices and well planned activities,” said Al Herback, Chestermere resident and Little League Canada head instructor.
“At the end of the clinic, the coach will have been in a unique position to introduce all aspects necessary for the children to learn the game.”
On March 28, the “Playing the Game” session was held, which is designed for coaches of kids aged seven through 12. A group of 25 coaches, managers and interested parents spent the evening with Herback, learning the game correctly with a strong purpose for planning a practice with appropriate drills.
“The focus again is based on using sound teaching principles within a baseball context,” Herback said. “Learning to play the game of baseball correctly is a goal of every player.
“LLC as well believes that there are many life skills that can be incorporated within the program along with the many baseball skills. Skills such as hustle, hard work, commitment, teamwork, punctuality, sportsmanship and more not only can pertain to the game but to life as well.”
Herback said that the clinics were a great success, and he was pleased to see such a positive group.
“A special thank you to Vicki Klinger, Recreation Program Coordinator for Chestermere, as well as District 3 and District 8 in Calgary for the outstanding efforts in support of the program,” he said. “Let’s not forget our dedicated participants who spent four hours each evening for the benefit of our children. A few even attended both sessions.”
After participating in the clinic, each participant walked away with a Certificate of Commitment, which will also indicate a Technical Level I.
As the Food Bank is one of the initiatives introduced last year by Little League Canada, almost 100 pounds was donated at the door by those in attendance in Chestermere.