Coaching clinic in France - a new step for EBCA
The EBCA is proud to announce that it is associated to a new project.
After 10 years of EBCA Conventions, EBCA is joining forces with federations, local groups... in order to facilitate the organization of clinics.
This coming 1st and 2nd of March, Mulhouse will host a European coaches clinic with 4 experienced international speakers.
Here is the message for new EBCA board member Bertrand Rue who set up this clinic :
Dear Baseball Friends,
The Alsace Baseball League is proud to announce his first European Baseball Coaches Clinic.
This Clinic will take place on March 1st and 2nd 2014 at the University Gymnasium of Mulhouse.
It is opened to all baseball coaches, whatever their level are.
The seminar will be mainly centered on the situation scenario through practical exercises.
That is why the players avid to accompany their coach are also welcome.
The training program has been specially designed this way and will be led by European and American professional speakers.
In file you will find the Clinic flyer’s (+ Gym photos) specifying all the necessary information (speakers bio’s, program, methods of registration, accommodation, price…)
I hope that this training opportunity will contribute, to the baseball development in our 3 Corners Region (France, Germany, Switzerland).
I recommend you not waiting too much for the registrations, the number of places being limited.
Hope to see soon.
President of the Alsace Baseball League
Head Coach of the Mulhouse Royals
A look back at the 10th anniversary Convention
Brussels was hosting the 10th EBCA Convention, November 8 to 10, 10 years after the 1st edition, in Cologne.
Back then, Tom O’Connell was leading the group of speakers, highlighted by the current Houston Astros pitching coach Brent Strom, in front of a handful of baseball enthusiasts.
In 2013, a little over 100 members gathered in the Courtyard from Brussels for a fantastic week-end of baseball.
The 10th anniversary showcased not only a great group of experts but also, a group that was able to catch the attention of the crowd.
Friday night, after Bill Springman (Minnesota Twins) and Ron Wolforth (Texas Baseball Ranch) opened things up, a panel discussion took place and participants were able to ask their own questions to the elite group.
Already, the crowd could feel that this would be a quite special edition, with speakers on top of things.
During the traditional Friday night reception, EBCA president Georg Apfelbaum announced the recipient of the 2014 EBCA Career Achievement Award.
Bill Arce, the founder of International Sports Group, a man who devoted his life to baseball and played such a critical role in its development in Europe was the deserving winner of this award.
Saturday Jeff krushell (MLB/Krush performance), Dave Keilitz (ABCA Executive Dorector), Tom O’Connell (ABCA Hall of Famer), Gavin Kelly (Turface Athletics)and a Dutch duo of Martijn Nijhoff (talent coach NL) and Frans Bosch (Performance coach and researcher) took the stage and were really giving the participants their money worth (and much beyond) of information.
This year, split sessions were set up in order for each coach to attend a lecture making sense for their coaching level.
A large number of coaches then attended the open dinner, now a tradition of the EBCA Convention.
The dinner is a great chance for attending coaches to meet each other, interact with the speakers and really make this week-end more than just another baseball clinic. With coaches coming from as far Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic to go along with the usual France, Belgium, Germany, Hungary… the international flavor is really unique.
The 2014 EBCA Coach of the Year was then presented. Evert Jan t’Hoen, manager of Neptunus Rotterdam was voted by the EBCA members as the 2014 Coach of the Year. T’Hoen who played up to AAA in the States, is coaching at the Unicorns Baseball Academy and is a rookie manager in the very competitive Dutch Hoofdklasse. In his first year, he led his team to its 14th championship, after a 2-year drought.
Sunday a shorter and final day of Convention was absolutely keeping up with the quality.
During the raffle, MaxBats, one of the exhibitors, donated a unique MaxBat Will Myers model,. The bat is designed to the specific request of the 2013 AL rookie of the year, the only one of its kind in all of Europe. Philip Thompson, a coach of the Antwerp region did certainly not regret his trip to Brussels and the acquisition of a few raffle tickets.
Of course, if the Will Myers' bat was the jewel of the raffle, many coaches came away winners with beautiful prizes given away by the EBCA partners.
After the raffle, the crowd split in 2 groups again with Frenchspeaking academy coaches on one side instructing their local coaches and the international crowd on the other.
This year, more than ever, everyone really had a great chance to learn, with various levels addressed, from the National Team and Academy coaches to the beginning local youth coach, a great achievement for the 10th anniversary.
Next year, EBCA will be back in Prague November 7 to 9 and we expect another great week-end where even more coaches will get a chance to learn and connect.
EBCA Coach of the Year finalists announced
The 5 finalists for the election of the EBCA Coach of the Year Award are known.
They come from very different backgrounds and have different types of achievement, which should make an interesting election.
EBCA members will soon be invited to vote and decide who will succeed Mauro Mazzotti as EBCA Coach of the Year.
The Coach of the Year will be announced at the 2013 EBCA Convention, held in brussels November 8-10.
Here they are, in alphabetical order:
For the second straight year, the Italian coach is nominated for the award.
His team, T&A San Marino won the Italian Baseball League for the 3rd straight time, a rare feat not accomplished since 1968 in the history of the very competitive IBL.
He also took his team to the finals of pool B at the European Cup in Regensburg, falling one run short of another participation to the European Championship series.
The Czech coach, very involved in youth development enjoyed quite a year.
A member of the Czech National Team U18 staff, he saw his team reach the finals at the European Championships.
The main achievement from this 2013 season is the participation to the Little League World Series in Williamsports, PA, where the Czech Little Leaguers really held their own against Japan and Canada and got the 1st ever European win against the great Lakes team.
Chris higgins helped create the Hünstetten Storms in 2003.
Starting with a youth program, the clubs recorded phenomenal results over the young existence of the ballclub. Results capped by this year's creation of an adult team, formed mostly players who played juniors the year before and got perfect 20-0 record.
Higgins also led his junior team to the German National Championship, taking 5th place behind perennial powerhouses.
Evert Jan 't Hoen
The former Minor Leaguer has being heavily involved in player development for quite some time in the Rotterdam area.
In 2013, he got the opportunity to manage for the Dutch Major League powerhouse Neptunus Rotterdam.
In his first year managing at the top level, he brought the title back to Rotterdam in the highly competitive "Hoofdklasse".
Much like 't Hoen, David Winkler is involved in both the developmental and competitive sides of baseball in his country.
A Czech baseball academy coach and the Czech National U18 Team's head coach, he took the silver medal at the 2013 European Championships.
In addition, he took his team Draci Brno to yet another title in the Czech Extraleague and a 3rd place in the A Pool of the European giving Rimini their only loss in the pool.
2013 EBCA Awards Elections
With the opening of the Winter clinics season, it also time to reflect one the past 12 months.
During the 10th anniversary Convention held in Brussels next month, EBCA will honor 2 persons who deserve recognition for their work.
First, the EBCA Career Achievement Award. The recepient of this award will be someone who has contributed, for many years, to improve European Baseball.
Then, we will honor the EBCA Coach of the Year, a coach who, in the past 12 months, has achieved something special, regardless of the age or the stae of the achievement
For those 2 Awards, you, the baseball enthusiasts, need to send us your recommendations for the persons that you think deserves to be honoured this year.