EBCA Awards finalists announced
The EBCA board has selected the 3 finalists for each Award that will be submitted to public vote.
As a reminder, EBCA staff votes account for 40% for total votes, the EBCA membership for 30% and there will also be a public vote for 30%
For the EBCA Coach of the Year award, the finalilsts are :
The Czech coach, very active in youth development at Draci Brno as well as nationally is nominated for his work with the U21 National Team that he took to a best ever 5th place at the World Championship
Winkler had a pretty busy year with a 11th place at the World Championship, a 3rd place at the European Championship for the U18 Czech National Team and a 4th place at the PONY World Series Colt
Took over a middle of the pack Zurich Barracudas team to the 5th game of Swiss Series in 2014 before taking the crown in 2015. Also competed in the Athens Euro qualifier ending in a 3-way tie, losing the top spot to the tie-breaker rule.
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The second Award, orginally named Arce Award, in honor to longtime European baseball friend Bill Arce has been renamed to avoid confusion with an already existing award.
Out of respect for the Dutch Federation, who already named an award Bill Arce Award afew years ago, the EBCA has decided to meet their request to rename the Award to "Grass Roots Award".
It also helps give our followers a better understanding of what we are trying to achieve, that is honor the workers of the shadow, who are the core of European baseball.
The Grass Roots Award is truly dedicated to the people who are striving to strengthen the base of European baseball through developing youth.
For the 2015 EBCA Grass Roots Award, we are proud to present 3 relentless workers, learners and teachers. The 3 finalists are :
Martin Brunner has played a key role in the creation and growth of the Regensburg baseball academy and the Regensburg baseball program.
He has been instrumental in the success of most of the German prospects who went on to play college or professional baseball.
He is also very involved in coaching development in Germany and internationally.
Terry Lingenhoel is somewhat different than the 2 other finalists in a way that he is a 100% volunteer coach.
Lingenhoel is active in Hungary since 2005. He started and grew a club into the biggest in the country, raising money to build a field and running camps all over the country. He is also involved in the national program.
He just sent his first local kid to a high school program in the US finding sponsors so it didn't cost a cent to the kid's family.
Martijn Nijhoff, much like Brunner is key to the success of Dutch baseball for the last few years where he helped countless Dutch talents to college and professional ball.
Nijhoff is also well know for his outside the box approcah and his research on how to teach more efficiently, in collaboration with Dr Frans Bosch and University programs.
He basically redesigned how each coach in each Dutch baseball academy is teaching the game.
New EBCA Award recognizes work for baseball development
The EBCA is proud to announce the addition of a new Award, starting this Fall.
The new trophy will be called "Bill Arce Award", from the name of one of the most infuencual persons for baseball development in Europe over the last 60 years.
It will reward a person who is making a strong impact on baseball development in his country or even better, at the European scale.
The EBCA already had 2 Awards in place.
- The EBCA Career Achievement Award that celebrates a persons who has achieved a lot for baseball over the length of its career.
- The EBCA Coach of the Year that celebrates the coach who has accomplished the most impressive achievements over the past 12 months.
EBCA felt that there was a void to fill to honor the coaches who are working in the shadow but are truly crucial for the sport.
For this new Award, the public will submit names of candidates to our staff.
From that list, 3 names will be selected for the final vote.
There will be a poll on the social media (30%), a poll among our membership (35%) and a poll on the EBCA staff (35%).
Also, the Coach of the year Award selection process will follow the same path.
Job opening in Germany
The German Baseball and Softball Federation is currently looking to fill the position of National Head Coach (Full time job)
If you feel like you have what it takes to take the German National Program to the next level, take a look at this file.
EBCA Coach of the Year 2014 finalists
The 5 finalists for the EBCA Coach of the Year Award have been chosen.
Like every years, baseball fans around Europe submitted names of candidates who, they felt, desrved the award and the EBCA picked 5 candidates for the final voting for its members.
Here are the finalists, placed in alphabetical order.
Chris Byrnes - Zurich Barracudas
Coach Byrnes coaches the Embrach Mustangs for 5 years, making 4 play-offs appearances with a clb that had never experienced that level of succes before.
Moving to the Zurich Barracudas, he worked his magic again bringing Zurich back on top of the league with a 20-5 season only to lose the Swiss Finals in the 11th inning of the 5th game of the best of 5 series.
Steve Janssen - Dutch National Team
Coach Janssen is a Belgian coach who is involved in the netherlands for many years.
He took over the managerial job after the WBC where he served as a ptching coach.
Janssen led team Netherlands to a the European Championship after the Oranje fell short in 2012 and 2010.
Janssen won the EBCA Coach of the Year Award in 2009 and now has a chance to become the first coach to win it twice.
Marian Krasny - South Morovia Little League
Marian Krasny led the South Morovia Little League towards a second straight Czech participation to the world's top sports event, the Little league World Series.
His team wasn't able to record a win in Williamsport but the route to get there was impressive with a convincing sweep at the Little league European Championship in Kutno.
Krasny is also coaching in the Trebic Nuclears youth system . This year, his U12 team finished second in the league while the U14 won the Czech championship.
Rolando Merino - Templiers Sénart
Merino won 2 silver medals at the Olympics for Team Cuba at the Olympics in 2000 and 2008. He also won the gold at the 2001 World Cup.
In France, the player/coach of the Templiers Sénart to the Crown in the French competition ending the long streak from the Rouen Huskies.
David Winkler - Czech U21 National team
David Winkler is nominated again for the Award. In 2014, he led the U21 Czech national Team to the European title.
That Winkler was able to experience the joy of a chamionship is only fitting since he is heavily involved in developing talent with the academy he is leading in Brno.
It will now be up to our membership to determine who will be crowned EBCA Coach of the Year during the 11th EBCA Convention in Prague.