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Baseball Academy | National Coaches Clinic

The 2018 National Coaches Clinic is scheduled to take place January 26 - January 28, 2018 at Rogers Centre. It will feature presentations and on field sessions designed to provide coaches with tips and techniques to bring back to their local teams. In addition, coaches in attendance will have the opportunity to attend a four-hour National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) module.

Blue Jays Baseball Academy 2018 National Coaches Clinic
Friday, January 26 - Sunday, January 28
Rogers Centre

Details

In connection with Baseball Canada and the National Coaching Certification Program, the Blue Jays Baseball Academy is proud to host the 2018 National Coaches Clinic at Rogers Centre January 26 through 28. The clinic will feature a wide range of speakers from the Toronto Blue Jays and Baseball Canada which are listed below, with more yet to be confirmed.

Speakers will discuss various aspects of the game with the goal of providing coaches with tips and techniques to take back to their teams. Sessions will be combined with on field breakout stations allowing for coaches to speak with experts in a more hands on environment to fully understand take away points and ask questions.

In addition to the speakers and on field portions on Saturday and Sunday, coaches in attendance will have the opportunity to attend a four hour National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) module on Friday, January 26. Coaches that attend one of the baserunning, infielding, outfield or hitting sessions offered on Friday afternoon will be awarded five Professional Development points towards their certification. NCCP sessions are not mandatory and are offered as a bonus to coaches free of charge for those able to attend. All coaches attending the National Coaches Clinic will be awarded three Professional Development points. Please note that only registered coaches will be able to be credited NCCP points. Registration can be completed at nccp.baseball.ca

All coaches in attendance will receive: a Blue Jays Baseball Academy Nike full-zip hoodie, a Blue Jays Baseball Academy Handbook, Lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and admission to the Coaches Social on Friday, January 26.

Schedule

Friday, January 26

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: NCCP Sessions
NCCP certified coaches can use these workshops as credit toward maintenance of their certification status. In a three-year timeframe, coaches must acquire 12 Professional Development (PD) points in order to maintain active status. Baseball Canada will provide three PD points for attending the full Blue Jays Baseball Academy National Coaches Clinic, as outlined in the NCCP PD program. Coaches that attend one of the baserunning, infielding, outfield or hitting sessions offered on Friday, February 10 will be awarded five PD points. An NCCP Baseball Initiation Workshop will also be offered for beginner coaches. Please note that in order to be credited NCCP points, coaches need to be registered on on Baseball Canada's NCCP Program site by visiting nccp.baseball.ca. NCCP sessions are not mandatory and are offered as a bonus to coaches able to attend.

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Coaches Social
Participants are welcome to attend the Coaches Social on Friday evening in the TD Comfort Clubhouse at Rogers Centre. Light snacks will be provided and drinks are available for purchase. Attendees can enter on the south side of Rogers Centre through Gate 8.

 

Saturday, January 27

8:30 a.m.: Welcome and opening remarks
9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Speakers and breakout sessions
12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Lunch (provided)
1:15 p.m. - 5:35 p.m.: Speakers and breakout sessions
5:50 p.m.: Optional clubhouse tour

 

Sunday, January 28

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Speakers and breakout sessions
12:30 p.m.: Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Speakers and breakout sessions

Cost

The individual cost is $175 (+HST) per coach.

Association Discount

Baseball Associations that register 10 or more coaches for the National Coaches Clinic will qualify for a discounted price of $140 (+HST) per coach.

Associations can register as a group by emailing the Blue Jays Baseball Academy at baseball.academy@bluejays.com or calling us at 416-341-2500.

Speakers

Homer Bush, Toronto Blue Jays Alumnus - After an eight year major league career, Homer Bush has spent time as a hitting coach with the San Diego Padres, led the Texas Rangers Baseball Academy and recently penned his first book, 'Hitting Low in the Zone'.

Stubby Clapp, St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Manager - After a professional baseball career amassing 11 seasons, Stubby coached with the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays before joining the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017 to manage their Class-AAA club, leading them to a PCL Championship and being named PCL Manager of the Year.

Tim Raines, Toronto Blue Jays Outfield & Baserunning Coordinator - Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017, Tim Raines serves as the Toronto Blue Jays Roving Outfield & Baserunning Coordinator, working with players at all minor league affiliates.

John Schneider, Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Manager - 2017 marked his eighth season managing a Blue Jays minor league affiliate. Having been promoted five times, and most recently managing Class-A Dunedin, John is a key cog in the Blue Jays player development department.

Mark Shapiro, Toronto Blue Jays President & CEO - A long-time MLB executive with a background and passion for player development, Mark joined the Blue Jays in 2015 and oversees all aspects of the Blue Jays including both business and baseball operations.

Derek Shelton, Toronto Blue Jays Quality Control Coach - After spending 20 years as a coach and manager in professional baseball, Derek joined the Blue Jays for the 2017 season, collaborating with hitting, pitching, defense, and the Blue Jays analytics department to help players on an individual level.

Jeff Ware, Toronto Blue Jays Pitching Coordinator - After a big league career with the Blue Jays, Jeff joined the Blue Jays in 2014 and is now responsible for leading the development of all Blue Jays minor league pitchers.

Eric Wedge, Toronto Blue Jays Field Coordinator - The 2007 American League Manager of the Year, Eric serves as the Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Field Coordinator, tasked with developing the Blue Jays minor league system and working with players across all nine affiliates.

Speakers will be added as they are confirmed and are subject to change.


For any additional questions, please email us at baseball.academy@bluejays.com or call us at 416-341-2500.