BBF and BSUK to host second annual British Baseball Coaching Clinic

Fri 18 Jan 2013

The British Baseball Federation, in association with BSUK, will host a one-day baseball coaching clinic on Sunday, 17 February in Milton Keynes with a top-flight line-up of instructors.

The clinic will be led by current BBF Coaches Commissioner Rob Rance and Will Lintern, the newly-appointed National Development Manager for BSUK.

Guest clinicians

Appearing as guest speakers at the clinic will be Tom Gillespie, an international scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates and former MLB European Academies Consultant, and Brian McCarthy, a former US high school coach and Assistant Coach for Great Britain Baseball. 

Rounding out the clinicians will be Liam Carroll, BSUK Regional Coach and Club Development Officer for London and Head Coach of the GB Lions, and James Pearson, Assistant Coach for the GB Cadets and Youth Coach for the Cartmel Valley Lions Baseball Club.

Clinic details​

The clinic will take place on Sunday, 17 February in Milton Keynes.

The session will run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and will consist of coaching theory and development work in the morning in the Holiday Inn Express Conference Theatre, with a hands-on practical session in the afternoon at the MK Dons Academy Dome in Woughton on the Green.

The day will feature coaching skills and drills for pitchers, catchers, hitters, infielders and outfielders, as well as looking at what makes a good coach and how to become the best coach you can be.

Cost and criteria​

The one-day clinic is open to any coaches currently working within affiliated BBF teams, junior or adult, as well as BSUK Coach Education tutors.  Thirty places are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so register soon to avoid disappointment.

Cost to participants will be £25, which will include all clinic sessions and resources.

Attendance at this event can be included as CPD for coaches registered on the BSUK Coach Register.

For additional information about the clinic, or to find out about making payment via cheque or BACS transfer, please contact Will Lintern or call the BSUK office on 020 7453 7055.

Venue details and registration​

Morning theory sessions will be held in the Conference Theatre at:

Holiday Inn Express
Eastlake Park
Tongwell Street
Milton Keyne,s MK15 0YA

Hands-on sessions in the afternoon will take place at:

MK Dons Academy Dome
Woughton on the Green
Off Newport Road
Milton Keynes MK6 3EA

To register for the BBF/BSUK Baseball Coaching Clinic, please complete a short online form and remit payment by debit or credit card for £25.

The programme​

BBF Coaches Commissioner Rob Rance and BSUK NDM Will Lintern wanted to build on the success of last year's clinic in designing the programme.  Whereas last year focused almost exclusively on pitching, catching and hitting, the 2013 clinic will be designed to present coaches with a more well-rounded approach to developing players and with a new selection of skills and drills.

Attending coaches will get a chance to work with each of the skilled clinicians in the following areas: playing catch the right way, pitching, catching, hitting, infield and outfield. 

BBF Coaches Commissioner Rob Rance said: “The goal is to send coaches away with as much knowledge and confidence as possible, building on what was covered last year, plus ensuring that coaches have a better understanding of how they can implement these skills in their own practices.  Personally, I am really excited about the quality of clinicians we have this year.  In particular, I think Tom [Gillespie] and Mac [Brian McCarthy] will bring some new ideas to the room that will really resonate with British club coaches.”

Clinic schedule​

Venue: Holiday Inn Express

10:00:  Registration of delegates.
10:15:  Welcome and introductions – Rob Rance & Will Lintern.
10:30:  What it means to be a great coach – Will Lintern.
11:10:  Umpire update for the 2013 season – Rob Rance.
11:45:  Q&A – All.

12:00:  Lunch (not provided).

Venue: Woughton-on-the-Green Sports Pavilion

13:45:  Introduction to practical skills & drills – Rob Rance.
14:00:  How to play catch the right way – Tom Gillespie.
14:25:  Pitching – Brian McCarthy.
14:50:  Catching – James Pearson.
15:15:  Hitting – Will Lintern.
15:40:  Infield – Liam Carroll.
16:05:  Outfield – Rob Rance.
16:25:  Concluding advice and support.
16:45:  End of clinic

Clinic staff​

Tom Gillespie​

Tom is currently an international scout with the Pittsburgh Pirates and co-founder of Old World Baseball, a group leading US baseball tours to Europe.  Tom has spent the last 10 years working in European baseball development, the first five in Great Britain as BSUK's Director of Game Development and MLB Coach-in-Residence, and the last five as MLB's European Academies Consultant.  Tom has taught and spoken at baseball camps and clinics in South Africa, Uganda and throughout Europe.  He currently lives in Hamburg, Germany.

Brian McCarthy

Before moving to Germany, Brian served as Assistant Head Coach at St Anthony Village High School, one of the top high school teams in Minnesota, and he remains on staff in a consulting role for the Huskies.  Prior to that, he was the Head Coach at Como Park High School in St Paul, Minnesota, winning two conference titles in addition to the 2007 Twin Cities Championship.  He was the 2005 Conference Coach of the Year.  Brian has a wide range of baseball experience that includes presentations at clinics both in the US and Europe, as well as working with the Great Britain National Baseball Programme in 2006 and 2008.

Liam Carroll

Liam CarrollLiam is BSUK’s Regional Coach & Club Development Officer for London and Head Coach of the Great Britain Lions.  In addition to a playing career with Great Britain and at Porterville College in California, Liam has coached domestically with national teams at youth and senior levels and overseas at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he worked with over a dozen players who went on to sign professional contracts with Major League organisations.

James Pearson

James PearsonJames is a Youth Baseball Coach at Cartmel Valley Baseball Club and at BSUK's Academy Baseball.  He graduated from the GB Juniors in 2008, where he learned catching under Will Lintern.  James has been an Assistant Coach with the GB Cadets since 2009 and is the youngest BSUK-qualified Level 3 coach in the country.  He plays for the Cartmel Valley Lions senior team and was part of the GB Under-23 national team in 2012.

Rob Rance

Rob RanceRob has been playing and coaching baseball in the UK since 1994 and has coaching experience ranging through all the age groups, having worked with the Academy programme since it was launched in 2001.  He has also been coaching and managing at the highest level in UK adult baseball since that time.  After serving as an Assistant Coach for several years, Rob has recently taken over as Head Coach of the GB Cadets. 

Will Lintern

Will LinternWill Lintern is BSUK's National Development Manager for Coach Education and Head Coach of the Great Britain Junior National Team.  Will's playing career includes tenures with GB Baseball, Menlo College in California, Gauting Indians in the German Bundesliga and several domestic UK clubs, the most recent being the 2011 and 2012 National Champions Harlow Nationals.  Will has also served as the Director of Academy Baseball since 2010 and is the fielding and throwing coach for Cricket Ireland.

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