Schedule coming together for Coach Summit in January

Tue 19 Dec 2017

With BaseballSoftballUK’s third annual Coach Summit just a little over a month away, the schedule and timing for the various sessions and keynote speeches is beginning to come together.

The 2018 Coach Summit will be held on Saturday 27 January at the Kents Hill Park Training & Conference Centre in Milton Keynes, with a focus on baseball and fastpitch softball, and is open to anyone who wants to attend.  For more information or to book tickets, go to the Coach Summit microsite on:

Keynote speakers at the Summit, who will also conduct or participate in workshop and breakout sessions throughout the day, are Mark Smith, High Performance Director and Women's National Team Head Coach for Softball Canada (above) and Nino Giarratano (below), who has had unprecedented success over the past 20 years as Head Coach of the University of San Francisco Dons baseball team.

On Sunday 28 January, both Mark Smith and Nino Giarratano will run classroom and practical sessions for High Performance Academy athletes from 9.00 am-3.00 pm at The Radcliffe School in Wolverton, Milton Keynes (postcode: MK12 5BT).

Summit schedule

People attending the Coach Summit should arrive by 9.15 am for orientation purposes.  The programme will kick off with a welcome in the Main Hal at 9.45, followed by a keynote speech by Mark Smith from 10.00-11.00 am.

Half-hour breakout sessions for fastpitch softball and baseball will follow, and then Nino Giarratano will give his keynote speech from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm.  More half-hour breakout sessions will follow, and then lunch at 1.00 pm.

After lunch, Mark Smith will conduct a workshop on Planning a Programme from 1.45 to 3.00, and give a talk on hitting from 3.30-5.00 pm.

Baseball workshops – topics to be announced – will take place at the same times, and a session for Little League Administrators will take place from 1.45-5.00 pm.

Click here to view the current BSUK Coach Summit schedule.

University Conference

During the afternoon of a very busy day, a conference for University Baseball and Softball Officers will be held at the same venue, with a course on Skills and Drills for Beginner Coaches from 1.00-3.00 pm, followed by a general meeting for the student representatives from 3.00-5.00 pm.

Students attending the University Conference in the afternoon are encouraged to attend Coach Summit sessions in the morning at a special price.

Awards ceremony

Following a break and some food after the final afternoon sessions, everyone will convene at 5.45 pm for the annual British Baseball and Softball Coaching Awards, with the ceremony expected to wrap up by 7.45.

This year, the Awards have been expanded and developed to recognise the breadth of the workforce that makes a positive impact in our sports. The award categories are:

  • Young Coach of the Year.  This award is for the coach aged 22 or younger deemed to have made the biggest contribution to coaching, managing and supporting baseball and/or softball in Britain in 2018.
  • Baseball Youth Coach of the Year.  This award is for an outstanding contribution to coaching young people in baseball in Britain.
  • Softball Youth Coach of the Year.  This award is for an outstanding contribution to coaching young people in softball in Britain.
  • Baseball Adult Coach of the Year.  This award is for an outstanding contribution to adult baseball coaching in Britain.
  • Softball Adult Coach of the Year.  This award is for an outstanding contribution to adult softball coaching in Britain.
  • Volunteer of the Year.  This award is for a volunteer in a non-coaching role who has given up a substantial amount of time to support their local club, team or league and who has made a significant impact on the development of our sports.
  • Services to Coaching.  This award is made to the individual who best personifies what it means to be a baseball or softball coach: someone who understands their sport and can use the lessons learned on the pitch to motivate and engage others.  He or she has probably played a great number of roles, and without them coaching in your club, your league, your county or perhaps even your country wouldn’t be the same.

BaseballSoftballUK’s Coach Summit has quickly become one of the most important and exciting baseball and softball events of the year, with elements that can benefit not only coaches, but also players, team captains and organisers.

So book a place today!



Annual Review

BaseballSoftballUK’s latest Annual Review, covering the year from April 2016 through March 2017, is now available to view or download on the BSUK website.

The 36-page document provides both an overview and a detailed look at the different strands of development work carried out by the agency during the year in question, as well as providing an update on BaseballSoftballUK Board members, finances and the work it carries out directly for the British Baseball and Softball Federations under an annual Service Level Agreement.

Photographs, charts and graphics support and illustrate reports on the varied activities carried out by BSUK’s Development and Operations staff on behalf of baseball and softball during 2016-17.

The 2016-17 BaseballSoftballUK Annual Review can be viewed or downloaded here

BaseballSoftballUK Board

Three new Non-Executive Directors were appointed to the BaseballSoftballUK Board at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday 10 December, as the Board said goodbye to Chair John Walmsley after six years of service in the role.

Also leaving the Board were long-serving Directors Mike Jennings and Jon Deacon.

Appointed as Independent Non-Executive Directors were Simon Winman, Head of Club Development at the Rugby Football Union, and Evan Ray, who works as the Senior Commercial Solicitor for The Football Association’s Premier League.

They were joined by another Non-Executive Director, Chris Deacon, who is Managing Director of European Administrative Services.

Directors remaining on the Board are Cate Atwater (Interim Chair), Chris Greenhalgh, Jenny Fromer, Simon Wareing and Cody Cain.

The Board is currently advertising for a new Chair and for up to three more Independent Directors.

The new appointments drop the ratio of women to men on the current BaseballSoftballUK Board to 25%, but the Board will seek to redress this imbalance through its impending appointments.

You can read tributes to the Board Directors who have left and a statement from outgoing Chair John Walmsley here


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