Last ISG Clinic of the Year Held in Saskatchewan
The fantastic Gordie Howe Sports Complex on the outskirts of Saskatoon served as the location for the final ISG Baseball clinic of the shortened 2021-22 clinic season. The clinic was held in the new 92,000 square foot indoor training center which features turf fields for both baseball and softball plus expanded weight training facilities and new meeting rooms.
The annual Saskatchewan Clinic featured former ISG President and current Board Member Jim Jones who coached at both Stanford and the University of Wyoming and legendary Ohio high school coach Tim Saunders from Dublin, Ohio who now is the Director of the National High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Besides his stints as a Division 1 college coach, Jones spent years directing the MLB Envoy Coaching program in Europe. During this time period, he also coached national teams for several European Federations.
Saunders also coached several USA Baseball teams in world competition and is a past president of the Ohio Baseball Coaches Association.
The clinic served as a kickoff for the baseball season in the tundra and was attended by coaches at many levels of the game.
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German Coach Creates Great Game to Introduce Baseball to Kids!
A good friend of ISG, Alper Bozkurt, has created a game which he uses to teach basic baseball skills to newcomers to the game. Bozkurt administers the Baseball Akademie Paderborn, a unique school where students not only study academic subjects in various schools in the area around the Academy but also spend several nights per week honing their physical and baseball-specific skills.
Bozkurt has long been a fixture in game development in his home state of North Rhine Westphalia traveling the area and working with kids of all ages. But his creation of Alper Ball has been much more successful than he could ever have dreamed. The game simplifies what are sometimes difficult rules to understand for beginners and creates situations that foster success - and most importantly -- FUN.
A graphic illustration of the game's rules can be found here on our "Coaching Tips" page. For further information regarding the game, Alper would be very willing to talk more about it. His contact information is also provided on that page.
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Developing an Olympian Mindset
(This article appeared on the Positive Coaching Alliance website and its philosophy is shared by the ISG Baseball Board of Directors whose members heartily endorse joining that great organization!)
Dr. Colleen Hacker (@DrColleenHacker), a member of PCA's National Advisory Board, has served on the coaching staff for six Olympic Games in three different team sports (soccer, field hockey, and most recently ice hockey). Hacker, who has a Ph.D. and is a Professor of Sport & Exercise Psychology, has served as the U.S. Women's National Team’s (USA Ice Hockey) Mental Skills Coach since 2011.
According to Dr. Hacker, “The same principles and techniques that we cultivate to achieve excellence in the Olympic Games can be mastered and adopted by athletes and teams at any level and in any sport.”
Five of those important principles are outlined in the link here.
Baseball Canada's Vision for Long Term Athletic Development Shared in Coaching Tips Section
Baseball Canada is miles ahead of the curve when it comes to developing athletes for life-long success. Thanks to our friend Andre Lachance, they have allowed us to share the scope of that vision with you. Check out our coaching tips section for a graphic illustration of their LTAD plans.
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