Richmond City Baseball Association is pleased to announce that Pat Whalen will be the coach of our 18U AAA team this season.
Pat has achieved his coaching certification with Baseball Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and is an avid student of the game. He has coached baseball for over 10 years and has been an active board volunteer in youth baseball during this time, which included 2 years as President of Little Mountain Baseball in Vancouver. Pat was most recently the coach of Vancouver Community Baseball’s 15U AA Bantam Team, where his team was fortunate to participate in the Provincial Championships hosted by Richmond last season and witness the great work of our volunteers and baseball community in Richmond.
Pat grew up in Richmond, where he played baseball for over 15 years and has many great memories of his time playing the game, which included a number of years playing at our Latrace Field. He’s excited to be back supporting RCBA and create a positive experience for the players and their families this season.
Pat and his wife, Carrie, have 2 boys, and when not at the diamond, he works as an Executive Director of Workplace Health & Safety with one of BC’s Health Authorities – the Provincial Health Services Agency.
18UAAA SEASON PLAN
18U-AAA is a competitive single season rep team (April – August).
The league includes teams from all over the lower mainland as well as the interior and Vancouver Island and travel will be required to the island and interior and the team members will have extra travel expenses (ferries, hotels & meals etc.)
There are also additional team fees for AAA team members including, but not limited to: coaches’ fees, third party trainers, tournaments, umpire fees, warm up jackets, etc. over and above the registration fees. These are anticipated to be approximately $1,000 per player however will be determined according to the team budget soon after the team has been finalized.
The AAA teams generally have 2 practices per week and games are generally on Saturdays and Sundays including doubleheaders
As AAA is a rep team, attendance for practices as well as home and away games is mandatory for all players
Additional Information Below:
No Fair Play rule applies, and all players/families will need to sign form once confirmed to team.
BCMBA Provincials (18U-AAA) – July 20 – 24, location TBD.
BCMBA 18UAAA rules allow for unlimited import (Non Richmond residents) players to play on a team.
18UAAA preliminary evaluations will take place as follows:
Saturday, February 11 11:00am – 1:00pm To be determined
Sunday, February 12 11:00am – 1:00pm To be determined
Please register for evaluations at the following link:
There will be a $20.00 registration fee associated with the evaluation process.
The coaching staff will evaluate all players in several areas:
- Physical (speed, agility, quickness, balance, overall athleticism, etc.)
- Fundamental (baseball skills: catch, throw hit, etc.)
- Mental (concentration, attitude, competitiveness, etc.)
What the coaching staff is looking for:
- team players
- grit, competitiveness, determination & hustle
- willingness to listen, learn and improve
- ability to take instruction and make necessary adjustments
- leadership abilities
- baseball skills
- mental toughness
- physical tools
Following the preliminary evaluations, players may be invited for further evaluations prior to the team being finalized. As AAA is a competitive rep team, roster decisions will be made at the discretion of the coaching staff based on a combination of the above attributes as well as available positions within the team.
For players not registered with Richmond City Baseball Association as per BC Minor rule book (sec 7.07), although releases are not required, players outside our association have to notify/email their association & 18U coordinator (me) a min of 5 days prior to trying out for us or we face a $200 fine for every player that does not provide proper notification. Please note that RCBA will not consider paying any of these fines and they will be on the individual player/family to pay.
For those on this email that are not going to be trying out for 18UAAA we will be sending further information in due course about the 18UAA Season.
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