Well, I’ve done it. I submitted my application to coach for the 2010 season. I have decided that I am applying for the Minor Bantam club (14U) as opposed to the Major Peewee’s. I don’t really care where the Board wants to put me mind you, just a preference. I love coaching at Alex McKenzie Park, it is a great facility. It is also regulation size, had dugouts, etc. The tournament options are better at Minor Bantam as are the opportunities for play across the river. The team badly needs a new coach as well. There isn’t anything wrong with the guys who currently coach the club mind you, it is just that the same group has coached them since the boys were in Rookie (when they were 8 and 9) – they are now turning 14, a time for change indeed.
I don’t know what this will do with the Major Peewee’s where DV wanted me to coach. He has coached the club for the last year or two and doesn’t really want to continue – or at least that is the feeling I get. I will coach them if I am asked to. Major Peewee is a good age as well. Walkinshaw Park is a nice park and Major Peewee’s can go to the CNE Tournament in August which is a LOT of fun. It brings back great memories of when I coached there last – we had a great game (lost it though) and then spent the day at the Ex.
That was a good year thinking back – it was the last time that I coached with Jules, an excellent coach and in my humble opinion, the BEST third base coach in the Niagara area. I also coached with Andre that year, he was our pitching coach and a darn good one. Perhaps I will see where he is coaching this year and see if he wants to help out.
Anyway, here is a copy of my application letter:
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Dave Vacarro, President
St. Catharines Minor Baseball Association
PO Box 21002
St. Catharines, ON L2M 7X2
Please accept this letter as my application to Manage with the St. Catharines Minor Baseball Association, preferably with the Minor Bantam club (14u). I am willing to Manage/Coach at whatever level the Board feels that there is a need however.
A bit of history of my baseball background:
I have coached since 1991, starting with the Grantham Optimist Fastball Association and continued there for 6 seasons. I began coaching baseball with SCMBA at the House League level in 1997 and 1998. I started coaching All-Star at the Minor Peewee level in St. Catharines during the 1999 season. I moved onto Rookie as Manager in 2000, following the same team in 2001 to Minor Mosquito. In 2002, I returned to Rookie. During the 2003 through 2005 seasons, I Managed Major Mosquito through Major Peewee, again, with St. Catharines Minor Baseball. I took on the Major Midget club in 2006 and Minor Midget in 2007 where we finished 3rd in the Provincial AA OBA’s.
I have also Managed two Ontario Summer Games teams (2004 and 2006) with the 2004 club taking the Bronze medal in London. I also Managed the Major Peewee entry into the Elite Newmarket Tournament in September of 2005. In 2006, I was Manager of the NDBA entry into the Cannon Cup in Oakville where we had a perfect 3-0 record in the round robin but took a loss in the semi-final.
I am a certified Level 2 Coach with Coaching Canada with my Level 3 Technical certificate as well. I have also been a Level 3 Umpire for the past 7 seasons.
I have also been involved with various levels of Administration in baseball. I have been Vice President and All-Star Coordinator in SCMBA for a number of years. I started with NDBA as Rookie Convenor then Vice President and finally President of NDBA for 4 years. I have also served as Director of Coach and Player Development for NDBA and have sat on said Committee for Baseball Ontario as Secretary. I have been involved in two try-out camps for Team Ontario run by the OBA as well. During the 2008 and 2009 seasons, I was the General Manager for the Canadian Thunderbirds Baseball Club based out of Hamilton, Ontario. I felt that it was time to return to my home association and coach where I grew up.
The coaching staff for the 2010 season will include:
3rd Base Coach – Dave Brenneman – Level 2 Certified
1st Base Coach – Kamil Oubayan – Kamil has played in SCMBA from Rookie through to Midget and is currently on a baseball scholarship in the United States.
I would plan to have winter workouts to ready ourselves for the 2010 season.
It would be my intention to play in the NDBA loop as well as games with WNYTB (Western New York Travel Baseball) for the 2010 season. The WNYTB league allows teams to play as many or as few games as they want and are very accommodating to other schedules and free time. The Canadian Thunderbirds participated in a very successful season with WNYTB in 2009 and the league is still growing.
I am available to speak with yourself and the Board of Directors at your convenience.
I am looking forward to a great season of baseball in 2010.
I can be reached as follows:
Thank you for your consideration,