Baseball Nova Scotia has a big year ahead of them. The province will be the host for two Baseball Canada National Championships. They will play host for the Midget boys in Halifax, as well as the Senior Women in Sydney.
On top of that, they have raised their efforts to improve programs at the grass roots level in the province. For example, the Rally Cap program has been pushed heavily as well as the NCCP coaches’ initiation program.
“We’re really focusing on communication through to our local associations so they know the programs that Baseball Canada and we are offering,” says Baseball NS Executive Director Brad Lawlor.
The baseball diamonds are also on their to-do list. The provincial association is in talks with local communities to improve field conditions in order to meet the Baseball Nova Scotia standard requirements.
“A lot of the fields throughout the province were built a few years ago and the communities have sort of let them go. We’re trying to get out there and show them that we have minimum requirements for provincial events.”
The new Baseball Canada RBI program is another initiative that Lawlor is trying to push to the local associations.
“We’re looking at the RBI program so that we can offer all the Baseball Canada initiatives down to the local associations.”
The 2008 season will be a busy one for Baseball Nova Scotia, but Lawlor says that it is not too difficult to see which direction the association is heading.
“We’re definitely more grassroots focused, but we also have these national events that are going to come in and create some exposure for our high performance programs.”