OTTAWA - From February 17-24, 2019, Baseball Canada will conduct a Girls Baseball Development Camp in Havana, Cuba for athletes aged 14-18.
This Development Camp, celebrating its tenth year of operation under the direction of Women’s National Team General Manager André Lachance, is proving to be a pipeline for future National Team talent.
“This trip is an invaluable experience for players looking to take their game to the next level,” he said. “Players will be challenged each day on the field as they compete in an environment that is foreign to them.
Ten of twenty players that won a bronze medal at the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in Florida last month were participants in the Girls Baseball Development Camp in previous years.
This program is specifically designed to provide athletes with a combination of competition and training in a warm climate and the opportunity to learn about the culture, history and people of Cuba. Participants will meet, train and compete with Cuban student athletes and coaches at Cuban sports facilities and venues arranged by the Cuban Ministries of Sport and Education. Visiting athletes may also train with Cuban National Program coaches and pro players. Competitions are arranged with Cuban athletes of skill levels similar to their Canadian counterparts. Program also serves as the first step of the identification process for the National Women’s Team program. Priority will be to players who participated at the 2018 16U and 21U Nationals but it is also open to any female athlete. Parents are also welcome to travel with the group and will get a $100 reduction.
Program Price Includes: Round trip airfare from Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Winnipeg or Vancouver to Cuba, 7 nights accommodation double occupancy in air-conditioned rooms with en-suite bathroom, breakfast and dinner daily, coordination and entrance/ participation fees for visits - games - training – excursions, translator/guide services, local facilitators and officials, ground transportation via modern air-conditioned bus as per itinerary, Cuban visa, Canadian national team coaching, national team uniform and hat for camp. Other departure cities can be added based on the demand.
Not Included: Some lunches, transportation to Toronto/Montreal/Vancouver/Edmonton/Winnipeg, optional activities, tips.
Cost: Departures from Toronto ($1,895), Montreal ($1,750), Vancouver ($2,095), Winnipeg ($1,995) and Edmonton ($2095). Rooms are air conditioned with satellite TV and en-suite bathroom and are based on 2 per room.
Sundries: Participants should budget for sundry expenses at approximately $200 CAD per person for the week to cover lunches, beverages, tips and personal expenses. Please note that a valid passport is required for entry into Cuba.
Payment Dates: To allow us to schedule the visit and begin to make the necessary arrangements with the various Cuban institutions involved, and reserve the airplane seats and hotel rooms, a deposit of $400 per person is required by October 15th, 2018 (without deposits no air seats or hotel rooms are being held). The final payment will be due on December 1st, 2018. Places are limited to 40 participants total.
If you have any questions please call André Lachance at 613-748-5606 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.