TP House League Baseball Coaches Have a ‘Say Hey!’ Time at the 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy National Coaching Clinic


FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME > A diehard contingent of our volunteer coaches with the TP Baseball House League and Select operations attended the 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Baseball National Coaching Clinic at the Rogers Centre this weekend. Back Row left to right: Rebecca Wells-Jopling; Jenny Foster; Mark Steinberg; John Gordon and Kevin Lawrie. Front row left to right: Paul Bagnell; Darin Luscher and Paul Kelly.

A passionate contingent of our volunteer Toronto Playgrounds Baseball coaches from the House League and Select levels had an opportunity to enrich their coaching acumen and skills this weekend at the three day 2017 Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy National Coaching Clinic held at the Rogers Centre.

In connection with Baseball Canada and the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), the Blue Jays hosted National Coaches Clinic featured distinguished speakers who discussed various aspects of the game, with the goal of providing coaches with tips and techniques to take back to their teams. Sessions were combined with on field breakout stations that allowed coaches to speak with experts in a more hands on environment to fully understand take away points and ask questions.

For the fourth consecutive year, the TP House League Baseball Committee continued an initiative to give some of our dedicated and hard working volunteer coaches in the House League and Select programs all the education and tools necessary to teach our players the fundamentals of baseball. With that goal in mind, the Committee paid for a part of the clinic costs to encourage our coaches to attend the sessions and upgrade their skills, and become the best they can be for our players and our organization.

Partaking in the 2017 edition of the Blue Jays Coaching Clinic were:

  • PAUL BAGNELL: TP House League Coach; Treasurer of the TP House League Baseball Committee
  • JENNY FOSTER: TP House League Coach; TP House League Baseball Committee Member
  • JOHN GORDON: TP House League Coach; TP Select Coach
  • PAUL KELLY: TP House League and Select Coach; TP House League Baseball Committee Member
  • JEFF KOLYN: TP House League and Select Coach; TP House League Baseball Committee Member
  • KEVIN LAWRIE: TP House League Coach
  • DARIN LUSCHER: TP Select Coach
  • PAUL MAHLER: TP House League Coach
  • MARK STEINBERG: TP House League Coach
  • REBECCA WELLS-JOPLING: TP House League Coach

After attending a four hour Baseball Canada NCCP Professional Development program on Friday afternoon that encompassed fundamentals like base running, infield, outfield and hitting, our esteemed group of TP Baseball Coaches took to the field on Saturday and Sunday at the Rogers Centre to participate in various skills workstations with instructors that included Blue Jays Alumni Coaches, current members of the Blue Jays coaching staff, Blue Jays minor league coaches, and instructors from Baseball Canada.

Some of the Blue Jays and other elite major league instructors that our TP House League and Select Baseball Coaches had the pleasure of listening to and working with included: Jeff Francis; Garth Iorg; Matt Kata; Jeff Krushell; Lloyd Moseby; Pete Orr; Chris Robinson; Lisa Veloce; Duane Ward; Devon White and Kevin Wilson.

And a grand slam time was had by all our TP House League and Select Baseball Coaches in attendance.