Things have gone indoors for the Prairie Baseball Academy, but that doesn’t mean they have slowed down. After an exciting finish to the Fall World Series in October play concluded outdoors and the boys have moved inside to close out the 2016 year. Between the weight room, school and the Winter Elite Camp the 50+ players at PBA have stayed busy. With just two weeks remaining until the official end of the first semester the boys will look to finish strong and ready themselves for a big 2017.
Over the last 5 weeks all freshman and sophomores have been put through a rigorous strength and conditioning program. The Prairie Baseball Academy prides itself on developing the strength and agility needed to play baseball at the college level. The program is intense, but with hard work every one of the players can get results. Last year the average weight gained per player was close to 8 pounds. The players will continue the program until December 16th when they are free to leave after they complete their final exams for Christmas break.
The coaching staff has been going through the extremely difficult task of placing the 50+ players from the fall onto either the Varsity or Junior Varsity teams. The Varsity team plays a very challenging spring schedule including stops at CSI (College of Southern Idaho) and CSN (College of Southern Nevada) in February. Following the spring non-conference schedule PBA competes in the CCBC (Canadian College Baseball Conference) and will look to capture a 7th straight CCBC Championship in May. The Junior Varsity team plays its own schedule against some of the top high school academies in Alberta starting in March. The JV team will finish the season with their 2nd Showcase Tournament April 27-30th in Lethbridge.
November also saw the start of PBA’s annual Winter Elite Camp. Ballplayers from Lethbridge and surrounding areas have come out in full force to participate in the nightly baseball camp. With sessions from 6-7:30pm and 7:45-9:15pm Monday to Thursday, the Prairie Baseball Academy accommodates players from 8-18 years old. Each player in the program is asked to volunteer their time once every other week to help coach the campers along with two PBA coaches. The camps will break for two weeks at Christmas time and resume in January through the first week of March in the New Year.
PBA would also like to let you know that their annual banquet will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Lethbridge Lodge. This year’s guest speaker will be Dustin Molleken who is an alumni of the PBA program. Dustin was the first ever PBA player to play in the MLB. Molleken debuted with the Detroit Tigers in the 2016 regular season. As always there will be a scholarship awards ceremony to hand out thousands of dollars in scholarships to the PBA athletes. More information will be coming out shortly on the banquet.
That is all for now. Check back soon for a chance to score some PBA merchandise for the holidays. Also the 2017 will be released shortly!
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