The Prairie Baseball Academy would like to wish all of our players, campers, parents, friends and family a Happy Holiday in 2017. Our winter workout regime wrapped up last week, and most of our players from the fall have headed home for the winter break. When the players get back to Lethbridge in January, the Varsity team will get straight down to business preparing for their spring schedule, which begins in Las Vegas in mid-February. The Varsity team is looking for their 8th consecutive CCBC Championship in 2018. Last season’s extra innings, come from behind win against TRU was incredible, and there is a young group of ballplayers looking to add their mark on PBA history.
In the fall of 2017 PBA had their largest turnout of players in quite some time, 66 young men showed up at Lloyd Nolan Yard to show they had what it took to make the final Varsity roster. The entire fall is a tryout process, the coaching staff takes all of the work put in, on field and off the field into account when picking the top team, leaving the remaining players in the Junior Varsity program. The JV team plays the top high school baseball academies from Alberta as well as other college junior varsity teams. The PBA JV team culminates with their annual showcase tournament at the end of April. This year’s tournament will take place April 27th-29th at Lloyd Nolan Yard, and Spitz Stadium. The tournament is designed to bring some of the top talent from Alberta and Saskatchewan to Lethbridge to compete, and to see what the Prairie Baseball Academy has to offer baseball players after high school. To date nearly 30 players who have competed in the showcase tournament have continued on to play at PBA.
The coaching staff sat down with every player before the break to have a personal one on one meeting. These meetings are a chance for the coaches to honestly assess where each player is at in the program both on the field and in the classroom. While these one on one’s were taking place, the boys were grinding through an extremely difficult strength and conditioning program. The results thus far have been very promising, bodies are being transformed. PBA takes great pride in what they do in regard to the strength and conditioning side of the game. Our philosophy is to outwork the competition every single day and it has paid off on the field over the last 7 seasons.
The next major event for PBA is the annual banquet. This year the banquet is taking place on February 3rd at the Lethbridge Lodge. More information about the banquet will be available shortly!
Again thanks to everyone who has supported the Prairie Baseball Academy in 2017, we look forward to having another great season in 2018! Happy Holidays!
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