Hello PBA fans! We are almost into December, and the fall semester will soon be finished. It is an exciting and stressful time for our PBA players. The final push at school is on, players are being pushed to their limits in the weight room, and one on one’s with the coaching staff start this week. Over the next three weeks the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams will be picked, and players will be heading home for holidays. Before we know it, it’s going to be time to hop on a bus and head to Las Vegas to open up the 2019 season.
Starting this week the coaching staff will sit down with five players per day in our one on one meetings. In each of these meetings the staff discusses with the player how the fall has gone, including: school, baseball performance, what they excel at and what they need to improve on moving forward. They will also discuss which team that player will be on come spring time. The Prairie Baseball Academy has two teams in the spring. The Varsity team plays a very difficult non-conference schedule in the United States, before returning to Canada to compete in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC). The Junior Varsity team plays a 30+ game schedule in the spring, mostly against the top high school academies in Alberta. The JV team finishes with their showcase tournament the last weekend of April. This is a stressful time for both the players and the coaching staff. There are difficult decisions to be made every year, and this year will be no different.
The players have been grinding their way through a rigorous strength and conditioning program since the Marathon Game on October 27th. The “30 Minutes of Hell” lifts are now taking place. These lifts are designed to push the players to their limit both physically and mentally. PBA prides themselves on being the most prepared team physically in the spring, and the coaching staff truly believes this is one of the main reasons PBA has been so successful in the last 10 years.
Our winter camps have been running since the middle of November. We have over 130 youth ball players from Southern Alberta participating this year, including 24 in our beginner camp on Friday nights. We cannot thank the parent group enough. Without your dedication, getting your kids to camp once or twice a week the program would not be possible. We will strive to keep these camps fun and enjoyable for everyone involved. Camps will run through December 14th, and start back up in the new year.
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