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A baseball coaching program is being offered in Prince Edward Island for the first time at the end of February.
The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) competition-development and instructional modules will be available during sessions Feb. 26 to 28 at Holland College in Charlottetown. It is the first time the competition-development module has been offered on the Island.
"In order to get them, you'd have to go out of the region or to the national junior men's team camp in April," said Baseball P.E.I. president Don LeClair. "So this is a great chance for coaches from Prince Edward Island and Atlantic Canada to learn about the game and improve as coaches. It's a big deal for us."
The certification is required to coach at the Canada Games or Canada Cup level.
There will be five competition-development modules offered. For coaches wanting to learn about the technical aspects of the game but not necessarily coach at the provincial level, there will also be three NCCP instructional beginner modules being offered.
Ken Lenihan from Halifax will be the facilitator for the competition-development modules. Ken has coached Canada Cup and Canada Games teams for Nova Scotia, is a NCCP master learning facilitator/evaluator, a member of the Baseball Canada coaches' committee and is the MLB regional scout for Atlantic Canada.
Gerry LeBlanc from Moncton will be the facilitator for the instructional modules. Gerry coached the Moncton Mets of the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League for more than 20 years, has coached several Canada Cup and Canada Games teams, was a former scout for the Toronto Blue Jays, and is also a baseball NCCP master learning facilitator.
Prince Edward Island won province of the year at the Baseball Canada Awards in November in Saskatoon, Sask., for 2015. It was in large part due to large increases in NCCP certified coaches. Baseball P.E.I. has committed to making every effort to provide more opportunities for Island coaches to obtain more coaching aids, resources, help and coaching certification.
"This is an exciting chance for many Island coaches to further their coaching education and certification that hasn't happened here before," said Baseball P.E.I. executive director Randy Byrne.