May 29,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – Through so many means, the Victoria HarbourCats have had an impact on youth baseball on Vancouver Island – through the 50-50 program, through helping set up the Toronto Blue Jays Super Camps, and through donations for club fund-raisers.
The HarbourCats have a stated goal to work with and support youth baseball, and have taken that commitment to another level this season with the unveiling of the 2014 HARBOURCATS SKILLS CAMP PACKAGE.
The six-session plan will provide instruction from college and international-level instructors not just in the summer months, but into the fall. Victoria’s wonderful climate lends perfectly to the HarbourCats extending the skills camp offering beyond the summer months.
“We want these camps to provide instruction that is based in fundamentals, and that translates across all ages, skills and abilities, and we also want to recognize that so many fundamental skills are in place for both baseball and softball,” said General Manager Jim Swanson. “The mechanics of hitting, throwing and fielding are so similar for both sports, and we think there is a desire to be part of this kind of programming, which is intended to augment and support the great programs already going on in Victoria and the South Island.”
HarbourCats Head Coach Bob Miller and assistants Ben Jackson, Chris Lindmark and Charlie Strandlund will be aided by HarbourCats players for the summer sessions, with the coaches – all collegiate-level players or coaches – devising the instructional plan. Strandlund and Swanson will guide the instruction for the fall sessions, maintaining consistency in approach and goals for the attendees.
“This is an exciting program to be a part of because the HarbourCats brand of baseball is so well-regarded in Victoria after just one full season, and we can use that to help youths become better baseball players,” said Strandlund, a former professional baseball player. “I think it’s important to move the camps around to various locations as well, so taking these sessions to Peninsula’s Rotary Park or Esquimalt’s Lions Park, and other places in the future, will make it even more accessible.”
The camps are supported by the Greater Victoria Baseball Association.
“We’re glad to partner with the HarbourCats and their plan to move these camps around our GVBA ballparks, and it’s a great idea to extend the camps into the fall,” said Fraser Campbell, President of the Greater Victoria Baseball Association. “The HarbourCats have a focus on building baseball in the region, and we really appreciate the approach they have taken.”
There are many options for players aged 6-14 – the camps are two hours in length, so the players learn, participate, and retain the instruction from HarbourCats players and coaches
Sign up at the Victoria HarbourCats office, 101-1814 Vancouver Street, or email email@example.com for more information.
*Individual Camp Days: $30 per day
**3-Camp Package: $70
***6-Day Full Package: $99
10% off any Package with the purchase of Cats Club Grand Slam Membership
–JUNE 21, 9am-11am (Two locations, SPORTS TRADERS DIAMOND at Royal Athletic Park and Peninsula’s Rotary Park)
–JULY 13, 10am-noon (SPORTS TRADERS DIAMOND at Royal Athletic Park only, includes clubhouse tour from noon-12:30pm)
–JULY 20, 10am-noon (SPORTS TRADERS DIAMOND at Royal Athletic Park only, includes clubhouse tour from noon-12:30pm)
–AUGUST 23, noon-2pm (Esquimalt Lions Park, 867 Lampson St.)
–SEPTEMBER 20, noon-2pm (Peninsula’s Rotary Park)
–OCTOBER 18, noon-2pm (Esquimalt Lions Park, 867 Lampson St.)
Camps or Cats Club Memberships can be purchased online, or through contacting Brittany French (250) 889-3754, or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or at the office.
For more information – Jim Swanson, GM, 778-265-0327
About the West Coast League
The West Coast League features a competitive level of play and recruits players from high-calibre baseball programs at colleges and universities across North America. With the addition of the Yakima Valley Pippins, the WCL has 12 teams in three divisions for the 2014 season, with franchises located in B.C., Washington and Oregon. The Victoria HarbourCats are in the West Division with the Bellingham Bells, Kitsap BlueJackets of Bremerton, Wash., and Cowlitz Black Bears of Kelso/Longview, Wash. The 54-game regular season starts June 6 and runs through August 10, with playoffs to follow. The home-opening series for the HarbourCats in 2014 is June 10-11-12, against the Cowlitz Black Bears, at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park. The HarbourCats will play exhibition games on June 5 (vs. BCPBL Victoria Eagles/Mariners), June 21 (vs. PIL Langley Blaze), and June 22 (in Duncan, vs. PIL Langley Blaze).
Join our Peninsula Co-Op HarbourCats Kids Club for 2014!
The HOME RUN membership
· 2 General Admission Tickets to games of choice (excluding home opener)
· Official Club Membership Card
· 10% off apparel purchases (membership card required)
· Monthly Peninsula Co-Op HarbourCats Kids Club Newsletter
· Run the bases after all DAY GAMES
The GRAND SLAM membership
· INCLUDES — All of the Above
· Elite Membership Badge (Laminated maybe, or on a lanyard)
· Peninsula Co-Op Cats Club T-Shirt
· $5 price for all Sunday/Fireworks game tickets (Any seat; Premium or GA)
· Runs the bases after every HarbourCats Game
· A special “Meet the players/Clubhouse Tour” event
· 10% off all HarbourCats Skills Camp Packages