The Richmond City Baseball Association (RCBA) is just about to wrap up a very successful season, with many teams figuring at the recent provincials.
Over the course of 2021, the Chuckers were represented at the B.C. level by: 18U AAA: 2nd place; 15U AAA: 2nd place; 15U AA: 7th place out of 25 teams; 13U AAA: 2nd place finish in the season and 2nd place in their final tournament; 11 AAA: strong regular season and year end tournament.
RCBA said there were “numerous reasons” for such a strong 2021 campaign, those being the Coach Development Program and the creation of the Chucker’s Academy.
The Coach Development Program was designed to work with coaches at all levels, according to (RCBA), with pre-season coaching clinics being held to teach the basic skills to the volunteer parents.
As the program develops, RCBA will be providing ongoing training to continue to grow coaches’ skillset.
The Chucker’s Academy was a partnership created between RCBA and Jack Thompson’s “5 Tool Base-ball”.
In addition to the very well attended spring break and summer skills camps, the Chucker’s Academy offered in-season weekly training to players in divisions 8U to 11U.
The goal of the academy, said RCBA, is to complement the volunteer coaches’ work and provide a taste of high-level performance training to the players at a younger age.
Off the diamond, in July, RCBA began the process of putting in scoreboards at three fields, thanks to the generosity of local companies like, Lidder Construction Ltd, Trail Appliances, and Monarch Structures Limited.