Program Objectives

Updated Wednesday January 27, 2016 by South London Baseball Association.

Program Objectives

South London Baseball strives to create programs that are fun and promote athletic development for kids of all ages. To achieve this, South London Baseball believes in Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and specifically the LTAD Model developed by Baseball Canada.
The intent of our programs is to develop athletes, not just baseball players. This means we strive to promote healthy living, provide positive role models and develop athletic skills that go beyond throwing, catching and hitting. To help achieve these goals our organization has built several partnerships that ensure we teach by example:

Healthy Living

Healthy living is a popular “buzz” phrase today. But what does it mean? To South London Baseball, it means educating our members on healthy eating, the importance of getting active and the dangers that exist based on the choices we make. To support healthy living within our programs we have partnered with “Live, Play, Be Tobacco Free” and “In-Motion Middlesex-London”.

As an organization, we have a strict No Tobacco Policy that extends beyond players, coaches and umpires to include spectators. Our Tobacco rule is simple, No Tobacco products (including E-Cigarettes) in any park or facility where a sanctioned event is being held. All of our coach’s uniforms include the “Live, Play, Be Tobacco Free” logo on their sleeve as a reminder of this commitment. To view our Tobacco Free Policy click HERE.

In-Motion Middlesex-London is a community based initiative to promote healthy and active living. Our formal partnership with In-Motion ensures that we provide programs that contribute to an active lifestyle for our participants through regular physical activity opportunities. This means all of our programs, including T-Ball, run events at least twice a week with additional optional participation options throughout the year. 

Want to know more about our healthy living commitments and initiatives, check out the resources below:

Positive Role Model

Role models play an important role in the development of every child. As an organization we want to ensure our coaches and volunteers are champions of positive sport environments and each individually strive to provide good sport experiences. To achieve this we have partnered with “True Sport”, an organization dedicated to the notion that good sport can make a great difference. It is an initiative that:

  • Enable participants, parents, coaches and officials to articulate and act upon their deeply held belief in the virtues of good sport
  • Enable participants, parents, coaches and officials to identify with others holding similar values
  • Create a fair, safe and open atmosphere where good sport can grow stronger through inclusive competition at all levels.

As a reflection of this partnership, South London Baseball has adopted the Principles of True Sport into our organization constitution whereby all decision making is guided by the seven (7) principles; Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Keep It Fun, Stay Healthy, Include Everyone, Give Back.

Want to learn more about True Sport, check out the resources below:

 

 

Athletic Skill Development

Our organization believes there is more to sport than just baseball. This is why we focus on teaching our participants more than just the fundamentals of hitting, throwing and catching. We believe that true athletes develop a range of skills in a range of sport environments and this development contributes to their overall physical literacy, or their physical competence and knowledge.

To support the development of physical literacy our organization has tied our programs into the Baseball Canada LTAD Model. Our programs are structured based on the LTAD stages of athlete development and include:

Stage 2: FUNdamental (Coed Learn to Play)
Stage 3: Learn to Train (Mite/Squirt Girls & Mosquito/Peewee Boys)
Stage 4: Train to Train (Novice/Bantam Girls & Bantam Boys)
Stage 5: Train to Compete (Midget and Junior Girls & Midget and Junior Boys)
Stage 6: Train to Win (Midget and Junior Girls & Midget and Junior Boys
Stage 7: Active for Life (All Participants)
*Stage 1 is not included as it pertains to participants younger then T-Ball age

Each stage of the model and each stage of our program introduces participants to different sport objectives. For example, our Coed Learn-to-Play program focuses on the FUNdamentals of sport. This includes structuring programs to be primarily game based and encouraging the development of a range of basic sport movements including: running, jumping, throwing, catching, hopping, kicking etc.

As participants advance through our programs they are introduced to different elements of the game and sport. By the time a participant is 18-19 years of age the focus is no longer on simply having fun but rather striving to win while having respect for the game in a positive sporting atmosphere.

Want to know more about Physical Literacy, check out the resources below: