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Earth Day is an opportunity for both individuals and companies to demonstrate their commitment to protecting the environment. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player’s Association serve as great examples of how highly visible sports organizations can also make their mark .
For instance, the BTF collects used equipment via collection drives at Major League Baseball stadiums across the country through one of our major annual initiatives – Equipment Day. The equipment is then donated back to local baseball and softball organizations in need. This serves as a great example of how ‘recycling’ can be more than tossing your empty water bottle in the recycling bin. In fact, recycling can create win-win situations: the people who donate equipment AND the people who receive equipment both benefit from the act of recycling.
In addition to Equipment Day, many MLB teams are going above and beyond to make their mark on Earth Day. The Pirates are leading a trash pick-up on the North Shore prior to their game on Earth Day, while the Mariners are encouraging children to think of ways they can improve the environment via their new kid-friendly mascot, Kid Compost. The Diamondbacks Solar Pavillion will not only provide fans with shade, but it will also generate 75 kilowatts of solar power, and the Red Sox were the first to install solar panels at their field in 2008.
We ask that you think about ways that you can make your own community greener. For example, consider buying reusable water bottles or donating your old glove to charity at the end of the season. Every small step counts!
Coaching baseball and softball includes both on-the-field and off-the-field instruction that educates our youth on different ways to reach their fullest potential. An often forgotten topic that is vital to both health and athletic performance is nutrition. In recognition of National Nutrition Month, we’ll take a closer look at ways we can educate youth on how to seek out the best nutritional options.
Three key nutrition topics for children that first come to mind are variety, moderation and balance:
1) Variety – no single food or supplement contains all of the vitamins and nutrients that our children need. Eating food from each of the five food groups daily is essential.
2) Moderation – Our children should not eat too much or too little of any one food or nutrient.
3) Balance – Calorie intake and energy expenditure should be balanced to maintain healthy weight and body composition.
If you’d like to learn more about teaching our youth proper nutritional habits, please visit our colleagues at WePlay.com
To end the week, here’s the last softball field maintenance tip of the day!
Due to the large size of the softball infield, irrigation systems are installed to irrigate the infield clays.
TIP: An automatic irrigation system will allow more time for the ground crew to focus on the mound, home plate and dragging requirements.
Here’s another softball field maintenance tip of the day!
TIP: The depth of a warning track on a softball field is normally 10 feet.
All-Star coaching staff leads sixth annual MLBI European Baseball Academy
Former Major League infielder and manager Art Howe joins an All-Star coaching roster that includes Barry Larkin, Wally Joyner, Bruce Hurst and Lee Smith for the sixth annual Major League Baseball International European Baseball Academy, it was announced today. The MLBI European Baseball Academy, which will be held from August 4-27 at the Italian National Olympic Training Center in Tirrenia, Italy, will feature 50 of the best young players ages 15-to-20 from 11 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain), two African nations (South Africa and Uganda), and, for the first time ever, India. Participants, all National or Junior National Team players, were selected by the Major League Scouting Bureau after holding tryouts across Europe in April.
.”We are privileged to have assembled such a distinguished coaching staff to work with elite ballplayers from the region in order to further develop their skills, gaining unprecedented exposure to talent evaluators representing all 30 MLB organizations,” said Paul Archey, Senior Vice President, International Business Operations, Major League Baseball. “With more players coming out of Europe than ever before, the Academy provides a central location for the best and brightest stars of the future to take a key step toward joining the professional ranks.”
Softball field maintenance tip of the day!
TIP: The home plate area is also treated the same as on a baseball field, as
softball and baseball players dig similar holes during the course of play.
Follow the same maintenance procedure for the home plate, mound and
Learn a little more about two of BTF’s third quarter grant recipients, the Orlando After-School All-Stars and the South Florida After School All-Stars.
After-School All-Stars: Comprehensive after-school programs for at-risk youth.
Orlando After-School All-Stars (Orlando, FL): The local chapter of a national program serves 1,600 children from Orlando middle schools.
The grant will provide funding to increase the number of players in the summer and fall leagues of the organization’s Youth Baseball Development League, a free baseball program to middle school, at-risk children.
South Florida After School All-Stars (Miami, FL): The South Florida After School All-Stars program is the local chapter of a national program that provides year-round, school-based academic, enrichment and health programs to middle school students.
The grant will provide funding for the development of its first organized sports program, which will be a baseball league with partner M-E Baseball, a local recreational youth baseball league.
Friday field maintenance tip of the day!
The pitcher’s mound is flat and requires similar maintenance as a baseball
TIP: Watering the clays and packing the mound is important after use.
Learn a little more about one of BTF’s third quarter grant recipients, the Northshore Amateur Sports Academy, Inc.
Northshore Amateur Sports Academy, Inc. (Gary, IN) was established in 2005 to provide year-round educational and recreational opportunities in the community. The academy provides baseball and softball camps and clinics, an all-sport camp and workshops to more than 800 children.
The grant will provide funding for equipment and player and coaches training material to support a learning and resource center, a groundskeeping academy for youth and coaches training and a college readiness program.
Check out the BTF Website to learn how your organization can apply for a grant!