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The British Baseball & Softball Coaching Awards

The Third Annual Coaching Awards will once again follow the Coach Summit in 2018, providing an opportunity to recognise the hard work and expertise of coaches and volunteers in the British baseball and softball communities.  The 2018 Coach Summit will take place on Saturday 27 January at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre in Milton Keynes.

This year, the Awards have been expanded and developed in consultation with the British Softball Federation, to recognise the breadth of the workforce that makes a positive impact in our sports.  We all know that without coaches and volunteers, our sports would not be in such good health.  This is your opportunity to recognise people’s contributions by nominating them for the awards. 

The categories are:

Young Coach of the Year:  This award is for the coach aged 22 or younger deemed to have made the biggest contribution to coaching, managing and supporting baseball and/or softball in Britain in 2018.
Baseball Youth Coach of the Year:  This award is for an outstanding contribution to coaching young people in baseball in Britain.
Softball Youth Coach of the Year:  This award is for an outstanding contribution to coaching young people in softball in Britain.
Baseball Adult Coach of the Year:  This award is for an outstanding contribution to adult baseball coaching in Britain.
Softball Adult Coach of the Year:  This award is for an outstanding contribution to adult softball coaching in Britain.
Participation Coach of the Year:  This award is for a coach who has engaged new participants, not in a traditional club setting, but within BSUK national programmes and/or participation projects.
Volunteer of the Year:  This award is for a volunteer in a non-coaching role who has given up a substantial amount of time to support their local club, team or league and who has made a significant impact on the development of our sports.
Services to Coaching:  This award is made to the individual who best personifies what it means to be a baseball or softball coach: someone who understands their sport and can use the lessons learned on the pitch to motivate and engage others.  He or she has probably played a great number of roles, and without them coaching in your club, your league, your county or perhaps even your country wouldn’t be the same.

This is a great opportunity to recognise coaches and volunteers in your area, so please make sure your nominations are with us in good time.

NOTE: VOTING IS NOW CLOSED AND WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE AWARDS EVENT ON THE 27th JANUARY 2018.

Previous winners - 2017

Young Coach of the Year

Callum Vinall profile pictureThis award was for the coach under the age of 22 deemed to have made the biggest contribution to coaching, managing and supporting baseball and/or softball in the UK in 2016. 

WINNER:  Callum Vinall
Callum has excelled in coaching at the BSUK Academy, Northants Baseball Club and newly-formed Northampton University Baseball, and has also umpired this past year at the National University Baseball Championships.


 


Youth Coach of the Year

Robin Banerjee profile picThis award was given for outstanding contributions to coaching young people in baseball and/or softball in the UK. 

JOINT WINNERS:  Jared Hendrickson & Robin Banerjee
Jared and Robin have put a huge amount of energy, dedication and determination into building a new youth team from the ground up at Brighton Baseball Club.  Many of the boys and girls they worked with had never played baseball before, but under their coaching and leadership the Brighton U11s were national runners-up and the U13s did exceptionally well in challenging established teams. 

 


Participation Coach of the Year

Linni Mitchell profile picThis award was for the coach who has engaged new participants, not in a traditional club setting but within BSUK national programmes and/or participation projects. 

WINNER:  Linni Mitchell
Linni has worked in the North West and beyond since April 2013 to increase participation in baseball and softball, and has not only helped to deliver a wide range of projects, ensuring that new athletes continue to engage in our sports over the long term, but has also been involved with their planning and funding. 

 


Community Coach of the Year

Mike Lott profile picThis award was for the coach who has done the most during the past year to develop softball within a club environment.

WINNER:  Mike Lott
Mike is a founding member of the Crosby Vikings Softball Club and is an enthusiastic and patient coach.  The Vikings were formed in 2014 as the fifth team in the Sefton Softball League, with predominantly new players, and Mike's hard work paid off in 2015 when the team won the league title, then went on to compete in National Championships in 2016 and were bronze medal winners in their grade of play.

 


Coach of the Year

Liam Carroll profile pictureThis award was made to the individual who best personifies what it means to be a baseball or softball coach: someone who understands their sport and can use the lessons learned on the field to motivate and engage others.

WINNER:  Liam Carroll
Liam has transformed the Great Britain Baseball National Team programme and taken it to a place it has never been before.  In 2016 he steered the team to the final of the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Brooklyn, where one more win would have earned the team its first-ever berth in the Classic itself.

 


Volunteer of the Year

This award was for a volunteer in a non-coaching role who has given up a substantial amount of time to support their local club, team or league and who has made a significant impact on the development of our sports.

WINNER:  David Jones
David Jones is a true Renaissance Man of volunteering.  On the Guildford Mavericks Board, he serves as the Child Protection Officer, Umpire Coordinator and Kit Manager.  But his service doesn't stop there: David has extended his passion into umpiring and coaching for the club, and in 2016 took on the responsibility of successfully steering the Guildford through Clubmark accreditation. 


Umpire of the Year

This award was made for contributions to baseball and/or softball umpiring during the past year by an umpire who has not only upheld the laws correctly, but contributed to the positive atmosphere we have in our baseball and softball leagues.

WINNER:  Bridget Cameron
Bridget has shown outstanding commitment to the development of fastpitch softball umpiring, both locally and internationally.  During the Great Britain Fastpitch League season, she flew from Edinburgh to London for four of the five GBFL competition weekends where she umpired or examined every game, and she also serves as BASU’s Fastpitch Officer.



Previous winners - 2016

Community Coach of the Year

WINNER: Kal Dimitrov 
This award is for the coach who best embodies the spirit of grassroots sport and who has engaged new participants and welcomed them into their club, team or league. Through their work in their community, such coaches ensure the development and growth of baseball and softball – not just today but in years to come.     

 

Young Coach of the Year

WINNER: Matt Tomlin 
This award is for an up-and-coming coach, aged 22 or under, who has demonstrated a particular interest and ability in coaching.
 

 

Youth Coach of the Year

WINNER: Matt Crawshaw
This award is for a coach who has demonstrated outstanding ability to engage and work with children and young people. The winner will be a coach who has made children of all ages welcome and excited about the sports of baseball and/or softball, as well as teaching them the skills needed to develop and reach their full potential both on and off the field.

 

Coach of the Year

WINNER: Erick Henson
This award is for the individual who best personifies what it means to be a baseball or softball coach: someone who understands the sport(s) but, critically, can use the lessons learned on the field to motivate and engage others.

 
 
 
 
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