Canada’s First MLB Field Maintenance Clinics a Success!


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We kicked off the first series of MLB Field clinics in Canada this past week.  In conjunction  with MLB operations and  Baseball Canada they selected some great locations for the hands on educational workshops.   We started in Vancouver at historic Nat bailey park.   Then to centennial park in Edmonton and finished Friday in Winnipeg.  We had great turnouts in all 3 clinics.   A lot of work by Jim Baba, baseball canada executive director and his staff to organize these events was critical to the success.  Thanks to Jim and his crew.      Chad Olsen and I are headed up the education content with Bob Curry from Covermaster and a couple reps from Turface.   What was great were the added resources for education coming from the STMA (sportsturf managers association) and the Western Turfgrass association (WTGA).  These groups provided literature, CD’s and special guest speakers that included presentations from their executive director and board members.  The MLB Clinic sessions focused on basic field maintenance as well as budget planning and networking.   It was the first time these groups had been together so it was exciting to see them exchange emails and phone numbers during the breaks. Sharing information is what it’s all about.

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The majority of the attendees were from the parks rec departments and private schools.  In BC and Winnipeg we had a group of volunteers that were responsible for managing the fields after the city performed mowing and other duties.   I have a very soft spot in my heart for volunteers in this industry. Seeing people give up their vacation time and family time to be a part of a working clinic to take care of their home baseball and softball  fields.   WOW!   It just doesn’t get any better than that.

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