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Fall 2014 Newsletter

CORRECTION - Clinic dates are January 16,17,18

Our membership runs from October 1 to September 30.

        The 2014 membership application is enclosed with this letter. It can also be found on our website at tbca.org. Under “membership-high school coaching staff”. You can pay on-line using PayPal or you can register on-line and send in a check. There is also a printable application form at the bottom. Also, beginning in October, you will be able to register for the 2015 clinic to be held at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin on January 16,17,18. You must be a current 2014-15 TBCA member to attend this great event. You can purchase both membership and clinic registration online beginning October 1st. For those of you who have been long time Looking back on our history, it is very apparent that high school baseball in the state of Tennessee is in great shape and getting better. Because of your involvement in the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association our players are getting more recognition and awards than ever before.

        The growth of baseball in Tennessee is directly attributed to the hard work and dedication of all of you. We must continue to grow and improve our association.In order to do this we must get actively involved!  I thought it was important to remind all coaches of the importance of the TBCA. Since we started in the early 90’s we have become one of the premier coaches associations in the South. We have had numerous states use our model to either start their own organization or to reorganize their association.

        The purpose of the TBCA is to:

1. To unify all baseball coaches in the State of Tennessee.
2. To instill with the coaches a deeper sense of responsibility in developing, maintaining and conducting the game of baseball.
3. To create an official line of communication with the TSSAA and with college and junior college coaches in Tennessee.
4. To honor persons and organizations that have done an extraordinary job of promoting baseball in Tennessee.
5. To maintain a strong contact with local and national organizations of coaches of baseball.
6. To annually select: a) All State baseball teams; b) a Coach of the Year and Player of the Year in each classification; c) to recognize and honor the  coaches of state championship teams; d) to establish and maintain a “Hall of Fame; and e) to honor any additional person who has significantly influenced baseball in Tennessee.

        I thank you for your support. This is your organization. You are the backbone and life of baseball in Tennessee. I am enclosing a membership  application for you to fill out and send back to me as soon as possible. As you may have noticed, I have addressed all letters to BASEBALL COACH instead of your name. It has become very difficult to keep up with all the coaching changes made from year to year. Coaches are telling me that sometimes when a letter comes in addressed to a coach that left last year that it gets thrown in the trash rather than forwarded to the new coach. This should result in all new coaches receiving TBCA information.

There WILL NOT BE a rules meeting this year at the clinic.

TBCA Team MVP Award -  Each team in the state that are members of TBCA can select a team MVP award and we will send you a certificate with his name and school on it. Email me the players name at the end of your regular season (not end of tournament) and I will send certificate back to you to award at your banquet or however you want to honor him.

Fall Fund Raiser - The Fall fund-raiser has been postponed until the fall of 2015. Sorry, but the state JUST told me that we have to do this a year in advance.

January Clinic - January 16-18 - We have another great line up for our clinic this year. Mitch Gaspard, University of Alabama, Andy Phillips, University of Alabama, Tony Robichaux, Louisiana Lafayette, Justin Dehmer, One Pitch Warrior, Rich Froning, Cross Fit, Butch Thompson, Mississippi State, Michael Brown, Pope John Paul II, Rick Roberson, UT Martin The clinic will be at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin on January 16,17,18. I will be sending out more information and application in October.

Assistant Coach of the Year - We are going to honor our assistant coaches for their dedication to you and your program. Assistant coaches who have been with you at your school will receive a 5-year certificate, 10-year plaque, 15 year & 20-year awards. I think this is a great addition to our awards program. We will recognize and honor those coaches who put in a great deal of time and experience into our programs. Please try to stay with the 5, 10, 15 format instead of 6, 7, or 8 unless they have not been recognized before.

Assistant Coach of the Year Award 5, 10, 15, etc, years as an assistant at same school:  Last Name, First
Number of Years as your Assistant:  ________
School: _______________________________________________

New Contracts - Bat: Old Hickory Bats just came on board with the TBCA as a corporate sponsor. They now have BBCOR bats and we are proud that they are one of our sponsors.  Ball: The TBCA has signed a three year extension on our ball contract with Wilson. Wilson has been the official ball of the coaches association for the past three years. We are excited to be able to continue with them. Also, the TSSAA has adopted the Wilson ball as their official ball. Please remember to ask for the TBCA Wilson ball when you make your ball purchase. If your sporting goods dealer doesn’t have them, contact Jim Conroy with Wilson Sports at jim.conroy@wilson.com. He will make sure you can get them. Great ball, great price.Cap: The TBCA has signed a five year agreement with The Game Cap Company to be the official cap of the Coaches Association. When you get ready to order caps, please ask your sporting goods dealer for The Game Cap.Showcase Classic

Showcase Classic - As always, the Showcase Classic at MTSU was another huge success. Over 75 college coaches and pro scouts watched the best players from Tennessee. There are still a few players that we are missing at the Showcase. Make sure that your player does tryout for this important event. Never will your players be seen by as many people!! I can’t begin to tell you how much the college coaches and scouts like our Showcase. In fact, we have had a couple of states copy us, what a great compliment!! Thanks to Mark Pickle for doing an outstanding job. Tryout dates will be May 23,24, & 25. More information will be available at the clinic and online after the first of the year. IMPORTANT:  We voted to change the Showcase from a weekend to June 16-17 in order to allow more flexibility for our kids to play. These dates should avoid travel baseball weekend tournaments. This flexibility will also give college coaches an opportunity to see the showcase and not miss important weekend tournaments. Every college coach and scout that I contacted really liked the change to mid week.

All State - Last year our All State selection committee did a great job of naming an All State Team from each classification. We hope to improve and make it easier for you to nominate this coming year.

Field of The Year - Once again Bill Marbet with Southern Athletic Fields is sponsoring a Field of the Year award for Class A, AA, AAA and Division II. If you would like to nominate your field for this award, make a picture of your facility and a list of improvements or upgrades. This does not necessarily mean the school that has the largest or most modern park. We are looking for a park that you have improved over the years, for example: re-sodding the infield, watering system, new dugouts, etc. We know that you work hard on your facility and we would like to recognize those who have spent hours and hours improving your field.

                       Name________________________________________
                       School______________________________________
                       Improvements/Additions__________________________
                      _______________________________________________
                      _______________________________________________
                      _______________________________________________
                      _______________________________________________
                     Please include pictures

TN/GA/AL (Borders Wars Games) - This was the third year of the Borders Wars Games played at Georgia Gwinnett College. We chose 2 teams this  year but are going back to just one team for next year. We chose players from the Showcase Classic to play in this game. The goal is to simply promote the game and help our players jump start the recruiting process. There were over 110 scouts and coaches attending the games, so our kids received great exposure.

I know that our website did not work as we had expected last year but the web guy says that he has everything worked out now and this should be up and running by the end of September. Let me know if you have problems.

NEW: Membership types:
1. Membership without Recruiting Tool: Head Coach would get access to a member area but would NOT be able to see his players profiles and would NOT have access to the college coaches database. ALL PLAYERS ON HIS TEAM CAN CREATE A PROFILE ON THE TBCA WEB Recruiting Tool Addition
SITE AND EMAIL COLLEGE COACHES!!

2. Membership WITH Recruiting Tool: Head Coach would get access to member areas and HAVE ACCESS to see his players profiles and send them out to colleges with the database provided. In addition, we are working on getting a place for the head coach to grant access to one of his assistant coaches to log on to help the head coach administration wise. Check out the back of your membership application for more information about this service.

MR. BASEBALL - We are going to start a Mr. Baseball award just like Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball. There will be 3 players from each classification selected as finalist. Those players will be invited to the ceremony at MTSU on either Monday afternoon or Tuesday at lunch prior to the start of the TSSAA
state tournament. We will send out nomination forms the first of May and a committee will select the top 3.

Used Baseball Equipment - We all have a lot of used equipment lying around our place. We are asking that you bring any type of equipment: bats, catching equipment, etc, anything that you are not using to the clinic to be distributed to youth teams that may need them. We will have a truck parked outside the clinic for your donation.

HALL OF FAME - If you would like to nominate someone for the Hall of Fame please fill out the application along with some stats on that person. Send this to me at 150 Timberland Drive, Livingston, TN 38570, or you can email me at tbcacoaches@gmail. com . They will then go before the Hall of Fame committee for selection. If not selected this year, their name will remain on the ballot for 3 years. If not selected by then, their name will be removed. They can then be nominated again if needed.

DATES TO REMEMBER - October 1 – January 1: Team/Player stats for leader board or state record to John Decker
                                      November 30: Field of Year nominations to Pat Swallows
                                      January 16,17,18: State Clinic, Cool Springs Marriott
                                      May: End of your regular season, get All State and Mr.Baseball nominations in to Pat Swallows
                                      May 23,24,25: Tryout dates for Showcase Classic
                                      June 3-10: Oklahoma Sun-Belt Tournament
                                      June 16-17: Showcase Classic at MTSU
                                      June 23-26: Border War Games

HALL OF FAME NOMINATION FORM
NAME OF NOMINEE:__________________________________________________
LIVING__________ DECEASED__________________
PRESENT ADDRESS:__________________________________________________
CITY:___________________________________STATE__________ZIP:_________
PHONE:____________________________
PERSONAL HISTORY:_________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________
Signature of TBCA member presenting this nominee: __________________________
(Feel free to attach another sheet to this form if you do not have sufficient space to list the accomplishments
of the nominee). I need stats (Number of years coaching, record, milestones, etc)

“TBCA CARES” Initiative - We know that a lot of you do more than just teach baseball. Your teams are involved in community projects that help your town and the people in it. We would like to recognize you for your contributions. We would like to ask you to write up a brief account of what you and your teams do as a project. Email them to me at tbcacoaches@gmail.com. Also, a small video of your project to help promote it. We would like to share these at our clinic in January. Please include the name of the school and team, your account of what your are doing, and show your kids in action if possible.
If you are not involved in a community project, we encourage you to start one. Promoting baseball and helping others within your community is a win/win
situations.

Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association
2014-15 Membership Application
Name__________________________________________________ Title_________________________
(Please Print) Last First Middle (Head, Assistant, etc)
School_______________________________________Office Phone ( ) _________________
Work Address: ________________________ Home Address: ___________________________
Street /PO Box Street/PO Box
______________________________ ______________________________
City State Zip City State Zip
Classification: __A__ AA __ AAA__ D2A___D2AA Cell Phone ( ) ________________
E-mail address: ____________________________________PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY
Please check affiliation if not High School: _____NAIA _____NCAA I _____NCAA II _____NCAA III
_____JR. College _____Other
Dues: _____ $25.00 per year for 1 coach
_____ $45.00 for 2 coaches Assistant Coach______________________
_____ $65.00 for 3 coaches Assistant Coach_____________________
Assistant Coach_____________________
_____ $100.00 for 4 or more coaches: _______________, _________________, __________________,
____________________,(Recruiting Tool included) Information on back
_____ $30.00 Recruiting Tool for coaches that don’t have the staff package of $100.00
_____ $40.00 TACA
TOTAL_______________( You can pay using PayPal or you can send in a check)
>>>Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association (TACA) Membership Dues: $40.00 per coach (If your school
has not already sent in membership, you can add to TBCA and I will get information to TACA for you.
The benefits will include:
1. Free admission to State Championship Events (One card for all events this year)
2. One million dollar liability insurance policy
3. Free admission to TACA hospitality rooms at the football and basketball state tournaments.
4. Professional Educational legal liability for teaching responsibilities in the classroom.
SEND TO: TBCA
% Pat Swallows
150 Timberland Drive
Livingston, Tn 38570
Do you need an e-mail confirmation? YES NO
High School Coaching Staff Member Benefits:
• Access to the Member Area on the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Website.
• Give every player in your program a Player Profile and the Recruiting Tool to help in the recruiting process. Player
Profiles are included at NO COST with each Staff Membership.
• Recruiting Dashboard: View your Athletes Player Profiles.
• College Coach Emailer: Send Mass Emails that are personalized using the College Coach Database and the
Recruiting Tool to get information out on your players. The Recruiting Tool is a huge time saver.
• Nominate your players for All State Teams and Team Tennessee. All nominations will be done within the member
area of the TBCA website.
• Post announcements and list your summer tournaments on the TBCA Website from the member area of the website.
Junior College Coaching Staff Membership Benefits:
• Access to the Member Area on the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Website.
• Give every player in your program a Player Profile and the Recruiting Tool to help in the recruiting process. Player
Profiles are included at NO COST with each Staff Membership.
• Recruiting Dashboard: View your Athletes Player Profiles.
• College Coach Emailer: Send Mass Emails that are personalized using the College Coach Database and the
Recruiting Tool to get information out on your players. The Recruiting Tool is a huge time saver.
• Post Announcements, Camps and list your Summer Tournaments on the TBCA Website from the member area of the
website.
• High School Coach Emailer: Want to contact the high school coaches in the state. The HS Coach Emailer allows you
to personalize your emails to a mass group of coaches.
• Athlete Emailer: Pick players from a school, players from multiple schools or the entire list of players and email them
your information about your camps or recruiting events.
• Free admission into the Showcase Classic Games and the Sunbelt Games for your entire staff.
• Access the Scout View of the TBCA Website. Scout View allows you to view the athletes that attended the Sunbelt
and their Ratings which makes it easy to sort to find the prospects you are looking for.
Four Year College Coaching Staff Membership Benefits:
• Access to the Member Area on the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association Website.
• Post Announcements, Camps and list your Summer Tournaments on the TBCA Website from the member area of the
website.
• High School Coach Emailer: Want to contact the high school coaches in the state. The HS Coach Emailer allows you
to personalize your emails to a mass group of coaches.
• Athlete Emailer: Pick players from a school, players from multiple schools or the entire list of players and email them
your information about your camps or recruiting events.
• Free admission into the Showcase Classic Games and the Sunbelt Games for your entire staff.
• Access the Scout View of the TBCA Website. Scout View allows you to view the athletes that attended the Sunbelt
and their Ratings which makes it easy to sort to find the prospects you are looking for.
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