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2014 Fall Prospect Camp
presented by Holiday Inn Express

   

Dear Prospect,
      
We would like to invite you to our 2014 Fall Prospect Camp, presented by Holiday Inn Express, to be held Saturday, November 1st (Sessions 1 and 2) and Sunday, November 2nd  (Session 3) at Olympic Field on the campus of Lee University. The camp is open to all 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 HS prospects. Camp will be limited to 60/SESSIONS 1 and 2 and 80/SESSION 3. Session 1 is Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 8 a.m. registration. Session 2 is Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. registration. Session 3 is Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 8 a.m. registration. Sessions are identical and prospects should only sign up for one session.

Prospects will receive skill instruction and will participate in a pro-style instructional workout prior to playing a live game. Coaches will be on the field for instruction throughout the games. Cost for each camper is only $135 (work out at 1 position) or $160 (2 positions). Coaches from the University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University, Austin Peay, East Tennessee State, Mercer University and Lee University will be giving hands-on coaching and game-instruction.

All prospects needing to stay the night will have the opportunity on a first-come, first-served basis to stay at the Holiday Inn Express ($99/room), both in Cleveland, TN. Rooms must be secured by calling the Holiday Inn Express at (423) 790-1199 and ask for the LEE UNIVERSITY RATE.
 
We anticipate having OVER 15 COLLEGE COACHES for ALL 3 SESSIONS, including:


       

 


TO REGISTER FOR CAMP, visit: www.leeflamesbaseballcamps.com

Coaches, please nominate your player(s) for the TBCA All-State Team.  We will have an All-State team in each of the 5 classifications.  Please send in ASAP as we would like to meet next week at the state tournament to select the teams.  Deadline May 21. 

Click here to begin nomination.



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~FALL 2014

~~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.
COACHES
MEMBERSHIP
members, 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.
Tennessee Baseball
Coaches Association
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 - Jan. 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
adopted the Wilson ball as their official ball and will begin
that contract in 2012. 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
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
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.
Pro Scout Membership Benefits
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