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Baseball coach Christian Wareham wants to provide training opportunities 12 months of the year

Coach Christian Wareham offers instruction to a group of players in between drills.
Coach Christian Wareham offers instruction to a group of players in between drills.

Christian Wareham has a passion for helping develop young baseball talent, so he’s committed to helping them find their way.

Wareham, a coach in the Corner Brook minor baseball program who has also coached at the junior level in New Brunswick, believes the best way to compete with teams in metro centres is to do what they are doing.

Providing baseball all year long to those who have a zest for the game is the way to make it happen, says Wareham, who is offering a winter minor baseball training program for the next month at the Corner Brook Civic Centre.

It’s a tough challenge to get athletes committed to a sport 12 months of the year with so many other sports to play, but Wareham knows there are both male and female players who want to take their game to another level.

He admits he was taking a gamble on offering the program at this time with people focused on Christmas and only so much money to go around, but he wanted to gauge the interest and was pleasantly surprised with the numbers.

“The challenge is if we can get the kids out who are enthusiastic about playing, they’re the ones that you want, and once the kids come out and have fun it’s contagious,” Wareham said.

“It’s to attract those kids who want to be there. It’s for the kids who put baseball first and that’s where I was when I was kid and nobody had done it for me.”

Wareham hopes to continue being an influence on young baseball players in the city. He may look at offering more programs, to a different age group, once this session is finished, depending on interest.

More importantly, he has lofty goals about how he can help develop players, and that includes someday being in the financial position to have his own facility, complete with batting cages and pitching machines, to teach the game year-round.

Winter baseball schedule

Monday and Thursday weekly

7:30-8:45 p.m. — Boys (Grades 4-6)

8:45-10 p.m. — Girls Under-12

Wareham, a coach in the Corner Brook minor baseball program who has also coached at the junior level in New Brunswick, believes the best way to compete with teams in metro centres is to do what they are doing.

Providing baseball all year long to those who have a zest for the game is the way to make it happen, says Wareham, who is offering a winter minor baseball training program for the next month at the Corner Brook Civic Centre.

It’s a tough challenge to get athletes committed to a sport 12 months of the year with so many other sports to play, but Wareham knows there are both male and female players who want to take their game to another level.

He admits he was taking a gamble on offering the program at this time with people focused on Christmas and only so much money to go around, but he wanted to gauge the interest and was pleasantly surprised with the numbers.

“The challenge is if we can get the kids out who are enthusiastic about playing, they’re the ones that you want, and once the kids come out and have fun it’s contagious,” Wareham said.

“It’s to attract those kids who want to be there. It’s for the kids who put baseball first and that’s where I was when I was kid and nobody had done it for me.”

Wareham hopes to continue being an influence on young baseball players in the city. He may look at offering more programs, to a different age group, once this session is finished, depending on interest.

More importantly, he has lofty goals about how he can help develop players, and that includes someday being in the financial position to have his own facility, complete with batting cages and pitching machines, to teach the game year-round.

Winter baseball schedule

Monday and Thursday weekly

7:30-8:45 p.m. — Boys (Grades 4-6)

8:45-10 p.m. — Girls Under-12

Nine-year-old Isaac MacArthur of Corner Brook keeps his eye on the ball as it heads for his open mitt during a Corner Brook Minor Baseball Association winter training session Thursday evening at the Corner Brook Civic Centre Annex.
R.B. Matthews, 10, of Corner Brook winds up for a throw during the session.

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