OUR BASEBALL CLINICS...
During the week-long
event, the children will have the opportunity to learn the correct,
BASIC SKILLS of baseball, with emphasis on fun and participation.
This is a time for the children to enjoy and share their love
of baseball. The clinics are run by coaches who are selected by the International
Baseball Federation (IBAF). Skills
taught include: throwing, fielding, infield/outfield practice,
relay drills, rundowns, double plays, hitting, bunting, running,
sprints, stealing, sliding, and game situations.
After the morning
clinics, the children and chaperones participate in educational
and recreational excursions and activiites. The children (with
their chaperones) from all the countries are housed together
and this enhances the opportunities for getting to know one another.
Cultural and language barriers fade quickly!
The coaches are all excellent and are always very popular with
the participants. In 2007, the coaches were:
head coach, USA
sub head coach, USA
Ila Borders, USA
Tom Valcke, Canada
- Steve Sotir, WCBF 2007 Head Coach
· Head Coach for the World's Children Baseball Fair (6
· Currently Summit/Woodside Athletic Director and Homestead
· Former Director of Development for the International
Baseball Federation (IBAF) (5 years)
· Baseball Coach/Teacher at Clearwater High School (6
· Baseball Coach, South Team, USA National Sports Festival
· Assistant Baseball Coach at Georgia Southern University
of Florida (4 Years)
· Head Coach For the International Baseball Federation
(IBAF) in Israel, South Africa, Japan, Curacao, and Austria.
· Georgia Southern University Coach - 20 Years
· Played in the Atlanta Braves Organization
· Highly Sought After Worldwide as a Clinic Speaker
· Camp Director / Head Recruiter for Georgia Southern
University - 10 Years
· Coach at the WCBF for every event - 18 years
· Recipient of the 2001 IBAF President's Special Prize
for his participation in every WCBF fair
· Left-handed pitcher in college and independent professional
· She was the first woman pitcher to start a men's NCAA
or NAIA college baseball game
(Southern California College in the 1994-96 seasons and Whittier
College in the 1997 season)
· The first woman pitcher in men's professional baseball.
She played for from 4 seasons 1997-2000 ( St. Paul Saints, Duluth-Superior
Dukes, Zion Pioneerzzp)
· She is honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown,
N.Y., and in the Orange County Hall of Fame.
· Has taught and coached youth and amateur baseball teams
Edgar Perez :
It was for me a different experience since I always work with
professional player. I really enjoyed and for sure met wonderful
people. Thanks a lot for giving me the opportunity to live this
· Current scout for the Boston Red Sox Major league Baseball
Club, Boston, MA - Area Scout, Major League Scout & Minor
· 1998 to 2006 - Scout for the Cleveland Indians Major
League Baseball Club, Cleveland, Ohio.
· 2003 to Present - Coach and Instructor for the Professional
Winter League Baseball, Puerto Rico
· 2005 & 2006 AA Federation Baseball Manager - In
charge of managing & develop a winning team of a 40 game
season in which 38 teams play for the national championship.
· 2003 to 2005 Manager of the Pony league Fajardo Royals
Amateur Baseball, Fajardo, P.R.
· 1993 to 1996 West Valley College & San Jose State
University, San Jose, California
- Played in JC div as catcher for the West Valley College where
I was First Team All Conference two years in a row, and played
catcher for the San Jose State Spartans.
sad news - René Rivera was tragically killed in a work
accident on October 22nd, 2007. He worked as a lineman for the
power company. Rene was a wonderful IBAF coach and was a generous
host to all of us visiting Puerto Rico for the WCBF event. Our
sincere condolences to his wife, children, family and friends.
His joy and love of life was an inspiration to us all. We have
lost a dear friend.
* IBAF coach from Japan
* This was his 2nd year coaching at WCBF
* Works at Mitsubishi in Japan
· From Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
· Has been coaching children from the ages of 5 to 19
years of age for 20 years.
· I have been playing this great game of baseball for
almost 45 years and I still love it and I am still learning it.
· Has coached 11 years at WCBF
· Current President & CEO of the Canadian Baseball
Hall of Fame
· Creator and Head Instructor of Hall of Fame's KIDS ON
· Technical Commissioner of baseball for the 2008 Beijing
· Technical Commissioner for first-ever World Baseball
· Montreal Expos television analyst during their last
· Coach of Canada's National Team as recently as 2003,
back to 1990
· Supervised the Canadian arm of the Major League Baseball
Central Scouting Bureau, and was involved with the signing of
almost every Canadian in the major leagues today
· Scouted professionally for nine years (final three were
spent covering Central California and Southern Nevada)
· Former General Manager of the Calgary Cannons Triple-A
· Former Executive Director and Technical Director of
Baseball Canada based in Ottawa
· Acting Technical Commissioner with the International
· Have coached 10 times at the largest annual baseball
clinic on earth (The World Children's Baseball Fair), including
the 2007 WCBF in San Juan, Puerto Rico
· Has taught baseball in 17 different countries
· Born & raised in Windsor, played and coached 20
years there (5-time player and/or coach of National Championship
· Computer Science graduate from University of Waterloo
· Wife Paula (19 years, ten moves!), three children -
Alanna (15), Jaxon (10) and Mia (7)
· Loves to distribute gummy worms to the WCBF kids!