The Rally Cap Programme is one of the outcomes of the Long Term Athlete Development Programme (LTAD) developed by Sport Canada. The programme helps teams teach the players the five FUNdamentals of baseball in a fun and safe environment. Players have an opportunity to perform different tasks in order to earn a coloured Baseball Canada Rally Cap. Cap colours correspond with various levels of achievement.
The goals of the Rally Cap Programme are to:
- Create an environment in which children and adults can have fun with baseball
- Teach baseball skills, rules and strategy to players
- Model and teach competitiveness with an emphasis on good sportsmanship
- Promote increased self-esteem among Rally Cap children and adults
The role of the coach is crucial. The most important individual in the Rally Cap Programme is the coach. The coach is the person the players look at for instruction, encouragement and inspiration. The assistant coaches, as well as the parents, take their cues from the coach. Therefore, the success of the programme is dependent on the coaches embracing our goals and working to achieve them.
There are five basic components to the Rally Cap Programme: throwing, receiving, hitting, base running and general knowledge. Based on the skill level at testing and coloured cap will be given out. White for beginners, grey, black, green, blue and red.
The Rally Cap runs on Tuesday nights. Information booklets will be given to the coaches to help guide them through the programme. Testing is usually done two time throughout the summer.
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