Dawgs Go International, Take Brand & Skills to Mexico

PRESS RELEASE – The Okotoks Dawgs’ coaching staff has been invited to Mexico City in March, 2011 to conduct “Béisbol Camps” for aspiring little leaguers. 

David Robb, Head Coach of the Dawgs Baseball Program, will lead the camp with assistance  from other Dawgs’ coaches including Brandon Newell, Matt Edgecombe and Pablo Forno. Coach Robb has plenty of international experience having coached at numerous camps in Guatemala and Italy. The camp is expected to draw over 200 players ranging in age from 13 to 18 years. The focus of the camps will be baseball skills and fundamentals and in teaching the “Dawgs Way” to success on the field.

The camp will run from March 14 to 18, 2011 with an additional tryout camp scheduled for 17-18 year olds on March 19th as a bilateral effort to identify talented Mexican players interested in joining the Dawgs’ Youth Academy or pursuing college and university opportunities in Canada and the United States. The camps will be held at the Liga Maya Baseball Facility in Mexico City.

Sergio R. Guzmán, President of Little League Baseball in México is organizing the camps along with Lyle Tomie of Mexi-Can Professional Services, who have facilitated a number of sports camps in Mexico, including figure skating and basketball. Mr. Guzman believes the partnership will be a beneficial experience for all involved. He comments:

“The Dawgs organization is well-known for their solid structure and professionalism in setting up goals and accomplishing them. In talks with Mexi-Can, we have come to the conclusion that Dawgs baseball will bring an amazing camp to Mexico City, and the kids will truly experience for the first time, a professional level event.” 

Adds Guzman:

“Youth baseball in Mexico is very competitive. At an amateur level, the Mexican national teams are always competing and come up in the headlines quite often, since they’re always in the first top 5 places of international and world tournaments. Nevertheless, there’s great room for improvement since there are only a few that get to go to these events, leaving many others without the feeling of a true professional experience. We want… every kid to have access to skill development ideas, such as the ones that Dawgs Baseball will provide. We want them to open their horizons and mindsets”.

Coach Robb acknowledges that the camps are a great opportunity for the Dawgs to enhance the organization’s international profile and expose top Mexican youth players to the first-rate coaching resources and facilities offered by the program. The Dawgs have already hosted the national teams of Taiwan, Canada and the United States who were blown away by the facilities at Seaman Stadium and the Duvernay Field House.

Coach Robb speaks on behalf of the entire organization when he says:

“The Dawgs are looking forward to a long and beneficial relationship with Mexico City Little League. We are pleased to assist in the development of youth baseball in Mexico and demonstrating the benefits of following the Dawgs model. A primary goal of the J Dawgs Academy youth program is to prepare out athletes for post-secondary baseball. Mr. Guzmán shares that objective and is motivated to develop young Mexican players so that they can experience the same opportunities of the college baseball experience.”

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