Even with a packed schedule these past few months, I fortunate enough to take some time off and head up to Gosford, NSW for the annual Coasties Cup tournament and see so many Diamond Dreams players in action and playing so well.
Many players went up there with a point to prove heading into their respective state cup selections trials while others were there for the first time and taking in the experience. The weather this year played a major factor in the tournament with the majority of games being played on absolutely saturated fields.
Diamond Dreams was well represented with 23 players competing in the U12 and U14 age groups. It was challenging to get around seeing everyone, however it was my goal for the weekend and on I achieved. What many teams and associations lacked in pre-tournament and pre game preparation, it was rewarding to see how prepared and ready to play all the Diamond Dreams players were.
The Coasties Cup gives a great insight into the level of player development throughout the NSW Associations. Many people who I have spoke with have praised the work Diamond Dreams has done for the elite players across Sydney. What concerns me is that most people do not recognize that most players come to Diamond Dreams during the early stages of their baseball development. Many players seek our services in large part because they are not receiving the coaching and instruction at the club and association levels. This is worrying.
Changes to how associations evaluate players and construct programs that promote development needs to be amended and implemented. This article is by no means meant to cast judgement upon any individuals, merely to report on the tournament and personal observations.
Well done to all the Diamond Dreams players for their hustle, game awareness, and passion displayed throughout the weekend. Diamond Dreams might possibly enter a team for next year, so please provide your feedback and we will make it happen.