Every summer, I volunteer at my son’s baseball association. Last summer I was his head coach and this past summer I was an assistant coach for his team (Mosquito 10-11 years old). I was also asked to be the association’s Marketing Coordinator and asked to come up with a rebranding of the association (new logo, new uniform and new website) as well as the Mosquito Tournament Coordinator (10-11 year olds) which my son played in.

As assistant coach, I played a role and developing kids in their skills and trying to bring them together to work as a team. In regards to my son, he did so well that he ended up playing 48 games over the summer instead of 28. He improved to a higher level than the PeeWee teams (12-13 years old) and the Bantam team (14-15 years old) used him as a call-up on a regular basis during the summer.

As a team, we played in 3 tournaments, but the first tournament, held at the beginning of the year, was a magical run where we saw the kids and the families come together and become a large family where everyone supported each other. The team persevered through difficult competition to reach the finals and came up short against a team that had a roster made up of second year players and AA players. Our team was made up of mostly first-year players who had to pitch for the first time ever.

Since I had such a great time with the kids, I decided to make baseball cards for each of them, and they ended up loving them since it ended up being their first ever baseball card.

As Marketing Coordinator, the rebranding of the association will be presented in December and voted upon whether we go through with the change or not.

As Tournament Coordinator, I had to organize two 8-team tournaments, to be played over 5 days in July (Wed. July 5 to Sun. July 9). I needed to figure out a schedule, order medals, gifts, banners, pretty much everything. Then the Saturday, July 8th happened where we were to play the 4 quarter-final games and semi-finals for both tournaments that same day over 4 fields. A big rain storm happened and I needed to postpone the semi-finals to the night time and move all of the quarter-final games to the main field. There was a lot of phone calls and negotiating with the city to try and get the games. In the end, the semi-finals and finals were played on Sunday, and all of the teams and parents who came from all over Quebec thanked me for the great organization of the tournament. Everyone was impressed that I was easily reached to answer questions and handle concerns.

In the end, the hard work was rewarded where, parents and players from all levels in the association voted me as Volunteer of the Year, which confirmed me coming back to see if I can do better than last year.

Fernando L – Triovest

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