MLB Conducts Online Coaching Sessions In India
While the new MLB season is about to begin, MLB India utilized its remaining time to impart online coaching and training lessons to professional and aspiring baseball coaches. MLB, in partnership with India on Track (IOT) and the Amateur Baseball Federation of India (ABFI), hosted online interactive coaching sessions with over 75 participants from India.
The initiative is led by David Palese, the Head of Baseball Development in MLB India. Palese is currently conducting on-field coaching clinics with three IOT-MLB coaches from Bengaluru, preparing them for baseball weekend sessions that are set to be broadcasted online.
“The online coaching and training lessons have helped the coaches in India to continue learning new aspects of baseball from their homes. The coaches have been able to enhance their knowledge about baseball and be able to implement newly acquired skills and drills to their players and teams in their hometowns,” said David Palese in a press release.
During the training lessons, Palese and other guest speakers tackled the different elements and philosophies of baseball such as pitching, hitting, fitness, agility, and defense by position. These lessons aim to help the 75 participants see how fault analysis can be done during live baseball games.
David Palese will work together with Ryo Takahashi, head of business and commercial operations for MLB India, to oversee the online workshops. The MLB now has a dedicated office in New Delhi, India. And since the launch of its headquarters, MLB has conducted more than 320 workshops in schools across Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru as a part of its First Pitch Program. Over 30,000 children in the age group of 8 to 14 years reportedly participated actively in these sessions.
Aside from this coaching session, MLB’s Coaching Webinars for education and development of Indian baseball coaches, which originally began on 19 December 2020, will also be carried out online every weekend until February 7 for free.
The 2020-21 season of the MLB is set to kick off on April 1, Thursday and conclude on October 3. The timeline and schedule for this season can still change as the COVID-19 situation progresses.