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Ray Brown works with Am Samoa schools
During the month of March the Development Officer made a visit to Am. Samoa and attended the ONOC Congress in Fiji.
The Development Officer arrived to Am. Samoa on March 3rd and during his 16 day stay did work with the local high schools, local youth players and assist with umpire development.
High School players
The number of high school players worked with was 62 and the number of high school coaches worked with was 7, unfortunately the players and coaches were from only two of the 6 high schools that are in Am. Samoa. The major problem for this is due to the lack of commitment from the coaches who accept the responsibility of being high school coaches. This problem was discussed with the high school sports coordinator and a recommendation was made to have all coaches take the accreditation course before they are allowed to become high school baseball coaches.
The youth players were preparing for the Little League season so practice time was spent with them, the number of youth players worked with was 22 and 3 coaches they were worked with twice both on Saturday’s.
Time was spent working with the umpires who would be umpiring the high school games. Rule interpretation, positioning and game management were the issues that were addressed.