The Cebu provincial government has tapped Japanese know-how for its grassroots baseball program, with four Japanese coaches holding a two-day training in Balamban.
Coaches Takashi Kaneko, Koichi Sato, Ootake Norio, and Yuji Takahashi from Nihon University Yagamata Senior High School Baseball Club led the training last May 25 and 26.
Players who attended the two-day baseball training at the Mayor Exasperanza Binghay Sports Oval in Balamban were from Naga, Minglanilla, Balamban, Tuburan, Carmen, and Sogod.
During the training, the Japanese coaches trained the players on proper and solid stance in hitting, throwing, catching and fielding the ball.
The Japanese coaches also donated six boxes of baseball equipment and promised to bring in more equipment soon.
“This is good because we learn new techniques and skills which we do not usually practice,” said Tuburan coach Salvador Guitgit.
Also, the coaches highlighted baseball principles of mind, spirit, and body, as well as unison, strong spirit to endure, and strong stamina.
Minglanilla head coach Rosalina Custodio said being trained by international coaches is a great opportunity for her team since most of her athletes are aged 6 to 12.
She and her husband also train athletes from out of school, and those with vices before joining the team.
Balamban coach Malou Gorecho was thankful for the provincial government’s efforts to give importance to sports. MC