Ideals of Dallas Baseball Alliance
Ideals of Dallas Baseball Alliance
The Dallas Baseball Alliance desires to provide resources, both financial and non-financial to needy organizations around the Dallas area who but for the right type of assistance, would be better able to serve their local communities through the sport of baseball. To those ends, Dallas Baseball Alliance’s big ideals revolve around these core five areas:
- Professional Baseball Instruction
- This ideal at once allows young players to gain valuable, necessary knowledge in perhaps the most technical sport in existence, while also pairing former professionals who yearn to give back to their communities and positively influence the lives of those same youth. It is our experience that compensation for instructor’s fuel and time are necessary ingredients that must be taken into account as this program is rolled out. NOTE: A potential partnership with UP2US is desirous of strong consideration.
- An example of the costs surrounding this effort: A former professional instructor charges between $35-80.00 per hour (ballpark). An ongoing clinic, held 4 times a year (once per quarter minimum) would target between 200-400 kids varying ages. 4 Lead instructors, who have professional backgrounds or are considered excellent teachers would team up with a group of local volunteers (college and or high school players). Ideal ratio of player to instructor is 10:1. Instructors to receive $250.00 compensation for 2 hours. Volunteers receive certificate as evidence of community service. Equipment needs assessed and augmented as necessary. Approximate overall annual cost: $6,000.
- Coaches are the bane of existence in every sport and surely a critical ingredient in introducing baseball in the lives of young players. We could see NLBM as a conduit for ensuring that coaches across the country are receiving the necessary training to be able to teach young players the sport. An online training component along with UP2US’ existing program, plus additional on field technical training would in the end, signal a positive change in how baseball evolves in each community served. It should be said that with football and basketball commanding much of the spotlight on all levels, coaches these days are much more comfortable teaching those sports, however, to a large degree, lack the necessary teaching skills to similarly teach the sport of baseball. They need our help. Overall Cost: TBD
- Baseball Facility Renovation & Construction
- Conversations across the nation are had on this subject. If one reviews successful operations of baseball programs in cities across the country, there is an undeniable truth: baseball facilities, especially of the indoor variety are a common denominator. Sure, you need quality instructors, you need equipment and the like, however, with the specialization of the sport and with a potential scholarship riding on each step taken by players, indoor facilities have become a must have in order to reach the mass numbers of players needed to help turn the sport around. Northern as well as southern cities suffer greatly when inclement weather limits participation in what has become a year around sport. Overall Cost: Lots of variables but there is one current example in Dallas. We have a lot being donated to us for the purpose of a pony-sized field (age 14 and under). Cost for field So no cost for land. Baseball Field with natural grass price tag: $211,000. Indoor cage (6,000 sq. ft) price tag: $194,000.
- Instruction, committed coaches and facilities can all shape the future of youth baseball players and in the end, place the child in a position to gain access to higher education, which is the endgame. This program could be managed through relationship with UNCF which customizes scholarships with a pledge of $5,000. This program could possibly be rolled out in 12 cities at a cost of $12,000.
- Unfortunately for baseball, there are other major sports in play, specifically football (King) and basketball (Prince). The massive marketing dollars spent in both those sports are not only well-spent, but creative and inclusive in nature, thus ensuring top athletes keep both sports in line as they matriculate down their sports-laden pathway. Of course, baseball by and large, does not register with many of the athletes in communities all across the nation. Especially urban communities. That can change. It could change on a wider scale with a push from Major League Baseball, who seems reticent to market its sport to the minority community.