Benn off to Toronto Teulon's Matthew Benn has, literally, worn a lot of hats this year.
Benn, 15, has played baseball for nine teams just this year, and his coach outlet stores colorado efforts have been rewarded with an invitation to an elite baseball camp where he'll get to work with some of the best 16 and under baseball players in the country. Benn has been given an opportunity to attend Baseball Canada's 2010 Mizuno Junior Elite Development Camp, which runs from Sept. 8 11 in Toronto at the Rogers Centre. The Toronto Blue Jays also help out with the camp. "They take the best two players from every province, and they take the 24 guys who were selected at the Canada Cup and they send them to Rogers Centre, and they take them to do a bunch of skills competitions," Benn says. "They provide classroom stuff like nutrition." Benn was offered the opportunity after being picked for the Manitoba U17 team, which travelled to Kindersley, Sask. to compete in the high level Canada Cup tournament held there this year. "It takes all the 17 and under players in Canada and puts them all on provincial teams. You play off and there's probably over 40 scouts there looking at everyone," Benn says. He got noticed at the tournament and he was invited to the camp. In addition to what they'll learn, the athletes assembled coach outlet atlanta youth in Toronto will have a chance to compete for a small number of spots for a national junior team that will soon be headed to the United States to compete. The ultimate goal of the team is to compete in the 2010 World Junior Baseball Championship in Seoul, South Korea. "Right now, for Team Canada, for junior national, they take the top 30, a 30 man roster to the states in Florida," Benn explains. "They have six spots open, so probably 25 of us will be competing for those six spots." Benn was selected to attend alongside a friend. Chris Shaw, who plays for the Winnipeg South Chiefs and who's been playing and training with Benn for years, was also picked. "Me and him have been playing since we were nine or 10 together," Benn says. The two trained at Rookies Cages in Winnipeg and continue to do so. Benn says the facility there, along with the guidance of coaches Andrew Halpenny and Gord Leduchowski, helped his development as an athlete in a huge way. "It's second to none in Manitoba," Benn says. "(Halpenny) and Gordie are some of the best coaches you can learn from." Halpenny told the Argus Benn is a physically gifted athlete and that the invitation to the Mizuno camp will be a great chance for both Benn and Shaw. "I think it's a great opportunity for these kids coach outlet atlanta qb to see what happens outside this province," Halpenny says. He explains his facility focuses on developing athletes regardless of scores, wins or losses. "I don't care about results, I don't care about wins or losses, because most of our programs are geared around instruction and coach outlet sale quest mostly to the off season. So we concentrate on fundamentals and developing kids, and getting them ready for the next level. We always try to do what's best for a kid over the long haul, and for us that's after high school." Benn has put in a lot of work to reach the level of skill he has. This past season alone he played for the Stonewall Rams high school team, the Winnipeg Wolf, the Interlake AAA Midget Blue Jays, the Junior Interlake Blue Jays, the Team Manitoba Selects U17, the Bonivital Blackhawks, the Team Manitoba U16, a Rookies College development team, and the Teulon Cardinals. Benn says that in order to develop his skills as much as possible, it's necessary to play for a number of teams. Playing in Manitoba, he says, it can be harder to get in enough time on the diamond. "They have longer playing seasons, it's so much easier to develop. The coaching is so top notch out there too. You have to do whatever you can to be able to compete with those guys. If you have to play on eight teams, that's what you've got to do." This is also his third summer working at the Teulon Golf and Country Club. Though there's less than a week before he departs for the camp, Benn won't have much time to kick up his heels and rest up. He left for Lethbridge, Alta.
Wednesday night to play with the Team Manitoba U16 squad, and will return home on Sept. 6, just a couple of days before he needs to fly out to Toronto for the camp. When he gets back from the Mizuno camp, it'll be back to his fall program at Rookies.
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