THE Department of Education (DepEd) and the Little League Baseball Philippines (LLBP) recently signed a memorandum of agreement to further boost the development of baseball programs for elementary-school pupils in the country.
The partnership aims to provide baseball trainings and rulebooks to DepEd coaches and technical officials and opens opportunity for elementary Palarong Pambansa champions to participate in international competitions.
Under the agreement, the Education department will be responsible for appointing representatives to the Palaro Baseball Technical Committee who shall cooperate with LLBP officials on conduct of nationwide tournaments.
It will also assist in disseminating information to all regional sports coordinators on rules of the game, in processing travel arrangements and school clearances of the elementary Palarong Pambansa champions (baseball division) for their participation in the Asia-Pacific Regional Baseball championship and the World Series and in coordinating with concerned national sports associations on the LLBP’s technical management of games; and oversee conduct of technical officials training/seminars and technical management of tournaments.
The LLBP, on the other hand, will assist in registration with Little League International of all DepEd players who take part in the school, district, regional and national (Palaro) tournaments.
It will also provide coaches with rulebooks, training materials and resources of Little League International in order to be able to conduct a solid development program and efficient and safe tournaments.
The LLBP is solely responsible for sourcing funds needed for providing coaches with rulebooks and training materials and providing an opportunity for the champions of the elementary Palarong Pambansa to represent the Philippines in the Asia-Pacific Regional Baseball Championship (at the athletes’ expense).
If they win the regional championship, they will be sent to compete in the World Series in California, at the expense of Little League International.
“With the signing of this memorandum of agreement, we hope that our performance when we join leagues or competitions outside the country will further be enhanced and improved. With the donation of 100 baseball bats a while ago, we are off to a great start in the improvement of the game of baseball in the country,” DepEd assistant secretary for legal and legislative affairs Tonisito Umali said.