Baseball Alberta, Off Field Manager of the Year rewarded – Lacombe Express
Recipient of the 2021 Baseball Alberta Award, Off Field Manager of the Year, Shannon Bruns is modest about the role she plays within the Lacombe and Alberta baseball community.
Bruns, who grew up playing baseball, said it was one of his favorite pastimes.
“We have such an amazing baseball community in Lacombe and I really love being a part of it. It’s very exciting to see the love of gaming in the next generation. Darcy Warawa was my motivation to get involved in the association when he was president. He’s such a fantastic coach who really brought his passion to the Rookie program and made it easier to get into a leadership role four years ago,” Bruns said.
The awards were presented Dec. 10 during Baseball Alberta’s virtual awards meeting.
“This year, due to COVID, the awards have been mailed to our recipients,” said Ryan Bird, Programs Coordinator at Baseball Alberta. “We normally conduct them in person, but this year we had to hold a virtual awards ceremony for our recipients.”
Bruns is humble about the job of being an off-field manager, but Bird said it’s no small part of the team or the league.
“Off-Field Managers (OFMs) are the glue that holds everything together. They are the ones who keep everyone in the loop, while making sure their team is heard within the baseball community,” Bird said. “As a coach myself, an OFM who excels at the job, like Shannon, it allows me to focus on the baseball side knowing I have someone to support me on the administrative side.”
Bird said the Baseball Alberta Off-Field Manager of the Year award is selected by Baseball Alberta office staff and presented annually to one volunteer at each of the “A”, “AA” and “AAA” levels who is an excellent communicator in connecting their team to other league teams and Baseball Alberta office staff, an exceptional host who ensures that all teams have a great baseball experience, a superb administrator to take care of all roster submissions, score sheets, pitch counts, diamond bookings and referee payments.
“The OFM is basically the person who keeps the team organized and is a primary contact for his team and the Baseball Alberta office regarding their season. This could be team availability, releases/schedule changes, roster updates, hosting provincial championships, team outings, etc. said Bird.
“From the perspective of the Baseball Alberta office, the OFM in most cases becomes the voice with which we connect the most for each team with the coaches. We know the BCI will communicate updates, timelines, etc. from the office and then relay some of the comments he hears from parents. coaches, players, etc. for us.
“During the summer, they basically have another job, most if not all of them volunteering. Without volunteers like Shannon, who knows what baseball is like from an organizational and communication perspective.
“Shannon has been instrumental in organizing and preparing for Lacombe’s Minor Ball for the 2021 CABL season. She has maintained constant communication with her 11U team and the office on roster and schedule changes.
Bird went on to explain that Bruns was instrumental in the preparation and organization of the 2021 11U CABL Year-End House League Tournament in Lacombe.
“After the tournament was over, when called by the BA office, Shannon picked up the slack and asked Lacombe to host the 11U A Tier 1 Provincial Championships in July.”
Like everyone else, baseball has been impacted by COVID for the past few months, but Bruns isn’t letting that stop him or the community.
“There have been many challenges over the past few years, but the Lacombe baseball community has persevered and is looking to have a very successful season again in 2022. I look forward to continuing to build our association and organize many more baseball events,” Bruns said.
“The executive is made up of some really great people and it’s been so rewarding getting to know so many players and families,” she said. “The Lacombe Minor Baseball Association has been able to host many division year-end tournaments. We had a lot of high performing teams, great volunteers organizing the events and so much support from the Lacombe community, that we were also able to host the 11 Provincial Tier 1 UAs.
“Shannon was extremely easy to work with and we cannot thank her enough for her contribution as OFM during the 2021 season.”