Pro and amateur baseball organizations met on Friday to discuss specifics about the training courses pro players will need to take in order to earn licenses that will allow them to coach at the amateur level.
Some take-aways taken from various articles:
- The pro side would like to see the courses opened up to about 1,000 candidates in the first year. The amateur side wants to start with anywhere between 70 to 100.
- The training course will be organized by both pro and amateur organizations.
- The first training course could be held in November at two locations: Tokyo and Osaka (500 openings each). The course will be offered over a three day period in five-hour segments each day. For all intents and purposes, everyone that takes the course will pass.
- There will be some sort of a test, or multiple kinds of tests (written/aptitude).
- After candidates have taken courses held by both pro and amateur organizations, they will take a three-day training program in February. Candidates that have taken all the courses will be listed on the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association website.
- Deliberations will continue into May. The biggest problem right now is the number of candidates to allow.