The Japan Student Baseball Association (JSBA) held a board of directors meeting in Tokyo today and unanimously approved plans for a training course that will allow former professional players to earn a license to coach at academic institutions.
Basic highlights of the new system:
- will go into effect on July 1
- there was a large gap in the number of applicants to allow in the first year (the NPB wanted 1,000 and the JSBA wanted about 100), both sides ended up agreeing on 400
- two training courses will be offered, one by the NPB and one by the JSBA
- each course will be offered four times during the winter
- NPB courses: July 28, August 10, November 9, November 10
- NPB courses will last seven hours
- JSBA courses: in Osaka - November 21-22 and February 8-9, 2014; in Tokyo - December 13-14 and January 31-February 1, 2014
- JSBA courses will last two days and include ten lectures on a number of issues
UPDATE 6/19 @ 9:34pm -
- About 300 of the 400 spots for the first year have already been set aside -- about sixty for former professional players coaching at the university level, about ninety former professional players that are training to become coaches, and about 130 officials from high school baseball federations around the country. The first year will most likely end up being a trial run with next year being the first "official" opening of the system.
- NPB training course will take place over one day, last seven hours, and include five lectures: draft rules, history of problems between professional and amateur baseball, how to teach amateur players on building a strong body, how to prepare to become a coach, professional and amateur rules.
- JSBA training course will take place over two days and includes ten lectures (eight high school and two university). A report will also be required after the training course. The course will cost 10,000 yen.