Your eyes are not deceiving you. We have given our newsletter a new look!
We wanted to give you something new to look at with the new year. From now on, THE BASE newsletter will now be "The Wind Up" with even more exciting news coming your way every month!
Border Youth Athletic Association
Compliance Seminar
This year BYAA invited great talent to headline the compliance seminar designed to encourage El Paso youth to take their game to the next level. Panelist included our very own Sara Plourde. Others were Nick Theodorou (former Division 1 player and professional LA Dodgers Player), Brian Green (current NMSU Head Baseball Coach and former NMSU baseball player), Lindsey Webster (former CSUN Compliance Director and UMASS softball player), and Rusty Gerhardt (current MLB scout, former professional and college baseball player).
Chihuahuas NeXt
PRO-Style Clinics
Both baseball and softball professional players made their way to El Paso in January to show the youth in the community a thing or two about the sport. The baseball PRO-Style Clinic showcased John Shoemaker (MiLB Arizona Dodgers manager), Marty Reed (MLB Atlanta Braves Bullpen Coach), and Travis Barbary (MLB LA Dodgers Catching Coordinator). On the women's side of the sport Jenn Salling (Canadian National Team Player), Lindsey Webster (former UMASS player), Sara Plourde (Canadian National Team Player and NPF Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs Player), and Kristine Stewart (former Longwood Player and CNU Assistant Coach). Guest speakers shared valuable skills that got them ahead in the world of softball.

Westside Developmental Series
Chihuahuas NeXt begins an 8-Sunday Developmental Series on the Westside. Location: 7400 High Ridge Drive El Paso, TX 79912. Time: 1PM-3PM. Ages 6-12. Cost: $25 total for all 8 Sundays OR $5 each Sunday attended. Dates: March 4, 18, 25 April 8, 15, 22, 29 May 6. Our focus is to provide an opportunity for softball players on the westside to develop their softball skills and learn to compete! Join us ALL 8 Sundays for some softball fun in the sun!
Begins March 1st!
Every Monday, Thursday and Friday you can put your skills to the test and win cage time!
Your bat speed, throwing accuracy, running speed, throwing velocity, and pop-up time will be measured against other participants in your age group during the month of March. The entry fee is $2 per try. 

Little Sluggers Clinic
Join THE BASE coaches on March 10, 2018 for our 1-day clinic covering all-skills to develop your 4-7 year-old as a player. Cost is $20 for the session which runs 9AM - 11AM. Reserve your spot online or in person. Group pricing is available.

Softball Pitching with Speed & Agility
Wednesday nights are for the ladies! (2/14/2018 - 3/7/2018) with more dates to come.
Coach Sara Plourde, Canadian National team player and Olympic hopeful runs the clinic from 6:30PM - 8PM for new and experienced players to develop and enhance their pitching and athletic ability.
Cost is $35/session.

FEATURED COACHES - Off to Spring Training!
Our seasonal coaches, Joseph Camacho and Armando Ruiz are off to Spring Training with the Oakland Athletics - Join us in wishing them Good Luck! 

SPRING BREAK - 50% Off All Rentals
March 11th - 17th THE BASE will have extended hours and discounts outta the park!
Monday - Friday 1PM - 9PM  
Saturday & Sunday 10AM - 4P M
Kiwanis Uncorked V benefits BASE Play RBI
The Kiwanis Clubs of El Paso held their annual wine tasting benefit this Saturday, February 24, 2018, in the Foundation Room of the Mills Building. The event was dedicated to raising funds to support Border Youth Athletic Associations' after-school program, BASE Play RBI. It was an amazing evening attended by several hundred wine lovers, that included wine tasting, live music, hors d'oeuvrs, and a silent auction. The proceeds from the silent auction donors were double those raised last year, so many thanks to the attendees, silent auction donors, and enthusiastic buyers who made such a success possible.
The El Paso Club of Kiwanis International was established in 1917 and was the first club chartered in the Kiwanis Southwest District. Kiwanis International is a service organization dedicated to making the world a better place for children. Kiwanis Clubs of El Paso have long supported the El Paso Community- starting the Sun Bowl in 1935, spearheading the first Juvenile Detention Center in El Paso in 1947, thereby separating juveniles and adults from being detained in the same facility, and helping to initiate Crime Stoppers of El Paso in 1978.
The Kiwanis Clubs of El Paso work together to make a difference in the lives of children within El Paso, the Southwest District and worldwide. "We must expand our support for those in need and mentor our youth- the BASE Play program helps us accomplish both these goals," said Coronado Kiwanis president, Dave Hendrix.
Extra Innings with Sara Plourde
It is always such a treat to have my mother catching me again! Since I was 9 years old, she caught all of my pitching lessons, practiced with me at home, drove me to and from tournaments, games and practices all over the east coast... and still today, she is my biggest fan. A special thank you goes to my mom this week for all her patience when pitches went everywhere except for her mitt, including the backyards of 2-neighbors down. For the days I listened to my coaches more than my well-informed mother. For bearing through all my cuts, bruises and sweaty-uniforms after a hard fought day on the field. 
Take the time to thank your families and coaches. The time and money they spend helping you train and commuting you to and from practices/games: its self-less.