Fruitvale baseball phenom Allison Schroder has been invited to Baseball Canada’s Development Camp in Havana, Cuba for the second year in a row.
The camp for female athletes aged 14-18, is in its eighth year of operation under the direction of Women’s National Team Manager André Lachance and starts on Sunday and runs to Feb. 26.
“This trip is an invaluable experience for players looking to take their game to the next level,” Lachance said in a release. “Players will be challenged each day on the field as they compete in an environment that is foreign to them.
“Another important component to the trip is a cultural and learning exchange where players will be exposed to Cuban culture and history with off-field activities scheduled each day.”
Participants will meet, train and compete with Cuban student athletes and coaches at Cuban sports facilities and venues arranged by the Cuban Ministries of Sport and Education. Participants will also have the opportunity to train with members of the Cuban National Team and receive instruction from former Cuban professional players in addition to Lachance and other members of Baseball Canada’s Women’s National Team coaching staff.
Current Women’s National Team members will serve as members of the coaching staff.
The trip also serves as an Identification Camp for future editions of the Women’s National Team. To date, 24 athletes who have attended the Girls Development Camp in Cuba have gone on to participate with the Women’s National Team program including seven players from the squad that recently captured a silver medal at the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in Korea.