Puerto Rico: 867 teachers certified to run national Baseball5 development programme in schools

Puerto Rico: 867 teachers certified to run national Baseball5 development programme in schools
08/02/2024
The Puerto Rico Baseball5 development programme seeks to reach all schools in the country, "giving universal access to the sport of Baseball5 and providing our young people with an invaluable opportunity to participate in a sporting activity that promotes inclusion, teamwork and physical and mental development,” said Puerto Rico Baseball Federation Dr. José Daniel Quiles.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and the Puerto Rico Baseball Federation (FBPR) certified 867 physical education teachers from the Puerto Rico Education Department to direct a Baseball5 development program in the country's schools.

The project is part of a collaboration agreement between the entities, which included seven workshops across the different regions, led by WBSC continental instructor Pablo Leone, one of the 15 members of the WBSC Baseball5 Game Officials Commission.

“It is a significant step that we have taken together with the WBSC and the Education Department. It marks the beginning of an ambitious initiative that seeks to reach all schools in Puerto Rico, giving universal access to the sport of Baseball5 and providing our young people with an invaluable opportunity to participate in a sporting activity that promotes inclusion, teamwork and physical and mental development,” said the president of the FBPR Dr. José Daniel Quiles.

The 867 certified physical education teachers include 156 in Mayagüez, 146 in Bayamón, 143 in Humacao, 135 in Caguas, 115 in Ponce, 95 in San Juan and 77 in Arecibo.

“Baseball5 has the potential to become a powerful tool to reach a broader and more diverse audience in our country. We thank the WBSC and the Education Department and its secretary Yanira Raíces for their support of this project,” said Quiles.

Baseball5 will be present in the program of the Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games.