SimBale Sports / Skills and Experience

Melanie Simboli and John Bale have extensive experience in coaching sports. Without question, their experience is one of the strengths of their business and in turn, have developed an evolutionary summer sports camp program.  John and Melanie both have degrees in Education and certification in coaching.

John Bale (Co-Owner):

John’s experience in physical education and professional activities has made him one of today’s leaders in education. From his participation in sports and his Master’s in Education, John exudes confidence and leadership while teaching his students.

Professional Experience:

  • Present-1996  Physical Education Specialist – Boise School District
  • 2009-1997 Summer School Physical Education Instructor – Alternative Senior High School
  • 2007-1996 Physical Education Instructor – Boise Evening School

Professional Activities:

  • 2009 to Present:  Co-Founder of SimBale Sports, LLC Summer Camp Program-Boise, ID
  • 2009 & 2011 AAHPERD National Conference Presenter – Florida/ Baltimore MD
  • Author of Got Skills:  A Guide to Teaching Children Skills for a Lifetime of Movement
  • 1989-2014 Boise School District Basketball and Track Coach
  • 2001 to Present:  Boise State University Elementary PE Methods Co-Instructor
  • 2004 & 2005 Professional Development School National Conference Presenter  - Orlando, FL
  • 2003 IAHPERD State Conference Presenter – Idaho Healthy Kid’s Summit
  • 2002 Physical Education Conference Presenter – Boise Schools
  • Boise School District Physical Education Curriculum Committee
  • Boise State University / Riverside Elementary PE Partnership (Professional Development School)

Melanie Simboli (Co-Owner):  

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Melanie’s experience in leadership and creativity comes from her participation in sports, education, coaching and volunteer work.  For the majority of her life, she has found herself to be passionate about participating and coaching a variety of sports.

*Gold Medalist & World Champion: She had a five year career on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, winning over 75 medals and a Gold Medal at the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games (the debut of the sport of freestyle skiing in the Olympics).  She continued for another year to pursue her dream of becoming the 1989 World Combined Freestyle Champion.

*Coaching and Teaching Credentials: At a young age, she enjoyed teaching over 2,000 children to swim, spent several years as a counselor at various camps and eventually became a camp owner herself on the ski glacier of Whistler, B.C.  After graduating with a  Bachelor’s Degree in Education, she worked very hard to become the first woman to obtain her  level  3 coaching certification in both disciplines of freestyle skiing;  moguls and aerials. Her coaching credentials include: director of the Freestyle skiing programs at NCD in Ottawa, Canada, the director of the Holiday Valley Freestyle Team in New York and the director of the BBSRA Freestyle program in Idaho.  She was head coach for the 1999 and 2003 Canada Winter Games and was the Ontario Provincial coach for three years. She has coached over 1,500 skiers and nine of those skiers have gone on to have very successful careers on the World Cup circuit themselves (1 athlete was the silver medalist in Salt Lake Olympics, 1 athlete is the present World Champion and has several world cup wins and 2 athletes won medals at the X Games and seven have participated in the Olympics).  After residing in Boise for the past seven and a half years, Melanie and her husband, Chris work cooperatively with Bogus Basin and Tamarack Ski Resorts, running their own freestyle / freeride ski programs to over 70 participants… including their two children.

*Volunteer and Organization:

  • 2014-2016   Advisory Board Member for the Idaho Youth Sports Commission, CPR & AED Certified Instructor & Head Coach for Idaho Freeride Team IF!
  • 2014 Participated in United States Olympic Paralympic Association’s Summit, Colorado Springs, CO~assisting in the development of sport from grassroots to Olympic levels / 2014, Guest at Dress For Success event
  • 2014-2016 Account Executive for Northwest region / AED Authority / Automated External Defibrillators, life saving devices for victims experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest (the leading cause of death in the United States), Celebrity Guest for Dress For Success fundraiser
  • 2013 Founded Simboli Consulting / Mentored Bishop Kelly’s Lacrosse Team / Speaker for Camp Rainbow Gold’s Scholarship Award dinner
  • 2012 Team  USA Ambassador / Organized Walk To London Event / Volunteered for Exergy Women’s Pro Cycling Tour /Guest on Boise’s Dancing With The Stars
  • 2009/2010 Co-Event Coordinator, Induction Ceremony – World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame
  • 2009 Co-Commissioner Special Olympics Festival – Special Olympics World Winter Games – Boise, ID
  • 2008-2004 Co-Organizer of Back-To-School Ice Cream Social event (approx. 1,000 participants) -Riverside Elementary, Boise, ID
  • Present-2009 Co-Founder – “SimBale Sports” For Life youth sports camps – Boise, Idaho
  • 2012-2008 Co-Organizer of Field Day (600 participants)-Riverside Elementary- Boise, Idaho
  • 2013-2004 Board of Directors, PTO- Riverside Elementary & East Jr. High.
  • 2008-2002 Religious Education Teacher  / Volunteer – Our Lady Of The Rosary- Boise, Idaho
  • 2006-2004 Vocation Bible School summer camp/ volunteer of recreation – Eastwind Community Church-Boise, Idaho
  • 1991 Chief of  Course – Canadian Junior National Championships – Freestyle Skiing – Aerials – Camp Fortune, Quebec, Canada

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