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General Discussions / Re: Bad Umps
« on: May 11, 2015, 10:42:14 AM »
I agree with BallCoach, nothing to gain by arguing with an umpire. Sometimes, the heat of the moment gets the best of you, but you have to step back and realize this is youth baseball. We play 10 AAA and it is competitive, everyone wants to win. But what are we really teaching the kids? I have told our kids repeatedly, not one play, or one call, will determine the outcome of a game. If the game comes down to one play or call in the last inning, we didn't do enough in the previous innings to deserve the win. Every game, we have 18 outs to produce enough runs to win, and we have chances to make the 18 outs in the field. Never will one play swing the game so heavily against us that we get the right to take it out on the umpires.

You will find there is generally a certain "quality" of umpires based on who is running the tournament. Make mental notes, and play in tournaments run by those companies as often as possible. There are a lot of good umpires out there, and the tournament companies willing to pay the good ones, will put out the best umpires for your games.

Bottom line, if you repeatedly think you have bad umpires, stop and take a look in the mirror.

Do you understand the rules as well as you think you do? As much as we think we do, there are a lot of nuances in the rule book, and many of us misapply the rule we think we know.

Have you ever been an umpire? Maybe some experience wearing the blue will help you understand how difficult it really is.

Think of a bad call as on opportunity to teach the kids how to overcome adversity. Trying to overcome adversity for your players by arguing with an umpire (in hopes the call is overturned) doesn't help them deal with adversity and overcome it.

Remember your purposes as a coach. It is not to have a 50-0 record. It is to be a role model, to be a leader, to bring them together as friends and teammates. Yes, you teach baseball in the process, but that is the mechanism, not the purpose.

The 10U Lee's Summit Sluggers are looking for a guest player for the upcoming Hawaiian Hitfest tournament. We intentionally carried a small roster of 10 full time players and 1 part time player to provide playing time opportunities. Unfortunately, 1 player will be on vacation during this tournament and the part time player is unavailable, leaving us at only 9 players available.

Please call Trent Roehler at 816-668-3633 or email if you are interested and available the weekend of May 15-17.

Thanks, Trent.

General Discussions / 10U AAA Tournament March 20-22
« on: March 09, 2015, 03:51:17 PM »
We are 10U AAA am looking for a tournament on March 20-22. I have found a couple of tournaments out there to register in, but there are no AAA teams are signed up. Any 10U AAA teams playing that weekend? If so, where? I'd like to get some games in against comparable teams.

Trent Roehler

General Discussions / Cooperstown Tournament
« on: January 07, 2015, 11:52:59 AM »
I coach a 10U team that would like to go to Cooperstown in 2017. Does anyone have advice on getting into the tournament? I hear it is difficult to get in, especially if you don't have a grandfather certificate from a team in the previous year.

Thanks, Trent.

10U / 10AAA Lee's Summit Sluggers Looking for 1 Player
« on: January 05, 2015, 10:58:35 AM »
Lee's Summit Sluggers 10AAA are looking for 1 talented player with a dedicated family to complete the 2015 roster. Expect to play 12-13 tournaments in 2015 (mostly local KC Metro) with midweek practices during the regular season. Offseason workouts will begin in January focusing on both individual and team development. Please call 816-668-3633 or email Trent Roehler at to schedule a tryout. The Lee's Summit Sluggers baseball team is a registered 501(c)3 organization.

10U / Lee's Summit Sluggers 10U AA/AAA
« on: July 15, 2014, 07:51:07 AM »
Strong AA team moving to AAA in 2015. Looking for talented dedicated players and families to complete the roster. Will play fall LSBA League and all tournaments in 2015. Tryouts will be held on Sunday, Aug 10 at Noon on field 10 at Legacy Park. Email Trent Roehler at or call at 816-668-3633 to register.

General Discussions / Re: 9AA
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:24:46 PM »
Running into same issue. Only one I know of is World Series of America at Legacy Park in Lee's Summit. Link is here


The 9U AA Lee's Summit Sluggers are looking to play in 1-2 fall tournaments and may need 1-2 guest players for one or both. The team carried only 10 players in the fall and might be a player or two short for these tournaments due to football and other commitments. If you are interested and have played at the AA or AAA level before, please contact Trent Roehler at We are also looking for 1-2 players for Spring 2014, so this may be a great way to earn a spot on the team for the Spring if you are interested.

9U / 9U AA Lee's Summit Sluggers looking for 1-2 Players
« on: September 25, 2013, 08:51:41 AM »
Lee's Summit Sluggers 9U AA is looking for 1-2 players for Spring 2014 and the remainder of the fall season which may include 1-2 tournaments. Experienced Coaching staff focuses on developing each player for at least one infield position and to pitch. The team competes in the LSBA League in Fall and Spring and 6-8 local KC Metro tournaments in the spring/summer. Offseason practices include one on one hitting and pitching, team practices and speed and agility training. Visit our website at for more team information. Please contact Trent Roehler at to schedule a tryout.

9U / 9U AA Lee's Summit Sluggers looking for 2-3 Players
« on: July 07, 2013, 10:56:01 PM »
The 9U AA Lee's Summit Sluggers are looking for 2-3 Players to complete their Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 roster. The Sluggers will play in the LSBA Fall and Spring leagues, along with many local KC Metro tournaments. Experienced coaching staff is dedicated to teaching the game and developing players into well rounded ball players. Visit the team website at for more information about the coaching staff and 2013 season results. Tryouts to be held on July 21 and July 24, contact Trent Roehler at 816-668-3633 or for more information.

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