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General Discussions / Re: Admin - clean up the spam!
« on: February 19, 2019, 05:27:33 PM »
TYVM for getting the board back.  Hopefully everyone will come back.  Have a great day

General Discussions / Re: Admin - clean up the spam!
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:32:28 AM »
Was coming to this board to post the same thing.  Getting to be to much of a headache looking for one baseball post out of the 20 spam posts.  Please help us out and reclaim the board.

General Discussions / Re: Catcher Lessons
« on: February 09, 2016, 09:48:59 AM »
Go to and contact Marc Burchard.  Their cages are in Raytown off of 350 across from Dick Smith Ford.  I have him work with my son and he has gone to a different level with him.  Works very well with every level of catchers.  Played in college so the knowledge base is there.  Hope this helps. 

General Discussions / Re: Tournaments?
« on: September 21, 2015, 01:47:58 PM »
Look into traveling to Topeka to the Betts Family Fields.  Turf fields that never rain out unless the storm is actually upon you.

The Branson Complex is very expensive to play in.  They even charge for the coaches from what we were told.  Great idea, but to much money to charge youth teams. 

General Discussions / Re: Pitching lessons/coaches
« on: July 27, 2015, 10:24:47 AM »
Vince Spilker and Jonathan Krysa are both very good.  They work out of Raytown at Players Paradise off of 350 across from Dick Smith Ford.  

General Discussions / Re: Hitting lessons?
« on: June 01, 2015, 01:22:58 PM »
Check out for hitting Instructors.  It is located in Raytown across from Dick Smith Ford on 350.  How old is your son?

General Discussions / Re: Bad Umps
« on: May 07, 2015, 12:33:20 PM »
I think that you as a coach set the tone for the game to your players and parents.  If they see you blow up on the umpires, then they will most likely do the same.  If you handle it in a controlled fashion, then the umpires are more likely to talk to you.  It is funny to me how everyone thinks that they have a better seat in the stands to call balls and strikes than for the guy who is right behind the plate.  This is also to say that there are times when they do have awful calls or zones. 

When we have our parents meetings, I always make the point that players play, coaches coach, and umpires umpire.  Everyone has a job to do and we should let these people do their jobs.  Funny thing is, I have never seen a umpire belittle a player for making an error.  Yet you routinely see and hear coaches and parents ride the umpires for mistakes made on the field.  I have no problems with umpires who after the play is over admit that they mistakes.  They are people too and will make mistakes on the field. 

We did have a terrible home plate umpire two years ago out at Frank White.  It got to the point where both coaches went and got the TD so he could see the mistakes that were being made. 

General Discussions / Topeka Turf Fields
« on: April 27, 2015, 01:15:45 PM »
This is the second year in a row that we took our team down to play at the family complex.  It is well worth the drive to play there.  The complex is always clean, the umpires are knowledgeable, and facility is ran incredible. 

It poured Friday night all night long, yet the turf fields this past weekend were not slick at all.  Games were played as scheduled with no delays. 

I have no ties to this complex, but wanted to share it with you guys.  It is an easy trip from KC as an out of town tourney. 

Good luck to everyone this spring. 

User Submitted Baseball Workout Facilities / Players Paradise
« on: March 06, 2015, 02:02:55 PM »
9628 E. 350 Hwy.
Raytown, Missouri  64133
(816) 886-6792

(Across 350 Hwy. From Dick Smith Ford)

Check out the website at  Five batting tunnels.  Three iron Mike machines and one programable home plate machine that throws fastballs, right and left handed curve balls, sliders, fastballs and sinkers.  Can program or have random pitch sequence.  One softball fast pitch machine.  Three bullpens.

Easy on line scheduling as well.  Check the reviews.  Great place.  Check it out on the web and you will not be disappointed. 

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