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Coaches Corner / Re: Can you teach hustle?
« on: September 19, 2012, 05:29:55 AM »
Wow, great question but sooooo many ways it could be answered.
1) Good news is, anyone regardless of ability can hustle.  Bad news is, some may be just too lazy or really not that interested to do so.  In a perfect world, if you are starting a team and whatever you do you just can't get the hustle, replace him.   Really no excuse for someone not to at least put forth effort.
2) But, on the other hand it has to start with the head coach.  Setting the standard of intensity at practice will carry over into the games.   Can't really expect kids to "turn it on" at a game if at every practice they are standing and waiting.   Keep the drills at practice short, multiple stations and the pace high so they really have no choice but to move.  Drives me nut to see a practice with 12 kids standing in line watching 1 kid take a ground ball.   That, in my opinion, starts the lazy ball rolling.
3) Be upfront.   Get the players and families at a meeting at set expectations.  There is no walking on or off the field.   There is no walking to a base etc and set consequences and stick to them.   Do not bend the rules for any player on the team regardless of skill level. 
Hustle is part of passion for the game. It comes naturally to some. To others, they have to be told if they don't hustle someone who does will eventually beat them out. There will be a point where talent isn't enough. Everyone left standing will have talent. The men will be separated from the boys by passion (hustle), work ethic and the mental aspects of the game.

Coaches Corner / Re: Good Coaching Ethics?...Not!
« on: September 05, 2012, 08:30:05 AM »
I assume in the original post that most of the players on the team were or have been classified as major players on a previous and doing a easy name change to have them play at a lower level to kill the competition?  Seen that one too. 
"When you register on USSSA it asks for the players LEGAL name, not their nickname or whatever Joe Blow wants to put in there.  This should be where the manager/coach leads by example, and clearly that is poor leadership and not someone that I would want my son to look up to." Exactly

Coaches Corner / Re: Good Coaching Ethics?...Not!
« on: September 05, 2012, 06:16:58 AM »
Unfortunately, this happens many more times than you may think.  Anymore, it is all about the wins as too many people seem to believe what happens at age 8-14 or so is going to have a bearing on what that player will do as they get into High School ball.  And, bad coaching or no coaching from the said "coaches" of the teams will continue with no real end in site. 
How many "coaches" with teams around this area have no real baseball understanding except for what they read in books or have never played the game before? Again, the number may surprise you.  Sad fact is, if you have enough money to get a "baseball program" started, anyone can do it.  No background checks, no training, so supervision.  It is basically just a free for all for some men with real big egos that will take any steps necessary to either win, or, put their own son/daughter in the limelight.  In my opinion, some league (BV Gold Glove, 3&2, etc) needs to step up and put some type of restrictions or mandate on who can actually be the head coach of a team.

Parents Corner / Re: What to do in the off-season?
« on: August 29, 2012, 09:08:51 AM »
You are one of the lucky ones then:)
Good luck with the offseason, sounds like a great kid.  You never know, maybe we will have another winter like last year where there really are not too many bad days.   You can always shell out the money for a tunnel every now and then just to keep throwing. 
If all fails, my older kid used to line up a bunch of pillows in the basement and throw tennis balls.  Did not make his mom happy, but we were ;D

Parents Corner / Re: What to do in the off-season?
« on: August 28, 2012, 06:09:04 AM »
I would say at that age, just some catch and cages every now and then should be good.  But then again, I am not an over the top got to do this 24/7 365 kind of guy.   Older kids or you could do it as well could setup a T and net in the basement or garage.  It's all about muscle memory is in Olathe  You could also check which has some listings

12U / Re: Chanel Outlet mjl
« on: July 19, 2012, 05:44:39 AM »
fyi, you lost me after 1 sentence.  Short attention span kid

The facilites were awesome!!!! All turf fields except pitching mounds and catching hitting area which were dirt.   Very accomodating staff and had 0 problems.  Umpires seemed very good as well, at least in my opinion:)
Overall it was a great place to play ball.    Another opinion, but for the cost per player for this thing, you would think they would throw a shirt or somthing in the players gift bag but what you going to do.  The gift bag was a bobblehead and coupons. 
The Myrtle Beach area is your typical tourist area but so many things for kids to do not counting the beach you really could not ask for a better area for a tournament like this. 
We all had a great time and would recommened the Ripken Experience for anyone that is able to try it out.

We are going this year, 12u, will give a report once we get back.  Going in a few weeks.
My nephew is currently playing in the Cooperstown tournament with the Barnstormers and their reports are they are having a great time.
Granted these tournaments are a lot of money, but at least to me it would seem like a blast for a kid to play teams from all around the country. 


And if so, what were your thoughts and impressions?

General Discussions / Re: Great Website for Youth Baseball Rankings
« on: June 01, 2012, 10:05:44 AM »
thanks, completely forgot about this site.  Used to look on it quite a bit and being the numbers geek I am I always read the articles.
However, like the USSSA rankings and any other ranking system it is points based I assume.   Meaning, the team ranked first most likely is not really the best team.   Much like the USSSA rankings, a team playing 5 fall tournaments is always going to be ranked above a better team

General Discussions / Re: ACC 10U Catcher Photos @ Tiffany Springs
« on: May 21, 2012, 05:25:29 AM »
Nice, kid looks like he gets it.  Great job

For Sale / Re: Opinions on a rolling bat bag. Which one?
« on: April 04, 2012, 06:47:35 AM »
We got one they sell at Dicks, I think it is an Easton bag and it was about $50-60.  No real need in spending too much in my opinion any bag with enough equipment is going to eventually start tearing or falling apart after a year anyway.

Coaches Corner / Re: Practice field needed. Can anyone help?
« on: March 19, 2012, 06:22:43 AM »
wish I could help, but Belton is probably a little to far to drive for a practice which I am sure has some fields open.
Does your league not assign fields?
Then again, a draw back to being a tourney only team if that is the case.  Have to hunt and peck and been there done that

Fundraising ideas / Last time, I promise fellow mokan folks
« on: March 07, 2012, 05:44:08 AM »
Please join the Patriots 1st annual March Madness fundraiser bracket pool.  The money raised will go to help fund the 2012 season expenses.  Thank you!  The boys appreciate all your support.
The pot is potentially worth $500!!!  Enter multiple brackets for only $10 each !!!   Payment is easy.  Cash Check or paypal.
Good Luck and here are the details.
We will payout as follows:
Prize pool will be 40% of the proceeds split (50%-30%-20% for 1st, 2d and 3rd place up to the following 1st place-$500 2nd Place $250 and 3rd place $50. Payouts will be sent via mail after the tourney.
    $10 fee per bracket. You can enter as many times as you like however CBS sportsline will only let you enter up to 3 brackets per email address ($30)  If you want to enter more than three simply use another email address.  You can set up free email addresses with yahoo or gmail very easily.
     Cash Check or paypal.
        Paypal link
        If paying with check make payable to KC Patriots
 All payments must be accounted for before the tip off of the first game, or the bracket will not count
Getting Started
Forward me your email address along with number of brackets and payment method.  We will forward you a link to CBS Sportsline with a password to get you signed up. You will need a Sportsline account-easy to do same day. On March 12th, after the brackets are announced, you just follow the link you were sent and make your picks. Points will be awarded progressively through 6 rounds (play in game doesn't count) We will use a score prediction for the championship game as a tie breaker. The prize pool is listed above. Good Luck !
   We will accept entries up until tip off of the first game.
   Will also take manual entries without an email address.  But I must have a completed paper bracket no later than tip off of the first game.
   Anyone playing can log on anytime during the tournament using the link and password and check their progress
   Be sure to check your junk mail if you do not get the invite in your inbox.
Please let me know if you have any questions
Thank you very much !  Good Luck

Coaches Corner / Re: Portable Mound Weighs less than 12lbs
« on: February 17, 2012, 02:28:35 PM »
great article.  More of us parents should read and follow some of these guidelines.

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