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User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2699 times:

I am sure other parents on here have there sons or daughters playing baseball or softball this year. If so ,, what is there team names and how are the teams ? Are you coaching ?

It may be my families favorite time of the year ! The long warm nights at the park with all the kids .. and seeing families and friends again after a year. Its hot dogs , popcorn, sunflower seeds and umpires yelling STRIKE! ..

My son is playing 8th grade baseball for the fighting "Cougars" of his middle school. He is a catcher , its amazing how much he has changed since last year. Much bigger and stronger . He has been doing off season hitting training so we will see how that pays off. We have a kid on our team named Orion.. he is a 6ft 200 lb 8th grader. This kid I swear is going pro. He plays football, basketball and baseball and is a allstar at all 3. I will be looking for him in the MLB someday . GO COOOOGS !

My daughter plays for little league girls ,majors gold 12-14 age bracket.... The "Blaze". These girls are serious ... most of the players on her team have been playing for more than 5 years . Most of them have been to league All Star tourneys at the state level. Its amazing how good these girls are. Pitchers at this division level can pitch sometime up too 45 mph ! Last year we had a girl hit 65 mph on the gun !. Its a very fast pace game , lots of hit and run and speed defense. I am coaching this team ... my job is easy .. I am lucky I have 5 all stars on the team including a all star pitcher.! Watch out !. My daughter plays catcher and 3rd , but like most of the girls can play other positons if I need them too.

This weekend is opening Day ! Play Ball ! good luck to your kids have a great year.


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User currently offlineWindy95 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 2727 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2677 times:

Well actually my son is into soccer. With the soccer season in the winter here in Florida the summer is filled with soccer camps at the various colleges and Universities. He has tried baseball a few times but he is in constant motion so Baseball is too boring for him. When he realized he could not bat all the time in baseball he was done. Soccer, Martial Arts and Football are his games. I do Coach his soccer teams when my job allows it. Next year I might end up being a commissioner in his league.


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User currently offlineChi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2663 times:

Actually, I'm 22 yrs old and I will be playing baseball this summer on the Orland Park, IL in-house rec leauge.

I will definitely be coaching little league when I have kids! haha Probably one of my most fond memories and a youngster.


User currently offlineBartonsayswhat From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2636 times:

I'll be 20 in May so no kids for me playing ball, but this will be (if I've done my math correctly) my nineth year as an umpire with Softball Canada. I'll do mostly senior games this year, but there will deffinatly be some minor tournament and hopefully another minor provincial Miget and Bantam "A" boys and girls are all on the island this year, so hopefully i'll get to do one. I'm contemplating if i should apply for the Canada Cup futures (U-16) this year or not, but i dont think I have high enough level.

User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2615 times:



Quoting Bartonsayswhat (Reply 3):
my nineth year as an umpire with Softball Canada.

9 years as umpire ! wow you deserve the victory cross ! Nice going sir ... I really appreciate the umpires who volunteer in our leagues . They really do a great job with the kids .

Quoting Chi-town (Reply 2):
I will definitely be coaching little league when I have kids!

Good memories for sure ... It can also be stressful. No kidding ... the father in you wants you kid to a real player. The lesson you will learn is that you need to let go of all that crap ... your kid will be who he or she is ... and you will learn to accept it and appreciate the life lesson. At least that is how I see it.



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User currently offlineChi-town From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 971 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 9 hours ago) and read 2571 times:



Quoting AGM100 (Reply 4):
Good memories for sure ... It can also be stressful. No kidding ... the father in you wants you kid to a real player. The lesson you will learn is that you need to let go of all that crap ... your kid will be who he or she is ... and you will learn to accept it and appreciate the life lesson. At least that is how I see it.

Ya'll can play baseball all year round in Tucson! Lucky you guys! I played travel as well when I was around your son's age.

In my opinion, I think that right around that age is when there is a turning point in baseball. When you get to the travel and more competitive level at that age, the individual either is very passionate and wants to continue on into high school ball or you have the kids that just don't care anymore. Not a lot of kids in between really. You can always tell which ones have the passion and want to get better and go to the next level. On the other hand you can certainly tell which kids don't give a rat's ass and are probably in it because of their parents.

I was one of the kids that was passionate and wanted to better myself. I played my first year of high school ball and then decided to quit. There was other things I wanted to do like get a job and make money, hang out with my friends, etc. To be honest, It is one of the only decisions I really regret in my life. I wish I would have played all 4 years. Around senior year of high school I realized that I really missed the game. Baseball has never and will never leave my life. I umpired little league for 4 summers and played for the club team at my university.

Sorry for my rant. I wish you and your son the best of luck this season! Hopefully the Diamondbacks can put together a good team this year. They have a lot of young guys and a ton of talent. I'm picking them to win the NL West.


User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 9 hours ago) and read 2569 times:



Quoting Chi-town (Reply 5):
Sorry for my rant. I wish you and your son the best of luck this season! Hopefully the Diamondbacks can put together a good team this year. They have a lot of young guys and a ton of talent. I'm picking them to win the NL West.

Chi don't apologize Sir ... that was spot on. My son lives and breaths baseball... I do not ever have to talk him into working out. I love it too ..so we spend every chance we get throwing and hitting. We have a baseball training facility just a mile away from our house... indoor pitching cages and batting cages... Oh man ... we waste allot of homework time there .. and I love it. I have started pitching again too him ... throwing heat like I did in the old days ..
 old  . I plan on pitching in the over 40 hardball league starting up in May 09... it is good for both of us.

My daughter is not motivated like my son ... she loves to play but she is not hardcore like the players you talked about. She chooses to play ...but does it more for the fun. I am OK with that , she will not go on to play club ball but she wants to play for her school so be it.

Oooo...picking the Dbacks over the D's ... I think your right. Manny is going to EGO out this season ... he is going to blow up . Its over the Dodger cheeeumps my friend... !



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21637 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 9 hours ago) and read 2566 times:



Quoting Bartonsayswhat (Reply 3):
I'll be 20 in May so no kids for me playing ball, but this will be (if I've done my math correctly) my nineth year as an umpire with Softball Canada.

You were umpiring at age 12? Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I've never heard of umpires that young, even for really young kids.

-Mir



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User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 9 hours ago) and read 2561 times:



Quoting Mir (Reply 7):
but I've never heard of umpires that young, even for really young kids.

Its a pretty cool program we have in our league . We have a training program for young umpires even age 12. Some of these young people are amazing , and all of the coaching staff work hard to show them respect and too teach our kids that the umpire is the law on the feild.

It has been a good program , we have several physically disadvantaged kids in the program. They love baseball but for reasons can not play. Now they get to be on the field and part of the action .. they are very proud and we love them all .



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User currently offlineBartonsayswhat From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2525 times:



Quoting Mir (Reply 7):
umpiring at age 12

Yep, started out with Red-Mites (i think 9/10yrs) and have quickly moved up. We were only allowed to do up to our age, but I was good enough to go above. At the Age of 17 I did a Senior "A" Mens fastpitch tournament, I think I've now done 5 or 6 provincials (although none last year, I only did about 10 games last year due to work scheduals) and hope for two more this year.

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 8):
training program for young umpires

We sort of do. Your first few games will be with a rather senior umpire, who will check up on you durring the season. Unfortunately, the coaches aren't the best with the new umpires. I can think of more than once I've been out with a first timer and on a close call a coach has come out storming to tear somone a new one. Many of these young guys never do another game in their life. I dont know how a coach can do that. You can obviously tell that the new umpire is uncomfortable, and may be on confident. If you're 40 years old does tearing a 12 year old a new one make you feel like more of a man. On the flip side, it does feel good as a 12 year old to tell a 40 year old that hes wrong, and to go back and sit down.

I'm not sure what I would do in the summer if I wasn't always at the ball field


User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2510 times:

quote=Bartonsayswhat,reply=9]Many of these young guys never do another game in their life. I don't know how a coach can do that. You can obviously tell that the new umpire is uncomfortable, and may be on confident. If you're 40 years old does tearing a 12 year old a new one make you feel like more of a man. On the flip side, it does feel good as a 12 year old to tell a 40 year old that hes wrong, and to go back and sit down.[/quote]

I umpired a girls Junior game 13-17 last night because the scheduled Ump did not show. Anyone who thinks umpiring is easy does not understand. Calling balls and strikes is a job that requires concentration and clear thinking. I love it ... but I coach instead.

We have very strict rules on coaches and parents protesting . Parents are allowed a bit of good humor , but coaches can only talk to umps during inning change. I have , talked to the umps .. but it is always in good humor. If a coach ever got angry at a ump ..and became verbal he would be sent to the parking lot.

If a player ever comments to a ump in a derogatory way ... bounce gone!



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User currently offlineA380US From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2509 times:

I Ump softball little league... should be interesting.

But some parents, and coaches.... are way too in to the game and can get crazy!



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User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2507 times:



Quoting A380US (Reply 11):
I Ump softball little league... should be interesting.

Ya it is ... for me I always feel a little bad when I have to call a close strike or ball. Especially if the pitcher and batter are playing there little hearts out. I have had to call my own daughters out on close strikes before .... when we got home they give me the what fore !



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User currently offlineBartonsayswhat From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2474 times:



Quoting AGM100 (Reply 10):
but coaches can only talk to umps during inning change

I think thats hiding a little too much. Coaches dont need to come out and argue every ball, stike and out call, but when some tricky things happen, a coach is more than welcome to come out and request a interpretation of a rule. Say there is obstruction, and I decided that I was going to award the runner 3rd instead of 2nd, the coach is more than welcome to come out and ask me why I'm doing that, and he may present his interpretaton of the rules. Also, what about appeal plays. In softball (Canada) there are 10 appeal plays that I wont call until someone appeals them. Batter-Runner didn't touch First, ok mental note i've seen it, now i wate for the appeal. Illegal subs/re-entry, Illegal glove; those are calls I cant make until somone appeals them

Coaches are more than welcome on my field, provided they have something intelligent to say. It takes a bit of effort to get ejected from one of my games.


User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2389 times:



Quoting Bartonsayswhat (Reply 13):
Coaches are more than welcome on my field, provided they have something intelligent to say. It takes a bit of effort to get ejected from one of my games.

If we as coaches have to talk to the umpire ..we can .. at anytime. However , it must be for rule clarification or to ask for a player order change. If we are going to dispute a call , we wait until inning change. Our policy is that the call on the field is final ... and we do not dispute calls and make a scene in front of the players or fans.

Well we won our first game ... 5 to 0 We faced the best pitcher in out division, the girl is nasty. Good control and over powering speed 45 to 55 mph . We had a no hitter going into the 5th inning. I put the short stoke hit and run swing on for my batters and we finally got a hit down the line to third and beat the throw. Their Pitcher walked the next batter . Then hit the next batter. She was coming apart.

We bunted in our first run , their catcher then over threw 3rd base and by the time the left fielder backed up our second run crossed. In the 7th inning we got another hit and a walk ..then out catcher , Torry ... drove a bomb to center cleared the bases and the rest is history. ! Go Blaze !



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19726 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2387 times:



Quoting AGM100 (Thread starter):
We have a kid on our team named Orion.. he is a 6ft 200 lb 8th grader. This kid I swear is going pro. He plays football, basketball and baseball and is a allstar at all 3. I will be looking for him in the MLB someday .

Don't be so sure. Sometimes those kids hit their peak at about 16-18. We had a big, hairy beast of a kid on our high school swim team, multiple state records, etc. Got to college and...he'd peaked. And everyone else overtook him.


User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2379 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 15):
Don't be so sure

It has as much to do with mental toughness and plain old god given talent too. Orion is a gifted kid , big but sleek and fast ..not a goon type. He is just one of those golden boys that I envied when I was playing sports alot !. But most of all He is a gentleman , always respectful and displays leadership with the team. His Dad was a defensive lineman @ a PAC10 school and his Mom was a basketball / volleyball player at the U of AZ. Great people , just the most wonderful parents and good solid people. I hope he makes it someday .

I agree with you though .... college level competition is a whole different animal. It takes a different person to excel at that level. I tried for a baseball scholarship to the University of New Mexico .... hahah I was like #92 on the list ... and I made the state all star team my Jr. year in high-school . The scholarship winners were leaps better than me.... I was crushed ... hahah



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User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2341 times:

The fighting Blaze won there second game last night ... a 6 to 4 tough game. Man am I proud of them . We were 4 to 0 until the 4 the inning. Our pitcher started missing her mark and walked a few ... they small balled in 2 runs on us. I made the decision to keep her in and work the fifth ... they made me pay for that with a 2 run triple to left.

In the seventh with runners on second and third , my daughter hit a liner right down the first base line ... the ball hit the base and flew into right field and rolled into fould territory. I had the hit and run on so my girls came home easily and we were up by 2. The right fielder hesitated cause she thought it was a foul ball. It was good win . Go Blaze



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User currently offlineBartonsayswhat From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2316 times:



Quoting AGM100 (Reply 17):
hesitated cause she thought it was a foul ball.

never ever stop until the ball is dead.even then, still play it just to be safe


User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2297 times:



Quoting Bartonsayswhat (Reply 18):
never ever stop until the ball is dead.even then, still play it just to be safe

So true ..and it is hard to make them do it all the time. At my sons game yesterday a kid hit a drive into left. I looked out there and the fielder was looking the other direction toward the parking lot. ! Poor kid ... the ball bounced right past him while everyone was watching . I bet he felt like crap. He just had a mental break down and was not paying attention. Its weird .



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User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2278 times:

The Blaze Lost 13-2 last night!! ..... OMG my girls were walking in a daze. My pitchers could not pitch , my hitters could not hit ... and my defense gave up at least 5 errors. Other than we they played great !

Congrats to coach Coffee and the fighting " Extreme" they came to play and made us look bad .



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User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

Rematch with our rivals the Majors Gold and Blue.. fighting " Extreme " tonight at 7:30! Last game we fell apart and had 8 errors ... we will mend that tonight . Its a must win for us .. getting beat by the same teem twice in a row is bad buisness. I want my girls to have fun ... and play well !

The Jr High T. Cougars are playing the Coranado Eagles tomorrow night , both teams are undefeated should be a good one . My son moved from catcher to third base. Still damn studley !  Cool

Hope you all have good games !



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User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3299 posts, RR: 44
Reply 22, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2189 times:



Quoting AGM100 (Thread starter):

I don't have kids (I'm only 20!), but man do I miss those days. It's so easy to look back in hindsight and see how there were times when I really took how much fun it was for granted. I can't wait to have kids and get them into it!

LLBB is such a blast. I used to play on a select team, in addition to my normal little league.

Oh the memories!!!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2178 times:



Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 22):
LLBB is such a blast. I used to play on a select team, in addition to my normal little league

The last of my 3 kids is playing their final year in LL.... She will be playing school ball next year. I will miss it , it as been allot of fun.

Well the we lost tonight , 7 to 3 .... we were playing good until the 4th inning. We were ahead 2 to 3 .... then our first baseman dropped a throw from short that was a easy out . I lost em at that point ...its amazing how that one play turned the entire game. They scored 3 runs on us that inning ..then 2 more in the 6th. More errors and my # 2 pitcher fell apart . It was also cold and windy tonight .. sucked .



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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10035 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2176 times:
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No kids here, but just wanted to say it's great hearing that kids are still into baseball these days.

I've been watching highlights on MLB TV from the first few days of the MLB season, and it's really, really, incredibly disheartening to see so many stadiums with so many empty seats  Sad

I only played 2 years of T-ball and 1 year of little league, and I really wish I had stuck with it for a few more years. But despite that, baseball is my favorite sport to watch, and going to a baseball game is always a fantastic time. Seeing the Red Sox play the Angels this Sunday! Can't wait.

Hopefully baseball will someday reclaim its title as our national pastime.



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25 AGM100 : Should be a good one ..... Wow I know I saw the highlight's of the Florida game last night. It looked to me like there was only about 1000 people in
26 AGM100 : Wow ,, I umpired a game last night for majors softball . The pitchers for the Thunder , hit a total of 7 batters in the game. She was pitching inside
27 Post contains images AGM100 : Good week for my girls so far , we won last 12 to 7 over the fighting "Sting" our short stop had a grand slam and a two run homer for us . Our first g
28 Bartonsayswhat : In this situation you should tell the catcher to smarten up and bring the glove back in the zone, and if not, you'll huck the pitcher. Provided I'm d
29 AGM100 : At this level the catchers are not moving pitches left or right for the most part. The pitchers can now throw good hard pitches in the strike zone ..
30 Bartonsayswhat : What level (age) are the players. Obviously, no ones going to toss a 11 year old because she beaned some batters, and I'll probably never do it to a
31 AGM100 : Age 11-13 , Looking back on that night I would have to say that the parents ended up playing a big role in the events. It is hard to dismiss them whe
32 AGM100 : The Blaze won again last night .. although it was not a easy win. We played the scrappy lady "Sidewinder's" from the Tucson Mountain majors division.
33 AGM100 : Big games tonight ... My Blaze play the much improved Sting team. This game is too establish seeding in the weekend tourney coming up . I am going wit
34 AGM100 : The Blaze girls flat threw down last night.... We had a double play , 2 homers , a triple and several doubles. I tried to raise the intensity in the f
35 AGM100 : My Blaze girls have been sweeping through the tournament so far. We pretty much blasted every team we have faced , but it is going to get tougher this
36 Post contains images AGM100 : Well the fighting blaze lost there fight ... coach Juan's "Hot Shots " knocked us out of the tourney in our first game yesterday. Wow my girls just br
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