2010 JCBI Tryouts

It’s that time again, JCBI will be holding open tryouts on Saturday, August 22rd for the upcoming 2010 baseball season.  All teams have openings — 12U, 13U and 14U.

JCBI operates three developmental competitive baseball teams in which the Jays Baseball Coaching staff helps prepare you for high school baseball.  This program is open to all baseball players whether or not you attend Jefferson City Public Schools and isn’t apart of the schools system whatsoever.  So grab your gear and we’ll see you on the field.

Tryouts for the 12U and team will be held at 10:00 am on Vivion * Lions field.

Tryouts for the 13u and 14U teams will be held at 12:00 pm on Vivion * Lions field.

Whatever your childs age on April 30th determines the youngest team your child can play for.  Example; if your son is 13 years of age on April 30th, he could play for either the 13U or 14U teams, but not 12U.

For more information, please email JCBI here: http://www.jcbi.org/about/contact-us/

* The exact field isn’t certain at this time.  I’d recommend that you go to Lions first, some one will be there to redirect you if necessary.  Both fields, Lions and Vivion are within walking distance of each other.

JCBI takes 3rd at Show-Me Games

via John Haynes:
The JCBI 14U baseball team took third place in the Show-Me State Games Competitive division last weekend, beating the Washington Rookies 4-3 on Sunday in Columbia. JCBI won 3 and lost 2 for the tournament.

In the third place game against the Rookies Cam Carroll pitched a complete game, picking up the win with 8 strikeouts and gave up 2 walks. Trevor Rucker had 2 RBI and Sam Atkinson had an RBI. Alex Johnson was 2-2 with 2 runs scored.

JCBI lost the first round of bracket play to the Mid-America Blue Devils 5-3 on Sunday. Steven Coots took the loss. Carroll was 2-3 with a double and 1 RBI. Johnson had an RBI and Dylan Brauner scored twice.

JCBI was 2-1 in pool play beating the Southwest Missouri Pride 3-2 and the Washington Rookies 5-4 but losing to the St. Louis Express 4-3.

JC opened pool play with the 3-2 win over the Pride, Carroll pitched the complete game for the win picking up 7 strikeouts. Brauner was 2-3 with a triple and run scored, Johnson was 2-2 with an RBI and run scored, Rylie Klosterman picked up an RBI.

In the second pool game Austin Kneeskern pitched the 5-4 complete game win over the Washington Rookies. Kneeskern picked up 3 strikeouts and gave up one walk. Brauner was 2-3 with a double and run scored. Corey Beard picked up 2 RBI and run scored, with Coots, Johnson and Kneeskern each having one RBI for JC.

JC lost a pool game to the St. Louis Express 4-3 with Johnson and Coots pitching, Coots took the loss. Johnson hit 2-3 with an inside the park home run and Coots also had an RBI for JC. Brauner and Rucker also scored for JC.

The team played 59 games for the year under Coaches Dave Schreimann, Jake Johnson and Phil Atkinson. The team also finished second at the Missouri State AA Tournament in early July.

Coaching online

Imagine communicating and coaching your kids between practices and online…  that may take some getting used to, but its an interesting idea.  NYSCA recently launch a new tool, Shapestuff, that helps coaches do just that.

“ShapeStuff is an easy-to-use tool that enables youth sports coaches to create skill-building exercises for their players to use between practices. Coaches quickly create short, customized skill-building programs on their PCs.
Programs can contain any combination of video clips and interactive exercises supplied by NYSCA, as well as anything on their own computer – even personalized audio or video messages. A push of a button then sends the skill-building exercise to players’ personal computer and even cellular phone.”

You can read the entire article here: http://nays.org/fullstory.cfm?articleid=10221

I haven’t tried it yet, so I can’t say much about it.  I can visualize many examples where this could be helpful tool, but I do wonder a bit about getting even further involved and consuming even more of a child’s time, especially for competitive teams who already push the envelope in that area.  Anyway, it’s and interesting idea and a communications tool that certainly seems to fit today’s youth.  I’m gonna have to check it out.

Congratulations JCBI 14U

JCBI 14U took 2nd place in this weekends USSSA Missouri State Tournament.

JCBI a 20 seed going into bracket play had to defeated their opponents one by one. First the 13th seed, then the 4th, 5th and 1st. In the championship game, JCBI was down 10-0 in the third, but fought back to gain the lead. In the end, JCBI fell to the Blue Sox’s in the 7th with bases loaded. Final 16-14.

10 things that can help your season

I realize I shouldn’t shares these, but here’s a list of the top 10 things that helped us this season.

  1. Never wear a white uniform, not only does it get dirty, but it’s bad karma –burn it instead.
  2. Everyone and I mean everyone needs a lucky penny.
  3. Never wash your cap.
  4. Never drink from the water cooler without examining the cup for holes.  You bunch of smart-asses.
  5. Between innings, never allow the baseball outside the lines — NEVER!
  6. If you find a lucky tent stake, toss it out the window on the way to the ball bark, then go back and find it.  It doubles your luck.
  7. Warming up before the game — never step on the line.
  8. Rally caps are for sissies, instead hum and wiggle your fingers.  It works much better and you don’t look as stupid.
  9. Don’t let the kids play with your fungo.
  10. And finally, a trip to Hooters can’t hurt.

An approach to baseball

Another tough game this Sunday, you might say another in a long line of anothers this season.

I’ve been reading and referring to The Mental Game of Baseball, a lot this season.  It’s a great book, chocked full of “what it takes” and then backing it up with several stories from the pro’s who’ve been there.  Most of this I’ve been attempting to teach my son and daughter since they were about seven and for the most part I think they get it, though being only fourteen, they’ll sometimes fall short.  How you attempt to convey this and more to a ball team in six months has proven difficult, but I guess it’s better to try and fail than to have failed to try.

One part of the book deals with preparation, and specifically in this example, one’s attitude and how that impacts preparation and thus performance on the field (and beyond).

Ozzie Smith is thought by some to be the best fielding shortstop in baseball history.  His numerous Gold Gloves, his soaring, spinning, whirling, diving plays have certainly impressed all who have watched him.  Second baseman Tommy Herr was most impressed by Smith’s consistency.

“What is overlooked about Ozzie,” Herr said before the 1985 World Series, “is that he always makes the routine plays.  Most guys can make a lot of good plays, and a lot of guys can sometimes make a great play, but they’ll blow the easy ones, and that hurts a team.  But Ozzie has tremendous powers of concentration.  He won’t take the easy ones for granted.”

Smith responded to Herr’s assessment:  “Because I wasn’t born with a lot of size, I’ve had to maybe work harder than some others.  Or concentrate harder.  You play the way you practice, and so I just don’t go out in infield practice for the sake of taking some ground balls.  I have a purpose in what I’m doing out there — testing the infield bounces, working on my moves.”

Smith gives complete attention to every ground ball hit to him in practice.  There are many infielders not “born with a lot of size,” who don’t practice the way Smith does.  And some are born with a lot of size.  Physical size isn’t the issue.  Smith and others like him are giants.  They’re the “big men” in the league of the mental game.

“My mother told me that if you don’t put anything into something, you won’t get anything out,” Smith explained.  “I want to look back and say, ‘I got everything out of all I had.'”

No one can have a higher goal.  It’s difficult to know if we ever attain it.  But we are successful if we can honestly say, “I did everything I could to get there…”  We then have no regrets, and we don’t have to mouth the familiar phrase of failure, “If only I would have …”

WE vs. YOU

I spent this past weekend in Kansas City along with another 217 (some odd) girl softball teams and their parents. And I gotta admit, it’s sorta nice being on the other side of the fence for a change.

One game in particular I was watching caught my attention.  It was a heated and close game — the kind where both the parents and coaches get, in my opinion, overly involved. Anyway, after the team had won the game, the kids came running to the dugout as the coaches ran onto the field screaming, “WE DID IT!”  And as the euphoria took root, I sat there somewhat stunned in silence thinking WE?  What do the coaches mean by WE?  Did they (the coaches) just make the diving catch to save the game?  Did they strike out the previous two batters?  Did they score a single run? Again, WE????

Coaches are teachers, they either sit in the dugout or stand outside the lines.  Think about that for a second, outside the lines…  We (coaches) aren’t and don’t play the game, the kids do.  They (YOU) DID IT.  Think about that next time you run onto the field to celebrate with your team and this time scream “YOU DID IT!” Not only is it more accurate, it’s more powerful.

When lightning strikes

You just never know when it’ll happen, but it happened tonight for our boys on the ball field. We only had about half the team tonight so it was a pretty informal practice. And I mean to tell you, the boys looked like pint sized pro-ballers.  Diving plays, across the body throws, well timed double plays, amazing hustle and range –whew!

So what was the motivation?  Ask the kids and their answer is along the lines, “we were just having fun.” Huh.  Who’d of thought?  It’s a theme I’ve written about here more times than I can count.  Ask and college or pro athlete and their advice to young players always include the phrase, “have fun.” Having fun equals a clear mind, a no fear – go for it attitude which in turn creates an environment for magic to happen.

Coaches, do yourself a favor and figure out how to give your kids some breathing room, they just might surprise you.

New JCBI website

It took a little longer than anticipated, but the new JCBI website is online.

Because of several ongoing projects at work I choose WordPress over Drupal for this website. I sort of have mixed feeling about that decision, I feel a little trapped by WordPress and miss the flexibility that Drupal offers me. Some of that could be lack of experience, I have years of experience with Drupal and only a few months with WordPress.

Anyway, the deed is done and I expect that some of my baseball blogging will take place there, especially when it come to JCBI.

Cold start to the season

A tough night at the ole ballpark last night, it was cold… and I mean cold. And too make matters worse, the Crusaders and the Blue Devils handed us losses in our first league games.  But, with that said both Jake and I were happy with the boys.

It was a close game against the Crusaders all the way.  And for this early in the season, I thought our pitching, fielding, hitting — everything looked pretty good and will only get better as the season continues.  I’m not sure what we would’ve or could have done differently.

Blue Devils – same deal.  Gang we were in that game the whole time until the 5th inning.  And as Jake told you, us coaches take responsibility for this loss.  We should have better prepared our pitchers.  Dylan and Steven – you guys were brought into a tough spot with no warm up and did the best you could.

Team – this is not a sign of things to come.  You played great last night.  Keeps your heads up.  Keep working.  Keep focused and you’re gonna wind up on top!  There’s no question about it.