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Reply by smokeminside

Praying for your son, Elijah. My oldest got drilled on a sac bunt attempt last year. The ball just kept going up and in on him like a...
smokeminside

Reply by Chico Escuela

Rawlings is the only mfr I know of that gives an mph rating for some of its helmets. S90 = 90 mph, S80 = 80 mph... Link:...
Chico Escuela

Reply by nycdad

Hope your son is ok Elijah. Looking at Amazon and some baseball gear sites, I wasn't able to find mph ratings for any helmets. Can...

Reply by edcoach

I used to worry about the same thing. Its definitely acceptable if they're fundamentally sound and good receivers

Reply by Smitty28

Yeah, I kind of figured that was probably it. I was wondering if the teaching is evolving to include this as acceptable catching techniques.

Reply by Twoboys

will also add my 2 cents as my 2017 LHP played on a very well known national travel team. They did not have the same connections for the...

Reply by Goosegg

On whether to play travel. Not one size fits all. In general, a hitter should play. But a pitcher is treated differently. I'd approach...

Reply by RJM

These plays don’t need to be judged as long as fans/parents aren’t part of the act. Place 100% of the focus and blame on the base runner.
RJM

Reply by RJM

How many players leave their helmet or entire bag in the trunk of the car? The heat is bad for the helmet in the long run.
RJM

Reply by smokeminside

Great post, Kilroy. Anyone who reads it and pays attention and follows up with action will benefit.
smokeminside

Reply by 57special

This is an issue that has come up in hockey a lot. Just because a helmet is rated up to a certain speed, it doesn't mean that you will...

Reply by BBMomAZ

In my opinion, he should do both showcases and compete with the highest level travel team at this point. If a coach has interest from a...

Reply by Midlo Dad

I got to see Benedictine start out with some sloppy play, then catch fire to end up with a slaughter-rule victory in the semifinal...
Midlo Dad

Reply by Trust In Him

Bolts - congratulations on the call up. I can relate with what an exciting time it has been for the entire family! My son has played...

Reply by RHPinSF

This is an incredibe amount of great information. Thank you all so much. I may have somehow implied he's a freshman. He's a sophmore now...

Reply by RJM

As summer after junior year started we figured the offers were about to pour in. My son was using baseball to advance to the top of the...
RJM

Reply by chazball

This is why I love this site, stories like this are so helpful for me and my 2022. Thank you and congratulations to your son, glad to...

Reply by Trust In Him

Congrats on the offer and continuing on for something he loves. I have always believed there is a reason for things that happen. It...

Reply by BBMomAZ

Is your son a rising junior then? I think a HA showcase in the fall is a good move. HeadFirst is ideal for direct communication with...

Reply by CatsPop

Great post KILROYJ, so glad it worked out for your son & the family. Enjoy the irony, albeit with a lot of hard work put into it,...
CatsPop

Reply by Goosegg

My info from 2009 era (tho I keep current on some lines of info). As a rising junior at HF (and Stanford) my son was at least 6" shorter...

Reply by MidAtlanticDad

... and the Junior All-Academic Tryout at the AZ Senior Fall Classic. https://azfallclassic.com/junior-all-academic-game Another recent...
MidAtlanticDad

Reply by Chico Escuela

Take a look at the Showball academic showcases, too. Also very good, and a slightly different mix of HA schools (as well as a good deal...
Chico Escuela

Reply by MidAtlanticDad

Thanks Ted, that's very nice of you to say. He's at a good public university, and they really have exceeded my expectations in terms of...
MidAtlanticDad

Reply by MidAtlanticDad

Thanks, Pete. Landmark is a good word. Four years ago, I underestimated his love for the game. He played other sports in high school and...
MidAtlanticDad

Reply by Goosegg

Parents of younger players, THIS: "All the work put in to worrying about his recruiting for years and it came to a worthless verbal."

Reply by RHPinSF

Because of all your smart advice, we'd decided to register for Headfirst West 4 in Woodland this September. And Showball in Albany NY in...

Reply by cabbagedad

Congratulations!!! I agree with Fenway... lot's of valuable lessons others can learn from sharing your son's journey. Thanks for posting...

Reply by fenwaysouth

Kilroyj, So glad to read things worked out in the end for your son & family. Your point was not lost on me! ;-) Lots of lessons in...
fenwaysouth

Reply by #1 Assistant Coach

"This forum has been an immeasurable help to me (and indirectly to my son) for the past 7 years." - MAD MidAtlanticDad............you...
#1 Assistant Coach

Reply by JCG

Kind of amazing that a freshman already knows he wants to major in Economics. An academic dream list for econ should include Claremont...
JCG

Reply by PitchingFan

I agree CabbageDad and made my son wear a heartguard and suggested to all parents and a few did. I never bought into the jawguard or I...

Reply by Elijah

Thank you, everyone, for your concerns. He is feeling it today. We are monitoring him. Cabbagedad, the line is easily drawn. Rawlings...

Reply by RHPinSF

Thanks for all the great replies. It's my first go at this, so I really appreciate your baseball brain power. My son is using baseball...

Reply by game7

Elijah- I hope your son recovers quickly. However, I doubt that a 100mph helmet gives better protection against concussion than an 80mph...

Reply by cabbagedad

Elijah, Wishing your son a quick and thorough recovery. Head injuries can be tricky and scary. You bring awareness to a good topic. I...

Reply by Chico Escuela

Even without cracks, helmets have a shelf life. From the NOCSAE web page: Consumers should be aware that in the case of batter’s...
Chico Escuela

Reply by PitchingFan

The high school I went to a few years ago as head coach had helmets that were rated 80 mph and all except one of the 6 they had, had...

Reply by Chico Escuela

I don't think there is an agreed standard or standards body for batting helmet mph ratings (?). Rawlings gives mph ratings for some of...
Chico Escuela

Reply by Chico Escuela

Fenway has a lot more experience than I do, but one addendum I'd offer to his post: Schools definitely tend to pick in order of NCAA...
Chico Escuela

Reply by baseballhs

Hope your son is ok. I never knew helmets had mph ratings. Thank you for sharing that and I agree. I wonder what the helmets issued for...
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