Yup, five weeks for junior. After a very busy fall, he was glad to come home for some rest and doing a whole lot of nothing over Christmas break. I think that lasted about three hours... He has played football, basketball, several trips to airport to pick up other friends home from school, "friend gatherings" almost every night, helped a few times with my HS squad, daily workout prescribed by school, hit in the cage almost daily, ugly Xmas sweater parties, traveled in several directions to...
Son has thoroughly taken full advantage of just being home for the holidays and relaxing. We went to our deer lease for a few days then he followed that up with eating, sleeping, working out, spending time with his siblings playing xbox and playing cards, little more xbox, hitting the cages and fields several times a week....eats more and just being a carefree college student . LOL Love having him home. I know he's anxious to get back and get into some dirt though. Seems just like yesterday...
Enjoy it as much as you can. It will be a very memorable event especially for the new starters and freshmen. For my son's first appearance, we took lots of pictures but I really wish we had taken some video in addition. Good luck!
Took care of that...hubs bought me a new zoom lens for the good old camera. Best present in the world to me so that I can capture those once in a lifetime moments and videos. Now if I can just figure it out before the first game. So many settings and functions. ANY PHOTO EXPERTS out there willing to give advice????
I am! send me a PM with your questions. Or start a new thread and we can give everyone on the board some photo advice. I worked for newspapers for 25 years and now have my own photography business. Photograph many of my son's games (2017RHP) but also try to enjoy the games and pick one time to take photos and other times just to watch and be a mom. Lighting, composition and speed are what you need to work out to get the sharpest, well-composed photos. And think about multiple photos that...
Opening night is 2 months from TODAY . So excited to make the road trip and see son's first college regular season game. He'll play second base. My principal excused me for the day (so long as I cover my classes )
10 days until guys report for "Spring Training" -- that's a week before classes start. I'm afraid though the kid has been chilling too much and working too little during the break. Ready to see him shift his preparation into high gear.
Players report in 4 days. They were just told to make sure to bring sleeping bags with them so that they can camp out in the gym for three nights and four days. They begin the campaign by eating, sleeping, learning the system, working out and practicing together for the first few days back before school starts. Now that's taking the idea of training camp pretty literally.
School and official practice starts today. He has been there since December 27th, though being close he did pop in often to the homestead. As far as I can tell most everyone who was not in dorm was back about a week ago. I know I have 15 different players at my house since then to feed off and on . Grocery budget took a good whacking in last week 39 days 2 hours 47 minutes until first pitch
Mine went back Saturday. They reported to field yesterday at 10:00am. Had an hour meeting, ate lunch in fieldhouse, practiced from noon to 3:00, post practice meal, done at 4:00. First game is January 29th. Still get nervous, so it's not just a freshman parent thing. Good luck to all.
My Son's Spring Practice started at 5:30 this morning! First game is Superbowl weekend so it should be cold/rainy in McMinnville, Or! His school (Linfield) is ranked #10 in pre season. They lost some pitching to graduation but have some good arms coming up! Offense should keep getting better with only a handful of graduates leaving and a strong group of Sophomores that got alot of playing time on Varsity last year. My Son will probably spend another year as a Utility player, which is awesome...
Have to share.........just got the call from a super excited young man that during their scrimmage he dropped his first college bomb of 380+ against a pretty descent pitcher. Son said pitcher took it well and congratulated him for taking advantage of his ill placement. In 2 weeks is "GO" day. Little brother starts his select ball next week so ready or not here comes the best time of the year!!!!!!!!!!!
Dropped the son off last week for Spring Training. Then the wife and I went and enjoyed the So Cal sunshine and beaches for a few days. Stopped in to say hi and take the kid to lunch on the drive back home. Pretty clear it's going to be tough to get much playing time. The team kept 13 outfielders in toto. 2 seniors, 5 juniors, 1 sophomore and 5 frosh (though one of he frosh is hurt and can't throw right now but can bat, so that's really 4 and a potential DH, I guess). Definitely looks like...
Yeah, it left me wondering how typical this is for a D3 with a JV program. There are something like 40-42 players on the total roster between JV and Varsity. Still 13 OF seems on the high side, though.
Questions that need to be asked in the 1st interview. SSU or SRJC is no different. 100 players "trying" out in the Fall only 30 will have active participation in practice and games. At MSU, there was a Freshman team, 100 players "tried out", only 5 played 3 years later on the Varsity in the College World Series. Question: JV or "red shirt" or transfer. Bob Goodwill Series and Area Code 1983-2016
Sometimes it depends on the league. The OAC almost every team is in the 40's. In my faborite, the NCAC is usually carries in the 30's. Denison since Deegan has taken over may carry the lowest roster size. The HCAC is similar to the OAC. Bluffton carries in the 50's. But Bluffton neber cuts a player. There are players on team that know that they will never see the field. (Thanks to jboss for his info there). Mount Union in the OAC does the same thing.
Son's first year at JuCo there was 55 or so during the fall season. When asked the coach said not to worry, he won't have to make cuts. They'll self cut by spring. Sure enough, a few became ineligible due to grades, some injured (redshirt) and the rest self cut (quit). Come spring the roster was at 35. Additionally by the last month the active roster was down to 28 or so as more quit due to lack of playing time, grades and I think maybe one or two injuries.
Wife and I are just trying to learn the freshman ropes and excited too see what playing time and contributions son can make to help his team this spring. They say "adversity doesn't build character but reveals it" and his path to get to this point has been filled with one roadblock after another. I'm not sure how I would've handled it but he has with the heart and desire of a true champion. Between his freshman and sophomore year of high school he experienced elbow pain during summer ball.
So......here's cautiously and optimistically hoping it's all behind him and praying he can just do what he so passionately loves! AGDAD19 - If this were a competition, your son would probably be in the lead for comebacks. Good luck and hopefully the decks are cleared for the rest of his career. I've still got about 24 months to go before my 2017 gets his shot and I am hoping for a much less eventful two years. Please give us an update as the season progresses.
Our freshman son will start practice 9 days from now. 1st game is on the 19th of Feb. He says, "there are lots of pitchers", but tells us his bullpens are going well. He seems to have a good relationship with his pitching coach and understands the communication, feels confident he will get substantial innings this spring. He's excited for the opportunity and can't wait to get started. 29 more days till I get to watch some baseball. Yay !!
I remember when my son was a freshman at a JuCo. JuCo's can play a limited number of fall games. For the first several away games he didn't make the "travel squad" (bus held 28 - 25 players and 3 coaches plus gear), but late in the fall season he calls with news he had made the travel squad and they would be playing about an hour from home (the JuCo was 4.5 hours away). My wife and I were real excited. From that point on he always made the travel squad.
Clemson baseball will be having their annual baseball dinner this saturday with guest speaker Dale Murphy as well as the first annual Fan Fest on Feb 6th. Official practice begins tomorrow. There are a couple of folks here whose sons are on the team, and I am wishing their players the best of luck for the coming season. As an FYI, I read that one of our webster's son was ranked #94 freshman. Congrats to Ryley Gilliam. I heard he is the real deal! Best of luck to all of your sons this season.
Our son called last night, made the travel team for opening weekend, 1 on Friday, Dh on Sat. Has been pitching and playing 2nd. He is 9 hours away in ark. their playing in Okla. Still 9 hours from Houston. We are leaving tomorrow afternoon. So excited, hope he gets on the field but will be good to see him. Was really just a closer on his hs team and PO only so he has enjoyed all the time in practice. Coach wants to work him on field to but, said if he decided to go just po they would talk.
BS...great feeling and congrats to your son...not easy task to make team and even greater to make the travel squad and to get to play like he is going to. I am sure that he put a lot of hard work into it and now it shows. Go and have a great time watching him...remember that our kids don't want us to 'cheer' too much because it 'embarrass' them (in my case, I don't care with my son, I still cheer like crazy for the team). Have a great time and drive carefully all the way and enjoy it. Time...
Son’s team played their opening series last weekend at PG Lakepoint. It is a fantastic facility. Typical opening series, both teams looked a little rusty. Weather was fantastic for January. It was great to get my baseball fix in, now we wait for two more weeks to see the next game. Son looked solid for 1 st outing. 5IP, 10K, 0BB, 3 hits. He got some nice ink in the PG blog… http://www.perfectgame.org/blogs/View.aspx?blog=580
Son's team opens the season in... two minutes. I had a bit of a flashback as I texted him a morning message. It was the same that I gave him in Little League, all his other sports, Babe Ruth, HS, JC and now at his 4-yr... it was the same we discussed at length here in a past thread... "Play Hard. Have Fun" Looks like he has beat the odds again and either earned a starting spot or at least a heavy role in the OF rotation. Of course, as always, that is a moving target and can change in an...
All - Just wanted to pop in and say thanks for supporting my D2 baseball blog last season, and I hope everyone returns to keep tabs on the season in 2016! Good luck to everyone with children/friends/relatives all across the college landscape, and particularly D2! www.roadtocary.blogspot.com =)
Yesterday was opening day for our son's team. The weather was beautiful, and we got to watch our son play the game that he loves. It doesn't get any better than that! We are really looking forward to the season!
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