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east TN / s.w. VA showcase team

TNVA STATELINERS ·
We would like to gauge interest in a SHOWCASE TEAM from upper east tn / southwest VA (2015 grads or 17U) We feel competitive top level TALENT leaves this area to play for teams out of Atlanta, Knoxville and N/S.Carolina. Lets look at putting this...
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Open Tryout Saturday May 18th at 10AM

East Coast Whitecaps ·
The East Coast Whitecaps are having an open tryout this upcoming saturday at 10am. The tryout is open to all players 14-18 intersted in playing for a Travel Ball / Showcase team this summer. We have a 16u and 18u team. Both age groups will tryout...
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**OPEN TRYOUTS** Showcase / Travel Team

East Coast Whitecaps ·
Saturday May 18th at 10AM. Location is at Lakewood Park in Norfolk, VA. If you are interested please visit our site and contact us! www.eastcoastwhitecaps.comWe are trying to fill our summer roster.Ages 14-18 welcome!
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Retrainh ·
I would have to say that this team is very well put together. They have an all around approach to the way they are handling this team and it shows in their practices and meetings. I'm excited to watch my kids play for this team this year and I hope we have a great year with many more to come. The team site is awesome, whoever did their website design did an amazing job. ( www.eastcoastwhitecaps.com ) Look forward to next practice coach(s)! -Ronnie
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East Coast Whitecaps ·
Thanks Retrainh! We are trying our best! Look forward to seeing you this weekend.
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redbird5 ·
Do you have a roster of players?
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East Coast Whitecaps ·
yes we do. it will be online in days to come. www.eastcoastwhitecaps.com
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Va Pro Pitching + Catching Clinic. Learn from the Pros

VA Pro Pitching ·
Whats up everyone? 2 players here, Connor Jones (Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake -> UVA -> St. Louis Cardinals) and Alec Bettinger (Hylton Hs, Woodbridge -> UVA -> Milwaukee Brewers) here. We are both obviously from VA. Friends since playing for the Canes together, Teammates at UVA, and we are both in Tidewater this offseason. We wanted to take the opportunity to try and team up to continue to influence Youth baseball in VA. In addition to lessons, we are running at 6 week pitching...
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Showcase & Instructional Expo @ Va Wesleyan - Nov 3-4 and Nov 10-11

redbird5 ·
Great camp for 2019-2022 grads. 14+ coaches present to instruct and recruit. More info at coastalvabaseball.com
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Pinnacle Prospects (Fredericksburg, VA) tryouts

FFXfireman ·
Pinnacle Prospects will be holding tryouts for rising 8th through 11th graders (2020's - 2018's) for their summer showcase team. We just finished our first season of hitting the college circuit hard and already have 4 commits (two 2017's and two 2018's) with more to come. This isn't another "get together a group of kids for tournaments" focused organization. Pinnacle concentrates on, not only the showcasing of a player, but also the development of the player... as a baseball player and as a...
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Academic Showcase, June 23-24 in Washington DC Area

redbird5 ·
Why should an academically gifted player wait to get on radar screens? The simple answer is that they shouldn't. That's why we picked June 23-24. Get on radar screens early. Start conversations earlier. Plan...Prepare. This is coming together nicely. Coaches are genuinely excited and committed schools are rolling in daily. Here are the details: June 23-24 in Washington, DC area (fields are being negotiated now) $695 (includes customized Play In School video) as well as a Written Eval from a...
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Re: Information on Travel Teams in Burke, Va

too.tall ·
You might start with the nvtbl.org web site under tryouts. You can also add your son's name to the "players looking for a team" link.
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Re: Information on Travel Teams in Burke, Va

joemktg ·
Which FCPS HS will he attend?
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Re: Information on Travel Teams in Burke, Va

Batty67 ·
My son played up on the Burke Bulldogs for three seasons, 14u and 15u (2011-2012). Highly recommended. I know one of the organizers of the program who also coached my son.
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Re: Information on Travel Teams in Burke, Va

2B/P 2019 ·
I just sent you a message.
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Re: east TN / s.w. VA showcase team

RJM ·
Its a bit late to put together a team for 2015s. I would think any 2015 with his act together would already be on a team since its already showcase season.
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TNVA STATELINERS ·
FALL showcases (PG 2015 GRADS and under) are available and strong turnouts from recruiting schools. but your comments are valid and the reasoning for our thoughts of (17U listing) which would most likely catch 2016 Grads.
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Re: What To Expect At The Next Level?

Trust In Him ·
All the above have great answers and suggestions. I would add this. As a freshman work your butt off in everything, especially practices. If you assume everyone's talent is basically at the same level, if you give that extra effort (110%), that may make you stand out in coaches eyes. It may not happen on opening day but work hard, practice hard, be a team player with encouragement, and something good will come of it.
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Re: What To Expect At The Next Level?

phillyinNJ ·
Outstanding posts by all...2018 is headed to a top regional D3, so I am going to redirect him to this thread for him to read.
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Re: What To Expect At The Next Level?

old_school ·
time management, time management, time management...you will have plenty of time to do everything if you use your time well. If you don't...it is going to be a problem. My son is a what would be considered a competitive D3, they are serious, they recruit kids who they feel have fallen though the cracks a typical fall ball week besides classes is 5x a week lifting / conditioning - this started around week 2 or so of school and is the whole school year. Finals week I believe they have off for...
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ClevelandDad ·
I am not sure if anyone mentioned it in this thread (it seems like the message is how tough the experience is) but I thought I would like to mention something uplifting as well. If you apply yourself and keep your nose to the grindstone, all the hard work and effort will have seemed well worth the effort when you find your way on to the playing field. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more exciting or thrilling than that. My son's dream was to win a championship in both high school and college...
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Buckeye 2015 ·
I think you've gotten a pretty good idea on the biggest issue - time management!! My son struggled his freshman year with the time issues and had actually decided to quit baseball after the spring. He was about 12 hours from telling the coaches when a friend (former player, coach, etc) took him out to lunch and basically told him "hey, everyone feels that way after their freshman year". He stayed and is happy that he did. With regard to pitching that you'll see....answer these questions and...
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Re: What To Expect At The Next Level?

BishopLeftiesDad ·
This is so true. It may seem like a Slog at times but the reward is so worth it. Baseball will end for everyone sometime in their lives. Just never let it be for lack of effort, in academics and athletics.
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RJM ·
This concept may seem odd entering college baseball. It will make sense afterwards. A few years after finishing playing you will remember far more about the smiles and laughter on your teammate’s faces than the play on the field. You don’t play baseball forever. Some of your teammates will be friends forever. You won’t talk about someone’s great catch. You will talk about the shaving cream pie he took in the face.
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MidAtlanticDad ·
Spot on. I played beer league hockey with two college teammates last night. We talk about our kids, our jobs, our deteriorating bodies, how bad we played... If someone brings up the 1978 MACHC championship, it's time to call an Uber.
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Coach_May ·
I love the positive posts in this thread. CD and RJM or so right.
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Re: What To Expect At The Next Level?

JLC ·
Here is a an article regarding a D1 baseball player. I would guess that other divisions aren't much different. This was posted on this site last year and I found it interesting. https://www.theodysseyonline.c...ball-the-16-hour-day
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Re: What To Expect At The Next Level?

FoxDad ·
In answering the OP's question - the link JLC posted is a good indication of what to expect. My son's experience was similar. I've always maintained it's not just one full time job, but actually two - one as a student and one as an athlete. Though my son was not a pitcher (played 1B), that schedule was about what he had at JuCo and D2. Each day started a 5 am and he did not go to bed until after 10 pm. Spring was worse with an average of 4 games per weekend (a doubleheader each day) and at...
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Re: What To Expect At The Next Level?

brosenyc ·
A few comments on D3 pitching. My son finished high school last year, did summer ball with other college players -- D3, JuCo, and some D1 -- and it went well. It was not a big adjustment for him. His high school team was not particularly good, but they played against some of the top teams in the area. He faced a few pitchers who were hitting 90mph. Most were not. Same with the summer league. Most of the pitchers were in the low to mid 80s. Control still an issue for many of them. The fall...
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Re: What To Expect At The Next Level?

JCG ·
Good thread, but going back to this question in the OP: Is there typically a drastic difference in the quality of pitching? I took a look at your league's stats from last year. The champion averaged 7.6 runs per game! Even the 8th place team scored 6.8 runs per game. Win your spot in the lineup and be prepared to mash!
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2019Dad ·
FWIW, over Thanksgiving weekend I saw two 2017 HS grads (a PAC12 player and an Ivy player, home for the long weekend) at my son's baseball game. I asked them a version of the OP's question: "Is college baseball super intense?" The answer I got [from the PAC12 player] were that the lifting is way more intense. Not even close. The baseball work (at least in the fall) was described by both as not more intense [perhaps due to NCAA limits on fall practices?]. Maybe that will change in the spring?
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BOF ·
This is a great thread and the one thing I see missing (at least I missed it) was the importance of mental toughness. My son who just got home for Christmas and I were talking about his time playing and he said the major difference to the guys who performed well throughout the season were their mental toughness. He said one of his teams top pitchers had nowhere near the stuff of some others, but he was a mental giant. No matter the situation he would control himself mentally and he was...
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Coach_May ·
So true BOF. While speaking to some former players the other day who are now in college they spoke about the importance of mental toughness.
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Trust In Him ·
Couldn't agree more. Start off by understanding the game, learn the game and this is part of the building blocks for mental toughness.
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RJM ·
Mental toughness is always being prepared. Never shift into “Woe is me, I’m getting screwed, I’m better than him,” mode. Shift into “Stay mentally and physically prepared to deliver when you get your chance” mode. Successful spot appearances can turn into bigger opportunities.
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Re: What questions should I ask on a campus visit?

CatsPop ·
Questions to ask the coach during your unofficial visit When you go on your unofficial visit, one of your top priorities should be to ask the coach any questions you have about the school and the program. Before you go, write down your questions and keep adding to the list throughout your visit. When it’s time to talk to the coach, you’ll have your list ready to go, rather than trying to come up with questions on the spot. Here some examples of questions you might want to ask: What are the...
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Re: What questions should I ask on a campus visit?

CaCO3Girl ·
To be clear, my son is just starting this chaos, so I have NOT been there and done that, but this is what I would like to know. 1. Am I required to live anywhere specific? Some schools have a baseball "house", others say in the dorms, others say they don't care, some make you room with a baseball player. 2. If I take THIS major do you think I can graduate on time or am I required to take summer or winter school? Do you have a cap on the credits per semester I am allowed to take? 3. Can I...
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Re: What questions should I ask on a campus visit?

Iowamom23 ·
Since you're going to a school with a new coaching staff, you might ask what drew the coaches to the college and what they like about it, plus what they would like to change moving forward and how you might fit into that new direction.
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Re: What questions should I ask on a campus visit?

coachld ·
Congrats to you!!! Hope one of those schools ends up being a great fit for you! As for questions, I think a lot depends on what you hope to accomplish as a student and athlete at said school. I know my son wanted to know about player development. What is their track record in terms of developing players? Do they do their best to provide all players multiple opportunities to perform in games and prove themselves? In terms of academics, do they support players who choose to challenge...
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Midwest Mom ·
Responses above are great. We had a discussion last week with a HC in which my son also asked: What is the team culture? What are you looking for in your 20XX class? Where would you see me fitting?
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DesertDuck ·
What questions should I ask on a campus visit? Any chance you could throw in a rally girl with that offer?
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Iowamom23 ·
No. See ya.
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Re: What To Expect At The Next Level?

RJM ·
A drastic difference in pitching? Compared to what? You will have two primary jobs in college; academics and baseball. You are about to find out how much you like/love baseball and how much you want it to be a major part of your life. Academics and baseball will fill most of your time.
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Re: What To Expect At The Next Level?

Branson Baseball ·
Congratulations on your college acceptance! I'll echo RJM, college baseball is like a second job. Second to college academics. Hopefully, you'll really like your jobs. My sons have played D1 and D3 baseball. Schedule wise, the most substantive difference between the two is the number of Spring games and the impacts (travel, missed classes, etc.) that occur. Fall (while technically a shorter practice schedule at D3 than D1...in reality, not so much) and Winter are pretty similar. And they are...
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Re: What To Expect At The Next Level?

JCG ·
Terrific summary by Branson. But since the picture he paints is a bit bleak, I'll try to brighten it with a few upsides: 1 - You'll be spending A LOT less time in class, as much as 50% less. (If you're STEM it will ramp up later) 2 - Many kids who took AP or IB classes in HS report that college is actually easier. 3 - You'll be busy, but when you do have free time you'll be surrounded by great friends. 4 - College girls! 5 - No parents!
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BOF ·
All of the above, but doing it on 4-6 hours sleep...
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Re: What To Expect At The Next Level?

CaCO3Girl ·
The thing about playing any sport in college is that it is a full time job. I hope your parents are generous and understanding. Most college kids can hold down 2-3 jobs and bust their butts in the summer, you can't. Summer will hopefully be playing with a summer league and winter you will likely be taking courses to make up the light load of credit you take during the fall and spring so you can keep up with baseball. 12 credits is a "full time student", but 12 credits won't allow you to...
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Re: What To Expect At The Next Level?

RJM ·
When I played I sometimes felt owned. I felt like I had very little time to myself. But I would do it all over again. My kids felt the same way. Most who play feel this way. Fortunately I had a girlfriend who thought a good time was hanging out at games with other girlfriends. Dont skip classes. Keep up with your homework/reading. Being up to date is half the battle. Never make the mistake of telling yourself you will catch up next week. Hopefully you have such a good time with college...
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Coach_May ·
Just because they can doesn't mean you can. Stay focused. If you want to plow a straight row don't look where you have been but where you want to go. Be thankful for the opportunity. Earn it every single day. Good Luck
 
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