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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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South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball

jce114 ·
Anyone checked out Wil Crowe; the true freshman pitcher for the Gamecocks? He is a true athlete! Great player and he's going to do big things for South Carolina!
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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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Freshman Future Is Now

hitting4dudes ·
The time is near for what the player has done before...But this time it is different. Hlgh school baseball is all these players have been talking and hearing about the past couple of years. Preparation is the first word that comes to mind when you are talking about an upcoming season. The player is either ready or is not, and the results always display themselves. With that being said, many players have been working and playing hard. Those are the players that will find themselves in...
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SanDiegoRealist ·
Pretty serious about your Freshman baseball
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SanDiegoRealist ·
Wow! This is just getting good, no need to change the channel. In my opinion, I think RJM was just trying to tell H4D that we all know our kids need to be internally motivated, etc, and his motivational speech was playing to an audience of pretty experience baseball people. I don't think he was trying to brag on his credentials, just trying to share that many of the posters on this board like RJM, who has more post than I can even calculate, have walked many miles in his shoes already.
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RJM ·
I didn't tell you what you should know. I respect what anyone knows and what they can add.. I didn't care for how your post came off that no one on this board knows anything and you're the savior. I have nothing more to say. Enjoy your stay.
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CaCO3Girl ·
I had to laugh....freshman son came home today and said "coach said on the field I'm great, but in the hallways my immaturity could affect my playing time."
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hitting4dudes ·
Outta here off to the facilities... Have a good night everyone.
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DesertDuck ·
Hey Smoke (and all the other pitcher parents out there), Really envy you guys that have kids still pitching, miss those days a lot! Use to love the days the boy would take the mound and the more pressure on the outcome the better (lol). He wouldn't ever blow anyone away, was just really crafty at setting kids up and getting them out. He seemed to perform better when something was on the line. His Mom would wear holes in the pavement behind the diamond pacing back and forth, chewing on her...
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SanDiegoRealist ·
I couldn't stand it, if my kid was a pitcher. Too much stress on the heart, and then throw in the stuff that is outside of your control (officiating)...I could not deal with that! Hats off to all parents of pitchers!
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hitting4dudes ·
RSM crossing the line when you start insulting members and telling me what I should know...I'm just like you and so is everybody else in here. Chill out big dog. Not trying to block you. Someone might think in a community of baseball that we would have a ☺ supportive mentality towards one another. Instead of bashing. I'm through with you RSM...for your criticism and outright disrespect. You don't dig the way I write then kick rocks barefooted.
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bandera ·
I've already been through the process with two kids. I played college ball. I've coached 16u and 18u teams. There are plenty of people on this board with equal, equivilant or more experience. Know your audience. _--------- I did this. I know that. I was put off by that. Blah blah. How is any of that helpful to anyone? OP had an inspirational post and you have responded childishly. Use some of your experiences to contribute something useful. SMH
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compare ·
"I've already been through the process with two kids. I played college ball. I've coached 16u and 18u teams. There are plenty of people on this board with equal, equivilant or more experience. Know your audience." If you aren’t a freshman in high school, or the parent of one, you were not the audience.
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DesertDuck ·
Maybe we shouldn't go back to the regularly scheduled programing? Anyone else got any good kid pitching, parent stressing stories? lol BTW....go kick rocks barefooted was pretty funny!
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RJM ·
I was a little put off by someone coming on so strongly with the assumption he has all the answers for a board full of know nothings. I've already been through the process with two kids. I played college ball. I've coached 16u and 18u teams. There are plenty of people on this board with equal, equivilant or more experience. Know your audience.
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hshuler ·
My son has tryouts in two weeks and I have talked to so many folks that have gone through it before and I am trying to just enjoy it all. I can definitely now see how you can miss it if you're not careful.
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hshuler ·
Appreciate the kind words, Smoke! I will say that when my son occasionally pitches, it's definitely more stressful.
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smokeminside ·
Shu, I get the feeling you're going to enjoy the ride as much as anyone possibly can, and not just because your kid is a good player. Your head and heart are in the right place. My third kid is trying out for his intermediate team for the first time. Even with two sons having successfully gone before and even though I'm confident in his abilities, I'll be stressed out more than usual: he's a pitcher as well as a field player. Every pitch he throws is a nail biter. I hope there's a special...
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Shoveit4Ks ·
I recall HS tryouts and son's freshman year. Hate to sound cocky but we new he would make the team, his goal was varsity. He did make the team and played primarily on JV (was considered 1 of 3 JV players who could play JV and varsity) but carved through everyone he faced with a sub 1 era for the season. Called up to play a few games on varsity at year end and i distinctly recall him hanging a change up that ended up in the stratosphere somewhere. Try to enjoy these times, they are...
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hitting4dudes ·
ALL replies are appreciated. Would like to contribute more if I had more time, but always at a field or facility almost everyday living the dream. RJM anytime you would like to come out to our facilities or games, I encourage you to do so. You are more than welcome. We would be so greatful if you bestowed your knowledge upon us...definitely going to make the time to post more.
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RJM ·
Wow! This is enlightening. I wasn't aware those who want it more and work harder tend to get ahead. Does this also work outside baseball? Or is it unique to baseball?
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CaCO3Girl ·
Maturity is a funny word....as a freshman my son is going to try his hardest out on the field. He will dive into the wall to get a foul ball, no second thoughts about it. However, after he makes that catch he is also likely to go into the dugout and make a fart joke. He IS 14 after all :- )
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cabbagedad ·
Love that story, Smoke, but it needs to be in the "strangest, funniest things that happened.." thread. As a LHP, there were a couple guys in Legion ball that just had my number every time. Didn't matter where I threw it, what kind of pitch, they CRUSHED me. I was a competitive SOB and HATED getting beat or getting hit hard. But these two... One of them hit a ball that looked like it was still climbing when it went over the full-height light tower beyond the fence in left center. I can still...
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RJM ·
Parents do need to stay away from practice as best they can. Your kids need some time away from your critical eye. When my kids were younger high school players I picked them up after practice. If practice was still going on I walked near the field. Being a travel coach the high school coaches would engage me in conversation. It was general baseball/softball conversation. I wouldn't talk about my kids or other players. My kids asked me to stay in the car and wait. Rumors had started I was...
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SanDiegoRealist ·
The parents who hung around practices during my son's freshman year stuck out like sore thumbs, and not for good reasons. They are either viewed as trying to win favor with coaches or just unable to let go from Little League. My philosophy is help is asked, otherwise cheer for ALL players when it's game day.
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CaCO3Girl ·
HOWEVER, when little Timmy says the coach isn't playing him due to politics you might want to attend a practice before you believe that line.
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RJM ·
How to make the high school team http://www.hsbaseballweb.com/making_the_team.htm
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JCG ·
While it's gone a bit sideways, I do like the idea of this thread. We don't spend enough time on this HS baseball website talking about HS baseball, and the OP is correct - the future is now. The first day of tryouts for real spring baseball is coming up here in CA very soon, and for a lot of Freshman (and their parents) it truly is a day that they have been anticipating and preparing for over past several years. I know that when my 2017 was getting ready he was really chomping at the bit.
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RJM ·
When my daughter was a freshman five freshman started. The previous year the team went 4-18 which included a part of a thirty four game losing streak. Mothers of upperclassmen replaced starters started attending practices and filming them. They were looking for ammunition to get the coach fired for giving preferential treatment to freshmen. The mothers never got their evidence. The team went from last to first. They won more games than the previous four years combined. The five freshmen all...
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Bball34 ·
Welcome Hitting4Dudes - great name. Don't let your start sway you, most interaction is positive, helpful and upbeat - as was your intent from my perspective
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smokeminside ·
I was the starting pitcher in the second game of a dbl header (two 7-inning games) for the very poor college baseball team I was on against the always powerful Lewis-Clark State. Was down 4-0 in the first inning before I'd even warmed up. L-C State had scored 10 (!) runs in the top of the 7th in the first game, so they were probably exhausted. Anyway, we scratched our way back into the game and tied it in the bottom of the 6th. I go out in the top of the seventh and the first guy up hits...
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SanDiegoRealist ·
A guy with a screen name "2020dad" on a baseball forum but for no reason but entertainment value? Now I've heard everything.
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2020dad ·
No dog in this fight and don't want one! Just throwing it out there that not all of us come here to learn something. As I have said before, just a hobby for me. Just fun to talk baseball. Now if one of our resident experts (not sarcasm, the real ones like Kyle or PG etc) start talking about significant issues I certainly tune in. But not really the purpose I am here. You guys do have to realize some of us are just here to have a good time.
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2020dad ·
Amen to that fellas. I pace and go far away when he pitches. Funny thing is he had such a great year last year I started to relax and stay with everybody else by the end of the season! With the nee season I am sure I will be back to pacing - at least in the beginning!
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CaCO3Girl ·
Exactly, the instinct to protect children is strong, and while no parent wants to believe their child is lying.....well I would hope a parent would be willing to watch a practice before they do something rash.
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RJM ·
It's like the betting cards. "For entertainment purposes only" Of course it's true.
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Iowamom23 ·
I agree. Do you ever remember hearing that if you're going to really learn a language, you have to start as a child? If you're really serious about dance, you start when you're 3? Baseball, it seems to me, along with most character traits, are the same. High school is too late to start acquiring character or baseball skills.
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JCG ·
Catch and IowaMom you make a good point, but it's not quite the same, especially for varsity players. For most players HS ball is the final level of competition, the level they have been prepping for all these years. And unlike rec ball or even travel ball, if they get cut, or they don't earn any playing time, that's it. Without taking extraordinary measures like transferring, they can't just find another team to try out for. This is for keeps. Plus now you're playing for your school, and...
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CaCO3Girl ·
The baseball played in certain high schools is VERY SERIOUS! In other schools not so much. And both myself and the coach have had talks with my son about baseball and now that you are in high school you have to stop being such a goofball. The coach wants players who are serious about baseball, not kids that are in ISS for being goofy. If you have a school with over 2000 kids I'm betting most sports are serious.
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hitting4dudes ·
The way I look at it is, there are no bad post or replies. Respect for one another is the foundation for that. If that is breached there is a problem. I love the game, but the game doesn't love me back. Do you get it? The post is about freshman baseball. My contributions to hs baseball web are predicated on my undying love, respect and passion for our national past time. I'm an author to my inner thoughts. Sometimes I like to share my baseball journey. Solicitations, approval, validation,...
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Catch1721 ·
I don't recall ever having a conversation about baseball with my son that started out with "Now that you are in HS....." The expectations haven't changed since he decided that he wanted to play baseball competitively. Work to get better, stay humble and don't forget to have some fun. If he didn't know how to respect authority, how to practice, be a good teammate....etc, it was going to be a little late to drop that on him just because he was entering HS. Baseball is hard enough on its own...
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Truman ·
Agree. Except, one can't stay completely away when one needs to drop off or pick up the player from practice.
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SanDiegoRealist ·
2020, all I am saying is that if you are a regular reader or contributor to this forum, you are going to learn things about the journey, whether it is solicited or not. To say someone who is not an "active" participant does not learn anything from the posts here would be pretty amazing. Asking questions about what others experienced is prudent, even if the path the players are taking is different. Again, this is my opinion, I have learned a ton from other people's post, and their players are...
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Initech ·
That's why I take photos -- I have an excuse to both pace and go far away!
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Iowamom23 ·
I think it's interesting that people pace or go far away. Many years ago, my son was pitching and a kid fouled one off. It hit a light pole, then bounced over and hit me in the arm. Big bruise, but no real damage. A little later, coach came over to find me and asked me to talk to my son. He was pissed and crying in the dugout because the batter had hurt his mom. Lesson learned--when son pitches, bats or plays, I sit in my seat, dig in my fingernails and keep my mouth shut. My job is to be...
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2020dad ·
I thought I said that pretty nicely... but ok I will bite. What does the name 2020dad have to do with anything? I came on as jolietboy. I noticed every graduation year had a 'dad'. My son is a 2020 and that hadnt been taken yet so I made the change. Still no idea what choosing that handle has to do with anything at all but there you go. As for having fun you will be hard pressed to find me making posts asking for advice on here. Maybe once or twice but basically it's almost fair to say...
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