Very excited for our 2017 RHP who will participate in the WWBA 17U Nat. Championship starting later this week. This will be his first PG tournament and we are looking forward to the competition he will face and the opportunity to show his skills. He has been corresponding with his list of college coaches, many who plan to be there, and has sent them his game schedule. Any other advice or must-dos? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Check out largefeet.com. My son wears a size 15 and this store is great. It is in downtown Atlanta and they carry athletic shoes size 14 and up. Shaq gets his size 22s there. my son loves having a place where he can try shoes on. �� I am not sure if they have molded cleats in stock. But if you have a free day, it will be worth the drive. (It is not an impressive store front and you have to walk up to the third floor for the athletic shoes. But they have a great selection.
Son is there now at 14U WWBA. I couldn't go. All games are on Gamechanger. Games at Lakepoint are on Trackman. Every pitch gets velocity, spin rate, axis, horizontal and vertical movement plus more. Every batted ball gets exit velocity, spin, distance and about another 8 data points. Pretty cool. Oh yeah, it also keeps score. https://connect.baseball.track...oard?Date=2016-06-28
If your son is a pitcher and will pitch at Lakepoint, I highly recommend he gets a pair of molded cleats. My son pitched there the first year it opened and his turf shoes did not keep him from sliding around. He had molded cleats last year and didn't slip or slide at all. I also recommend buying the molded cleats before arriving as most sporting goods stores around Lakepoint were pretty much sold out of molded cleats.
Also realize that not all games are at Lakepoint, so make sure he also has his regular cleats. I know PG records every pitch, and each pitchers fastest velocity. They do not grade them ,but I believe all of this goes into their master database for rankings My son will also be playing in the WWBA. We are fortunate that Lakepoint is 30 miles from the house.
Thank you - son is aware of that and has regular turf shoes he likes. Question - does PG evaluate each pitcher in tournament games or only in showcase events? (may need to start a new thread or research older ones). Thanks again.
Great ideas. thanks! We have been to Atlanta before for cousin/friends/business visits, and live in nearby NC so we are familiar with North Carolina red clay. Shout usually works with oxi-clean powder, but we may try Iron Out - it sounds intriguing! We have one game per day except one day where we have 2 games. So will be nice to have some free time. Thanks for the restaurant recommendations, I will start a list with your suggestions. We are foodies and love finding fun eats in the areas we...
@goin_yard - I will look into getting molded cleats or seeing what he & dad think. he wears size 15 or 16 so that may be a challenge so close to the start date. his turf shoes are comfortable and support but I don't like the sound of the possibility of slipping around. Thanks for the suggestion. @mkbaseballdad - thanks for the info, was not sure how that worked with velo recording. appreciate it.
If he pitches at any PG tournament they'll have someone with guns behind home plate recording his velo for his different types of pitches. A few weeks later he'll have those numbers added to his profile (at least it was a few weeks later when my 2016 pitched in GA). If/when he attends a showcase they'll show the velo data right away and then a few weeks later he'll have a write up posted and a PG ranking (like 7.5, 8, 8.5, etc). I'm assuming there is more behind the scenes that a college...
Sometimes (most times) there is only one game a day. Try to take advantage of seeing the area, with or without your player. There is a lot to see and do in Atlanta/Kennesaw area. One team hotel had a shuttle to the surrounding area. Toward the end of the week the parents sent the kids off bowling for a few hours. If you don't know about the Georgia red clay, buy some Iron Out. We soaked baseball pants in the bathtub. There used to be a thread about good places to eat near East Cobb. Maybe...
@dadofa17 - yes, we have 3 games at Lakepoint, 3 at HS and one at a college. He is bringing both. Do you know if that pitch info will go into his profile and be available to us? Good luck to your son later this week - it's almost here!
@WSOXFANATIC Good luck to your son! We ended up ordering cleats from newbalance outlet.com and they are being shipped to our hotel. Son was not sure the turf shoes would handle well on the turf mound, so he will have choices in footwear now. We are excited to be here! First game tomorrow @8:15 am so we will have an early wake up call! Best to your son and his team!
Surprised your team above has THREE games at PG Lakepoint; our team has only one this year, many seem to have 2, but 3 is awesome. It is tough for the pitchers who pitch elsewhere as they don't get all the data (last year my son pitched off site and they only had the radar on him for one inning, and he is stuck with that number in his PG profile despite going unofficially 3 mph higher on a dad's radar a few innings later). That's my only whine as it is an awesome tournament. I'm not going...
In our case last year we had college coaches at every game. Lakepoint would have consistently more but we had several no matter where we were. Son's team won pool. Our playoff game was the first one played at Lakepoint and only game going on in the entire complex. Kid pitching was going to UGA. Had to be 100+coaches and scouts watching our one game. Our lead off guy took kid deep over LCF on second pitch. It was a wild scene. Good luck to all this week.
My mistake. They play 1 game at Lakepoint. He will be pitching tomorrow at East Cobb. Oh well, he will need to make the best of it for whomever is watching. Would sure be nice to have Trackman to watch his game since I'm unable to go. I will be watching on Game Changer instead.
@twoboys - Best of luck to your son! Our first game was at Lakepoint today and our team won! Was a great way to start the week. I understand we our team is very fortunate to have three games at LP. The facility exceeded our expectations - loved the instant data on scoreboard, shaded seats and the great level of play all around. There are quite a few teams on buses, and traveling as a group. Ours is with each family, and am glad as this is our first experience with PG and @ LP and possibly...
East Cobb will have plenty of colleges watching. We played at a non-lake Point field at 9:00 this morning. There were plenty of colleges watching. Now, a lot of these recruiters know who they want to see, so depending on who is on the two teams, you could get more or less exposure.
The only game our team had a Lakepoint last year was when they made it to the championship round. Almost every game was an hour ride from the hotel through Atlanta traffic. At least we didn't have to pay for parking. ;o)
He told me there was a decent number of coaches on hand for his game at East Cobb. Was very impressed with the facility, adding it was better than many college fields he's played at! Got to pitch 3 1/3, w/4K, no walks. Hopeful to get a few more innings next week. His team is 2-0 so having a lot of fun thus far.
If you're playing at LakePoint there's a good chance there will be hundreds spread across the complex, (from just about EVERY conference in the country) at every part of the day... Depending on the depth of talent of the teams playing could determine how many coaches are at each particular game. Hopefully the organization you're going with has a reputation of getting kids committed, because that could possibly outweigh depth of overall team talent... Coaches do travel to the High Schools...
Not 100 percent going yet, but the team I would play for had about 90 percent d1 commits last year and their second team had 60 percent. I'm assuming more colleges attend the lake point games than outside fields.
The honest answer is that there are 100s of coaches there but there is no way to guarantee who will be at each game. When my 2016 played there 2 summers ago we saw less coaches at our Lakepoint game than we did at several of our offsite games (there were lots of them at every site we played though). When he pitched at an offsite HS there were about 12-15 coaches there from Fla St, Duke, MD, VA, etc, etc. They were there to see the left handed pitcher and the catcher from the other team.
Most of these coaches are working from a list of players. They're moving from field to field to see the guys on their list. They don't have much time for just watching games and looking for undiscovered talent. If you go, you'll want your name known to schools that might be a good fit for you. That can happen through your coach, or through your own contact with coaches before going. There are plenty of schools from the west coast, but more are from the south, midwest and east coast.
Thanks Mk and Mid Atlantic, it makes sense to they have a list. I plan to reach out to the east coast schools that I think will be in attendance. How did your son talk to the coaches through phone or email to get them to watch a few games?
I agree with BDS - discuss with your coach and make sure they are working off the same list as you are and that he is contacting those schools. But you should also be contacting them. There are lots of threads here for you to look at to get an overview of what to do, how to contact, etc so it probably doesn't make a lot of sense to re-list here. There is a current thread open on cold calling coaches that you could look at with a lot of good advice on calling coaches. As a 2017 you are...
Makes sense. An rc from an east coast d1 told me it would be great to see me there, that they send 3 coaches to that event. He first saw me in az. He is recommending me to a team that goes, and the coach who runs it is also a rc at a d1 east coast, so he probably knows many of the eastern d1s.
Sounds like a great start. Since the one RC knows you, I would send him a brief email with your number and a date/time that you plan to call him. That way he can put your name in his phone and know to pick up when you call. You can call him as often as you like, but he can't call you until July 1. Get to know the summer coach. He can act as a go-between. He can call/text you and say, "Call coach Smith right now, he's expecting your call."
NTGson played WWBA as 14U, 15U, 16U and 17U. The growth in coaches in attendance grew exponentially as each year came and went. For younger players, the experience is invaluable: quality opponents, now great fields (East Cobb was nice, but nowhere near the quality venue Lake Point is), very good officiating and thrilling competition. If you play in the 16 or 17U WWBA, you must have done your homework as other posters have suggested. The schools in which you are interested have to know of...
Thanks, we have been communicating over the phone and text last few weeks. I am 2017, so I am able to receive texts and calls from him. Since I don't know if I will be able to go with the team yet, I can't contact the coach. I wonder how it sounds though, saying to a d1 hey call these other d1 coaches for me.
We did WWBA 15U the summer before son's Junior year. Son showed out and it lead to Sept 1 contacts from two major D1 programs (one East Coast and one West Coast). We didn't see coaches from either school there, but they clearly had eyes there because we had not contacted either prior to the tournament.
"I wonder how it sounds though, saying to a d1 hey call these other d1 coaches for me." You wouldn't have one of the D1 coaches you're in contact with calling other coaches - you'd have the D1 coaches you are contacting call your summer travel team coach to let them know when you should call them directly so they can pick up. The summer coach is the go between - he should be helping you get in front of D1 coaches and also helping you communicate with them up until July 1 when things free up...
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