With tournaments just around the corner, I wanted to put our policies, expectations, and recommendations in place to make the season more manageable for you.
Our goal with each game is to compete, play hard, and learn. If we do that, then winning will take care of itself. Winning is not the goal but a byproduct of our hard work. When we lose, we focus on the positives and find a way to learn from the experience.
No parents in the dugout or behind the dugout during gameplay
Cheer for your players, not against the other team.
Don’t coach from the stands
Make sure kids are prepared with their gear, safety equipment, and water
Leave the Umpires alone
Families are not required to sign up for snack duties.
RSVP in Gamechanger
Relay through GroupMe if you will be late or not going.
Have fun watching your kid.
Come ready to compete
We never quit, regardless of the score
Have fun and be a good teammate
Cheer for your teammates, not against the other team
Respect officials, coaches, parents, and opponents.
NO throwing or kicking equipment
NO Bullying, NO Mocking, NO Blaming
When we lose, we lose together, NO BLAMING. Instead, we find a way to learn from our loss.
CLEAN UP THE DUGOUT AFTER GAMES.
NO SUNFLOWER SEEDS ON TURF.
We will always try to play everyone in a tournament, but playtime is not guaranteed, nor may it always be equal.
We have a 48-hour cooling-off period policy for playtime complaints.
If you feel your player isn’t getting the playtime they deserve, please schedule an appointment with Thomas or Coach Gabe to discuss.
Players on the Bench
Stay in the game. Pickup teammates. Cheer. Learn.
If you are assigned the spray chart or pitch count tracking, please take this responsibility seriously.
Positions are not guaranteed. With the younger age groups, expect players to rotate spots. With the older teams, positions get dialed in a little more, and rotating positions may become less frequent.
If you feel your player isn’t playing the position you think they should be playing, please schedule an appointment with Thomas or Coach Gabe to discuss.
Look out for players’ safety. This includes managing player’s pitch count.
Do not lose sight of our goals.
Tournament Day Tips
- Large 10×10 tents: Team parents should coordinate the use of 10×10 tents. In some tournaments, it’s nice to have about 3 on hand. One for the players if the dugout isn’t covered, and 2 more for parents. They come in handy all season to combat rain and heat.
- Be on time. Warmups are always an hour before the game unless the coach specifies otherwise.
- Heaters: Earlier-season tournaments can be cold. The use of propane heaters are recommended for both players and parents.
- Hand Warmers, Blankets, extra layers (Black or navy for players)
- Extra Water: If you can bring extra water, you will need more than you think you need.
- Bench Chairs and Folding Chairs.
- Towels if it is raining.
- Have both Turf shoes and Cleats on hand. We may not know the field type until we are there.
- Healthy Snacks for your own child.
- Take breaks in between games when you can.
- Be flexible. Tournaments can be unpredictable, chaotic, and long. Schedule can be changed last minute, field changes, and late or early games are par for the course. Be ready to have to adjust on the fly.
Feb 10th & 11th
We still have a few spots open for our Teacherman Hitting Clinic. This is only for 12 and up.
Richard Schenck, AKA Teacherman. Richard will be teaching his High Level Pattern Hitting Technique used by players like Aaron Judge & Kerry Carpenter.
Spots are very limited so sign up today.
Learn more here:
Private Strength training
Baseball is a demanding sport that requires a combination of speed, agility, power, and endurance. Strength training is an essential component that can make all the difference for a young athlete.
For the 13U and up team members looking to improve their strength and overall health, Coach Calvin is running Strength Classes every Wednesday night.
If any 16U Softball Players are interested please contact us through GroupMe and we an setup another date that doesn’t overlap with practice.
Classes can be booked from our app under the “class” section
UNIFORM & SWAG UPDATES
We are starting to get some of the missing Prolook pants in. Those will be available to pick up during practice times.
Prolook is also in the process of exchanging the pants that did not fit properly.
Prolook has also given us the green light to reopen the store. This will be a shorter window than last time. So if any extra items are needed this is your opportunity.
BASEBALL TEAM STORE IS REOPEN (closes Nov 21st)
SOFTBALL UNIFORM STORE CLOSING (NOV 22)
Some softball players have not ordered uniforms yet. To help give everyone more time, we will extend the closing date to Nov 22nd.
SWAG STORE REOPENING SOON
We are in the process of reopening the swag store. We are working on a warmer hoodie and some other options. Expect the store to be open in one or two weeks.
HAT STORE REOPENING SOON
We will be opening up hat orders again this month. We are waiting for confirmation on how many of the backorder medium Game Hats will be available.
NEW ERA HATS
There has been some interest in NEW ERA hats; the vendor is working on seeing what they procure.
Nov & Thanksgiving Schedule Changes
No Practice / Facility Closed: Nov 23rd to the 25th.
NOV 22nd: Open Facility from 1000AM to 0400PM. NO PRACTICE
NOVEMBER OPEN FACILITY TIME CHANGE
Due to a number of events on Friday evenings OPEN FACILITY ON FRIDAYS WILL CLOSE AT 0500PM.
***POST-Thanksgiving Workout - Sunday NOV 26th - Parents Invited to Join***
Lesson Times During Thanksgiving
Lessons and private training will be up to the individual instructors. Please contact your trainer to confirm times during the Thanksgiving Break.
Saturday indoor training (winter)
Just a quick reminder: Saturday Practices will be small groups through Nov and Dec.
You must sign up for spots on the TS App, under Classes. If you have any issues, please send us a message through GroupMe.
Catchers work on Saturdays: Coaches will inform catchers during the week if they can catch on Saturdays. We will try to relay that information through GroupMe as well.
Sunday Strength and Conditioning times remain the same.
Weekday practice times remain the same.
Monday Catchers practice remains at the same time.
Thank you for your patience while we shift things around. We will reevaluate in a few weeks and adjust as needed.