ALL KLOUTERS…current, past, and “future”

We are hosting the Vietnamese National team in Everett from June 19-22.  This is the original group that we worked with in 2008 and wil be the National team that plays in the World Baseball Classic in 2012.  They are a great group and will be coming to visit, play a commemorative game, and to go to some of our local sites. See PRESS RELEASE.

For those of you who have gone with us to Hanoi, it will be a great time to see Tom and Phu and many of the players that you met and worked with while there.  For you others, please do come and meet these great kids and coaches/families.

The tentative schedule is:  June 19th Arrival with a proposed BBQ, June 20:  Workout/camp in the am with a 4-7PM game at Archbishop Murphy HS, June 21 A visit to either Boeing, M/S or other, and then to the M’s game that night.  They leave early on the 22nd.

We hope you will all be able to participate on some level and meet our friends form VN!  Bong Chay has connected us and you are part of this very unique experience!

We need any help you can provide with gifts, especially ones that are indigenous to the North west, and any special ideas you may have.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, we need help with getting a special rate at a local hotel and help finding someone at the M’s who might help getting us a suite.  Last time, in 2011, they were hosted by the M’s but we do not have any “ins” there any more.

Thanks and please do help us make their stay fun, pleasurable, and memorable.  KWTP!

Coach Phil


REMAINING 2017 SUMMER TOURNAMENTS

The “3 Earls of Everett” I: July 21-23 Ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12U

The “3 Earls of Everett” II: July 28-30 Ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12U

The Everett Invitational: August 18-20   Ages 8, 9, 10, 11U, 12U

“Last Licks”: Labor Day Weekend: Sept 1-4   Ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12U


Memorial Day Weekend Tournament Schedules

Below are the updated Memorial Day tournament schedules!  Please see the links below and let your coach(es) know if you will or will not be attending.

Updated-Memorial Day Tournament FINAL GRID

08U Heroes of Everett 2017 Schedule

09U Heroes of Everett 2017 Schedule

10U Heroes of Everett 2017 Schedule

11U Heroes of Everett 2017 Schedule

12U Heroes of Everett 2017 Schedule

Directions to Phil Johnson Park and Madison Park

May Newsletter

Our first tourney will be in three weeks, May 26-29th  and the full schedule will be posted soon.  In the meantime, you can get caught up on all things Klouters by reading the May Newsletter found here.

Klouter Newsletter May 2017

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April Baseball Intelligence..the early bird gets the worm!!!!

I have attached our April B-IQ early as we are headed to AZ for awhile.  Must leave the cold for the warm as it has been a dreadful winter!

This particular attachment is from my old Out In Left Field Blog and though it was apropos for this time of the year…pls do enjoy it! Also, added the ROPE!!!

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The ROPE

Our team of 21 and l be headed to Hanoi on the 7th of April for the 10th “Baseball Connect” trip.  The Hanoi National Team will be visiting us June 19-22 and that is very exciting.  This young team will try to be the first team in Vietnamese History to try to qualify for the next World Baseball Classic…it has been our dream since 2008 and they are on their way..you just never know.

Our fund raising campaign has come up a bit short for the 2017 budget.  We would appreciate any help or leads so we can “defeat the dearth” and provide our program(s) with the necessary funding.  Thanks for your consideration.  Donations may be made to:  FirstSwing, PO Box 497, Medina, WA 98039

GAGPTH and as they say, “The ump yells PLAY BALL, not WORK Ball!”

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PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR INFORMATION ON HOW YOUR DAY TO DAY SHOPPING CAN RAISE MONEY FOR KLOUTERS!

Klouters Baseball

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2017 Tournaments Have Been Scheduled

Check the 2017 tournaments page to view

FirstSwing FINAL Workout Camp is Sunday March 19th from 9am-Noon

FirstSwing FirstSwing is hosting it’s final camp of the winter and pre-season; Sunday, March 19th, at Kellogg Middle School from 9am-noon. The cost for the session is $70.00 and is limited to 40 players. This camp will be focusing on the basics of hitting and the drills that young players must do to improve their skill sets!  Hitting is the toughest of all skills to learn as an athlete.  We will work on the proper physical mechanics as well as the mental aspect.  This is a very important session as it will allow each player to have many swings and to really work on making good solid contact. The key to hitting is REPETITION and we will  provide the drills for the players to do on their own and at home!

Our motto is “Full head=empty bat” and will tech the players to focus on the ball and not on where it will go lour on missing it!!  See it and Hit it..and then RUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!

Pls do pass on this to others as we are always looking for new campers. 

Registration Form:  Winter PreSeason Workout March 19 2017

Lastly, the FirstSwing Foundation(501c3 non-profit) is an Amazon Associate and we would appreciate your support by purchasing items from Amazon through our portal at klouter.org.  You simply go to our site (you are here now) and on the right hand side of the page, click on the Amazon ad and VIOLA! a percentage of your purchase(s) go to us as a donation..Thanks for any help you may provide..GAGPTH!  Coach Phil

Please email phrog38@hotmail.com with any questions or if you wish to recommend a “newcomer” or rookie that you believe will WORK HARD to “Get Good!” TY and GAGPTH! Coach Phil  

 

Keep Caught Up:

Remember it is most important to work on your deficiencies!!

Bong Chay (Baseball) in Vietnam 2016:
FirstSwing Foundation returned to Hanoi in April!

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United States

Our Baseball Connect Klouter team again returned to Hanoi, Vietnam to continue our work.

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2015 Hanoi Cup

Read about our 2016 trip and view photos on our Facebook page.