Below is the latest version of the Klouter Newsletter.  Please take time and read the additional documents. 

Klouter Newsletter March 2018

FirstSwing Final Pre Season Camp March 18 2018

Simply Baseball The Simplest of Drills

Ernie Banks Large Card

Baseball Connect March Auction 2018

We also have a last call to get campers to the March 18th camp.  Please check with all of your contacts and see if we can get a few more to the camp!!! 

Also, please support Clif bars (z-bars) as they have provided us with another year of camp snacks!!

Ernie Banks:  Please read the profile as it emphasizes the need for a lighter bat in order to increase hand/bat speed and even power!!

The Vietnam Team is still needs support from everyone to continue the fundraising effort as we are now in the final month before the team departs!!!!



Klouters and FirstSwing wants to send a big thank you to Clif Bar for its continued support and friendship.  Each year, Z-bars have provided a very welcome and nutritional snack for our spring and summer campers.  Our non-profit foundation has grown thanks to companies like Clif Bar.

Please do support their products as they are truly “Friends of FirstSwing”……GAGPTH!


Below is information for the last preseason camp.  It will be limited and we need the 8-9-10U Klouters to make EVERY effort to get there!!!!  This will focus on pitching, so it is imperative that Klouters get the proper instruction before their LL season begins.

When: March 18, 2018

Where: Kellogg Middle School

Time:  9am -11:30am

FirstSwing Final Pre Season Camp March 18 2018

Also, please note that the “Baseball Connect” team is working hard to raise funds and we can use YOUR help.  Both gofundme.com and the Buy-Donate programs are open and we would love your support!!  KWTP!!

All campers, please bring any old gloves, legos, or games with you as we can use these for our programs.  There will be a Baseball Surprise auction item as well as a few autographed balls.  Your support is truly welcomed and needed!!  Thanks

Coach Phil   GAGPTH!


Below is the latest version of the Klouter Newsletter.  Please take time and read each attachment and get your EYE exams!

Klouter Newsletter February 2018


Ways to Lose a Baseball Game 35

Baseball Connect Fundraising Example

We also have a last call to get campers this weekend.  We are still in need of 5-6 more so please check with all of your contacts and see if we can get a few more to the camp!!! 

The Vietnam Team is still needs support from everyone to continue the fundraising effort as we have a couple of months to go!!!!



The current edition of Baseball Intelligence is attached with a few ancillary documents for your perusal…this month the topic is PARENTING!!  Hope you enjoy it!

Baseball Intelligence February 2018

Parents An Absolute NecessityPrivilege of ParentingParents Let it Be

I wish again to ask you for assistance with our “Baseball Connect” 2018 trip..as I mentioned last month, we were hit very hard with the cancellation of the Mariner’s Fan Fest and are working hard to recoup those “lost” monies.  You may either donate to First Swing on gofundme.com or simply send a check to FirstSwing, PO Box 497, Medina, WA 98039.  Thank you for your consideration and continued support!


PRE-SEASON WORKOUT CAMP/CLINIC – February 11th from 9am-Noon

FirstSwing will have a pre-season workout camp/clinic on February 11, 2018 at Kellogg Middle School from 9am-Noon.  This will cover the preparation needed for the coming season with all funds going to the Baseball Connect 2018 team.  The cost will be $75 for Klouters old and new.

We need your help spreading the word and getting NEW campers, and helping us raise monies for the trip.  A GOFUNDME account has been set up to accept donations. Stay tuned for further details about the camp/clinic.

When:  February 11, 2018 from 9 a.m. – Noon

Where: Kellogg Middle School  – 16045 25th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

Winter PreSeason Workout February 11 2018



I hope you will enjoy this month’s edition of B-IQ and a VERY happy holiday season!!!

I have also attached a copy of my different types of balls that I have discovered in the many years I have coached.  The list is actually compiled from John Scolinos’ list..the greatest coach in college baseball history..I just made a few changes BUT it is still relevant!!

Baseball Intelligence December 2017

Balls of Baseball Player Types

FirstSwing thanks you for all you do to help others GET GOOD..as a player, student ,  but most important as a productive citizen.  Remember: “Not Dead, Don’t Quit!”

Lastly, I will be sending out a separate email regarding our unique project for 2018..have a great 2018 and of course, GAGPTH!  Phil


Each November we take a day to express our THANKS for all that we have in our lives!  It is a time to be thankful and to be grateful.  Each of us has been blessed and need to focus on the positive and work hard to rid ourselves of the negative.  Klouter baseball is a culture that allows personal and team growth without the fear of failure and/or condemnation.  We look forward to another great year of FUN Ball and competitive times on the diamonds.  Team Klouter!!

Find the entire newsletter, November Baseball Intelligence, Thanksgiving camp details and tournament information below:

Klouter Newsletter November 2017

Baseball Intelligence November 2017

Thanksgiving Camp 2017

Tournaments 2018 (2)

Drill Card Toss (1)

Bat and Bat Speed


“Practice, practice, practice, and then PRACTICE!!”

As we prepare for the 2018 Klouter season, it is very important that you contact us in regard to your status for next year.  If you are NOT planning to return, please send Coach Phil an email.  You need not send one if you are in for 2018!!  There will be a number of changes with team size one of the main issues.  We will have smaller teams and a few personnel changes.  Read the following newsletter and attachments for further details and information ….

Klouter Newsletter October 2017

Arm Strength



With all that is happening in college basketball, I thought it was good time to write a bit about cheating in baseball.  Many of you who have played the game will remember many of the tactics used to “get a win”!

Baseball Intelligence October 2017

Enjoy and GAGPTH!


You can find the Last Licks Tournament Schedule here: LAST LICKS 2017

We look forward to seeing all of you for this last tournament of the summer!


We hope you enjoy the last days of summer and this issue of B-IQ…it was written for the “doubters” and those think that other sports may compare..not so!!

Baseball Intelligence September 2017

Baseball Intelligence Play ANYWAY

Hold Fast and Fight Fiercely..GAGPTH!

“Life is not fair, and neither is baseball!”

FirstSwing Autographed Baseball Grab Bags: 2017

The FirstSwing Foundation is offering a number of “hidden gems”, aka autographed baseballs, in secretive grab bags at this weekend’s tournament.  Each grab bag costs $40.

Grab Bag Details – 2017

Click on the link above for more details!


Check out the list of Silent Auction items that will be available this weekend at the 3 Earls of Everett II.  There is a large selection of hard to find items, so don’t miss out!

Three Earls II Auction 2017

Please email Phil @ phrog38@hotmail.com with any questions.

Don’t Miss Camp This Week!

  • July 10th – 14th: Regular & Skills Camp
    • Regular Camp 9am – 12pm Monday – Friday
    • Skills Camp 1pm – 4pm Tuesday – Thursday
  • July 17th – 21st: Regular Camp
    • Regular Camp 9am – 12pm Monday – Friday
  • August 7th – 11th: Bellevue Camp 
    • 9am – 12pm Monday – Friday
    • PLUS – Tuesday 8th: 1pm – 4pm Skills & Games

Everett Registration

Bellevue Registration

July Baseball Intelligence

Hope your summer has begun with sun and great opportunities!  Please do read about the ultimate “Dynamic Duo” and the progress of “Baseball Connect” below.

Baseball Intelligence July 2017

Real Value of Baseball Jason Kono

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!  GAGPTH!

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


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


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!!!



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!”



Klouters Baseball


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!




United States

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


2015 Hanoi Cup

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