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Baseball Matters, but Character MATTERS More!

The FirstSwing Foundation believes that baseball is more than just a game. Baseball is a means to teach many of the life lessons that will empower a youngster to become a good solid and productive citizen, and hopefully, a loving spouse and caring parent. While playing such a simple game, one learns the important lessons of life, and these will help build strong character and physical strength. It is imperative that all youngsters be exposed to decision-making and problem solving situations, and become aware of the value of hard work, perseverance, integrity, poise, conditioning, proper diet, etal. Baseball provides all of these in a fun and educational environment that is competitive and based on meritocracy.

FirstSwing has created and developed a set of baseball cards entitled Characters. Each card depicts a famous ball player or person who made their mark involved in the game. Some are true paragons of real grit and iconic character while others are just zany “characters” who helped make the game fun while adding to the historical lore/ value of the game. These trading cards will be distributed to youngsters who attend FirstSwing camps and activities as a gift.   It is imperative that we continually expose our next generations to the positive role models and focus on the “life lessons” that are learned while playing the game!

We are looking for 25-30 sponsors to help us produce the cards. The sponsor’s name and/or logo will be on their respective card(s). The cost is $500.00 per card or two cards for $750.00. Each sponsor will receive 100 cards for their own distribution. The remainder of the cards will be handed out at FirstSwing Camps and other activities. These will be on hard stock and unique in design.

FirstSwing has worked hard the past number of years to encourage youngsters to play sports, eat properly, study and work diligently, and to be involved in community service. The Character Cards will be a “collectible” reminder that there is more to life than just playing the game!!!

Hope you will join our team! GAGPTH!

What does it mean to be a Klouter and on a Klouter Team?

Klouter team mates

Being on a Klouter Team is participating in an opportunity to strive toward tomorrow’s successes in the lives of our children and families. It means to work together to develop good solid skills in order to be a productive citizen, loving spouse, and caring parent. It means teaching and learning skills/habits that provide the best opportunity for success in all that we attempt to do. It means enjoying our success but also entails learning to recover from our individual and team setbacks…to try to get better and to find peace with non-success! The Klouters actively promote and teach selflessness, setting a good example, and providing leadership and support for each other. Moreover, it is about networking and cooperating with quality people who share common ideals and goals, and providing quality educational/life opportunities for the youngsters so they learn and grow up with viable skill sets/values.

A strong focus with the Klouter teams and extended family is setting a good example and doing the “right” thing while playing baseball. The program creates a safe and educational environment in which the players may take risks and experience both success and failure; it will teach them much about themselves and what it takes to achieve their goals. Baseball is a game of fallibility and learning to deal with making mistakes. The “lessons of baseball are the lessons of life”: neither is fair but both provide a learning ground for all the characteristics needed to be a productive, successful, and happy citizen! The discipline of baseball and other sport(s) is a process that allow youngsters to learn that accountability, responsibility, decision-making, problem-solving, and hard work are the true “tools” of success. Moreover, opportunity to succeed and fail will be constant, and learning to deal with fear, frustration, and “failure” may be overcome with discipline, behaviorial change, and practice. A Klouter is one who tries hard, works hard, will never quit, and has fun in the process!!! No talent or prior experience is needed to compete, to hustle and to play team ball…we will out hustle, outwork, and intimidate our opponents, win or lose! We will be prepared and steadfast in our mission to be a strong team with realizable goals.

About Klouter Baseball

Klouter Baseball is a youth baseball tournament team from Northwestern Washington state.
The mission of Klouter baseball is to assemble a group of young ball players who will work hard to learn the game of baseball and become a real team.

Klouter players follow a code of conduct which stresses working, training and preparing to the best of their abilities in all aspects of life.

Klouter Baseball is associated with The FirstSwing Foundation which was formed by Phil Rognier. The mission of FirstSwing is to empower young athletes and students so they may actively participate and grow within conventional guidelines.FirstSwing operates several summer camps and clinics. FirstSwing Camp Website