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“The Heroes of Everett” Memorial Tourney:  2016 

“Good is the greatest obstacle to become GREAT!”

REVIEW and COMMENTS

I hope all are back to “normal”, all aches have subsided, and you are back in your school and family routines!  The Klouter teams played very well and won the 11U championship.  Each of our 4 teams played exciting baseball and stayed to our game plan of “must get ball” defense and solid “small ball” at the plate.  I am very proud of our enthusiasm and demeanor on the field. Each and every player contributed to our success!  THANKS to all the parents that worked the booth and Klouter Kitchen..both were a huge success!!!  Tourney Highlight:  The 8U team made it to the championship!  They played their hearts out but lost 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th!!!  In the rain!!

We use the Memorial Tourney as a “spring training”/practice venue to see what we have for the summer season.  Despite the weather and conditions, I learned a lot about all of the players, especially their attitude and ability to adjust to the situation.  I am very proud of all the coaches, players, and families as this tourney gave us information that we can use as guidelines for further instruction, camp lesson plans, and individual analysis and work. The losses we incurred were all “winnable” games.  At this point it most important to learn what we need to do in order to develop cohesive teams and what skill sets we need to work on as an individual and team.  DO NOT Be concerned with individual stats or failures..WNM!

“Playing Time” raised its ugly head once again, albeit, if only in a very few cases.  Please do again read the information sheet we sent out to EVERY Klouter family(attached again) so it is clear in your mind what we are doing.  The best way to earn playing time is to work harder and get better.  The more I see a player and interact with him/her(camps, work outs, etc) the better I can evaluate their abilities.  Summer camps and winter workouts allow us not to just evaluate the players but to establish a more viable system to measure passion, grade skill sets, and base our playing time more on merit than on other factors.  Playing time will never be equal and the guiding factor will always be what we feel is BEST for THE TEAM!!  It is We Not Me(WNM)..if you are not playing, work harder and prove you should be playing more.  Also, asking me when you will get in, will never get you in!

Baseball is a very interesting game and sport.  It is important to remember that baseball is really a mental game that requires physical execution.  It is a TEAM game based on individual skill sets that must mesh together as one in order to accomplish a common goal.  The goal is NOT to win but to work together and be the best YOU can be at achieving the common goal.  The byproduct is winning.  A team game requires doing whatever it takes to help the team…in some cases that means sacrificing yourself for the advancement of the team(WNM).  It is very difficult for many to look long term and realize that youth development is about failing and not getting your way; baseball is a game of fallibility because you will not always succeed nor will you always play, and if you do, it might not be where you want to play.  In the end, it is how you deal with the competition and failure, the dearth of fairness, and then the reality of getting back up and doing your best no matter what!!!  FAW!

The most important thing to take away from this tourney is the fact that this is not Little League or youth league baseball.  The teams are more skilled and much more competitive.  Klouter players must “turn it up” and forget the LL stats and heroics.  We play team baseball and it is very important to not just bring you’re “A game” but to remain focused, know the signs and YOUR job.  It is WE not ME!!  Many players have an issue or problem with the transition and THEY must change to fit the team.  The only way we learn to play is as a team and with each player giving up his individuality for the team.  Not everyone is going to play equally or play where they want to play..it is the coach’s job to coach and the player’s to play!  That being said, it is the player’s responsibility to go through the chain of command if he has questions or issues.  Please review the information we discussed at the parent meeting and that is with the PLAYING TIME information handout.

Another important take away from this tourney was, simply, never quit!  The 11U team played with just 9 players most of the tourney. They had little room for error or mistakes.  That being said they did not grumble, make excuses or quit! Many factors were out of their control: from sore arms to tiredness!  However, they did not quit and pulled it off…when the tourney ended they won ALL five games with a masterpiece 1-0 one-hit championship victory!  Kudos to the team and the coaches!  The second takeaway is that in each game we need to adjust to the game.  There are many things we cannot control, BUT we can adjust to what we can control.  Adjusting to two strike counts, taking a short quick stroke/swing, keeping the weight back as a hitter, NOT reaching for curve balls, etc….these must occur during the game.  Trying to out-swing a fast ball pitcher will not work…risking shoddy base running will not work…failing to bunt for a sacrifice will kill us…and many more. It is time to evaluate your skill sets and work on the mentality of being a baseball player.  Work harder and get to camp..this always helps.

Five Key Lessons From the Tourney:

  1. Focus on a short, quick swing.  Too many are using bats that do not fit your ability.  Choke up and control the bat.  Eliminate or shorten stride.  Make the two-strike adjustment. Get shorter bats will help as will working with wood in practice!
  2. We win with Defense(W3D):  Go To The Ball on every play and remember B-B-B..ball, base, back up!!  Use two hands and find the 4-seams before throwing the ball.
  3. When running the bases do NOT look at the ball…you are to look at the third base coach and run as hard and fast as you can. David Freer was superb with this!
  4. When sliding:  slide away from the tag and not into the bag or tag.  Slide OUTSIDE the bag.
  5. Pitching:  It is as simple as throwing only harder!!  Pitch to contact…your job is to get the batter to hit the ball.  We must eliminate the walks.  Work on mirror drills and throw 3-5x per week…and throw long toss..see handout!

In our Klouter program we do not keep statistics nor do we name Most Valuable Players.  We are one BIG team(WNM) and need to constantly work on the mechanics of the game and develop team chemistry and success.  However, we do acknowledge exceptional play and successes.

Defensive Players of the Tourney: 8U: Maysen Bury, Colby Innes, Sam Lunden. 9U: Josh Akiyama 10U: Nico Leon, Jacob Freer, Finn Turner  11U: Nick Ennis, Mathias Bolton, Jack Turner  W3D!!  Plays to Remember and Web Gems: #1 Play of the Tourney:  Nico Leon’s catch and pickle play in the same game!  Colby Innes’s catch. Nate Z’s play to home.  Nick Ennis’s two web gems in the championship game.  Will Kunz’ 1U. Augie Schmidt’s web gem catch. Maysen Bury’s two web gems in the same inning.  Pitching:  8U: Sam Lunden, Jayden Bury(4-pitch inning), Ben Webster, Beckett Daily.  9U: Josh Akiyama. 10U: STAFF!!  11U: Evan Mothersbaugh, Will Kunz, Cooper Young.

Double Plays: The Walk-off with Wanke and Turner.  Nick Ennis to Cooper Young.

Defensive Highlight of the Tourney:  Evan Mothersbaugh and Will Kunz six inning 1-0 one-hit championship shut out!  A great TEAM effort but the pitching was superb..mixed their pitches and kept the other team off balance ALL game!  The entire team should have signed the infield as it was a true artistic masterpiece!

The 9-3 Club etal:  First tourney in a number of years where there were no 9-3, 8-4, 7-4 or other OF force outs..be aggressive on defense.  W3D!!!

Home Runs:  11U: Evan Mothersbaugh, Cooper Young, Jack Turner  Triples11U: Will Kunz.  8U: Sam Lunden(2)  Key Hitting: 8U: Sam Lunden, Brayden Briggs   10U: FinnTurner, Colby Cooke, Grant Mundel(key bunt) 11U: Will Kunz, Jack Turner

Most Improved Player for the Tourney:  Brayden Briggs(8U)

Things WE need to work on:

  1. Ability to move a runner:  Hitters must focus on moving the runner over.  This means working on bat control, discipline, and BUNTING.  Your job as a hitter is to put the ball in play.  Practice bunting, a good short, quick swing, and staying off BAD pitches.  A BUNT is a sacrifice…BUNT first and then run..you must bunt the ball in fair territory and then run!!  BASES loaded…must make contact!!
  2. Always know the situation.  Prior to each play, you must think about what you will do when you get the ball hit to you.  If you do not get the ball cover a base, if the bases are covered, back up the play somewhere.  Too many times various players were watching the game!  Remember:  B3..ball, base, backup.
  3. Adjust to the pitcher and the umpire.  We do not wish to see emotion if the umpire makes a bad call.  This will hurt our team and also YOUR reputation and playing time.  If the umpire is calling the pitches low, then adjust…same with high pitches.  Get UP to the plate and you will not have problems seeing the ball.
  4. Go to the Ball on EVERY pitch when on defense:  As the pitcher is winding up, begin creeping and moving to the ball…do NOT wait for it!!!  MUST GET BALL!!!
  5. Flyballs to the Outfield:  First step is BACK.  If it is over your head, turn sprint, and get it; do not drift to it.  You should always catch a fly ball with two(2) hands(when possible) and be moving towards home on every catch..run through a fly ball!!
  6. STAY OFF HIGH PITCHES:  Do not swing at ANY pitches above your hands.  If you are going to hitting cages, this will make that worse.  Use a tee and hit balls into a net again and again.  Place the ball waist high and work on repetitions.
  7. Adjust for 2-strike counts:  GET UP ON THE PLATE and choke up.  You can not take a long swing..it needs to be short and quick, and you must make CONTACT.  If it is close, SWING!!!  Contact with RISP(Runners in Scoring Position)
  8. Pitchers:  “Pitch to Contact”-Keep the ball low and change speeds, location, and pitches.  Let your defense play!  0-2 Count on a batter..they must not get any pitch to hit..”purpose pitch” time!!  Do not throw a changeup for a strike..it is used to deceive the batter and ruin his timing!
  9. Win one for the Team:  Always be working to make the team better.  Practice on your own and GET GOOD!  Throw 3-5 times a week for 10-15 minutes and play long toss when appropriate.  We need to focus on fundamentals…that is why our players are better than the others!  Get to it!!! 

 

 

Overall, we had a VERY good start, but this is just the beginning.  Commit to your game and work hard…see you soon.  Work on FOCUS and do not do more than you can do!! Always think, “Hit ME the ball”!!! KNOW the SITUATION before the play begins.

KLOUTER Winning Formula: Attitude+ Hustle=TEAM SUCCESS

Smart Pitching(to contact), hustle defense, “small ball” baseball, contact 2-strike hitting..Klouter traits with a FAW Credo!!!!!!!

GAGPTH!  KWTP!  ZEQ!  LTD!  FAW!  WNM!  W3D!  HTBHUTM, PUP, and KTS!!!!! Coach Phil

Camp begins on the 27th of June..ALL8-9Us and under should attend as many as they can..first week is crucial(Both camps), June 27-July 1.  Tell your friends and others..GAGPTH!

12u 2015 Klouters

Jake Berg – Captain
Brady Johnson – Captain
Davis Franklin – Captain
Dylan Owen – Captain
Drake Budnick
Dalton Dean
Joe Ennis
Evan Graves
Quinn Iacolucci
Luke Honeywell

BAT BOY
Stark Levi

Everett Invitational Recap: 2014

1R=L, 1TC=W

In my earlier career, coaching 18+ year olds (pro/college), I had many equations for the players to use as reminders of the commitment and work it takes to be a winner. These were important, not just on the diamond, but also useful reminders to help them forge ahead and make their dreams come to fruition and to remember they were the masters of their destiny. When the Klouter organization was created I simplified these and created acronyms(the Klouter Way), adding one each year. After this past weekend’s games, I have decided to pull one “out of the past”:

1R=L, 1TC=W
or in words:
One Run equals a Loss, One tiny Change equals a Win!

Probably the toughest thing to do in life is to make changes in behavior, attitude, and/or how one plays the game(any game). The equation simply reminds us that in any loss”(not just games), one little tiny change can mean a complete reversal of fortune. Although we had a VERY successful tourney as an organization (2 titles and 2 runner ups) , we need to revisit the equation. ONE thing…a glove down earlier, a successful bunt, holding the ball rather than just throwing it, covering a base, waiting for YOUR pitch to hit, and all the other things that we know we should do…but do NOT!! Just stop a minute a think of one tiny thing YOU could have done to change the outcome, even in a win…it is that simple. Life is also that simple. Work hard to put yourself in a position to be successful, make adjustments, and VOILA! you are on your way to making dreams reality! The most common little thing is the way we approach hitting. Too many of us are still “married” to the loooooooooong swing. You must remove this from your mechanics as it will end your career faster than any other single skill set. Short, quick swings, using your core, are the cherished strokes of a good hitter. It is essential to adjust with two strikes (review your ”two strike hitting” sheet…again!) and make contact…that will not happen with a long swing. Work on it and make it a habit!!

Winning or losing a game is not the most important outcome of a competitive effort. The most important thing is the “takeaway”…what did we learn? Hopefully, each player will go back and think about the ONE tiny thing that he could have done and will DO IT in the next game/competition. If we do that, then we are true winners!! Also, the alleged incident regarding sportsmanship is probably the most important takeaway this tourney. Although it proved to be unfounded it is an important reminder that we must do the right thing and play with intensity but after the contest, we are good sports and gracious winners/losers!

Overall, our play was stellar…a change here or there and we would have had a perfect slate. Our pitching has vastly improved as has the defense in general. We still need to work on mechanics and skill sets with each player investing in working between games/tourneys on their weaknesses. Throwing each day, hitting off a tee, mirror drills, bunting mechanics, etal should be our practice goals! It is up to YOU..KWTP!

Highlights:

  1. Defensive MVP of the Tourney: Aiden A.(10U)..superlative play!
  2. The two plays of the Tourney: Wes G.’s throw(12U) to get a runner and the double play executed by the 12Us in the Championship game.
  3. Defenders: Tommy (TD) B., Will K., Mathias B., Zach H., Blaine S., Seth B., Jojo E., Jake B..
  4. Hitters: Chandler T., Seth B. and Aiden A….clutch. Ryan L., Tommy B., Cooper Y., Zach H., Davis F., Evan G..
  5. Pitchers: 11U staff: Gave up one(1) earned run in five games and had 3 shutouts and a one-hitter; 10U: Aiden D., Easton T., Seth B., Blaine S…8 runs(4 earned) in 5 games. 9U: Grant O., Tommy B., Will K., Taylor F.. 12U: Preston P., Trishan A..
  6. Home Runs: Zach H.(12U)-2, Ryan L.(11U), Wes G.(12U), Preston P.(12U), Dylan O.(11U), and Cole D.(11U).
  7. Triples: Cole D.(11U)-2,Spencer B.(9U), Parker C.(11U).
  8. Web Gems: Mathias B.(9U), Kincaid S.(12U), Aiden A.(10U)-several.
  9. 9-3 Club: Jake B.(11U), Logan P.(10U), Kemper M.(10U). 9-6: Jake B. 8-6: Steven W.(10U)
  10. Other: Clutch Hitter Aiden A.(10U) against Kennewick, Tommy B.(9U) 3 doubles in a game, Ben N.(12U) two doubles in a game. Jake B.(12U) and Evan M.(9U) won gold with other teams, hence, Klouters had a gold in every bracket..cool!

THINGS to WORK ON:

  1. Preparedness: Many players are just showing up. It is very important to keep in “baseball shape” until we are done with our season. We realize that other sports are beginning and you must work on these, BUT, you have a responsibility to your Klouter team and teammates to be ready for our games. Keep your arm in condition and work on all your skill sets to keep prepared for the next baseball tourney..KWTP!!
  2. Defense: As always: Need to begin moving to the ball as the pitcher winds up. TOO many of us wait til the ball is pitched and we are in BIG trouble. “Run through” the ball…that means do not stop and get it, but get it on the run and keep going as you are throwing it! USE TWO Hands to catch the ball. Cover your base! MUST GET BALL!!!
  3. Hitting: Still having problems with 2 strikes: Widen your stance, choke up, and short, quick swing….you have the info, practice the swing. MUST make contact!! Too many hitters are taking FULL swings when a short quick one will suffice.
  4. Bunt a strike and on a sacrifice, do not run til the ball is on the ground..it is a sacrifice!!
  5. Pitchers: Follow your pitches and release the ball in front of your eyes with a downward flick!! Cover home on WP/BP.

NOTE: The failure to bunt cost us in key situations: a player missed the bunt sign and others were too worried about getting on..that is not the goal in a sacrifice bunt..get it on the ground THEN run!! Also, with the bases loaded, put the pressure on the pitcher…take a pitch and let him give you your PITCH to hit!

ALL players need to work the on their fundamentals. Throw 3-5 times with proper mechanics and long toss…keep the arm ready to go for “Last Licks”. PLEASE do email us if you will not be here for the tourney!

GAGPTH! FAW!!!!

Special thanks to the Austin family for the repeated loan of the tent for the Auction booth, to the Michael (10u) and Bolton(9u) families for masterful running of the K Kitchen for their teams (and all of us, really), to the Kunz and Akiyama families for tourney ice, to Addie and Maya (sisters of Klouters) for their very cheerful time commitment to the Auction Booth and to Sue W., the Edwards family and Amanda and Adam K. for setting up the Auction Booth on Saturday (a HUGE help to Carla).

2014 “Heroes of Everett” Memorial Tourney REVIEW and COMMENTS

May 24-25 2014

“Everybody talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it!”

REVIEW and COMMENTS

I hope all are back to “normal”, all aches have subsided, and you are back in your school and family routines! The Klouter teams played very well and won two championships(10 and 11). Each of our 4 teams played exciting baseball and stayed to our game plan of “must get ball” defense and solid “small ball” at the plate. I am very proud of our ability to adapt and to FAW! Each and every player contributed to our success! THANKS to all the parents that worked the booth and Klouter Kitchen..both were a huge success!!! Tourney Highlight: The 10U team played and won a game in 58 minutes!! Love those guys!

We use the Memorial Tourney as a practice venue to see what we have for the summer season. Despite the weather and conditions, I learned a lot about all of the players, especially their attitude and ability to adjust to the situation. I am very proud of all the coaches, players, and families as this tourney gave us information that we can use as guidelines for further instruction, camp lesson plans, and individual analysis and work. The losses we incurred were all “winnable” games. At this point it most important to learn what we need to do in order to develop cohesive teams and what skill sets we need to work on as an individual and team.

Baseball is a very interesting game and sport. It is important to remember that baseball is really a mental game that requires physical execution. It is a TEAM game based on individual skill sets that must mesh together as one in order to accomplish a common goal. The goal is NOT to win but to work together and be the best YOU can be at achieving the common goal. The byproduct is winning. A team game requires doing whatever it takes to help the team…in some cases that means sacrificing yourself for the advancement of the team(WNM). It is very difficult for many to look long term and realize that youth development is about failing and not getting your way; baseball is a game of fallibility because you will not always succeed nor will you always play, and if you do, it might not be where you want to play. In the end, it is how you deal with the competition and failure, the dearth of fairness, and then the reality of getting back up and doing your best no matter what!!! FAW!

The most important thing to take away from this tourney is the fact that this is not Little League or youth league baseball. The teams are more skilled and much more competitive. Klouter players must “turn it up” and forget the LL stats and heroics. We play team baseball and it is very important to not just bring you’re “A game” but to remain focused, know the signs and YOUR job. It is WE not ME!! Many players have an issue or problem with the transition and must change to fit the team. The only way we learn to play is as a team and with each player giving up his individuality for the team. Not everyone is going to play equally or play where they want to play..it is the coach’s job to coach and the player’s to play! That being said, it is the player’s responsibility to go through the chain of command if he has questions or issues. Please review the information we discussed at the parent meeting and that is with the PLAYING TIME information handout.

At times I heard grumblings about the weather. MY answer, “It’s wet, so what?” “Too hot, really?” Fact: There is nothing you or we or anyone else can do about it. Adapt and play on!! Everybody talks about the weather but no one ever does anything about it! Live with it and use it as an advantage not an excuse. Focus on the job at hand!! Also, players are not to ask the coach when they are going into the game; that is the quickest way to not get in! This weekend our goal was to have as many players get into a game as possible, to include the taxi players. We accomplished that goal to a great degree. Play will not be equal(See Playing Time info sheet) as our goal is to build good, solid teams and for the next four tourneys we will attempt to increase playing time. The best thing to do is to work hard and improve ALL skill sets!!! If a player wants to play, THEY will work and improve..not in games but “on their own”!! Camp is the best way to learn the game and improve individual play(first one is June 23rd).

The 10 and 11U teams won their brackets for a number of reasons but the keys were: Both teams played team ball, they made very few basic errors, the pitchers did not walk but a few batters(only 4 runs scored on walks; zero runs scored vs our 11s)), hitters put the ball in play, and they stayed on task. Both teams play aggressive and competitive ball and will not beat themselves!!! KWTP!! The 10 and 11s have team spirit and help each other out..the 11s have a Shout Out after every game and have fun playing..younger players need to watch tem play.

Five Key Lessons From the Tourney:

1. Focus on a short, quick swing. Too many are using bats that do not fit your ability. Choke up and control the bat. Eliminate or shorten stride. 2. When running the bases..run at FULL speed and do not watch the ball..look at the coach and sprint! Listen to commands. 3. Leads: After the ball is pitched, get a good secondary lead..that means get away from the base in a balanced position with your eyes on the BALL. Listen to the coach. Stay in the lead position until the pitcher has the ball. Be aggressive. 4. Adjust to the pitcher: Move up or back in the batter’s box according to his velocity. 5. Go to the ball on defense at FULL speed…do not wait..MUST GET BALL!!

In our Klouter program we do not keep statistics nor do we name Most Valuable Players. We are one BIG team and need to constantly work on the mechanics of the game and develop team chemistry and success. However, we do acknowledge exceptional play and successes.

Defensive Players of the Tourney: 9U: Tommy B, Evan M, Mathias B, Will Kunz, Tanner B 10U: Sawyer K, Easton T, Aiden A 11U: Cole D, Joe E, Evan G.. W3D!! Plays to Remember and Web Gems: #1 Play of the Tourney: 11U: Nick J’s throw to Dean-O who then flicked it to Evan to get the runner at 3rd!! A real team effort! Gems: Sam Stupey in center on a bullet! Gems: Keenan M and Aiden A. Pitching: 11U: Davis F, Ryan L, Dylan O, and Evan G: 18 innings, ZERO runs allowed, 3 hits, and 2 walks! Really?? (48-0 composite score for 4 games in 18 innings). 10U: Aiden D, Easton T, Sawyer K, Aiden A, Logan P: 2 runs allowed and 31-3 composite). 9U: Taylor F, Grant Oliver, Mathias B, Spencer B, and Evan M. Catcher’s TOS: Joe E(2), Logan P(1)

The 7-4 Club: Noah P(9U)..threw a runner out at 2nd from left field.

Home Runs: 11U: Ryan L(2-one a walk off in semis); Joe E(2) 10U: Aiden D(1-old school). Triples: Easton T(3), Taylor F(2), Grant O. Ryan L and Davis F both missed the “cycle” by one part..Davis needed an HR and Ryan need a single.

Most Improved Player for the Tourney: Quinn I(11U)

Things WE need to work on:

1. Ability to move a runner: Hitters must focus on moving the runner over. This means working on bat control, discipline, and BUNTING. Your job as a hitter is to put the ball in play. Practice bunting, a good short, quick swing, and staying off BAD pitches. A BUNT is a sacrifice…BUNT first and then run..you must bunt the ball in fair territory and then run!! BASES loaded…must make contact!!
2. Always know the situation. Prior to each play, you must think about what you will do when you get the ball hit to you. If you do not get the ball cover a base, if the bases are covered, back up the play somewhere. Too many times various players were watching the game! Remember: B3..ball, base, backup.
3. Adjust to the pitcher and the umpire. We do not wish to see emotion if the umpire makes a bad call. This will hurt our team and also YOUR reputation and playing time. If the umpire is calling the pitches low, then adjust…same with high pitches. Get UP to the plate and you will not have problems seeing the ball.
4. Go to the Ball on EVERY pitch when on defense: As the pitcher is winding up, begin creeping and moving to the ball…do NOT wait for it!!! MUST GET BALL!!!
5. Flyballs to the Outfield: First step is BACK. If it is over your head, turn sprint, and get it; do not drift to it. You should always catch a fly ball with two(2) hands(when possible) and be moving towards home on every catch..run through a fly ball!!
6. STAY OFF HIGH PITCHES: Do not swing at ANY pitches above your hands. If you are going to hitting cages, this will make that worse. Use a tee and hit balls into a net again and again. Place the ball waist high and work on repetitions.
7. Adjust for 2-strike counts: GET UP ON THE PLATE and choke up. You can not take a long swing..it needs to be short and quick, and you must make CONTACT. If it is close, SWING!!! Contact with RISP(Runners in Scoring Position) 11U team left 10 runners on in 6-5 loss!
8. Pitchers: “Pitch to Contact”-Keep the ball low and change speeds, location, and pitches. Let your defense play! 0-2 Count on a batter..they must not get any pitch to hit..”purpose pitch” time!! Do not throw a changeup for a strike..it is used to deceive the batter and ruin his timing!
9. “Win one for the Team”: Always be working to make the team better. Practice on your own and GET GOOD! Throw 3-5 times a week for 10-15 minutes and play long toss when appropriate. We need to focus on fundamentals…that is why our players are better than the others! Get to it!!!

Team Specifics:

9U: We need to know the signs..they are very simple(skin=steal, belt=bunt, and fist=take). Look at the 3rd base coach before entering the batter’s box EVERY at bat. Go to the ball! Men on base requires contact hitting…adjust your swing so it is SHORT and QUICK! Each game we lost was by one run. What could YOU have done differently to make a difference? Catchers MUST block ALL balls!!

10U: Work on two-strike hitting..must shorten swing!! Run through all batted balls…do not run to the ball and stop, but continue through the ball. “Find it, field it, fire it, follow it!!” Slide OUTSIDE the bag. NO Leadoff walks for the other team.

11U: Excellent tourney and TEAM effort. Work on bunting and keeping a positive attitude. Shorten swings against fast ballers and adjust in the box according to the speed of the pitcher. Pitchers continue to “pitch to contact”…vary speeds and location. OUTSTANDING WORK but strive to get better!

Overall, we had a VERY good start, but this is just the beginning. Commit to your game and work hard…see you soon. Work on FOCUS and do not do more than you can do!! Always think, “Hit ME the ball”!!! KNOW the SITUATION before the play begins.

KLOUTER Winning Formula: Attitude+ Hustle=TEAM SUCCESS

Smart Pitching(to contact), hustle defense, “small ball” baseball, contact 2-strike hitting..Klouter traits with a FAW Credo!!!!!!!

GAGPTH! KWTP! ZEQ! LTD! FAW! WNM! W3D! HTBHUTM, PUP, and KTS!!!!! Coach Phil

Next up!
Camp begins on the 23 of June..ALL 9Us and under should attend as many as they can..first week is crucial, June 23-27. Tell your friends and others..GAGPTH!

Pitch, Hit, and Run Results 2014: Local

Pitch, Hit, and Run Results 2014: Local

Thank you for participating in the Local “Pitch, Hit, and Run” Competition at Phil Johnson Fields. We appreciate your strong efforts and congratulate the winners. If you are a winner of any skill set and any level, you are eligible for the Sectional Competition to be held sometime in May (see below). The Sectional Coordinator will call or email you regarding the time and place of the event.

11-12: All Around Winner Davis F. 1219 Points
Pitch: Jake B., Davis F., Braedan T.
Hit: Davis F.
Run: Devan A.

9-10: All Around Winner Spencer B. 944 Points
Pitch: Aidan D., Cooper Y., Spencer B., Seth B.,
Max R., Steven W., Taylor F.
Hit: Spencer B.
Run: Spencer B.

7-8: All Around Winner Keenan M. 633 Points
Pitch: Augie S., Keenan M.
Hit: Keenan M.
Run: Keenan M.

Special Division: 6U
All Around Winner Charley R.
Pitch: Charley R.
Hit: Levi S.
Run: Colby I.

Each winner and all individual champions (not special division) advance to the Sectionals and compete in all three events. Every individual starts with a clean slate!! Good Luck to all!! GAGPTH! Coach Phil

Each of the winners move on to the Sectionals. The Sectionals will be held on May 10th at 8:00am-10:am at North Creek #1 (City of Bothell), 19016 North Creek Parkway, Bothell. It is a turf field so it is rain or shine!! EVERYONE below gets a shot at the title and will compete in each part. GOOD LUCK!