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#23509 - 09/04/11 05:47 PM Re: Transitions [Re: Bring the Heat]
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I must say. I am a living example of not making the transition. Travel teams my whole life, All City in HS - then went to a D1 school and after the Fall Season of my Sophomore year it was official I couldnt make the transition to the faster play, the bigger guys. This is a great article. Parents need to get a grip - now with kids of my own I realize the parents dont get it and most likely had little or no success of their own and feel they will make up for it through their kids. Just let them play and love the game.

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#23511 - 09/04/11 09:25 PM Re: Transitions [Re: Bring the Heat]
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You’re right on the money with your post! That is a great article! I have a similar background to yours, played on several high profile travel teams where many of my teammates went on to play in the show. Went to a top D1 school with a full ride, but as things changed (transitions) my interests changed, baseball was not top on my agenda, and I could not maintain the enthusiasm and commitment needed to play at that level. Baseball started to become a chore instead of being fun because I could not make the transition of the increased training and dedication. There were plenty of distractions!
Parents, as I have stated in my previous posts cherish this time, allow your kids to develop fond memories of this time, give them the support needed to chase their dream as far as they can. Some boys peak in middle school, others in HS or college. Be realistic and always remember that its kid who has to put in the time and effort. If you push them too far, they will most likely rebel and find other interests. Use this game as a vehicle to foster a good relationship with your kid and help prepare them for the cruel world that awaits them once they enter the workforce. It’s certainly not Disney out there!

Thats my rant for today!

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#23520 - 09/05/11 03:38 AM Re: Transitions [Re: Bring the Heat]
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IHATE TO SAY IT BUT IF YOUR KID IS BIG AND CLUMSY HE WILL NEVER GET A LOOK FROM ANY HS COACH,,ITS A FACT,,BATSPEED AND FOOTWORK IS WHAT THEY LOOK FOR..DO HIM A FAVOR AND HAVE HIM BECOME A MATHLETE OR CHECKERS CLUB KID

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#23527 - 09/05/11 06:27 AM Re: Transitions [Re: Bring the Heat]
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True, if a kid does not have talent they can only go so far. I recently had friend of mine who has a kid in HS approach me, ask me about his kid and were he should proceed. The kid is now a senior in HS and has not made any of the school baseball teams at the JV or Varsity level, getting cut three years in a row. The father tells me that his kid’s summer coach has informed him that his kid has so much untapped potential and that the coach will refine this kid and get him ready for college baseball. I said to my friend, college?? Let me be honest with you, your kid has not made his HS team, how can he play college ball? The father then said to me, “the coach said HS ball is all political and the college coaches don’t look at HS anymore.” I then said, “ok, what was your son’s batting average this summer?” The father responded, I think 280. I then asked the father, “how fast is your kid in the 60, “the father said, “I think 7.5.” I then asked the father, “how much does this guy want for fall ball?” He answered, “$1200.” I said, “find a new team and coach!” The father never played ball as a kid and did not know whether what this coach was saying was true or not and was being taken for a ride.

However, in relation to my previous post, a kid could be the best player on LI in HS and then go to college and many things could derail him in the transition like, change of interests, girls, mental inmaturity, etc.

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#23590 - 09/06/11 07:26 PM Re: Transitions [Re: Anonymous]
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no it isnt 1/2 that team will play lacrosse or volley ball or whatever a few will be smoking pot and playing video games maybe 4 or 5 of your 12yo all star team will be playing varsity baseball and some of them for catholic schools etc so believe me you are wrong about that

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#23643 - 09/07/11 04:34 PM Re: Transitions [Re: Anonymous]
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I guarantee more mathletes are getting money for college than baseball players. no need to put down good students. thats whats wrong with most delusional parents. baseballis cool- make fun of the mathletes. like they are settling to be a mathlete because they cant play baseball. what is more imprtant- making the varsity baseball team to play 20 games or being a great student. I have friends who spend thousands a year in private lessons- meanwhile they dont know anything about their kids schoolwork. Forget about trying to help with homework- they couldnt do it themselves.

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#23659 - 09/07/11 10:10 PM Re: Transitions [Re: Anonymous]
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Good Post, I think this was aimed at the post that said if you are not a good ball player at 10 you should play at a low level or become a mathlete or something like that. D1-2-3 athletes also need good grades and they are usually driven kids. The person who posted the dig about mathletes, probably has a 9-12 small field superstar, doesn't care much about his kids grades and justifies his kids grades because he is good at 10 at what he thinks is baseball. He also lives in a trailer park. He is concerned about telling someone that their kid is not up to his standards in sports. By even bringing school into this tells you his kid is not a good student. I feel sorry for this kid because when he doesn't transition to the big field, he won't have his education to fall back on.


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I guarantee more mathletes are getting money for college than baseball players. no need to put down good students. thats whats wrong with most delusional parents. baseballis cool- make fun of the mathletes. like they are settling to be a mathlete because they cant play baseball. what is more imprtant- making the varsity baseball team to play 20 games or being a great student. I have friends who spend thousands a year in private lessons- meanwhile they dont know anything about their kids schoolwork. Forget about trying to help with homework- they couldnt do it themselves.

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#23661 - 09/07/11 10:29 PM Re: Transitions [Re: Bring the Heat]
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really puttting down a kid for being a good student sorry guys most school teams are not taking your kids if they are not good students check the requirements these school programs want there graduating athletes in the honor role it brings more colleges looking at there programs.

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#23668 - 09/08/11 12:32 AM Re: Transitions [Re: Bring the Heat]
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Baseball scholarships are not 100% , most are 1/4 to 1/2 if someone is getting a full ride that means that he a great student also. My Nephew got a 1/4 sport and 1/2 academic scholarship and needs to keep his grades up to keep both. When your grade slips it may be wiser to give up the sport then the academic.

If you are getting a full ride in baseball you are beyond great. Not many Long Islanders get full sport scholarships.

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#23672 - 09/08/11 02:44 PM Re: Transitions [Re: Bring the Heat]
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Full rides for baseball are not as common as they were years ago. Each college only gets 11.7 baseball scholarships so they mix in other monies where appropriate.

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