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  • Sparksdale
    started a poll Little League

    Little League

    291
    Yes
    37.46%
    109
    no
    24.74%
    72
    doesn't matter
    9.62%
    28
    Ok as long as you stress strikes
    22.34%
    65
    Never. Only an idiot would use a gun.
    5.84%
    17
    I have a question. I am coaching Little League again this year and i am wondering about my boy.
    He has what I think is an amazing arm and I recently clocked him throwing 50mph. He is ten years old.

    Does anyone know what is very good (speed) for a ten year old? Is 50mph just average, better than average, good, or great?

    Oh and BTW: Yes I do stress strikes. This is just something I am wondering about.

    Thanks

  • Alanj
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    Sparks... really appreciated this thread. I shared it with my wife since we see some similarities with our son. He has been a struggle when it comes to him taking his studies serious. It is a constant fight. She has told him of little sparks journey - hopefully he can relate to it a bit.

    ​​​ It took me a while just like little aparks..... I eventually went to Ga. Tech once I got my crap together. We all mature at a different rate.

    Alanj
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  • JettSixty
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    Sparks ... Hopefully there will be an opportunity to provide a baseball update in the future. But regardless please post about Jr in two or three years. Baseball has had a profound impact on getting him on track in life. It would be interesting to see where it leads.. He can always play in an adult summer ball league for a few years if college baseball doesn't work out.

    My kids reference the impact college baseball/softball has had on their lives. My daughter said the time management involved in playing college softball and a STEM major made law school seem a lot less demanding for her than many of her peers. Both kids talk about their athletic competitiveness and challenges spilling over into their professional world.

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  • JoeG
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    Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
    Sparks is going through the long slow rehab.

    He got a letter from his coach today... he is not offered a scholarship for next year.
    Brutal, gets hurt playing for the team and well.... I guess this is just how things are.

    Sparks


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    Hope rehab goes well, and that Little Sparks continues to be able to play (or do something else with) baseball.

    Three months ago I mentioned that I was writing up the Little Sparks story in a more accessible form. It is complete, as of this last post by Sparks.

    Over the years there have been many calls to write a book. This is not exactly a book, as it is a blog series split into 11 chapters, one per year of Leo's life, and it is around 41,000 words total. But it does retell the story in a way that I believe is easier to absorb than reading through 1922 forum posts.

    The first "chapter" also has an index into every other chapter:

    https://www.filterjoe.com/2017/03/01...the-beginning/

    Sparksdale - if you're reading this - I wanted to send you a PM to let you know this was done (but PM functionality does not seem to be available since the forum was restarted on June 10). Hope I did your boy justice with the story.

    Thanks so much for sharing your story with all of us over the years - and thanks also to the many other participants who left thoughtful comments!
    Last edited by JoeG; 06-25-2017, 07:28 AM.

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  • JettSixty
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    To borrow a phrase, it's not personal. It's just business. Your son has one year of eligibility remaining. His physical ability to contribute is questionable. Next man up!

    My son tore his MCL and PCL in the first game of his post junior year showcasing. Based on conversations we figured schools wanted to see how he had physically developed and improved baseball wise since the previous summer and the offers would be flowing from about ten programs. He had already decided the top five and a preference school. After his injury we never heard from any of them ever again. It was a call from his travel coach (former D1 coach and a pro scout) to one of them assuring them he was healthy (a year later). He applied and was accepted. There wasn't any money left or a roster spot freshman year. He was offered money for his red shirt freshman year and subsequent years.

    Indiana was his last choice of the five. He received 75% money between baseball and academics four of the five years and 50% academic money the first year. He left in five years with a BA and an MBA from a top twenty B school. From his last choice he had a great baseball experience (ranked and played in the CWS) and now has a great job.

    When life serves up lemons it's all about deciding to be bitter or how you make lemonade. No one ever become successful and happy with a "woe is me" attitude. If your grandson can't see the light it's on you to ask him what's next? How do you make your life work?

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  • Sparksdale
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    Sparks is going through the long slow rehab.

    He got a letter from his coach today... he is not offered a scholarship for next year.
    Brutal, gets hurt playing for the team and well.... I guess this is just how things are.

    Sparks


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  • steven-sq
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    This is quite an amazing adventure. What a wonderful collection of experiences and memories. I hope your boy heals up and recovers soon as well as keeping his love for the game.

    We are just getting started with little league, just completed first season of 9u.

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  • Sparksdale
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    If most Juco colleges do this then I'm fine with it. I just didn't know.


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  • Forum_jedi
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    My Freshman year I played at a JUCO in Texas. I broke my wrist in the second game of the season. The coach never spoke to me again.

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  • JettSixty
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    It's not about your son. It's how it's done. Tracy Smith, Arizona State coach ...

    This time of the year after finals week you cut the roster down on guys that aren't traveling and also you tell guys where they stand and where you see them in the future.

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  • Roothog66
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    Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
    Sparks is on his way home.
    His coach did something I've never heard a coach do. Maybe it's how college is, I don't know, but it's one of the worst things I've heard a coach do.

    The season is over today and they made the playoffs.

    The coached sent all the players on the injured list home as well as all the red shirts. Because of the rules in the dorm all of the players were forced to move out and leave school.

    The coach pretty much kicked 20 players off the team while they go to the playoffs.

    Sparks is very upset and frankly feel sh*t on.

    What a crappy thing to do the players who have been part of the team because they are injured can't be part of the team.



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    Just so you know, Sparks, this is the norm with JC's. They carry large rosters and have to make moves like this at the end of the semester. I wouldn't take it personally.

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  • JettSixty
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    Who is supposed to pay the way for the kids not playing to stay in the dorms and eat? When my son's team was eliminated in the regionals they were given two days to get off campus. Probably half the team was in apartments or frats keeeping it from being a major problem. The year my son was injured he was in an apartment preventing him to have to go home and miss regionals.

    When you get eliminated in a regional you don't even get to hang around to watch the next game. You're on the next bus or plane out of town.

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  • Sparksdale
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    Sparks is on his way home.
    His coach did something I've never heard a coach do. Maybe it's how college is, I don't know, but it's one of the worst things I've heard a coach do.

    The season is over today and they made the playoffs.

    The coached sent all the players on the injured list home as well as all the red shirts. Because of the rules in the dorm all of the players were forced to move out and leave school.

    The coach pretty much kicked 20 players off the team while they go to the playoffs.

    Sparks is very upset and frankly feel sh*t on.

    What a crappy thing to do the players who have been part of the team because they are injured can't be part of the team.



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  • flyingmachine3
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    I have been on this forum for almost 3 years and never once opened this sticky thread. Honestly thought it was just about the Little League organization. My son doesn't play in LL and just never thought to bother reading through it.

    Wow, like some that posted, I read the entire 1900 post thread over the weekend and pretended to be working just to finish. What a great journey and story to read. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Sparksdale
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    He still wants to play ball and he has no offers from a 4 year school.


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