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  • Hard to believe today was little Sparks last day of school. Its been a long journey but you know.... I wouldn't change a thing.

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    • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
      Hard to believe today was little Sparks last day of school. Its been a long journey but you know.... I wouldn't change a thing.

      Sparks
      POST Number 1 from March 2006

      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
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      • Blink of an eye.

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        • My boys high school bb coach got fired last day of school. He was talking to colleges trying to get my boy somewhere.

          He is a super great coach but in my opinion he should be coaching at the college level. He speaks his mind and doesn't care which words he uses . I think he would be a great college coach .

          Anyway, my boy still has no offers .

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          • Help is great. But don't leave his future 100% in the hands of someone else. Start pursuing all the JuCos that might be a fit. He's running out of time. Email them (in your grandson's name) expressing interest and ask how to get in front of them. Call the high school coach asking for a written reference you can attach to the emails and a confirmation he will accept phone calls regarding your grandson's potential.

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              • Big Sparks and little Sparks


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                • Holy cow, you look too young to be a grandpops Sparks!!

                  Congratulations to the both of you, graduation is a big door to the future....you both look great.....and very happy, deservedly so. :applaud::applaud:
                  In memory of "Catchingcoach" - Dave Weaver: February 28, 1955 - June 17, 2011

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                  • What a thrill it must be for those young men and their families on draft day............... wow it is super fun to watch these young boys full fill their dreams.

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                    • It made the paper today... My boy made honorable mention for all area in the 6A class.

                      Its a big honor in a tough division.

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                      • Sparks - Thank for writing this thread. It has been a very good read. What great insight into the highs, lows, successes and failures of youth baseball. I agree with the many who have said that you could turn this into a book!

                        Has MiniSparks had any offers yet to play ball in college? Hopefully he will end up being able to play somewhere.

                        Also thanks to the many contributors to this thread as well. I've learned a lot and as my little guy is getting started I will be using the advice and lessons learned.

                        Thanks again and best of luck!

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                        • Update: We have enrolled my boy in a jr college a couple of hours from where we live. He tried out for the team a while back and they only offered him to walk on. So he is going to try and walk on.

                          He will be getting a pell grant but we will be renting him a place to stay as well as all of the other expenses of college.

                          If any of you know of any other way to help pay for college I would appreciate your advice. Getting a school loan is out of the question. My wife is trying to pay hers and I only paid mine off a couple years ago. I will not put that burden on my family.

                          Thanks
                          Sparks

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                          • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
                            Update: We have enrolled my boy in a jr college a couple of hours from where we live. He tried out for the team a while back and they only offered him to walk on. So he is going to try and walk on.

                            He will be getting a pell grant but we will be renting him a place to stay as well as all of the other expenses of college.

                            If any of you know of any other way to help pay for college I would appreciate your advice. Getting a school loan is out of the question. My wife is trying to pay hers and I only paid mine off a couple years ago. I will not put that burden on my family.

                            Thanks
                            Sparks
                            My older son played ball but never had a passion for it and never played again after youth baseball. Yet he was always an excellent student and was able to get a full ride academically to Middle Tennessee State University. My 9 year old, however, absolutely loves baseball and, so far, has stood out above his peers in the game. Not that it means anything at 9 but my question is - if my youngest does as well academically as my oldest did - and was able to have the scores on the ACT and GPA to get a free ride academically - how much does that open up even more possibilities for him in baseball if he were to ever be good enough to play at the collegiate level?

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                            • Originally posted by spiritandtruth View Post
                              My older son played ball but never had a passion for it and never played again after youth baseball. Yet he was always an excellent student and was able to get a full ride academically to Middle Tennessee State University. My 9 year old, however, absolutely loves baseball and, so far, has stood out above his peers in the game. Not that it means anything at 9 but my question is - if my youngest does as well academically as my oldest did - and was able to have the scores on the ACT and GPA to get a free ride academically - how much does that open up even more possibilities for him in baseball if he were to ever be good enough to play at the collegiate level?
                              The bottom line is the kid has to be able to play the game. Unless he's a jaw dropping major conference stud coaches will be looking for him to have at least an unweighted 3.0. D1 only has 11.7 scholarships. D2 has nine. D3 has none. What good grades and SATs can do for a baseball recruit is get him accepted to a better college than he would without baseball.

                              Ivies and other top academic schools will take athletes with an unweighted 3.5 and 1300 on the Math and English SATs. A regular student would need a 4.0 and 1500+. My son was NHS is high school. He was in the gifted program. He passed four AP tests. He's on a 50% academic and 25% baseball scholarship. Athletic scholarships are year to year. Have a bad year and lose it. Academic scholarships are usually retained by getting a 3.0 or better.

                              Do not think D3 ball is JV ball and easy to play. Even D3 players were typically all conference in high school. They just don't typically have the physical and talent upside of D1 and D2 players.
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                              • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
                                Update: We have enrolled my boy in a jr college a couple of hours from where we live. He tried out for the team a while back and they only offered him to walk on. So he is going to try and walk on.

                                He will be getting a pell grant but we will be renting him a place to stay as well as all of the other expenses of college.

                                If any of you know of any other way to help pay for college I would appreciate your advice. Getting a school loan is out of the question. My wife is trying to pay hers and I only paid mine off a couple years ago. I will not put that burden on my family.

                                Thanks
                                Sparks
                                Get good grades is the easiest way. Making the baseball team and having an impact is another way. Grades are something to student-athlere can control.

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