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  • Update;

    My boys high school coach talked to another college coach. The last game my boy pitched a couple of weeks ago he pitched against this school and had a good outing.

    Anyway the coach said he remembered my boy from that game and invited him to his team. He did say he was out of scholarships but if my boy played for him he gaurenteed him a scholarship the next semester.

    All this is happening fast and we have the rest of this semester to discuss it. To be honest it would be nice if he could get at least a partial scholarship to help us financially.

    Sparks


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    • Awesome! I sure hope it works out.

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      • If you think your son had to prove himself where he is now, it will be even more challenging at the new school. Plus he's lost the fall to prove himself. At the new school his job is to fit in, come off as a perfect citizen and be physically and mentally ready when the opportunity comes. An unproven player may only get one, possibly two opportunities to prove himself in the spring. If it's in a one sided game, mentally approach it like it's the seventh game of the World Series.

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        • I wonder what became of Little Sparks. I expected to see a post about transferring by now.

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          • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
            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
            IMHO radar guns are only tools for scouts to relay information to someone who isn't able to see the recruit in person. At every level the best pitchers aren't necessarily the ones with the highest number on the gun. From a coaching standpoint, it has not use. From a scouting standpoint, it has some limited use.

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            • Originally posted by jpattillo View Post
              IMHO radar guns are only tools for scouts to relay information to someone who isn't able to see the recruit in person. At every level the best pitchers aren't necessarily the ones with the highest number on the gun. From a coaching standpoint, it has not use. From a scouting standpoint, it has some limited use.
              Welome to the board. However, you basically answered the OP's question from many, many years ago when his kid, who is now in college, was about 9. I did the same thing a few years ago. But, if you want an open, honest look at youth baseball and how a parent progresses, set aside a couple of days and read thsi thread from the beginning. It's a must read if you're going to hang out here.

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              • Originally posted by Roothog66 View Post
                Welome to the board. However, you basically answered the OP's question from many, many years ago when his kid, who is now in college, was about 9. I did the same thing a few years ago. But, if you want an open, honest look at youth baseball and how a parent progresses, set aside a couple of days and read thsi thread from the beginning. It's a must read if you're going to hang out here.
                It is the first thing I read here. Great story. Almost feel like I know sparks and little sparks now. Hope all is well.

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                • Originally posted by SJS View Post
                  It is the first thing I read here. Great story. Almost feel like I know sparks and little sparks now. Hope all is well.
                  Having read most of the posts in this thread I would rate it as Awesome! I echo the sentiment that I hope "little" Sparks is doing well.
                  Last edited by lionbaseball; 03-03-2015, 06:44 AM.

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                  • Curious if "little" sparks ended up on a college team this spring. Hope all is well for him and Sparks!

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                    • I want to apologize to everyone for not posting updates. To be honest my heart wasn't in it.

                      After he got removed from the team at his college his grades with south.....fast. The end result he lost his grant to continue college so he was unable to attend the other college that he planned to attend. Besides.....I couldn't get him to go and sign up.

                      It's pretty much been a mess and little Sparks isn't doing anything at all now....nothing.

                      My wife says he will be able to apply to attend college next fall and that is our plans at this point. Before you even ask is he working on his game to try and make the team? No nothing.

                      At this point it looks like his baseball life is over and we are just trying to get him to face life head on and move forward.

                      Its such a shame.... it really is.

                      thanks for all the support on this thread throughout the years. If by some chance he attends college and attempts to play again I will post an update.

                      Sparks

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                      • I am rooting for lil' Sparks.

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                        • Sorry to hear about your grandson.

                          "Lil" Sparks is a man now and must face the consequences of his actions. Has he thought about the military?

                          There is an interesting ESPN 30 for 30 called "Unguarded" about Chris Herron. He was a baskeball star in high school and highly recruited. Drugs messed his life up and now he speaks to kids around the country about making better choices in life.

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-tv...KbLIcxrfEapSHD

                          Having raised 2 sons and raising two more I realize the hardest part of my job as father, was to tell my oldest son (who was 21) that he had to leave my house for some issues. After serving in the military he has changed for the better.

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                          • ehhh, I skipped a year in college. It made me realize that I didn't want to make minimum wage all my life. Make sure he gets a low paying, sweaty job for now.
                            efastball.com - hitting and pitching fact checker

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                            • Li'l Sparks also needs to pay attention to his social media pages - they don't help his cause.

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                              • Originally posted by Roothog66 View Post
                                Li'l Sparks also needs to pay attention to his social media pages - they don't help his cause.
                                Before I joined the site, I read this entire thread. I enjoyed it thoroughly and it would make a good book. Curious, I took about 30 seconds to do a Google search based off of the information in the thread. I was going to post something similar to what you just said, but refrained as it was not necessarily my "place". You are absolutely right that what Little Sparks has posted and shared in no way helps his cause. If anyone thinks that coaches/recruiters/employers aren't doing these types of searches, you are kidding yourself. Posting videos and pictures of your half-naked underage self getting wasted with your buddies is not going to earn you any points. Neither does Vines of yourself making lewd gestures/comments and borderline racist remarks (even if it was obviously in jest).

                                I think this is one of the, until now, unstated lessons that goes with this thread. Social media and what you put on the internet matters. Even if you make it private, it often ends up public as there are many sites that do nothing but show people's Vine and Instagram feeds even if the main account is private. Things live forever as well. Little Sparks' website he built early in high school for an assignment is still up and running where he states his desire to be a "perfessinal" baseball player but knows that he needs to work harder on his grades and staying out of trouble.

                                A gentleman I work with runs a high school age showcase organization. About two years ago they added a new person to their organization. A social media expert. The persons job? To sit down with the boys entering the organization (all of whom are college bound players from area prep schools) and work with them on cleaning up and properly managing their social media pages so that when they are searched, they come up clean.

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