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  • Make sure to remind him that he still has schoolwork...

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    • Andrews is now doing stem cell therapy on some ligaments if it's not totally torn. Not sure if they do labrums. Just a few weeks downtime. This is not PRP platelets. This is the real thing - stem cells from your hip. I don't know any more. Might call them if you're interested.
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      • Sparks had his surgery yesterday. Doc said it went well.
        From what I read on Google a torn labrum is a worse injury than I thought.

        One bit of good news his coach filed the papers to let him redshirt this year.

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        • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
          Sparks had his surgery yesterday. Doc said it went well.
          From what I read on Google a torn labrum is a worse injury than I thought.

          One bit of good news his coach filed the papers to let him redshirt this year.

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          It's his second year at a JC. What about graduating and moving on to a four year?

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


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


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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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                            • 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.

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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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