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Sparks Journey from Little League to College

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  • Sparksdale
    started a poll Sparks Journey from Little League to College

    Sparks Journey from Little League to College

    293
    Yes
    37.54%
    110
    no
    24.57%
    72
    doesn't matter
    9.56%
    28
    Ok as long as you stress strikes
    22.53%
    66
    Never. Only an idiot would use a gun.
    5.80%
    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
    Last edited by mudvnine; 08-19-2018, 12:22 PM.

  • songtitle
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    Sparks, the recovery continues. He may have to adjust his pitches and his grips as he goes this year. Even though his speed may return, he may not be able to feel/grip the ball the same as he did. So dont expect him to just start mowing them down right away. I wish him the best. It's a fun journey back.

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  • JoeG
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    Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
    Update;
    he pitched his first game. He’s 8 hours away so I can’t go see him. I didn’t hear from him for a couple of days then he finally called. He was down on himself and thought he didn’t do well. He struck out 2 and got a pop out fly but gave up 2 runs.
    like I said he was down on himself and was worried.
    a few days later the head coach talked to him. The coach said he couldn’t have been more pleased in his first outing and told sparks he did really well.

    He pitched again today and he called as he left the field. They played a far better team and he did even better today.

    He’s getting his confidence back after a long rehab from surgery,

    I’m also pleased to report he is working very hard on his grades. He and a couple of his teammates are all working together on their classes and they are helping sparks.

    so far so good
    Really awesome news - thanks for the update!

    I would think that someone pitching for the first time after lengthy rehab would set their expectations low, but then hope for gradual improvement after the first outing.

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  • mys
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    awesome update!! congrats to Little Sparks and to you, Sir!!

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  • Sparksdale
    replied
    I’m also pleased to announce I have a new novel out.
    Its available in Kindle, paperback and hardback. I’m very proud of this new Book.
    Last edited by Sparksdale; 10-11-2018, 04:00 PM.

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  • Sparksdale
    replied
    Update;
    he pitched his first game. He’s 8 hours away so I can’t go see him. I didn’t hear from him for a couple of days then he finally called. He was down on himself and thought he didn’t do well. He struck out 2 and got a pop out fly but gave up 2 runs.
    like I said he was down on himself and was worried.
    a few days later the head coach talked to him. The coach said he couldn’t have been more pleased in his first outing and told sparks he did really well.

    He pitched again today and he called as he left the field. They played a far better team and he did even better today.

    He’s getting his confidence back after a long rehab from surgery,

    I’m also pleased to report he is working very hard on his grades. He and a couple of his teammates are all working together on their classes and they are helping sparks.

    so far so good

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  • sparkny2
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    Thx for the update. I think alot of folks in here are rooting for him

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  • Sparksdale
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    Update: not a lot to update.
    spark’s coach told him he will pitch his first game friday. He’s nervous, he hasn’t pitched since his surgery.

    The coach told him not to worry so much about location right now. He wants to see his stuff and wants to see his best fastball.

    sparks

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  • steven-sq
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    Really nice to see an update on this thread. It is quite the journey and it is still not over.

    Glad to hear he made it through the rehab and still wants to get back in the game. Hope he most importantly keeps those grades up and secondly has much success with the new school.

    Just a small side note my son wanted to do a pitching lesson on his 10th birthday in March this year. The pitching coach said he threw pretty hard so he wanted to measure the speed. My son threw 52mph. I found my way to this thread trying to determine if that was good, bad or average.
    Last edited by steven-sq; 09-12-2018, 08:59 AM.

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  • chief2791
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    Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
    The coach calls it FU Friday.

    Got a text from Sparks. Workouts at 6 am and he spent the past little while throwing-up!!

    lol lol lol
    Yep, must be universal Sparks..haha! My son had workouts/running/sprints the last 2 mornings, same time 6AM. He said there were quite a few guys throwing up. He said "I felt like it and tried but I couldn't". He's in great physical shape as far as working out/weights and his arm is ready, but sprints, he said he hasn't ever ran like that for that long. Welcome to college son...LOL!

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  • Sparksdale
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    The coach calls it FU Friday.

    Got a text from Sparks. Workouts at 6 am and he spent the past little while throwing-up!!

    lol lol lol

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  • Cannonball
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    Just to repeat what has often been said, thanks for including us on this journey. The thread is a classic on many fronts!

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  • Sparksdale
    replied
    Sparks got to the school (after having major car trouble on the way).
    He went straight to the field to see the coach.
    when he got their 5 of the players were throwing up (workouts).
    He ain’t in Kansas anymore lol!!!

    The next day the coach went with him to get him signed up, getting all the papers in order and everything.

    That was great of the coach.

    They don’t have dorms. Sparks is renting a motel room while he looks for a place.

    Tuition, apartment, living expenses, books....

    I have no idea how we are going to pay for it all. I refuse to go in debt. After many years of being in massive debt I finally paid everything off a couple years ago. I like being debt free.

    Its his last shot.

    Good luck little Sparks.

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  • songtitle
    replied
    "I think his little $8 an hour job opened his eyes to the world."

    heh, the Title could have been, "Hey Kid, Listen to pops, or You'll Have to Flip Burgers for $8/hr"

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  • Sparksdale
    replied
    That’s great thanks

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