the family brag thread . . .

the family brag thread . . .

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January 31st, 2015, 2:20 pm #1

Charleston Southern today...proud of him and hope he has a great collegiate career...almost had him to The Citadel.
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January 31st, 2015, 3:08 pm #2

I thought Charleston Southern was a girls school?
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January 31st, 2015, 3:11 pm #3

brown_DOG_US wrote:I thought Charleston Southern was a girls school?
they damn near beat SEC power Vandy this past season if you remember :D

Although UGA did beat them fairly decisive. Open at Bama this year...maybe he can make the travel roster on special teams or something
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January 31st, 2015, 3:17 pm #4

That's good to hear. Congrats to the kid
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January 31st, 2015, 4:53 pm #5

Harvard on the Highway. get his BBA. Bachelor of Baptist Arts.
No really, congratulations to the young man. Don't let him go downtown, they will have him sinning and shit.
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January 31st, 2015, 5:20 pm #6

creekdweller wrote:Harvard on the Highway. get his BBA. Bachelor of Baptist Arts.
No really, congratulations to the young man. Don't let him go downtown, they will have him sinning and shit.

He is a Merritt ya know
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January 31st, 2015, 5:24 pm #7

Good deal! Always good to hear good news.

He's a running back, right?

Now the obligatory blurb about my son's budding baseball career:

His new season started last week. He's a 7 playing with 10 and 11 years olds in a local Little League.

The team has practiced now three times and it looks like he's won the starting second base job AND a spot in the pitching rotation (although not a starter). Not sure what place in the batting order he'll be, but I'm betting he'll hit second or fifth. (His private batting instructions have worked beautifully.) He's a beast.

Funny story:

My daughter is in the fifth grade and was talking in class about her brother playing baseball. Some of the kids asked what level he was playing, and she told them AAA. They told her she was wrong and laughed at her for not knowing. At the first practice we found out that one of her classmates is on my son's team. He didn't know I was Maddie's dad but I knew who he was.

I asked him how old he was, he said 11.

I asked him what grade he was in, he said fifth.

I asked him what elementary school he went to, and he told me.

I asked him what class he was in, and he told me.

I then told him who my daughter was and pointed out her brother, the first grader. He put his head down and laughed. Fun.
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January 31st, 2015, 5:28 pm #8

Good stuff realist!

My nephew is a slot WR.

As far as my son, he aged up in swimming and is getting humbled a little bit right now which is not a bad thing. He is young in his age group but climbing up each meet. Hard work never hurt anyone!
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February 7th, 2015, 5:16 pm #9

My son won the starting short stop position today! He was going out for second base but they felt it was better for the team to start him at short. He's in first grade, and he beat out a pair of fourth graders to land the job. Couldn't be prouder. He's worked hard, and like I tell him, 'hard work pays off.'

My biggest concern going in was 'baseball awareness' - practicing grounders can do only so much with baseball smarts, at a certain point it's just about knowing where to go with the ball (without being told). He didn't make too many mental mistakes, though. He was just smooth and consistent.

I didn't see a huge difference in ability in fielding honestly, but he was more consistent with throwing the ball and was always in the right place at the right time. Plus, I think the coaches are getting a kick out of a really young player beating out some older kids. He does have a knack for diving to his left and fielding the ball, though.

He's smiling ear to ear.

First game next Saturday at 10:00am.
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February 7th, 2015, 5:39 pm #10

Congrats to both of you realist...I'm sure you're a proud papa
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February 7th, 2015, 5:50 pm #11

Nothing like the pride of a parent, huh?

It's been so much fun working with him on his game. Playing catch with you son is somehow one of the best things in life. I know that sounds corny, but it's true - there's just something about the smell of a leather glove, the feel of a baseball in your hand and the sights and sounds of being outside with your son. Hard to explain, really.

I was a really good baseball player in my day, but he's a lot better than I was at his age. A lot better.

Should be a fun season.
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February 8th, 2015, 6:43 am #12

nmerritt11 wrote:
As far as my son, he aged up in swimming and is getting humbled a little bit right now which is not a bad thing. He is young in his age group but climbing up each meet. Hard work never hurt anyone!

Don't let it get to him. I've watched a couple of kids have a year or two of struggling. Swimming is technique and power, and at his age some kids are developing power earlier than others. His time will come.

My daughter seems to be focusing more at swimming and her times at practice have dropped a ton. Sadly, her team is a mess and she will only get one meet to try for State Times. I can't tell you how much I miss Swim Atlanta.
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February 8th, 2015, 8:27 am #13

brown_DOG_US wrote:
nmerritt11 wrote:
As far as my son, he aged up in swimming and is getting humbled a little bit right now which is not a bad thing. He is young in his age group but climbing up each meet. Hard work never hurt anyone!

Don't let it get to him. I've watched a couple of kids have a year or two of struggling. Swimming is technique and power, and at his age some kids are developing power earlier than others. His time will come.

My daughter seems to be focusing more at swimming and her times at practice have dropped a ton. Sadly, her team is a mess and she will only get one meet to try for State Times. I can't tell you how much I miss Swim Atlanta.

he barely missed state cuts in his back stroke...it is not so much that he is getting down as he is developing a real passion and love for football. He wants to try tackle football in fall and I am supporting him in that. He is only a kid once ya know.


His times are dropping like crazy. In 200 IM he dropped almost 6 seconds from the previous meet and dropped 7.5 in 200 freestyle which is insane drops. He has yet to have a meet where he didn't have drops in everything so he is continuing to get better.

Realist...congrats on your son's spot at SS. I was always more suited to play 2nd but pretty much played short stop my whole life out of necessity and as you said..."baseball awareness" Being a QB in football made it an easy transition to be the "QB" on the field for baseball. I was a smart player so I alwayys ended up playing their until tournament ball rolled around and I would move to my more natural position which was 2nd base
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February 8th, 2015, 12:35 pm #14

He goes to a baseball training facility on Sundays, and so this morning he had batting instruction. Before we got started I told the coach that he was looking at the youngest starting short stop in his league, and the coach ate it up. (He's really good with kids and understands their motivations.)

He has a wall in the warehouse, which is essentially what it is, that has pictures and signatures of the successful kids that the facility has worked with. If you've gone through his training and made something of yourself, he puts your picture on the wall and where you've gone to school. He also puts younger players on the wall to reflect their hard work and dedication.

He took a picture of my son this morning and told him he was going on the wall. It's mainly for motivation purposes, but I'd bet it's going to do a number on his psyche. He's going to eat that up. It's both good for business and instruction.

As far as his natural position, I'm betting he ends up at third by the time he's in the ninth or tenth grade. I'm guessing he's going to end up in the 6'2"-6'3" and 190-200 pound range, and there just aren't too many players at that size at that position. Who knows, lots of years of baseball and growth to come. No need to fret.
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February 13th, 2015, 4:15 pm #15

I got this email earlier today from my son's coach:
I just want to thank you for helping the team out. It is so much easier to coach a team when you have people that help out. Would you mind keeping the scorebook this season? Amanda will do it but she doesn't really get baseball. She'll say yes to anything but she will screw the book up.

I wanted to tell you that your son is a great ball player. I checked the rosters and he is the youngest player in the league by seven months. I am going to start him at short and bat him either 2 or 3 in the batting order. He's going to be a tank of a player when he gets older.

Thanks, Matt
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February 13th, 2015, 4:16 pm #16

Nice.
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February 13th, 2015, 6:19 pm #17

Awesome stuff there
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February 15th, 2015, 8:49 am #18

He was 1-2 with a single and a walk yesterday. He worked the count nicely all three plate appearances, got a nice hit up the middle the first time, went down swinging the next and walked his last time up. Good at bats, though. He smashed one just foul, but that was about it. And he stole second base (which isn't a big feat at this level, honestly).

The team got killed yesterday, 18-2. Their opponents have four really good pitchers and our guys just kept striking out. They're in a class above my son's team.

He only had two chances at short to make plays, and he threw both guys out. Smooth as silk.

They let him pitch an inning, too. He was nervous but he had fun - first time for everything. Struck a kid out, cleanly fielded a weak hit and made an easy throw to first for the next out and got a pop up to third for out number three. In between all of that, he walked four and gave up a hit. He had fun, but really isn't quite ready for pitching.
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February 17th, 2015, 9:23 am #19


Playing a bit too close, huh?



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February 17th, 2015, 10:02 am #20

" She'll say yes to anything but she will screw the book up"...

That is classic.
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February 17th, 2015, 3:31 pm #21

Where did he get the Charleston River Dogs T shirt, realist?
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February 17th, 2015, 4:16 pm #22

The league uses minor league baseball team logos for the "Minors Division" and MLB logos for the "Majors Division."

They also have the Durham Bulls, Lansing Lugnuts, Rochester Red Wings, Mahoney Valley Scrappers, Binghamton Mets, Greensboro Grasshoppers, Lakewook Blue Claws and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

It's a neat way to do it, really.
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February 17th, 2015, 4:31 pm #23

That's cool. What might be nice is to get one of the minor leagues (Southern, Sally, etc.) to partially sponsor a league.
The Riverdogs used to be a Rays farm team.
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February 18th, 2015, 11:59 am #24

The Rays sponsor the Majors division, and they have the Yellow Rays, the Blue Rays and the Gray Rays. Then there are the Astros, the Mets, the Rangers, the Tigers, the Nationals and the A's.

I'd have liked them to use just Florida minor league teams for the league, but whatever. It would have been a nice way to get the kids to take some sort of interest in local teams. And besides, names like the Stone Crabs, Threshers, Manatees, Blue Wahoos, Flying Tigers, Hammerheads, Tortugas and Marauders have a nicer ring to my ear. Oh well.
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February 21st, 2015, 12:00 pm #25

Today hee was 2-2 with a single and a double with an RBI. Plus, he got walked once. Two runs scored and two stolen bases.

Hit third in the line up.

But, no chances in the field. They opponent just didn't hit the ball very much today.

And they won, 16-6. They needed that.
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February 24th, 2015, 2:52 pm #26

They played again last night, and won 14-8.

Three walks and a single, but got caught stealing third. Scored three times.

He pitched one inning, giving up one run, striking out one and getting two ground outs (one that he fielded). Comparatively, he just doesn't have the arm strength that some of the other kids have but he throws more strikes than they do, and that's where it's at with this age. Throw strikes and you get people out, don't and you walk everyone in.

The team got a late add last night, a sixth grade pitcher/third baseman that towers over most of the kids. He pitched two inning, faced six batters and struck them all out. They really need to move him up as he so very clearly outclasses everyone else, and he needs to be challenged more for his own development.
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February 24th, 2015, 4:31 pm #27

Since this has turned into the family brag thread I will throw in my nephew in Charlotte got to go up and practice with the Army LaCrosse team. The coaches seemed impressed and looks like they want to bring him on the team. I can't say he will be offered a scholarship because as most of you know there is no tuition at West Point. Getting on the team though and getting a West Point education is not too shabby. I worry about him being a war college trained officer and am trying to explain to him what that means. I'm afraid he has looked at my experience thus far a felt it is not too bad. I keep trying to explain officers in the medical corp are about as un-Army as you can get. Maybe I should get him some old DVD's of MASH.

Oh, and the same nephew has a scholarship offer to UNC and is holding his breath for Duke. Maybe I should tell him about Duke LaCrosse's reputation as well.
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February 24th, 2015, 7:27 pm #28

I think I would have been good at lacrosse, but never had the opportunity growing up in rural Florida. It looks like a sport I'd have enjoyed.
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February 25th, 2015, 4:52 am #29

Since this is a family brag thread....

Anyway this game tonight can be canceled? There is no real need for Kentucky to actually come to Starkville tonight. They gonna beat us down so badly that our decendants won't have the self-esteem to actually get out of bed, much less have something to brag about.
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February 25th, 2015, 5:14 am #30

Good friend of mine from Charlotte has a 12 year old that is really big into lacrosse. They go all over the place and rarely lose. The only team that beat them last year was an All-Star team in Maryland and only beat them 8-7.

My son plays with him when he comes up and can hang pretty decently for someone who plays a couple times a year. Really likes it. We went a game of the professional team there and it was a blast.
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February 25th, 2015, 5:46 am #31

Lacrosse is huge there. I think maybe the fact it got kind of big at Duke and North Carolina then it spread to the high schools.
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February 25th, 2015, 6:42 am #32

my great grandson is in 1st grade .. He plays and is a starter in the 3 " Big " sports - Football,Basketball,and Baseball .... but what I am really proud of is the fact that he was chosen student of the Month for February at his school ...
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February 25th, 2015, 6:53 am #33



I am just kidding with you OMB. Hopefully your 1st grade grandson is not pregnant :lol: . You should be proud. Trust me, my acadmenics got me a lot further in life than my football ever did. In fact, all I have to show for my football playing days is a shitty back and knee.
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February 25th, 2015, 7:03 am #34



My honor roll student had YOUR child and is doing ok ... but YOUR child is a little bit retarded ... :shock:
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February 25th, 2015, 4:08 pm #35

We played lacrosse when I was in prep school. It was a pretty big deal at privates from Maryland around to Tennessee. I remember most of the schools we played were from Virginia. I only played 1 year and wasn't very good, but it was fun.
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February 26th, 2015, 8:27 am #36

My son isn't an athlete, but he has a couple of hard jobs. He's a volunteer firefighter and police/emergency services dispatcher.

He's a grown man, but I'm still a mama every time he goes to a fire. I worry and say a lot of prayers, and he goes about his jobs of saving lives.

I don’t know if they were men or women running naked across the field. They had bags over their heads. - Yogi Berra
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February 26th, 2015, 10:04 am #37

my main man at his last swim meet


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February 26th, 2015, 10:17 am #38

I may have some questions for you in a few months Merritt. My wife and I decided swimming is just about the perfect sport. Excellent cardio, excellent for the body. We are putting the 8 and 6 year old on the local swim team this spring so depending how they take to it I may need to know some training techniques. We actually have a pool with the stairs off to the side so it is perfect for swimming laps. We are also putting a heater on it just to extend the swimming season a couple months. It will be cost prohibitive from probably October-March but I have to imagine there is an indoor pool around here somewhere. Anyway, I guess I am saying all this to say that swimming is a fantastic sport for a kid. I have said this numerous times but as I get older I really think if I had it to do over again I would probably not have played football. I loved it but these cold winter days the aching gets old.

One other thing, as I mentioned on the gymnastics thread my 1st and 3rd are probably going to be very tall for females. My 2nd appears to be the runt of the litter. Anyway, height seems to be an advantage for a swimmer so there is that.
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February 26th, 2015, 10:21 am #39

DocVOLiday wrote:I may have some questions for you in a few months Merritt. My wife and I decided swimming is just about the perfect sport. Excellent cardio, excellent for the body. We are putting the 8 and 6 year old on the local swim team this spring so depending how they take to it I may need to know some training techniques. We actually have a pool with the stairs off to the side so it is perfect for swimming laps. We are also putting a heater on it just to extend the swimming season a couple months. It will be cost prohibitive from probably October-March but I have to imagine there is an indoor pool around here somewhere. Anyway, I guess I am saying all this to say that swimming is a fantastic sport for a kid. I have said this numerous times but as I get older I really think if I had it to do over again I would probably not have played football. I loved it but these cold winter days the aching gets old.

One other thing, as I mentioned on the gymnastics thread my 1st and 3rd are probably going to be very tall for females. My 2nd appears to be the runt of the litter. Anyway, height seems to be an advantage for a swimmer so there is that.

Swimming has been great...hard to tell it in pics but the little shit is ripped! It is a great sport and he was a natural at it. I love football and it has always been my passion and I am excited about him giving it a go but man I love to see the kid in the water.
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February 26th, 2015, 8:36 pm #40

I took my son out to the field this afternoon and taught him the hook slide.

The rules of this league allow for the catcher to block the plate - and since most all of the players are three and four years older than him, he's at a big physical disadvantage in terms of size and strength. If nothing else, it gave him something else to think about.
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February 27th, 2015, 6:02 am #41

Fan, here is the best team in Knoxville: http://www.tnaquatics.com/Home.jsp?team=sepac
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February 27th, 2015, 6:08 am #43

brown_DOG_US wrote:Fan, here is the best team in Knoxville: http://www.tnaquatics.com/Home.jsp?team=sepac
Thanks. That is very helpful and it looks like it is year round. It looks like they are downtown by the University.
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March 1st, 2015, 6:28 pm #44

Rained out yesterday. No game.

Batting coach today, and he fucking killed it.

His coach had torn his swing apart several months and started to slowly put it back together. He's had some fits and starts with the change, but mostly has been hitting the ball very well. Today? The light bulb seem to turn completely on - he was in a zone unlike any I've seen him in. Damn-near everything in the zone was just fucking murdered, and his form was beautiful.

Most times the coach is badgering him with swing thoughts, minor corrections, challenges, making him do push ups and offering near-constant feedback. Today, he just sat back and watched it happen. I was standing behind the coach (in the cage) and about a third of the way through he said, "No need to say a damn thing, huh?"

And the best part for me? When we got home the first thing he said was, "get your glove, I want to throw."

I'm going to record a video of his batting practice and post it soon.

Next game is Thursday.
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March 6th, 2015, 7:21 am #45

Last night my son made the best defensive play I've seen him make. It was a beauty.

He was playing short when the clean-up hitter came to the plate. The hitter obliterated a ground ball about four steps to my son's backhand. G exploded to his right, laid out and snatched the ball cleanly, quickly popped up and delivered a bullet across the infield to get the runner out by three full steps.

It was amazing and everyone in attendance cheered, hooted and hollered. Even the umpire stopped the game and, took bis mask off and made a show by clapping. Best play I've seen at this level by a wide margin.

It was perfect for three reasons. First, he's been working on his backhand for a few weeks now and so fielding it made the effort pay off. Picture perfect form.

Second, his agility coach works with him on balance (speed ladder) and quickly getting up (lots of up downs). And him getting up so quickly and cleanly showed the pay off for that training.

And lastly, we've been working on perfecting his throwing motion (glove tuck, momentum, follow through). It was a powerful throw the would have hit the first baseman in the nuts if he hadn't caught it.

The best part? Reinforcing the 'hard work pays off' mantra that we beat into our children's heads.

This is fun.
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March 7th, 2015, 2:03 pm #46

Two more walks and an ugly strike out looking today.

Three very good fielding plays:

A kid hit a nice shot straight at him, and he calmly snatched it out of the air for an easy out.

A grounder was hit just to his left, and he quickly sucked it up and flipped it over to the second baseman who got the force out.

And then the gem of the day. A kid hit a rocket shot to left center, making the center fielder chase it down. G rightly stepped out to catch the relay, and then he gunned down the runner at third with a beauty of the throw. Great teamwork.
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March 8th, 2015, 8:15 am #47

Okay, so now my son is being recruited for the next division (the majors)!

One of the managers from a team that plays in the Majors division has a kid (maybe 11?) that attends the same training facility that G does (but I've only seen him down there once before). Both kids were at the cages this morning, and so we struck up a conversation. He said he had watched parts of two of G's games and wanted to know a bit more about him. (The managers and coaches in the Major routinely scout the AAA division, looking to learn about the younger players and identify who they want.) I gave him the run down on my son as we were watching both kids in hit. And G had a really good hitting session today.

(Now, the way that league works is the coaches from the Majors scout the AAA division and then have a chance to "call up" a player or two towards the end of the season. This way, they get to sort of "draft" the better players for their next season.) He said, with my permission, that was going to talk to the league's Player Agent and attempt to "claim" G before anyone else snatches him up. He said he would probably start at second base now.

Look at it like this: he's the youngest kid in the AAA division and, if the wife and I decide to allow it, he's going to be playing in the level above that, mostly against kids 11 and 12 years old (5th and 6th graders). What an opportunity.

Or, look at like this: he's would be 4 and 5 years younger than virtually all of the kids in the league. I'm guessing he would be a prime target for a bit of bullying and rough treatment from the older kids on his team. How could he not be? He's a little shit, first grader compared to them. What a risk.

The team would need to be very well managed from a treatment of kids perspective and would need to provide excellent coaching for me to consider it.

He is really enjoying his teammates now, is having a ball with the season and is getting much better. That said, shouldn't athletes "stretch" their abilities? Shouldn't they play against the best competition that they can play against? Isn't that the best path for athletic development? He loves to compete and be the best, and if he's playing against better players he'll want to get to and surpass that level.

The coach in question apparently has a good reputation and is well thought of in terms of baseball. What I don't know is how he is with the kids. Is he abrasive? If so, would that impact my son's enjoyment of the game? Probably.

Anyway, it looks like more decisions are going to have to be made. And, we haven't fully committed to playing in that league going forward. We're considering travel ball as an option. Just as soon as we get one thing figured out, three more questions pop up. It's like playing fucking whack-a-mole.
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March 14th, 2015, 5:13 am #48

We've decided to keep him on his current team for the rest of this season.

We just felt like he needed to keep having fun with his teammates. He's enjoying the season so much right now that we didn't want to rock the boat and risk him losing that. He's made a couple of friends and, since we're still kinda new to the area, this is important. The chances of him finding a friend he can relate to among kids that much older are slim.

And besides, he's still getting coached up.
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March 14th, 2015, 7:14 am #49

sec realist wrote:We've decided to keep him on his current team for the rest of this season.

We just felt like he needed to keep having fun with his teammates. He's enjoying the season so much right now that we didn't want to rock the boat and risk him losing that. He's made a couple of friends and, since we're still kinda new to the area, this is important. The chances of him finding a friend he can relate to among kids that much older are slim.

And besides, he's still getting coached up.
good decision...let him stay with his friends, continue to develop, and gain confidence. No reason to rush him...let him be a kid. I applaud you for not getting sucked into the politics and recruiting game
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March 15th, 2015, 6:14 am #50

Thanks. There's an ego part of it for sure (how cool is it to have a first grader going against kids in that are in the fifth and sixth grade?), but turning him down was the obvious right choice. He needs to reinforce his friendships and be around kids he can relate to more than he needs the exposure to an advanced level of baseball. His social development is just more important.

The wife and I had a discussion about travel ball last night, and what the future of his baseball is going to look like. The facility that he trains at is attempting to put together a team for kids his age for the summer, but haven't had a lot of success finding enough good players.

There are a few other teams in the general area, but none that we know much about and none that would be easy and convenient to get back and forth from. One of those teams plays about half of their tournaments in Bradenton and Sarasota, and that would be huge help as we still have family there and so hotels wouldn't be an issue (and that shit adds up in a hurry). That could save us thousands of dollars, and that's hard not to take into account when figuring out the path forward. But I don't know enough about that group of people yet.

I guess the hope is that we'll find a good summer team that he can feel comfortable missing two or three weeks from. We like to travel and aren't willing to give that up for a few games that nobody will remember in two or three years.

And then in the fall he's wanting to suit up for football for the first time and, although I'm still nervous about it, I'm going to let him do it. We'll keep the baseball instruction on Sundays but cease the strength and agility efforts during the football season.

Anyway, I hope you guys don't bore of my rambling. This thread is a good way for me to think about what's what. And some of you are good resources to bounce ideas off of as you have kids, have gone through similar situations or just know a thing or two. Strange to say, but I trust some of your opinions more than I do people I can actually recognize on the street. Ha! Fucked up, I know, but we've been arguing for years on this board and so I know what you're about.
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