Today we talk to Mark Krzysiak from Bay City, Michigan. Mark is very connected to baseball in this community and you will hear references to several other Moms and Baseball episodes, so feel free to find those links below to brush up!
Mark has been involved in the game at nearly every level… He was a college player himself, he’s been a varsity, little league, and travel baseball coach, he ran a baseball training facility and started a massively successful travel baseball organization (with partner Tom Merkle), and Mark was an associate major league scout. Mark is also a baseball parent himself.
In addition to sharing his own story, Mark discusses his personal thoughts on the idea of playing multiple sports vs specialization. He also talks about his coaching philosophies regarding running efficient practices, instilling mental toughness in kids and receiving 100% effort from them, and teaching his players to play with confidence and "swag."
Later in the episode, Mark shares valuable advice regarding mental and physical "turn-ons" and "turn-offs" that he picked up over the several years spent working with MLB scouts, and being a former associate scout himself for the Texas Rangers.
In Part 2 of our arm care series, we chat with Dr. Ryan Brown. If you missed Part 1, you can check that out here: 023 Arm Care Advice, Part 1.
Ryan is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and former D1 college baseball player. Ryan was an outfielder and leadoff hitter at William & Mary and actually holds the record for the most games played in the college's history! He has utilized his extensive training and experience to put together a comprehensive arm care program for baseball players, and was gracious enough to provide insight into some of the most controversial arm care topics for pitchers.
Mentioned in this Episode:
Ultimate Arm Care Program: https://ultimatearmcareprogram.vhx.tv/
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On deck: Interview with Semi-Professional Lefty Pitcher, Lennon Gwizdala
Trevor and Patrick are joined by guest Jason Ball, Asst. Baseball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at SVSU and coach of the 16u Michigan Select team.
Dads takeover for Part 2 of our mini-series on showcase baseball and college recruitment. Listen to Part 1 here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1348060/7380025
In this episode, Jason shares his experiences coaching at different levels, and offers players and parents a plethora of advice regarding college recruiting, including:
NAIA Division 1 and 2 schools do offer athletic scholarships. Division 3 NAIA schools do not.
Parents and Baseball Facebook group
This episode is Part 1 in a 2-part series about high school/showcase baseball and college recruiting.
Mark Jebb has been a long-time assistant coach at Swan Valley High School and a travel baseball coach for Saginaw Bay Riverdawgs and Michigan Select. In this episode, he shares the experience of coaching a group of 2020 grads from the time they were 9-10 years old until they finished high school.
Coach Jebb talks about how he focused on development with his players and how he later assisted them in the college recruitment process. He also talks about own son's recruitment and commitment to Michigan State University.
Facts from this episode:
On Deck: DadsTakeover- College Recruiting with guest Coach Jason Ball (Asst. Baseball Coach - SVSU)
Tons of fundraising ideas in this episode--the good and the bad! Today we welcomed Shannon Robinson who was the Team Manager/Administrator for the new Prairie Ironmen Travel Baseball Organization and Tournament Scheduler for the South Bend Cubs Organization, and was a very successful fundraiser manager.
DISCLAIMER: We are not accountants or experts in tax law so please consult your organization's consultants to make sure any and all fundraisers are in compliance with 501(c)3s or your particular tax-exempt organization.
We use the term "profitable" in this episode several times when we should actually say "lucrative."
On Deck: From 10u to the Big Ten:-Michigan Select Coach on 2020 College Commits for Entire Team
Special Episode - Tuesday Release!
We talk with GameChanger's VP of Marketing and head of their consumer experience department about the new GameChanger Team Manager app including concerns, improvements, and upcoming features.
A few new/upcoming features include livestream video/clipping, website, and improved play editing.
No episode this Friday, January 1st.
ON DECK for Friday, January 8th: Moms and Baseball Uncut - GameDay & Baseball Youth
https://home.gc.com/live-video-streaming/ (One thing to note is that GameChanger still needs to update the demo video as it does not have all the scoreboard elements on it. The still images are up to date.)
Baseball Dads do a takeover of Moms and Baseball this week to talk about the 5 types of travel teams and offer advice about how to choose the right travel/select baseball organization for your child.
They also discuss the 42 essential questions to ask before joining a new travel team. Article: https://travelballparents.com/2017/07/42-essential-questions-to-ask-before-joining-a-new-travel-team/
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Do you really know the difference between a hit and ROE? Or do you understand OPS, SLG, and ERA? Here we discuss the most common baseball stats that parents and coaches might have access to. Scorekeepers in particular may learn a thing or two to help them score games more accurately (leading to more accurate stats) as well!
ERA - Earned Run Average
WHIP - Walks plus Hits per Inning Pitched
S% - Strike Percentage
FPS - First Pitch Strikes
SB / WP / PB / DI - Stolen Bases / Wild Pitches / Passed Balls / Defensive Indifference (Fielder's Choice)
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On Deck: Moms and Game Day Essentials
In Part 2, Diana and Stephanie continue their discussion with special guest host, Dr. Trevor Grice, regarding the differences in travel baseball and rec/little league baseball, and discuss why someone may choose one or the other (or both!).
Trevor is a licensed clinical psychologist, baseball coach for rec and travel ball, has been an active board member for each league, is a long-time baseball fan, and also happens to be married to Diana =)