Club Hardball Bulldog Partners

Message from Coach Brad

The Final Leg of Club Hardball’s 2017 Spring Season

 

A few important items and points of clarity:

  • End of Year Party: Please join us next Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Alta Canyon Recreation Center.  Between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. we will be having a BBQ that will also include the Player of the Year recognition. In addition, Tayson Wilson from Legacy Gloves will be at the party to help the POY’s build their new glove immediately and get it ordered.  Between 8:00 and 10:00 we have rented the Alta Canyon Pool for some more fun. At 10:00 p.m., we will head over to the Dog Pound for some snacks and a movie projected on our new 16 foot batters eye in Center Field.  Bring pillows, blankets, etc.  This should be a fun evening.
  • End of Year Survey: All of you have received a survey in your inbox (if not check your junk mail folder). Please take the time to fill this out. It takes less than 10 minutes and helps the Board of Directors guide Club Hardball to improve as a program.
  • Multi-Sport Participation: I fully support multi-sport participation. Players develop different muscle groups, complimentary skills, and new friends and teammates. The CHBB policy indicates; at a specified date in the Spring, Club Hardball practices will become “mandatory” to enable each team to form and practice together in preparation for the season. If a player is still not able to participate after the “mandatory” date, the Head Coach has discretion around playing time until the player is able to participate fully. Let me be very clear. A player who is a multi-sport athlete will never be dismissed from Club Hardball because they are playing other sports. That said, Spring Season playing time can and will be impacted based upon their attendance at 1): CHBB Practices 2): CHBB Events, and 3): CHBB Games.
  • Team Tryouts: As I spoke to in our 2017 Kickoff Meeting in November, each team will hold annual tryouts. This is a decision I feel very strongly about and is a policy each team will adhere to. Playing for Club Hardball is a privilege and playing Super League is a commitment.  We will always select players and parents who we feel fit our Mission Statement. That being said, every player and parent must “earn their way.”  As you’ve heard me talk about before, I believe our society has a huge issue around “feelings of entitlement” and the “player participation trophy” dilemma that is everywhere.  I do not subscribe or support either of those items and annual tryouts are one way to ensure our players know they must consistently “earn their way”… it’s part of life.
    • Fall Baseball: Fall Baseball is designed to drive fundamentals and discipline. Most leagues do not keep score and rosters are very fluid. We always want to have a Fall Baseball team for each age group if the number of players allows. In some instances, we may merge two of our teams if there aren’t enough players to support that age group. If the merging of two teams is not possible, there will be a Fall Baseball tryout. As well, if a team is lacking players for Spring, they may use Fall Baseball tryouts and actual games to decide on a player(s) being offered to join Club Hardball.
    • Spring Baseball: We will have a new 8u Spring Baseball Team. A new Head Coach has been found and named. Our current 12u team (next year’s 13u Spring Baseball Team) will be “reset” in 2018. We will be looking to keep the majority of the roster in place, however, will be looking for a new coaching staff to work with this great group of young men. For both our new 8u team and next year’s 13u team, if you have any players or coaches that you would recommend, please share them with me or have them contact me directly. We will be scheduling tryouts quickly for these two teams.

If any questions, don’t hesitate to text or call me directly.

~ Coach Brad

Players Of The Week 8u – 9u – 10u – 11u

8u Player

8u Player

The 8U player of the week is Diesel Dart. Diesel is a great baseball player with so much upside. He is the most even kill player I have ever Coached. Diesel hit a homerun yesterday that I still don’t think has landed. Diesel is a great baseball player and I am excited for his future in the game. Keep working hard Diesel.

~ Coach Brandon

 

9u Players

9u Players

Bauer and Ian combined a tremendous pitching outing to solidify 2nd place in our league. We played 8 innings of baseball. Bauer and Ian each pitched 4 innings and were outstanding.  Additionally, Ian had the game winning hit knocking in Garrett Downing in the bottom of the 8th to win the game. We love having Bauer and Ian on our team!

~ Coach Chad

10u Team

10u Team

This weeks POW couldn’t be a better selection than the 10U team. At The beginning of season we set goals of playing on championship weekend, qualifying for the Tournament of Champions, and being viewed as playing baseball the HARDBALL WAY! Going into the state tournament we have accomplished all our goals. Congrats boys. 

~ Coach Chris

11u Player

11u Player

11u had their last regular season game which decided the 3rd and 4th seed in our division, so it was a big game for us. This come from behind win, down 2-0 in the bottom of the 6th inning was a complete team effort. We had great pitching which kept us in the game, amazing defense with no errors and quality at-bats which continued applying pressure on the Devils. In the end Ryder Archibald had a 2 out single scoring 2 runs to win the game in walk-off style in the bottom of the 6th.

~ Coach Tyler

 

Players Of The Week 12u – 13u – 14u

12u Team

12u Team

Good luck with your continued success in Cooperstown!  Club Hardball is watching, supporting and learning from you all!

~ Coach Brad

13u Player

13u Player

Our player of the week is Derek Slagowski #21. Derek earned this week’s honor by doing the little. His at-bats have been focused and aggressive. He has worked hard on his defensive efforts and is pushing himself to dig deep. Derek also took every opportunity to find ways to help his team.  Whether it is supporting teammates or backing up throws, Derek was there. He shows up to each and every game and practice with a bounce to his step ready to get to work. Keep grinding, D!

~ Coach Patrick

14u Players

14u Players

Although you may have completed your Club Hardball career, we know where to find youJ… here’s a list of where our 14u players are now playing High School Summer baseball. Impressive!

  • Austin Carter              West Jordan HS
  • CJ Slagowski               Cottonwood HS
  • Davis Reese               Corner Canyon HS
  • Devan Hansen           West Jordan HS
  • Jorgen Larsen            Herriman HS
  • Keaton Muhlestein   West Jordan HS
  • Max Fowler                TBD
  • Preston Bath              TBD
  • Riley Prescott             West Jordan HS
  • River Terry                  Brighton HS
  • Sam Roberts              Injured Reserve (broken leg)