With the recent events in Major League Baseball involving the Houston Astro’s, I felt it appropriate to address the topic of who we are and why we do things the way we do?
Let me start by saying, I’m “old school” and Club Hardball exists for a very specific reason. It all starts with our Mission Statement of “Providing a Foundational Experience for Baseball and Life in Preparation for High School Baseball.” I stand very firm on this mission as baseball is a tool for life and we as parents and coaches have huge influence on our young ballplayers.
Club Hardball is as competitive as any other Player, Coach, Team or Club out there… the difference is we strive to do it the right way and not at the expense of disrespecting the game of baseball, our opponents, or those participating in Club Hardball. It is very easy to get caught up in the following:
- • Parents Yelling
- • Coaches Yelling
- • Coaches Playing Favorites
- • Win At All Costs Approach
- • More Games Than Practices
- • Trophies Over Development
- • Not Maintaining Pitch Counts
- • Parents Altering Birth Certificates
- • Individualism Over Team And Club
- • Bringing “Ringers” To Tournaments
- • Parents Meddling Rather Than Supporting
- • Allowing Sarcasm and Degrading Comments
- • Coaching For Your Son Rather Than The Collective
- • Looking Like A Hip Hop Artist Rather Than A Baseball Player
- • Parents Holding Their Kids Back A Grade To Be More Competitive
- • Replacing Players for Lack of Talent Rather Than Developing Them
- • Etc….
All of these are very real issues I have seen way to much of outside of Club Hardball… these behaviors and actions do not foster the growth of our young athletes to be quality young men and quality baseball players. Here’s a hard reality…
- • High school senior players eventually drafted by an MLB team is about 0.005 percent.
- • College players drafted by a MLB team is 10.5 percent.
- • Drafted baseball players almost always go to a minor league team. Only 5.6 percent of minor league players make it to the MLB.
Our young athletes are going to become Plumbers, Doctors, Lawyers, and Sales people. They are going to go home after a hard day’s work and take care of their families. They are going to show respect for their spouse. They are going to guide their children. They are going to coach their young daughters and sons. What they learn at Club Hardball will carry over to their adult lives.
Our young athletes are like a blank slate… they see what we as adults do and mimic us! Club Hardball isn’t for everyone because we don’t allow certain things and enforce rules.
The “15 minute” pre-practice rule, the “5 minute” post-game talk rule, no flat hats, no cleats not Club issued, etc. It’s easy to be part of the crowd and disregard authority… it’s not easy to do what is right and be respectful.
I am so very proud of who Club Hardball is and what we continue to provide… that said, support of our Mission Statement by Players, Coaches, Teams, and Parents makes us who we are.
Thank you for being part of Club Hardball!
Players, Coaches, Parents and Supporters of Club Hardball Baseball –
Today I write in a serious tone based upon some feedback we received at our Bees Academy Event last weekend. I view this is a Life Lesson and opportunity to emphasize responsibility and accountability.
We are a chosen partner with the Salt Lake Bees. We are the first inaugural member to the Bees Academy. It is our responsibility to represent ourselves properly. Before and during the game, the following was brought to our attention:
- The Bees were playing a game and our ballplayers were not sitting with their teams consistently and “learning the game” which the Bees graciously invited us to.
- Club Hardball players were rude to the train conductor, rude to general public trying to ride the train, and cutting in front of others getting on the train.
- Club Hardball players were spending more time on the berm, at the train area, playing football, etc. than watching the game.
- Club Hardball players were walking across the edges of fans blankets and seating areas.
I have always told each player, team, and coach to represent the name on the back of their shirts (Family name) and the front of their shirts (Club Hardball name) with honor and respect. You never know who is watching. We were wearing our Bulldog hats and Bees shirts. Many had on our red Bulldog sweatshirts. As such, we stood out… that comes with a responsibility by every member of Club Hardball whether you are a player, coach, or family member. In the future, if we are lucky enough to be invited back, the following expectations will apply:
- Players, Coaches and Teams will sit together to “learn the game” which is what the Bees and Club Hardball want for each of our teams. They will be allowed to go “play” based upon inning. For example, “you may now go to the berm during the 3rd and 4th innings and then you must come back and sit as a team.
- Coaches or Parents will be responsible for monitoring their players and teams when they are away from the game.
- Any rudeness, sarcasm, or lack of respect by any member of Club Hardball will not be tolerated.
I would ask each of you to go to our website and look at four (4) documents.
Club Hardball Baseball Manual:
This outlines our Offensive and Defensive Strategy as well as the expectations from each ballplayer and from their parents.
This is an industry article that mimics how we like to run our Club.
This outlines the expectations of our Ballplayers.
This outlines the expectations of our Ballplayers.
This outlines the expectations for our Coaches.
These documents are the baseline of what Club Hardball is about. Please remember, our Mission Statement: “Provide a Foundational Experience for Baseball and Life in Preparation for High School Baseball.”
The Dog House door at the Dog Pound is always open… if you have questions, comments, or concerns… please reach out to me.
Brad D. Beadles Founder | Skills Development 801.918.9037 (mobile phone) Bulldog19@live.com (club email) Club Hardball Bulldog Baseball, LLC
Hello Bulldog Family!
Welcome to our new website. I’m excited about the framework we are creating for today and the future. A special thanks to Tyson Downs and his Titan Web Agency for managing and maintaining the site. It is very much appreciated Tyson… thank you!
A few pointers about the website:
- The Big Bulldog Head will always get you back to the main page no matter where you are in the site.
- The Main Page is long so remember to scroll down for all the content.
- On the Top Right of the Main Page you will see links for Game Changer, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and GroupMe.
- On the very bottom of the Home Page you will see a scrolling scoreboard of all our games regardless of age group.
- Weekly we will be announcing a Player of the Week for each team. This is decided upon by the Coaching staff. At the end of the year we have a Player of the Year for each team and in order to qualify for that award, the ballplayer must have received the Player of the Week award at least once. The award for the Player of the Year is a custom Legacy Custom Gloves.
- We have three Social Media feeds with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Feel free to post messages and pictures as long as they are done in good taste and promote our Players, Teams, and Club Hardball.
- If you have any pictures you want in the Gallery, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
- We will continue to build out the Training area. Right now you can access the Baseball Fundamentals area by signing up with your own login and password. This is a great resource we use for all of our training needs.
Please take the time to walk through the site and give us any suggestions for future enhancements to the site. For example, one suggestion already made is to have our own YouTube Channel.