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Old 07-12-2018, 03:07 PM   #1201
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best tournaments for these types for the kids are set up with a tower and 4 fields around the tower. 4 games going at once. that way a guy could go look for a shortstop and watch 8 of them at a time. I don't care if it is day 1 or after bracket play as long as there are 4 games going it is the place to be. When the games get on satellite fields it is hit or miss and no guarantee that they are being watched by anyone but parents.
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My soon to be 8 year old boy is needing a bat. Looking for 27"-28", -12, 2 5/8 or 2 3/4" barrel text me 940 872 0887
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How many of you guys have your boys playing up? My oldest is going yo 11u this fall, a buddy of mine is coaching a 12u team this fall and had a workout last night and told me to take Brock out there, and he did really well. Physically he is fine, he was the fastest out there from home to first and from home to home, has a great arm, caught everything they hit to him...

It would be a good team to be with, facilities are close to home and the coaching will be good, I just wonder if its a good move to play up, especially being his first year on bigger bases.... or do I just say he's holding his own and let him go?
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How many of you guys have your boys playing up? My oldest is going yo 11u this fall, a buddy of mine is coaching a 12u team this fall and had a workout last night and told me to take Brock out there, and he did really well. Physically he is fine, he was the fastest out there from home to first and from home to home, has a great arm, caught everything they hit to him...

It would be a good team to be with, facilities are close to home and the coaching will be good, I just wonder if its a good move to play up, especially being his first year on bigger bases.... or do I just say he's holding his own and let him go?
Let him play.. if he can hang ..why not?
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How many of you guys have your boys playing up? My oldest is going yo 11u this fall, a buddy of mine is coaching a 12u team this fall and had a workout last night and told me to take Brock out there, and he did really well. Physically he is fine, he was the fastest out there from home to first and from home to home, has a great arm, caught everything they hit to him...

It would be a good team to be with, facilities are close to home and the coaching will be good, I just wonder if its a good move to play up, especially being his first year on bigger bases.... or do I just say he's holding his own and let him go?
Same as stated above, and sounds like the situation may be a step up as well.

It may turn out to be different throughout the season, but when we played on the bigger bases, there was no real change.
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Old 07-16-2018, 01:17 PM   #1206
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In my experience playing up will do good things for him. At 14 he will enter high school and play. He is be ahead of the others as he is facing pitching, fielding, etc of the older group and he will also have increased confidence of been there done that. I can not see a negative. It will also let him know where he needs to be.
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Old 07-16-2018, 02:22 PM   #1207
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yeah i hear you guys, we just dont really see a lot of kids that play up with a birthday as late as his, he turns 11 in january. we know several kids that play up but they are may/june/july birthdays who are just playing with their grade.

we have also seen a handful of kids that have played up since 7u that are starting to fall back to their correct age group at 10u-11u-12u.

i think it would be good for him, hes just not a super confident kid so i could see it going against him a little if he struggles too.

i am interested to see him in another work out or 2 with the older kids and then maybe will have a better feel.
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Old 07-16-2018, 02:36 PM   #1208
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How many of you guys have your boys playing up? My oldest is going yo 11u this fall, a buddy of mine is coaching a 12u team this fall and had a workout last night and told me to take Brock out there, and he did really well. Physically he is fine, he was the fastest out there from home to first and from home to home, has a great arm, caught everything they hit to him...

It would be a good team to be with, facilities are close to home and the coaching will be good, I just wonder if its a good move to play up, especially being his first year on bigger bases.... or do I just say he's holding his own and let him go?
TXJim's son plays up. He was 11U last year and played on a 12U Majors team.

I think 11 playing to 12 is fine. It may be a little dicey the following year going to the next size field at 13U.
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Old 07-16-2018, 05:59 PM   #1209
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My youngest went from a 10U Majors team to an 11U Majors team in the Spring of his 10U season. He played with the same group this past spring as an 11 year old playing 12U. He is an August birthday so he is done with 12U but doesn't turn 12 for a couple of weeks. He was in 5th grade last spring during his 12U season. There are kids on his team that are more than 15 months older than him and a couple were in 7th grade.

As for the transition from 9U/10U field to 11U/12U, for more advanced players the bigger field is better IMHO, the game slows down just a bit and the play is more pure. The plays are not all bang bang quick like 10U Majors on the smaller field tends to be. If he is as physically mature as the kids in the older group I don't really see a downside.

As far as what happens in 13U, don't sweat it now. Put him in the best spot for his current development and worry about the next season when it comes.

Personally, I hope my boy stays on his current path and plays 13U in 6th and 14 in 7th. That will give him a 2nd season in 14U on the full size field swinging a BBCOR bat before he goes to HS.

His older brother is 14U, just finished 8th grade, and is playing 15U summer ball after playing 14U Spring. He is doing great and will go into HS baseball knowing he can already play with Sophomores and Juniors as most of his 15U tourneys are mixed 15U/16U.

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Old 07-16-2018, 06:53 PM   #1210
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My youngest went from a 10U Majors team to an 11U Majors team in the Spring of his 10U season. He played with the same group this past spring as an 11 year old playing 12U. He is an August birthday so he is done with 12U but doesn't turn 12 for a couple of weeks. He was in 5th grade last spring during his 12U season. There are kids on his team that are more than 15 months older than him and a couple were in 7th grade.

As for the transition from 9U/10U field to 11U/12U, for more advanced players the bigger field is better IMHO, the game slows down just a bit and the play is more pure. The plays are not all bang bang quick like 10U Majors on the smaller field tends to be. If he is as physically mature as the kids in the older group I don't really see a downside.

As far as what happens in 13U, don't sweat it now. Put him in the best spot for his current development and worry about the next season when it comes.

Personally, I hope my boy stays on his current path and plays 13U in 6th and 14 in 7th. That will give him a 2nd season in 14U on the full size field swinging a BBCOR bat before he goes to HS.

His older brother is 14U, just finished 8th grade, and is playing 15U summer ball after playing 14U Spring. He is doing great and will go into HS baseball knowing he can already play with Sophomores and Juniors as most of his 15U tourneys are mixed 15U/16U.
Great info sir, I appreciate it. Good luck to your boys
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:27 AM   #1211
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My soon to be 8 year old boy is needing a bat. Looking for 27"-28", -12, 2 5/8 or 2 3/4" barrel text me 940 872 0887
I think a 27" drop 10 will work good too
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I think a 27" drop 10 will work good too
How big is your boy?
How is his swing?
has he swung a big barrel bat before?
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How big is your boy?
How is his swing?
has he swung a big barrel bat before?
Yes. His friend has a 26" drop -12 that he swings good and a 26" drop-10 both he swings really good. He is a little bigger than both friends so that's why I think a 27" drop -10 is the best choice.
He is a lefty with a really smooth swing. 7 yrs old and needs to work on keeping eye on the ball.
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Old 07-19-2018, 10:43 AM   #1214
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We just bought our Warstic Hawk 2 - Buddy from the team took 4 of the boys down to the Dallas shop. It looked awesome. Kiddos loved it.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:03 AM   #1215
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How many of you guys have your boys playing up? My oldest is going yo 11u this fall, a buddy of mine is coaching a 12u team this fall and had a workout last night and told me to take Brock out there, and he did really well. Physically he is fine, he was the fastest out there from home to first and from home to home, has a great arm, caught everything they hit to him...

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In my experience playing up will do good things for him. At 14 he will enter high school and play. He is be ahead of the others as he is facing pitching, fielding, etc of the older group and he will also have increased confidence of been there done that. I can not see a negative. It will also let him know where he needs to be.
I agree with Glen. Our oldest, Andrew, has played up 1 level most of the years he played select... It will force your son to step up his game some.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:35 AM   #1216
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Well my kid got called this morning to come out and pitch in a 17U showcase tourney in San Antonio at the Missions stadium on Saturday. I have to work so I’ll be watching my phone for updates. He is going to show up and pitch for the day and then coming home- cleaning up and off to Lubbock on Tuesday. We are winding down and will say it has been a down/up Summer. He is trying to convert over to a starting role and before June he had never thrown out of the wind up- was not successful and was beating himself up. Recently they have been running him out to close and he is a different animal. It’s good to see him go back out and attack when he toes the rubber. I’ll let you guys know how he does with the older group this weekend.
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Out of curiosity, why did he feel like he needed to throw from the wind up? Why not work from the stretch and focus on other aspects of the conversion that don't change his timing/delivery?
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:19 PM   #1218
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Jim. Because he is a kid and all the other kids that toe the rubber at beginning of game go from the stretch. His biggest adjustment is mindset. He has to find it. When he closes he attacks. Pace is fast and he presses batters, comes downhill hard, throws with 100% intensity, looks like he is ****** off at the world. He has had a hard time finding that toeing the rubber at start of game
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:34 PM   #1219
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I hear ya, I give it 10 years and the wind up will be dead. MLB starters are abandoning it and the kids will follow.

As for the mindset, I have one of those too. He is a hard throwing max effort type of pitcher that likes to challenge and overpower hitters. When he comes in with the game on the line he is sharp. Much less so when starting or throwing in middle relief. Something about the adrenaline of the game being on the line just flips a switch he cant seem to find on his own yet.
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Jim you find the cure we are all ears.
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Old 07-19-2018, 01:16 PM   #1221
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Our team is looking for 2-3 talented 9U players to play with our team. We are a competitive AAA team out of the Mansfield area in DFW. We just went comp last year and had a lot of fun and improved tremendously with the competition level. We are not a club, we only have this team and all cost are split between each player with various fundraisers done through out the year. We play league play at Mansfield Youth Baseball Association and do 6-8 competitive tournaments a year located in the DFW area. We have a great group of kids, coaches, and parents that have been together for going on 3 years now. PM me if you are looking for a team. We will be having tryouts throughout July and August heading into Fall Ball.


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Well my kid got called this morning to come out and pitch in a 17U showcase tourney in San Antonio at the Missions stadium on Saturday. I have to work so Iíll be watching my phone for updates. He is going to show up and pitch for the day and then coming home- cleaning up and off to Lubbock on Tuesday. We are winding down and will say it has been a down/up Summer. He is trying to convert over to a starting role and before June he had never thrown out of the wind up- was not successful and was beating himself up. Recently they have been running him out to close and he is a different animal. Itís good to see him go back out and attack when he toes the rubber. Iíll let you guys know how he does with the older group this weekend.
That's awesome
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Jim you find the cure we are all ears.
Haha, if I find the cure you will hear about my patented program sweeping the nation
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:00 AM   #1224
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well my 10yo is officially a free agent. we started this tigers team at 8u, went to a paid coach at 9u and have since had 12 kids come and go, whether cut or on their own. there were issues early last year but we knew brocks best friends were on the team and kind of always hoped things would improve, so we stayed. there were numerous issues with the team, but what it basically boiled down to was the coach valued winning over development, at 9-10 years old.

its a little embarrassing actually to think that we stayed this long with all the things that were happening, but we hated the thought of pulling brock from his friends at a young age. but my wife and i made our mind up last month that we were going to leave after the world series and we had a talk with brock about how he needed to pay attention to who is playing where and who is playing how much in the world series and when it was over he actually understood where we were coming from and is looking forward to a fresh start.

he had a good workout with that 12u team that i posted about the other day and i was told to expect a call from a very respected 11u coach this morning, so i am hoping we find a good spot this time.

good luck to any of you guys looking for a team out there, like i was told, dont leave any questions unanswered when you sit down with a coach. if you want your kid playing here or there and playing this much, tell them, and find another team if you need to, in the end, if none of that is being met it wont matter how much the team wins, you wont be happy.
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well my 10yo is officially a free agent. we started this tigers team at 8u, went to a paid coach at 9u and have since had 12 kids come and go, whether cut or on their own. there were issues early last year but we knew brocks best friends were on the team and kind of always hoped things would improve, so we stayed. there were numerous issues with the team, but what it basically boiled down to was the coach valued winning over development, at 9-10 years old.

its a little embarrassing actually to think that we stayed this long with all the things that were happening, but we hated the thought of pulling brock from his friends at a young age. but my wife and i made our mind up last month that we were going to leave after the world series and we had a talk with brock about how he needed to pay attention to who is playing where and who is playing how much in the world series and when it was over he actually understood where we were coming from and is looking forward to a fresh start.

he had a good workout with that 12u team that i posted about the other day and i was told to expect a call from a very respected 11u coach this morning, so i am hoping we find a good spot this time.

good luck to any of you guys looking for a team out there, like i was told, dont leave any questions unanswered when you sit down with a coach. if you want your kid playing here or there and playing this much, tell them, and find another team if you need to, in the end, if none of that is being met it wont matter how much the team wins, you wont be happy.
I saw Tigers-Miller post up for tryouts and thought about yall. Hope for the best! Know Brock will be great. Let me know where yall end up, enjoy following the teams.

I second the discussions with the Coaches. I always saw it as being "that Parent", but with the time and effort Jax was putting in, it was the absolute best thing we could do for Him. Sure enough the Coach was great, explained the situation and Jax hasn't been the beneficiary. Those kids that the Coach told me he was working off the team, are off the team. Point is, that is was part of a plan, but I would have just stayed frustrated without opening up a discussion and talking with the Coach.
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I will say that the best team my kid was on didn’t win many rings. His coaches where very much about letting them play games. He worked them Mon-Thur. Made kids throw 100% at all times in the field. Backup were always in the right place and moving with effort. These two guys got kids that in my opinion were marginal players that are now on good high school programs. We went in knowing that their goal was to get the kids on their high school teams. Find a program that fits. Baseball is about fresh mowed grass and the sound of a squared up hit. It is a kids game and let them play it as long as their talent allows them too.
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well my 10yo is officially a free agent. we started this tigers team at 8u, went to a paid coach at 9u and have since had 12 kids come and go, whether cut or on their own. there were issues early last year but we knew brocks best friends were on the team and kind of always hoped things would improve, so we stayed. there were numerous issues with the team, but what it basically boiled down to was the coach valued winning over development, at 9-10 years old.

its a little embarrassing actually to think that we stayed this long with all the things that were happening, but we hated the thought of pulling brock from his friends at a young age. but my wife and i made our mind up last month that we were going to leave after the world series and we had a talk with brock about how he needed to pay attention to who is playing where and who is playing how much in the world series and when it was over he actually understood where we were coming from and is looking forward to a fresh start.

he had a good workout with that 12u team that i posted about the other day and i was told to expect a call from a very respected 11u coach this morning, so i am hoping we find a good spot this time.

good luck to any of you guys looking for a team out there, like i was told, dont leave any questions unanswered when you sit down with a coach. if you want your kid playing here or there and playing this much, tell them, and find another team if you need to, in the end, if none of that is being met it wont matter how much the team wins, you wont be happy.


Jshouse, please donít take this the wrong way. I think I understand where your last paragraph is coming from. But, food for thought, your child is going to face adversity at some point in regards to sports. Whether that be position or playing time, whether that be 10U, high school, college, or professional. Open conversation with Coach is great, leaving a team because your kid doesnít play the position you want is not doing them any favors. Again, I have no clue what your situation was and Iím sure it was much more than that. That last paragraph just caught me off guard coming from most of your posts. ďTeamĒ is everything in any sport, but not necessarily the team ďwinningĒ.


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We *might* have a ridiculousness issue...
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Jshouse, please donít take this the wrong way. I think I understand where your last paragraph is coming from. But, food for thought, your child is going to face adversity at some point in regards to sports. Whether that be position or playing time, whether that be 10U, high school, college, or professional. Open conversation with Coach is great, leaving a team because your kid doesnít play the position you want is not doing them any favors. Again, I have no clue what your situation was and Iím sure it was much more than that. That last paragraph just caught me off guard coming from most of your posts. ďTeamĒ is everything in any sport, but not necessarily the team ďwinningĒ.


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No sir, it's all good. There is quite a bit more to it

Just a few examples,

We had a kid on the team, was here for 8u, 9u, and 10u. He didn't play 1 inning on Sundays this year, got 39 at bats in the 50 games we played. We made two 5 hour trips this spring, Beaumont and Dripping Springs, 4 games on Sunday in Beaumont and 3 in dripping springs, he didn't touch the field because he struggles at the plate. He has 3 younger siblings that make every game and spend the days running around the field.

We have another kid that was sat almost as much, and my son spent 4-5 Sunday games on the bench this year. Last year was similar for the same 3 boys, and all 3 are no longer on the team.

As far as the playing time goes, maybe my expectations are too high, but 15 innings of infield in 50 games for a 10yo just isn't enough, especially when he isn't making up any time during practice. We have 1 other kid that got even less time in the infield and 2 others that played outfield 100% of the time and have for 2 years now. To go along with that we had 5 kids that played infield 100% of the time this year, and 3 of them have even left the team in the last week.

Again, maybe my expectations are too high but that's not the kind of program I want my son to be in at 9-10 years old, and I wish I would have made the change last year.

IMO, regardless of skill level, at younger ages these boys need to be playing all over the place, learning the game, figuring things out. I had a talk with a coach today that went very well, I'm hoping we can make things work over there. We already know 2 kids on the team and have a good idea of what to expect.
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I'm regretting not grabbing a couple Cat8s before we left the tigers
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I certainly thank you... he loves it
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Day one at Cooperstown game start at 1:00 boys are having a blast.
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Iíll see your ridiculous problem and raise you one...

I actually cant wait for wooden bat days... so much cheaper! Lol but you went off deep end too!
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Old 07-22-2018, 11:03 AM   #1235
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Day one at Cooperstown game start at 1:00 boys are having a blast.
Good luck to you guys! Are y'all at AllStar Village or dreams park?
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Old 07-22-2018, 11:51 AM   #1236
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Anyone have recommendations for 31" -8 balanced USSSA bat?
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:15 PM   #1237
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Anyone have recommendations for 31" -8 balanced USSSA bat?


My son switched to this bat late this past season. It has good pop and balance.

https://www.mizunousa.com/product/ba...th-%28-8%29.do


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Old 07-22-2018, 02:39 PM   #1238
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Anyone have recommendations for 31" -8 balanced USSSA bat?
I have a 31 drop 8 Cat 7 that I might be letting go. My son is moving to drop 5. The Cat was his back up/cold weather bat so it doesn't have a lot of swings on it.
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Old 07-22-2018, 06:42 PM   #1239
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System- you may rethink the wood bat cheaper route. My kid does not hit so no need for a bat at all. We had a kid in Atlanta that broke 5. At $175 each that got real expensive real quick. Wood bats are $100 for an ash bat but most of the kids want to hit a harder wood. Those Texas League singles off he end of he bat and the infield dribblers off he handle become broke bats. When they are young they break more bats. I would guess his team went through about 15-18 bats in a single tourney.
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:14 PM   #1240
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Well day one was pretty good 2-0 started out rough but got it done. Day two starts at 8:00am so the boys are back in their rooms.
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Old 07-23-2018, 05:01 PM   #1241
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We faced some tough competition at the A&M V-tool tourney and finished 2-2. Gage played great in CF and had a beautiful full stretch diving catch. He was hitting the ball hard but has been struggling a bit finding a hole. I've never seen one person line out directly to an outfielder as much this Summer which has been frustrating for him.

The good news is that he is producing some big hits when it counts including a walk off a few weeks ago and a 2 rbi base knock last weekend highlighted on Vtool twitter below:

https://twitter.com/VToolTexas/statu...81370461364224

This week we have the Perfect Game / TCU event...
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Old 07-23-2018, 06:45 PM   #1242
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Well we went 1-1 today at Cooperstown.
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Old 07-23-2018, 06:54 PM   #1243
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What a cool experience Cooperstown must be
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Old 07-23-2018, 08:57 PM   #1244
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What a cool experience Cooperstown must be
Itís a pretty good deal for the boys. One more pool game tomorrow then itís on to bracket, we have a pretty good target on us this week. They are all talking about how they want to beat the TX team LOL!!
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:00 PM   #1245
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It’s a pretty good deal for the boys. One more pool game tomorrow then it’s on to bracket, we have a pretty good target on us this week. They are all talking about how they want to beat the TX team LOL!!
System: It's way cool for the kids and parents! I highly suggest it for any 12 year old boy that likes playing ball. Good luck tomorrow Grant! My wife has been keeping me posted because she is FB friends with some of the parents. Hope the boys come out swinging tomorrow!
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:18 AM   #1246
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Anybody headed to any tryouts this weekend ? Or have been to any already ?

Seem to be hot and heavy right about now.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:32 AM   #1247
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Anybody headed to any tryouts this weekend ? Or have been to any already ?

Seem to be hot and heavy right about now.
My son has been to several tryouts already and has some offers. He accepted a spot on the Dallas Nationals last week. Most any group we have seen will do private tryouts if you call them. I know the Dullin Dodgers, Dallas Nationals and several of the Triple Creek teams are looking for players
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:38 AM   #1248
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Itís a pretty good deal for the boys. One more pool game tomorrow then itís on to bracket, we have a pretty good target on us this week. They are all talking about how they want to beat the TX team LOL!!
Good luck to yall today !
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:42 AM   #1249
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My son has been to several tryouts already and has some offers. He accepted a spot on the Dallas Nationals last week. Most any group we have seen will do private tryouts if you call them. I know the Dullin Dodgers, Dallas Nationals and several of the Triple Creek teams are looking for players
Yessir, that's why I was curious if any of the kiddos here were moving.

I know Shouse is looking for a better situation, didnt know if anyone else was as well.

We have a tryout for our team at TCA this Saturday - 11U James. We have a 10 kiddo roster as we speak, but Coach said if there is a strong kiddo out there, we may pick up 1.

So yall have gone with the Nationals, or still going to test some other waters?
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:55 AM   #1250
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My son has been to several tryouts already and has some offers. He accepted a spot on the Dallas Nationals last week. Most any group we have seen will do private tryouts if you call them. I know the Dullin Dodgers, Dallas Nationals and several of the Triple Creek teams are looking for players
Do you happen to know who is coaching the 11u Dulins Dodgers team?

I heard there were a few moves made last night on the team we are looking at, hoping it is a good thing for us.
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