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  • Lafayette, CO
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What kind of coach made the biggest impact on you?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Smith Oct 2, 2012. 3 Replies

Excerpt from the book: Gods, Gloves, Pop-ups, and Ponies: a look at the character found playing youth baseball.   “Mr. Faulk was what you would call a yelling coach. Rarely did you receive baseball…Continue

 

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Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 1"
Weight:
165
Position(s):
SS
Type of hitter... Power? Average? Slap? Pull?
Average with some power.
I currently:
Play Baseball, Coach Baseball, Enjoy watching games, Am a Baseball Author
Baseball Playing Experience:
Little League, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, High School, American Legion, College, 30+, 40+
Baseball Coaching Experience:
High School, 30+, 40+
Softball Playing Experience:
None
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
My favorite hitter is the kid that I am working with and that has success through the work we both put in.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
See above, but especially a kid who throws strikes and is not afraid to challenge hitters and responds well in adverse conditions.
More About Me:
I have been playing baseball for the last 40 years or so. I started in junior league and played up into college at Stetson University where I got hurt my freshman year. I have played Men's baseball in the Denver area for the past 19 years and I am also the Sophomore baseball coach at Fairview High School in Boulder, CO.

I have just released the book: Gods, Gloves, Pop-ups and Ponies: a look at the character found playing youth baseball.

This is a work which deals with the the value of playing sports and the the lessons to be had. Two stories, one about my 1975 Pony League team and one about a season coaching high school baseball, illuminate just how valuable sports can be in the developement of a young man's life. Available at popupsandponies.storenvy.com or contact me at: co74mts@aol.com
Website:
http://popupsandponies.storenvy.com

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The World Series is over and which team do you think has the “fire” burning the brightest for the next season?

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 11:13am 0 Comments

The World Series is over and which team do you think has the “fire” burning the brightest for the next season?

     The World Series is over and done and there was a winner and there was a loser.  One team received the big trophy the other received a participation check.  Both teams fought through a 162 game schedule, battled the opposing foes in their leagues, and then went toe to toe for the title.  For one team there is relief and champagne, for the other a long quiet plane ride…

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Are you coaching the level of baseball that matches the coaching style you bring to the game?

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 2:58pm 0 Comments

Are you coaching the level of baseball that matches the coaching style you bring to the game?

In the course of this baseball season I have the opportunity to talk with and observe a wide range of coaches.  For the most part I encounter coaches that fully embrace the level of baseball they are coaching and also understand who their players are.  However, there are those coaches out there who seem to be out of their element or wish to be coaching a different level of baseball than what…

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Learning to win with grace and class is just as important as being a good sport in defeat.

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 10:14am 0 Comments

Learning to win with grace and class is just as important as being a good sport in defeat.

This summer I am fortunate enough to have a talented group of ball players who go out and win baseball games.  Sometimes the games are close and sometimes the games turn into lopsided victories.  It is just as important to teach players how to be good winners as it is to help them handle the losses that inevitably come their way.  Sure victories are easier to take, but if a player handles the…

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The game of baseball is all about awareness. As we are well into the summer season are your kids aware of who they are in the game?

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 11:47am 2 Comments

The game of baseball is all about awareness.  As we are well into the summer season are your kids aware of who they are in the game?

Baseball requires a player to be attentive and aware of so many elements that if you check out for just a moment not only can you hurt your team but you may even end up seeing stars.  As a player works his way up the ladder to higher and tougher competition it is essential he become even more aware of both his surroundings and his personal connection to…

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At 9:40am on September 11, 2012, Bill Stanton said…

Chris-  Thanks for joining us at CheckSwing! I am the Founder of this baseball community and excited to have you with us. Have a great time making new connections and talking baseball. Please invite any players and coaches that you know to join us as well. Enjoy!

Good Luck with the book!

 
 
 

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