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Will Laurence's Discussions

Teaching the Changeup?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Stanton Apr 24. 8 Replies

MLB Draft Breakdown: State-By-State

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shaun Reed Dec 4, 2013. 1 Reply

Teaching How To Slide?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gregory Leonard Celeski Jul 27, 2012. 13 Replies

 

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Markus Darnley commented on Will Laurence's blog post Little League Crime
"This also happens in Boy/Girl Scouts, School PTA and other sports.  You always need a two person team, a witness. Any check must be signed by two people. Any cash collected by two people and documented. Find a parent with an accounting or legal…"
Oct 10
Michael Richards commented on Will Laurence's blog post Little League Crime
"The problem is apathy. Parents don't get involved. They are the watchdogs overseeing the local league. "All that is needed for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing". Being an accountant is not required. Simply asking…"
Oct 7
Thomas Cahill commented on Will Laurence's blog post Little League Crime
"Ultimately the leagues must shoulder the lion's share of the responsibility. Even basically honest people, if presented with temptation often enough, can't resist. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Putting all that $ into the hands of…"
Oct 6
Mike Greene commented on Will Laurence's blog post Little League Crime
"Unfortunately in today's society this is not surprising. Far too few people are willing to get involved with the operation of local rec programs and those that do are not likely to keep as close an eye on things as they should. All it takes is…"
Oct 6
Will Laurence posted a blog post

Little League Crime

Little League Crime: The Multimillion Dollar Little League Fraud CrisisVice SportsFor 25 years, Jerry Benisch and Stephen Verhage were friends. They were the only officers of Kennedy Little League in Madison, Wisconsin, serving as vice president and president, respectively. For 15 of those years, the two ran the Little League like any other, collecting registration…See More
Oct 6
Mike Greene commented on Will Laurence's blog post At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?
"Bill, obviously I agree 100%. The security blanket that ESPN provides combined with the big profits that the local organizations take in is a nice security blanket. I have been a fan for several years of the USSSA organization when it comes to…"
Aug 4
Bill Stanton commented on Will Laurence's blog post At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?
"Some LL business facts from this article: - LL has only 105 full-time employees, most of them at its headquarters in South Williamsport, PA. - Little League functions with so few employees because of 1.5 million program volunteers around the world -…"
Aug 4
Bill Stanton commented on Will Laurence's blog post At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?
"Mike- You're absolutely correct.  LL is getting hammered from a participation standpoint.  Looking ahead, don't be surprised if you see LL embrace Travel Baseball by leveraging the ESPN deal.  More tournaments on TV and…"
Aug 4

Profile Information

Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
215
Position(s):
P, 1B, 3B, DH
Type of hitter... Power? Average? Slap? Pull?
power. nice opposite field power.
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
Gas.
Whoever is catching me has an easy job. Just put down one finger and give me a good target.
I currently:
Play Baseball
Baseball Playing Experience:
Little League, High School, American Legion, College, 18+
Baseball Coaching Experience:
None
Softball Playing Experience:
None
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
Evan Longoria. He can do it all. He is one of the guys that I will stop doing whatever I might be doing to watch hit.
Others in this class are Pujols, Utley, Berkman, Manny and Braun.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Papelbon. Throws gas and is somewhat crazy.
Aroldis Chapman- PURE GAS
More About Me:
The only place on the planet where I am at peace is on the baseball field.

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Little League Crime

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 5:09pm 4 Comments

Little League Crime: The Multimillion Dollar Little League Fraud Crisis

Vice Sports

For 25 years, Jerry Benisch and Stephen Verhage were friends. They were the only officers of Kennedy Little League in Madison, Wisconsin, serving as vice…

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At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 10:59am 5 Comments

At age 75, can Little League stay true to its roots as parents push for more?

By Bill King, Senior Writer

Published



At the red brick museum that preserves the history of Little League, each visitor’s trip begins as the organization did, in the backyard of Carl Stotz, a 29-year-old lumber store clerk who, as the story goes, hatched the idea for well-tended, child-sized ballfields after…

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Stealing home: How travel teams are eroding community baseball

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 11:44am 50 Comments

Stealing home: How travel teams are eroding community baseball

By David Mendell, Published: May 23, 2014 Washington Post

David Mendell, a freelance writer and former reporter for the Chicago Tribune, coaches Oak Park Youth Baseball outside Chicago.

The shortstop ranged nimbly to his right, scooped up a sharp grounder and unleashed a strong…

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An Inside Look into the Harsh Conditions of Minor League Baseball

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 11:44am 0 Comments

An Inside Look into the Harsh Conditions of Minor League Baseball

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Mike Matheny Letter To Parents

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 7:08pm 8 Comments

I was sent this by a friend and thought the CheckSwing folks would like it.  It's worth a read.

Mike Matheny Letter To Parents

Message from Kevin Seitzer - Mike Matheny is the new St. Louis Cardinals Manager.  Mike lived with me in Milwaukee his rookie year.  He's one of the most respected, wonderful people you will ever be around.  Mike coached his…

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