“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw
Paul Hartmann – Varsity Head Kyle Blahnik – Varsity Chris Guetzlaff – Varsity Josh Nelson – JV Head Chris Rodgers – JV Justin Plein – 9 th Grade Head Josh Terrio – 9 th Grade
Approachable and outgoing with teammates. A positive role model who is able to lead by example. Respectful to coaches, teammates, and opponents. Someone who demonstrates sportsmanlike behavior. A well-respected, law-abiding good citizen. A good motivator. A clear communicator. An advocate and mentor for new team members. A hard worker. A leader who demonstrates honesty, punctuality, reliability, confidence, and the ability to organize others on a daily basis. A link between players and coaches. Respectful of the game.
Each person in here should be excited about this season; let’s keep that excitement throughout the season! It is critical for our success that players, coaches, and parents know their role. Be positive with your son. Baseball is a game of failure. Focus on what he is doing well. Insist on your son being an excellent student and a positive role model at RWHS. Baseball is a game – let him play it and enjoy it! Please do not keep stats. We do it. Please show class towards umpires, opposing coaches, players, and fans. Please understand that nothing is guaranteed related to playing time. We evaluate what is best for the team and program. Preferred communication is via telephone and personal meetings as scheduled. Meetings can be set up to discuss valid concerns – i.e. my son has difficulty communicating with you, he’s unsure of his role. Innings played or at-bats are not valid concerns. We will not discuss these. Please only use email for routine issues (illness, etc.). Thank you for trusting us as a staff to provide a high quality experience for your son! ENJOY THE SEASON!
2014 Missota Conference scheduled 5 levels (Varsity, JV, 10 th grade, 9A, and 9B) Most years, we were able to fill 5 teams, despite our school size Positives – all players were able to play to some degree. Negatives? – Teams and pitchers stretched out. Some teams with 9 guys on a given day. 2015 Big 9 Schedules 3 levels (Varsity, JV, 9 th grade) Positives? – Teams more “competitive” Negatives – Some players may not make a team. We have scheduled some extra JV and 9 th grade games.
Varsity Priority (in this order) Winger Baseball Player Standards Understanding role relative to the TEAM 1. Competitiveness – “Play for the Pile” 2. Player Development 3. Participation
We have identified 20 roles throughout our season. 1. First Base11. Starting Pitcher 2. Second Base12. Reliever/Spot Starter 3. Third Base13. Reliever/Spot Starter 4. Shortstop14. Reliever/Spot Starter 5. Left Field15. Reserve Catcher/Bullpen 6. Center Field16. Reserve Mid-Infield/PR 7. Right Field17. Reserve Corner Infielder 8. Catcher18. Reserve Outfielder/PR 9. Starting Pitcher19. LH Pinch Hitter / PR 10. Starting Pitcher 20. RH Pinch Hitter / PR Players in grades 9-12 have the possibility of earning these Varsity Roles.
We believe that the ideal varsity roster size is 14- 15 Some players will fill multiple roles Multifaceted players allow us to keep roster size manageable (and playing time for everyone a reality). The more things a player can do (field, hit, run, pitch) and the more positions they can play- the more they increase their chances of filling a roster spot.
JV Priority (in this order) Winger Baseball Player Standards Understanding role relative to the TEAM 1. Player Development 2. Participation 3. Competitiveness
9 th Grade Priority (in this order) Winger Baseball Player Standards Understanding role relative to the TEAM 1. Player Development 2. Participation 3. Competitiveness * We will NOT cut at the 9 th grade level.
Seniors will not play JV Juniors who do not make Varsity may have the option of playing Junior Varsity. Some athletes may not make the team, unfortunately. JV and 9 th grade have a full 20 game schedule. We have scheduled additional “B Squad” and “9B” games to increase playing time for some individuals.
Communication tool we will use at all levels Allows us to communicate directly Different from a mass text Instructions for sign up are on website 9 th Graders – “Sign up” for 9 th Grade 10 th and 11 th – JV and Varsity 12 th – Varsity
RWYBA has agreed to a $500 scholarship for a graduating senior Details on website Requirements: Participated in the Red Wing Youth Baseball Program Maintained Good Conduct Completed their senior season in the Winger Baseball Program Essay/Resume: Applicants are evaluated based on four (4) criteria: Extra-Curricular Activities (include in a resume) Leadership Skills (include in a resume) Community Involvement (include in a resume) One (1) page essay – Topic – “Baseball in My Life”
Varsity practice over Spring Break (April 1-6). Being at practice is important Being a Good Teammate Player Development Competitive Program Varsity level = higher level of commitment. Sacrifice for Success We expect players trying to play varsity baseball to be committed and at practice. Lower level players, while committed, have a different commitment level. JV and 9 th will have a reduced practice schedule
Legion and VFW Baseball are an extension of our season. Tryouts for these teams will take place from March 16 – May 21 Signup day and deadline is March 28.