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A Pro Scout at a 13-Year-Old Tournament?!?

A Pro Scout at a 13-Year-Old Tournament Would you expect to see a professional baseball scout at a 13-year-old summer baseball tournament? That seems to be the direction baseball is heading. Take the case of Luke Alexander, an infielder on the current Mississippi State roster. He committed to the Bulldogs in 2011 and graduated from Belmont […]

Why I Return to Work Refreshed Today

Why I Return to Work Refreshed Today This morning, I return to work refreshed. I didn’t forget that research papers and senioritis await me. I remember that I return to a scheduled softball game and a weather forecast that puts it in jeopardy and that my role as sports information in the midst of the […]

To Specialize or Not Specialize in a Single Sport?

To Specialize or Not Specialize in a Single Sport? If you have children who play at a competitive level of any sport, you have no doubt encountered the dilemma of whether or not to have your child specialize in a single sport. While the best answer to this general question is, “It depends,” I recently heard […]

Coach Dave Season Four: The Scarlet Knights Are Back!

Coach Dave Season Four: The Scarlet Knights Are Back! A synopsis of the latest tale from the Southburg Scarlet Knights: Coach Dave and his players are back, playing this time as a thirteen-year-old travel team. Rooster, Dean, Charlie, Brad, and the other dads are back, too, in their most crucial roles yet, laying out a […]

Favorite Characters: More Rooster, Please

Favorite Characters: More Rooster, Please “Oh, I hate playing these guys. They just get under our skin every time.” Rooster was pacing and the teams had not yet begun to stretch and throw before the late-night game. Hunter Logan looked around to the handful of dads gathered early for the game with a gleam in […]

4 Life Lessons from the Sacrifice Bunt

4 Life Lessons from the Sacrifice Bunt “The sacrifice bunt is probably the most valuable aspect of baseball that you can carry into the rest of your lives. Rest assured, this team won’t be the last area of your life where your sacrifice will add value.” –Coach Dave Rivers, Coach Dave Season Two: All-Stars I’ll […]

Spring Has Sprung: An Ode to Phil

Spring Has Sprung: An Ode to Phil Pennsylvania’s famous rodent called for six more weeks of cold, But I beg to differ if I may be so bold. My forsythia hails the start of spring e’en with skies still gray, And seventy-seven degrees called for fishing yesterday.   Azalea buds behind the porch bring spring […]

Coach Dave Season Four: A Manhood Journey

Coach Dave Season Four: A Manhood Journey In last week’s post (“The Journey: What Is a Real Man?”), I included an excerpt from my forthcoming Coach Dave Season Four: Travel Ball. In it, I alluded to the journey that Coach Dave’s thirteen-year-old travel baseball team will travel together on and off the field, a manhood journey. […]