Thanks for everything, Bill

CMC photo

CMC photo

This spring, the baseball community said farewell to a wonderful coach and a great American, Bill Arce.  Coach Arce was not only a successful coach and Athletic Director at Claremont, he was also a pioneer in promoting and teaching baseball internationally. He was an American Baseball Coaches Association Board Member, former ABCA President and a recipient of the Lefty Gomez Award. More importantly, Coach Arce was a World War ll combat veteran, fighting for our nation in the Battle of the Bulge. We will miss this compassionate man. Continue reading

My first ABCA Convention

article by Justin Brown

article by Justin Brown

Friday January 2nd, 2015

8:30am: The wheels of a Boeing 737 have landed on the ground in Orlando, Florida. I’m on board and heading to my first American Baseball Coaches Association convention. There is an excited nervousness internally, not really knowing what to expect. I’m hopeful to learn from some of the best baseball coaches in the world. What an opportunity.

11:05am: I’m checking in to the ABCA convention. I’ve received my first bag of information as well as my badge. My membership card lists the number one. This is my first trip, I wonder how many years I can record being at this event.

12:01pm: I get my first gaze at the ABCA Trade Show. It almost feels like an amusement park. An amusement park full of anything you can think of in baseball related equipment. I start walking up and down the aisles, which seem to go on for miles. In between exhibits I bump into coaching friends and colleagues.

6:30pm: All of the coaches are breaking out into divisional meetings. It is an awesome opportunity to discuss and deliberate over meaningful rule changes for each division of baseball. It is a really impactful experience to witness a governing body of baseball enact change in meaningful areas of the game. The mood in the room feels like a courtroom as sides discuss multiple angles on issues related to the organization.

11:00pm: Heading to bed after a long day of travel. I’m very excited to see what tomorrow has in store. Continue reading

“Travel Ball Rules: A Look Into The Positives & Negatives”

article by Justin Brown

article by Justin Brown

Summer is a time when all ages are in action on the diamond, specifically within the ‘travel ball’ circuit, a scene that has grown within past ten years. Parents and players are drawn to the travel ball environment to play against high-quality competition and in front of coaches and scouts. These tournaments have created the need for rules and bylaws to help things run effectively and smoothly, but can change the way the game is played:

Pitcher Workload Management

There is a clear push to limit the overuse of young pitchers in the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) rulebook. Sets of limitations have been put into place to manage the use of a young athlete and with the rise of arm injuries, a set of guidelines for pitcher workloads is a much-needed asset:

“7.05.C.2 ONE DAY MAXIMUM: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in one (1) day. Rule 7.05.C.2 Example: In the 7U – 12U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of six (6) innings in one (1) day. The player would be ineligible to pitch the next day. Similarly, in the 13U – 14U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of seven (7) innings in one (1) day. The player would be ineligible to legally pitch the next day. Continue reading

Pressure is all around us (part 2)

by Justin Brown, Assistant Baseball Coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (OH)
@_justin_brown_
Jbrown15@mail.mvnu.edu

Check out part 1 of ‘Pressure is all around us’ here

Pressure causes us to make desperate decisions, the question then arises, when the pressure is on, how do I keep being the person that I want to be?

I think the most rewarding thing about being a follower of Jesus is that as we seen him in the scriptures we are able to see that he faced the same things that we are facing. I once read that in the Gospels we see Jesus experience over twenty different emotions. He was an emotional being just like us. In one story we see his emotions begin to enter the scene, we see him face a level of worry, angst, dread, and fear that we have a hard time even imagining. Continue reading

Pressure is all around us (part 1)

by Justin Brown, Assistant Baseball Coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (OH)
@_justin_brown_
Jbrown15@mail.mvnu.edu

If you have been around the world of collegiate baseball for any time at all, certainly you are familiar with the concept of pressure. Pressure is all around the game of baseball itself, but especially at the college level. It’s not just on the field itself, but in the dugouts as well, pressure will follow anyone who is trying to make a career associated with this game. For athletes the pressure feels different and looks different than it does for coaches, however, pressure is certainly present for both athletes and coaches alike. The pressure that I am speaking of is not necessarily the nerves, doubt, and fear of failure that we find in the athletic realm. The pressure that I am speaking of is the worry/fear/gut wrenching angst that plagues us day in and day out, the fear that the course we are on may not actually come to be. This type of pressure is not a quick fix for a mental coach on how to throw strikes or make solid contact. Pressure has many forms. Continue reading