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2018 Registrations

We will be taking registrations for the 2018 season in the fall.  Keep checking the website.  We are looking forward to having you for our 2018 season.  Thanks.  Gary

Message for all Youth Coaches!

Youth league coaches, you have one job. Grow the game. You are not an expert, nobody is. Let the players create naturalness for the game!!!
Gene Watson- Director of Professional Scouting for Kansas City Royals

The meaning behind this statement is keep the game fun and enjoyable for our youth,  Our coaches do a fantastic job of keeping the game fun and enjoyable.  Grow the game!  The players will eventually dictate their dedication to the next level.  

Gary

THANK YOU FOR A GREAT 2017

2017 season has completed and there are so many people to thank.

1.  Coaches-for their time-energy and commitment to make this league work.  Practicing, emailing and encouraging all the kids.  As well as taking time to rake the fields after games.  

2.  Parents-getting their children involved in a youth program and being their to watch and enjoy.

3.  Our staff spends a lot of time coordinating teams, scheduling, handing and collecting uniforms, and communicating so everyone is informed.

4.  Gary Zopfi for being there each morning and evening to get the fields ready and handling all the on field communication and preparation.  

5.  Sponsors- supporting this league

6.  Players-we hope all of you had a great time!

Please keep following the website for all the latest news and information.

Gary

Knowledge + Preparation + Attention to Detail = Skill

John Wooden 
May 16, 2017


Knowledge + Preparation + Attention to Detail = Skill

Preparation and attention to detail that is not preceded by knowledge results in activity without achievement, not skill.

As Coach liked to say: If you’re a great teacher and don’t have any knowledge, what are you going to teach?

John Wooden has provided many foundations for coaching.  We pride ourselves in this league by performing many teaching tasks in baseball.  Our coaches do an excellent job of obtaining information and providing this information to our players and parents.  Coaching any youth sport requires a lot of time and effort.  Thanks to our coaches for all they do in acquiring knowledge and preparing for each and every season.


 

WHY YOUTH BASEBALL IS IMPORTANT


by John Leone

More kids should play baseball.

So I’m watching a game the other evening, and an ex-player by the name of Tim Flaherty was quoted as saying, “there are two kinds of baseball players – those who are humble, and those who are about to be humbled”. If you follow the game, or if you’ve played it, you know how true that rings.

In an age of highlights and swag, of touchdown dances and trash talk, it’s possible that baseball has become the last bastion of sanity. Patience is still a virtue and 162 games over 6 months demands persistence. To get to a safe space you have to earn it,and there are no consolation prizes for those who fail – and fail they do, most more than 70% of the time. Not everyone gets a trophy, at least a real one.

I know that football – a game I enjoy completely and follow religiously – has been called “the ultimate team sport”. And basketball – my one true love - requires a synchronization and non-verbal communication that can transform it into a ballet in sneakers. But baseball is different.

The whole team concept in baseball is more substantive, it can be argued, because it happens mostly out of the glare of the TV cameras and the crowd. A guy standing alone in the batter’s box and facing a 97 mile per hour fastball, shares a visceral bond with not only the guy on deck, but those other 23 teammates in the dugout who’ve been there, or are about to be sooner or later. They know to keep a respectful distance after a strikeout, and the hugs and high fives after a hit are genuine. He also shares a curious bond with the guy throwing a 97 mph fastball at him; a bond reflected at times by a simple tip of the cap, signifying a mutual respect.

An error belongs to one guy. And it’s actually called for what it is – an error.

There’s no sugar coating or camouflaging failure in baseball. A guy owns it and wears it, and his teammates know it. They’ve all walked in those same shoes, or understand completely that at some point, they will. A top young prospect who has dominated his way to “The Show”, suddenly can’t find his release point and can’t get out of the inning. The mound is elevated no longer for any advantage to him, but suddenly as a focal point for 30,000 partisans to voice their frustrations, or revel in his. It’s a long walk to the mound for his Coach, and an even longer walk for him to the solitude of the dugout. There’s nowhere else to look but inside. What a concept.

Most of the lessons I try to impart on my kids come by way of sports metaphors, admittedly a narrow and sometimes myopic view of things. That’s on me, but for the most part, I’d like to think I’ve had some positive effect. And the more I watch baseball, the more I see parallels for good living. It’s hard, but as Jimmy Duggan, Hanks’ character in “A League of Their Own” said, “it’s supposed to be hard. It’s the hard that makes it great”. How hard is baseball? Well, the mere fact that it’s the only sport where the offense doesn’t even have the ball should tell us something.

I’m not sure that we make enough things hard enough for our kids these days. I’m lucky to have lived long enough now – long enough to have listened to the stories of my father and grandfather who grew up in a very different time. Their hard times were real. These days what’s left for so many of us – those of us more fortunate -   are metaphors and games; facsimiles of challenges and opportunities. But you have to work with what you have. Sort of like ….in baseball.

Like life, baseball is a complicated game, and its rulebook seems to keep expanding as the game evolves. Again, a lot like life. But the fact that there seem to be more unwritten rules in baseball than in any other sport speaks to the natural, almost organic structure of the game, and a fundamental reason why it endures. After all, “habits are better than rules; you don’t have to keep them. They keep you”. And baseball is a game of habits.And good habits get rewarded.

Yeah, more kids should play baseball.

Make a difference today,
Love Clint

BASEBALL & PARENTING

The Butterly Parable-Let Your Children Struggle, is an article that relates to parents who watch your children play baseball.  To this day, it becomes somewhat gut-wrenching or heart throbbing watching our children on the baseball field.  To this day I still get a little nervous watching Daulton.  It's normal.  

What is more important is watching your child's behavior when things do not go well.  Baseball is a sport where you cannot hide.  The ball will eventually find you, and at some point everyone stands in the batter's box.  

What I have found is I want everyone in our league to have success.  Having confidence playing this game can be challenging at times.  What is the most important is learning to handle small bumps of adversity, especially when the batter makes an out.  Baseball develops character.  We have to allow failure to be the greatest learning curve for our youth.  Adversity creates growth, as long as we as parents recognize it, and allow our youth to grow and develop.

I hope you enjoy the article.  

Marshfield Clinic

The Marshfield Clinic has been a great supporting  partner for the  Gary Varsho Baseball League since our beginning.  Their financial support helped get this league off the ground floor. and running.  We are proud to have their logo on all our uniforms.  Thank You.

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We Need Photos!!

Have a photo that would be great for our website?  Please send them to our directors or myself and we will publish them on our league website pages.  It would be great to see your son/daughter playing in our league.  Below is a picture of Taylor pitching in a little league in Florida.  One of my favorites shots.  So lets get your child on our website!