If this bunch of kids stick with it, and work their butts off to develop their skills, then the Trojan Fans should have a lot to look forward to over the next couple of years. There is some talent in this bunch, but it has to mature. It's a very exciting time for Trojans Baseball.
There is one kid in particular that is key to the Trojan's fortunes. Actually, there's more than one, but this one plays several positions, where above average skills are required to be successful. Not naming any names, but let's all hope that he stays the course.
It all starts young. In my opinion, we have a piss poor rec baseball program. I dont think it is one persons fault specifically but is a round about problem with the parents and lack of involvment of the rec. Lots of the parents want their child to play soccer. Whatever. Ive went through this before on here. Soccer makes each child feel equally valuable to a team and makes them feel like they are doing something. You run, and kick, run and kick. Instead of striving to play the sport of baseball and learn something.
There are a lot of parents considering sending their child to Henry Co, or Fayette Co for baseball programs.
I think it would be a great thing if Greg and his coaching staff would work with some of the coaches here in the rec department if he plans on staying in LC for a while so that the youth that do play ball here will be on the same page as him and use the same techniques.
The Rec Dept. is what it is... Coaches volunteer their time, but teaching is usually fragmented due to most of the coaches not having any formal training themselves. They're just basically a bunch of Dads trying to help their kids learn the game of baseball. This is not just confined to Lamar Co.,however. A lot of the smaller rural counties operate the same way. This is not intended to be critical of the rec program, fwiw. Just an assessment of the situation.
However, I haven't witnessed it, but I've been told that Pike Co. has a fabulous Dixie Youth Baseball Program for the kids over there... Why the difference, only one county away?
Sending kids to Henry Co. & Fayette Co. for baseball programs? Are you speaking of Rec Baseball Programs in this instance? I feel fairly certain that the coaching staff at LCHS would cooperate with the Rec Dept. to do some basic training for the Rec Coaches, if the Director of the Rec Dept. would request it. I don't see why it couldn't be coordinated... The question would be... How much turnover do you get in the baseball coaches at the rec dept. from year-to-year? New ones coming in would also need training, as well.
This very week, there is a Summer Youth Baseball Camp being held at Aldora Field for youngsters, ages 7-14. The LC High School coaches are conducting the camp, while teaching the fundamentals of baseball skills.
Add to that the new indoor hitting & training facility, and you've got some great resources for baseball. Maybe the Recreation Advisory Council can address the problem of injecting some life into the rec program for baseball in the LC Community.
The problem that arises when they get on these travel teams from other counties is that's where the recruiting & transfer issues come into play. It's certainly perplexing, as to why the LCRD can't put more emphasis on the quality of the rec baseball program. Why not get involved with the Dixie Youth Program? Send the results of the games to the local newspaper. Romance the program to the general public. It has to be more than just an after-thought to be successful.
It would be interesting to do a survey of the surrounding counties to ascertain how many kids that they have participating in their rec dept. youth baseball programs, as compared to the local situation.
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