Two big games, two big wins on the local baseball diamonds Tuesday as Lamar County downed Putnam County 8-5 in prep action at Aldora Field while Gordon ripped 25th ranked Georgia Perimeter 15-5 in a collegiate contest at the Highlander Athletic Complex.
A lot of sweat equity goes into having a successful program. You hear the phrase 'young team' often, but the Trojans are starting 3 freshmen on this team. And, losing only 3-seniors from the squad -- hopefully -- bodes well for the future. The Trojans are scheduled to return 7-starters from this team in 2012.
Before you Rec yourself
04/14/11 at 05:30 AM
Just imagine what these kids could accomplish if they were properly trained beginning at the recreation level. We obviously have some top notch coaching in the school system because our recreation programs are sub-par. Take a look at the success of just the boys football, basketball, baseball and tennis teams at the high school this school year. They certainly didn't get this talent playing rec ball here.
Yep, success at the rec level helps for sure. The enthusiasm and the support has to carry forward to the middle school, and then transition to the high school. Go to a Pike Co. Baseball Game, and their home stands are packed with parents and students. On the other hand, Lamar often only has 10-12 fans in the stands at their home games. Some kids parents don't even bother to come out and watch them play. Pike Co. fans are baseball crazy and Lamar Co. fans are baseball lazy. Pike cuts more players than LC has in their program.
I don't think that all of the blame can be laid at the feet of the Rec. Dept. Parents have to sign their kids up to play, and then support them. The physical plant is there at the Rec. Dept. The community has to take more than just a passing interest in the youth sports. Strong Rec. Programs usually have parents involved that are leaders in the community, and that are 'movers-&shakers'. It is a community pride thing, and there just seems to be something that is lacking in that regard.
For all you people making these comments really have no clue of what you are saying. For the record all the kids who have played baseball for Varsity, Jr. Varsity, Middle School have all played at the Lamar County Recreation Department from the time they were either 4 or 5 years old. I know this because I am a parent who has attended all games for my sons. Also to let you know mine played football, basketball & soccer thru the recreation department. So please don't speak on something you have no clue on. Oh and the Coaches were excellent from the recreation department.
I've been coaching rec baseball for around seven years.and its amazing to me how everyone can place blame from the spectator standpoint. We don't coach for money we do it for the love of it and for the bettering of the child's skills.will have you know my 9-10 team went 11-1 last year. And had comments from coaches in other counties on how good the rec teams are looking in this county.I can speak for my boys when I say come watch our high-school team in three years and I promise you they didn't learn it all in high school.and as far as our parents go.your right Pike is awesome.but they also have a giving community and fruitful fundraisers.we have neither .look at the schedule we play one other county all season .and there is about 5 in our division.its called lack of parents,county &rec leadership that has us at this point.until that changes it is what it is.
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