I am a baseball enthusiast with a passion for the sport and an appreciation for the tradition of the great American pastime. I've played baseball from Little League through high school at many positions and learned the game from coaches, dad, books, and movies. Visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, PA. was very inspiring and instills the deep passion for a sport created in this great country and what it represents about our competitive values.
In attending my grandsons' baseball games, it has always perplexed me as to why many youngsters are simply confused with what to do with the ball after fielding it. Many of the dad coaches try to instruct this as they go in game situations. The practice time is filled with how to field a grounder, how to catch a fly ball, how to run, how to throw, how to bat, all of which is definitely needed. But we must add the "smarts" to the game. Knowing what the player is going to do with the ball BEFORE it is hit makes for a fully developed player.
I live in the medium size midwestern town of Columbus, Indiana. Although born and raised here, I've spent most of my sales career in Missouri, Michigan and Indiana. Recently moving back to my hometown to semi-retire has allowed me more time to attend yet more youth baseball games which this community has developed into several city and county leagues utilizing 27 ball fields. We are blessed with fine facilities hosting the 2011 USSSA World Series.